Thursday, April 4, 2013
Sequestration's impacts on the Fairfax County FY2014 budget plan become a bit clearer at Dranesville District meeting in Herndon.
Parks, libraries, police positions and sequestration were among topics discussed at a Fairfax County Budget meeting in Herndon on Wednesday night. Residents gathered in the Herndon Town Council chambers for a presentation on the county’s proposed $7 billion budget package for Fiscal Year 2014. As currently advertised, County Executive Ed Long’s budget would raise the real estate tax rate from $1.075 per $100 of assessed value to $1.095, as well as cut funding from parks, libraries and other county services. Like most of this season’s budget meetings, Wednesday’s began with talk of sequestration and its impact on the county. “We think there will be direct county program impact,” said Chief Financial Officer Susan Datta. “There will probably…
Sunday, March 31, 2013
A community member has placed a sign begging for repaving on the McLean road, which is in disrepair.
McLean resident Jimmy Johnson saw a sign this week that made him ecstatic. The sign is on Kirby Road. It states, “Please Fix Me! -Road” and points to the roadway. “Between Powhatan Street and Noble Drive lies a horrendous patch job on the street,” Johnson said in an email to Patch. “Every time I drive over it I feel as though my car is going to shake to pieces. Could not describe how happy I was to see local McLean residents raising their voices.” Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust said Washington Gas, which has lines underneath the roadway, will repair the road starting April 1. Crews were unable to work in the winter months, he said. The work is expected to take four to five weeks, Foust said.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust sent the following to his constituents for comment on the Fairfax County FY2014 Budget.
Saturday, March 30
Dear Dranesville Resident, It is budget season in Fairfax County. On February 26, County Executive Ed Long submitted his FY 2014 Advertised Budget proposal to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Attached you will find a document with a summary description of his proposed FY 2014 Advertised Budget Plan, along with a calendar of budget-related events and a summary of the Plan (see the media box at the right and click on the pdf). For details about the FY 2014 Advertised Budget, visit the County website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dmb. The Board of Supervisors is currently conducting an extensive review of the proposed budget plan leading up to the Budget Adoption on April 30. This is the fifth year I have convened the Dranesville …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Dale Whitesell of McLean attended the Great Falls Citizens Association's event featuring Foust, Favola and Comstock.
Thursday, March 28
I would like to thank the Great Falls Citizens Association for sponsoring a very informative evening at the Grange this past week. We heard from Supervisor John Foust, state Sen. Barbara Favola and state Del. Barbara Comstock, and they provided a lot of information about the recent legislative session and how it affects us. In her presentation, Comstock spoke at length about the initiative to provide information to women about breast density and its impact on cancer risk. Comstock is justly proud of this legislation, which serves a definite need. However, I have to ask, where are women to receive that information? Comstock has also been in the forefront of legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and close down clinics providing health …
Friday, March 1, 2013
State action came after neighbors expressed concern.
Through trucks are now banned on all of Georgetown Pike and Balls Hill Road in the McLean area. Dranesville Supervisor John Foust said the ban came after residents complained about noise, safety and vibration from trucks. Through trucks were already banned on the western portion of Georgetown Pike, he said. The eastern section of the Pike runs from the Beltway to Route 123. Some truckers were exiting the Beltway at Georgetown Pike to avoid congestion. Foust said the ban was first submitted to local residents, who approved it. The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board gave its seal of approval in December. Signs are already in place to alert truckers of the change, Foust said.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Dranesville District supervisor John Foust says county was better prepared to handle Sandy.
Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust's McLean home has no power Tuesday morning, but he is praising Fairfax County, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Dominion for improving response times to Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast on Monday evening. He said the response is markedly better than the response to the June 29 derecho, which knocked out power to hundreds of thousands in the D.C. metro region. "I think the response has been significantly better than after the derecho - the preparation and the response," Foust said. Communicating storm-related information with the public and warning residents about dangers was drastically better, too, he said. "The county has done an outstanding job getting out statuses and …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Romney supporters campaigned for their candidate outside the new Obama office in McLean on Monday night.
Nearly 250 Obama supporters from McLean and Great Falls turned out Monday night to the now-shuttered Blockbuster store on Chain Bridge Road to mark the grand opening of President Obama's new campaign office in McLean. The space will be used to organize phone banks, neighborhood canvassing efforts and other field operations to boost chances for the president's reelection in Virginia, where Obama is just slightly ahead of former Gov. Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential nominee, in recent polls. The event was headlined by Democratic heavyweights, including Dranesville Supervisor John Foust, state Sen. Barbara Favola, former DNC chair Terry McAuliffe and Congressman Jim Moran. "When you walk out that door, you stop every person you see," said …
Saturday, July 7, 2012
McLean Power Update
SATURDAY 8:30 am. The Dominion Power website shows all power restored in McLean this morning. McLean returned to normal almost exactly a week after a powerful storm packing historic winds swept through the Washington area the night of June 29 casting thousands into darkness as trees collapsed across power lines and streets. At the height of the outages at least 10,000 McLean residents were without power. All neighbors have air conditioning back as temperatures are expected to reach 102 degrees in McLean today. McLean, Fairfax and the Washington area are sweltering under an excessive heat warning and a code red air alert today. That means very unhealthy air to breath. If you are still without power because of the storm please let us know…
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Dominion Power: Virtually all power to be restored Friday.
UPDATE 10:15am. Dominion Power is no longer listing individual jurisdictions where power crews are working. Here are the McLean locations that we identified. We urge the neighbors to look at the list for locations, we may have missed. Here is the link to list.If you find locations that we missed, please add them in comments. McLean Locations: Dominion Power says: If you are without power by 5 p.m please let us know in comment. McLean Patch will continue to report on outages until all the neighbors have their power restored. ORIGINAL STORY: 5:59 am. More than 1,000 McLean residents remained powerless Wednesday night as Dominion Power crews continued to restore power lines in the area. The total number of Fairfax county residents still…
Monday, July 2, 2012
UPDATE 11:02am. McLean Community Center is closed because there is no power. No determination as to when power will be restored. We are updating our web site regularly, reports executive director George Sachs. Classes and camps held at the main center are cancelled. Camp McLean is being held at Churchill Road School and the Old Firehouse Teen Center Camp is being held at OFTC. Traffic Lights. All traffic signals in downtown McLean are up and working. UPDATE 10:21am. Greenberry's Coffee is open. UPDATE 8:51 am. There is no power today at Langley High School and Longfellow Middle School. Offices are closed ORIGINAL STORY. 5:59am.Dominion Power expects to restore power to eighty to eight-five percent of its customers by Tuesday night. …