Friday, August 3, 2012
Another $950,000 proposed for the project from the Fiscal Year 2012 carryover
Fairfax County ended Fiscal year 2012 with a $13.4 million surplus or carryover of which nearly $1 million is proposed to pay for unexpectedly higher costs of putting utility lines underground in downtown McLean. Fairfax County executive Ed Long presented the year-end accounting for the just completed 2012 Fiscal Year, called the Carryover Budget, Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors. Dranesville Supervisor John Foust said last year the county always has a carryover at the end of a fiscal year because it conservatively estimates revenues. Last year's carryover was $60 million. The downtown under-grounding utilities project, which is underway along Chain Bridge Road, was originally budgeted for about $2.5 million The General Fund transfer …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Supervisor, Chamber of Commerce at Balducci's Shopping Center for 2 years
Dranesville Supervisor John Foust now has new downtown address. His office finished its moved over the weekend from their old address at the McLean Governmental Center at 1437 Balls Hill Road to the Balducci's Shopping Center on Old Dominion Drive. "I love our new office," said Foust Saturday as he and two staff members put the finishing touches on their new home. "I like being in the center of things and having places to eat." The move signals the beginning of the $17.8 million renovation of Governmental Center that will double its size and add a second floor to the 42-yer-old building. Effective today the address of the Dranesville Supervisor’s office will be 6649-A Old Dominion Drive, McLean 22101. This is the same location that housed …
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Monday, May 7, 2012
Good Morning, John Foust's New Address. Dranesville Supervisor moves his office downtown for next two years. Questions for MCC Canddiates. What questions do you have for the six candidates running for the McLean Community Center board? Traffic Traumas This Week. Up to 30 minute overnight closings of Capital Beltway and Route 7 in Tysons Corner area. Last Chance. McLean Project for the Arts Art Fest entries.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Fairfax County wants funding in place by May 15 for construction to begin this summer.
This spring, nearly 4,000 young men and women will take to the soccer fields in McLean. For many, it's a welcome sight, considering the number of electronic and other indoor distractions facing today's youth. But these young soccer players do not have enough fields to play on, according to Rich Maresco and Bill Gray, who sit on the board of McLean Youth Soccer (MYS). Maresco and Gray, the former and current directors of the soccer organization's Field Development Initiative, have identified one possible solution in adding more synthetic turf fields. Turf is safer, easier to maintain, and can withstand more foot traffic, they said. Both Langley and McLean high schools have been working toward replacing their grass fields with synthetic …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Task force will meet in October to discuss public use of fields in front of historic address
The citizens' task force charged with creating a plan for the front yard of Salona, McLean's most historic address, will hold a public meeting in the fall. Salona Task Force member Mark Turner updated about 30 members of the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce about the task force's progress Wednesday morning. How the public will use the 41 acres of fields in front of Salona, located on Dolley Madison Boulevard at Buchanan Street, has become a nearly two-year contest between supporters of soccer fields and supporters of more passive recreational and educational uses. "Salona is a special place and we don't want to mess it up," Turner told chamber members. A Long History Salona, the reported refuge of U.S. President James Madison when he …
Edward Long succeeds Anthony Griffin on April 25.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Edward Long Jr., a former deputy county executive and chief financial officer, to succeed County Executive Anthony Griffin on April 25. Board Chairman Sharon Bulova made the announcement after the board’s closed session on Tuesday afternoon. The decision was made sooner than expected, as officials thought the county would need to appoint an acting executive while they completed their search. Long will run the day-to-day operations of the largest local government in the Washington Metro area. He will serve the 1 million residents of Fairfax County, who range from the former vice president of the U.S. to immigrants from El Salvador, India and the Middle East. He will oversee a $6.7 billion …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
MCC Board vs. Kevin Fay
The McLean Community Center Board held a showdown with the Dranesville Park Authority representative recently over the board's plan to erect a new lighted sign in McLean Central Park. Kevin Fay, a McLean resident and the Dranesville Park representative, won the showdown. He had told the MCC Board twice already that he had serious concerns about a lighted sign on park property but the board proceeded. Fay reiterated those concerns at the board's Capital Facilities committee meeting Feb. 14. The Fairfax County Park Authority Board must approve the proposed sign because it's on their land. That won't happen if the local representative opposes it. Why do McLean taxpayers care? The proposed signs, 10 in all, would cost an estimated $90,000 …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Fairfax County a possible buyer
The City of Falls Church water authority, which serves the bulk of McLean residents, is up for sale. The City of Falls Church City Council voted unanimously Monday night to send out a "Request for Expressions of Interest" to see if public or private utility companies, including the Fairfax County Water Authority, would be interested in buying the Falls Church water system. The decision to sell the Water Authority comes after several years of fighting with Fairfax County over water rates. Ninety percent of Falls Church customers live in Fairfax County including most McLean residents. The fighting between the two jurisdictions culminated in December 2011 when the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors passed taking control of all water rates …
Friday, January 27, 2012
Spent to keep a job he loves.
Dranesville Supervisor John Foust (D) spent more in his reelection bid in November than his other supervisor colleagues. Foust spent $325,133. He won all 29 precincts in Dranesville, garnered more than 15,000 votes and received 60 percent of the note, according to final campaign spending figures released this week by the Virginia Public Access Project. VPAP is a nonprofit organization that tracks Virginia campaign spending for residents. His opponent, former Herndon council member Dennis Husch (R), spent $41,393, won nearly 10,000 votes and garnered nearly 40 percent of the vote, according to VPAP figures. "I love the job and was determined to win re-election," Foust said. "I was running against an opponent who had been elected to the …
Friday, January 27, 2012
Good Morning Neighbors, Foust Leads Campaign Spending Among Supervisors. Dranesville supervisor spent to keep a job he loves. Chocolate Festival Signs Criticized. Vice chair of the McLean Community Center says signs are misleading. The McLean Ear. Old warning at Langley High. New downtown Christmas Tree. Welcome more new neighbors. Schools 0. Tourism Industry 1. Virginia Senate defeats bill to allow school districts to open school before Labor Day.