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County Board Outreach Campaign - Please Help! PDF Print E-mail
Written by richard   
Friday, 08 July 2016 17:15
Dear ODCA Members and Friends: As you probably know the Fire Station 8 Task Force recently recommended that the station be rebuilt on its current site and not be relocated to 26th & Old Dominion Drive (Dominion Green). Based on this one would think that it is a done deal. Not hardly. The Task Force recommendation must be approved by the County Board before its recommendation is implemented. The Board is currently scheduled to vote on the recommendation at its July 16th meeting. Alexandra Bocian, President of the John M. Langston Civic Association (where Fire Station 8 is currently located) and I have recently met with each county board member. Based on our meetings we are not convinced that we have a solid majority to accept the Task Force's recommendation. Therefore it is critical that we let the county board members how we feel about this matter before the vote! We all need to email each county board member between now and next Thursday or Friday (July 14/15). At the bottom of this message you’ll find some talking points for the emails. Feel free to use them or edit them as needed. Below are the county board email addresses: Libby Garvey (Chair): This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Jay Fisette (Vice Chair): This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it John Vihstadt: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Katie Cristol: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Christian Dorsey: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This is a very important final push to ensure that Fire Station 8 will be rebuilt at its current location to better serve all of us in the community. Thanks to all. Regards, Richard Lolich - President This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (703) 525-2623 Talking Points on Fire Station 8 Task Force Recommendations • The County Board responded to citizens’ concerns and appointed a Task Force to review options for rebuilding/relocating Fire Station 8. After approximately six months of meetings and analysis and by a clear consensus, the Fire Station 8 Task Force recommended that Fire Station 8 be rebuilt on its present location. The Arlington County Board should not dismiss this recommendation out of hand – otherwise it risks losing its credibility with Arlington residents and will discourage citizens from participating on any task force or work group in the future. • The Task Force based its decision on two important factors – service demand locations, now and in the future; and population density. • According to the Task Force Report as well as the Lee Highway Visioning Report, population and density along the Lee Highway Corridor are projected to grow substantially. Coupled with the projected Virginia Hospital expansion greater resources South of Lee Highway, not North will be needed. • The Task Force responded to its charge to review viable sites with the criteria of 1) improving fire/EMS response times; 2) identifying a location(s) that does not adversely affect response time elsewhere in the County; and 3) identifying a site large enough to accommodate a three or four bay station with parking for personnel. • According to county statistics, the demand for service (both fire and EMS) for the past four years has been overwhelmingly in the area located closest to Fire Station 8 (Appendix 9), not in the far North • The current location will improve response times to the areas of greatest demand/growth. It will also not adversely affect response times elsewhere in the County. And, according to Arlington County, the current site is large enough to accommodate a four bay station with parking for personnel. • The data that the Task Force reviewed indicated that response times throughout the County are inadequate, and therefore not unique to Fire Station 8. The Tri Data Study of 2012 recommended a number of actions that the ACFD should take to improve overall response time, including improved 911 Call Center processing times, faster turnout times at all fire stations, and improved traffic light (Opticon) coordination/technology. The Task Force noted that according to the most recent County data, the status of these critical elements has not changed significantly since 2012. • The estimated cost of rebuilding Fire Station 8 at its current location is approximately the same as at the County’s proposed site. A temporary station would need to be found/built. The County’s estimate of $3.7 million, however, is merely a cut and paste estimate from a developer for a site elsewhere in the County and does not represent the true cost for Fire Station 8. In the meantime a few landowners along Lee Highway have expressed interest in leasing space to the County for a temporary station which would most likely decrease the cost of such a temporary station. • Although there have been some anecdotal reports that slow response times to EMS calls from the far North of Arlington have had tragic consequences, there has been no statistical evidence to support these claims. In fact, one such anecdotal report came from a resident of Fairfax County, not Arlington. The Task Force is not aware of any data that supports any negative outcomes in the far North as a result of slow response times. • It is important to note that the Tri-Data study and county statistics agree that relocation of the fire station will NOT guarantee that call response times will always be adequate.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 July 2016 17:16
 
7th Annual ODCA Neighborhood Day and Market PDF Print E-mail
Written by richard   
Sunday, 10 April 2016 14:46
Dear ODCA Members and Friends: It’s that time of year again for the 7th Annual ODCA Neighborhood Day and Market co-hosted with St. Mark’s United Methodist and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church! Whether you’re doing some spring cleaning and purging, or want to learn more about your neighborhood and neighbors, we hope you’ll join us on Saturday, May 14 from 9am-1pm. Parking spots to sell your treasures are $15. Proceeds from the sale of the parking spaces will benefit the local charity, A-Span. Set up begins at 7:45 am (when coffee and bagels will be provided). A local charity will arrive immediately after the event to pick up any unsold items you wish to donate. This family-friendly event will include music and cultural entertainment, a BBQ, a visit from the Arlington County Sherriff’s Department with a children’s fingerprinting booth and a K-9 demonstration. A representative from the Arlington County Police Department will be on hand with information on car seat and bike safety. We will also have a special visit from Fire Station #8! We are asking local businesses to donate raffle prizes to be awarded to attendees who bring a canned or boxed food item to donate to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Neighbors are invited to display in the marketplace their home-based small businesses such as stationery, jewelry, skin care products, soaps, etc. Please let us know if you’re interested in participating. Parking spaces for sale are limited, so reserve yours today! Please email Debran McClean at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 202-494-8202 to reserve your space then drop an envelope with cash or check made out to ODCA to 4808 26th St. N. Please reserve ASAP or no later than Monday, May 2. Regards, Richard Lolich - President
Last Updated on Sunday, 10 April 2016 14:47
 
Please Read: ODCA's Position on Dominion Green Issue PDF Print E-mail
Written by richard   
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 17:02

Old Dominion Civic Association:

FAQs on Dominion Green (N. 26th Street & Old Dominion Drive)


Board Reverses Direction.  The recent direction of the county to go forward with plans to relocate Fire Station #8 to 26th & Old Dominion Drive contradict the Board's direction to the County Manager and the final Capital Improvement Plan approved last year after extensive public hearings on this issue. 


Radio Silence on County Planning.  County staff members have repeatedly told ODCA members that no planning was taking place while they moved forward on relocation plans with the fire chief.  Old Dominion Citizens Association (ODCA) took the County Board at their word that they would enact the Capital Improvement Plan's community engagement process in regard to the development of Dominion Green.  ODCA has not been contacted at all by county staff over the last nine months, but, in good faith, our community moved forward to consider options for the site in light of County needs, fully expecting to share our concerns and ideas in a collaborative framework.


Experts Do Not Support Site.  The draft Fire Response Study ordered by the County, conducted by fire siting experts, and completed in 2012 did not recommend Dominion Green at 26th and Old Dominion as a site.  The site was mentioned only in the Final Fire Response Study, which was presented to the County Board, and Dominion Green was included there as the recommended location with no additional analysis and the sole justification being that it was county-owned. In fact, the final study recommended other initial, less costly options to improve response times.


Further Review Needed by Fire Department.  The fire department has not thoroughly reviewed other options to improve/expand Fire Station #8 at its current location (which has community support). Faster emergency call routing as well as better traffic signal controls on Lee Highway and Glebe Road could be part of options reviews.


No Room for County Expansion.  ODCA already hosts several county-related services on or near the Dominion Green site - a water tower and reservoir tanks, a salt storage and truck loading facility, and a large leaf mulch pile/storage facility.  The neighborhood has no sustainable capacity for additional county industrial support facilities.


Green Space in Limited Supply.  ODCA has been on record with the Arlington County Board for 20 years with a request for a dedicated park area within our boundaries.  ODCA remains one of the few Arlington civic associations without a dedicated park facility.


Questionable Time to Move Forward.  In January of this year the County Board stood up a Community Facilities Study Committee to develop, among other things, a public facilities site selection process.  Given that the results of that committee are expected at the end of the summer, the process to determine a potential relocation of Fire Station #8 should be extended to take account of the outcomes of the study.

 

Demand for Transparency and Disclosure.  This issue deserves an open, honest and transparent review, including a robust community outreach program and county staff should be reined in from operating in an independent, dismissive manner.  No final Board decision should be taken for at least 180 days, so that the county can "get it right," with full and thorough insights into the community, fiscal, tax base, environmental, and public safety implications

 
 
 

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