Archive for May, 2013

VDOT Public Information Meeting

VDOT will hold a Public Information Meeting regarding the North-South Corridor, Bi-County Parkway and other related studies in Prince William and Loudoun Counties on Monday, June 3, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center which is located at 10960 George Mason Circle in Manassas.  Learn the facts and current status of the following studies:

  • The North-South Corridor Master Plan Study for the proposed 45-mile multimodal transportation network between I-95 in Prince William County and Route 7 in Loudoun County
  • The proposed Bi-County Parkway, formerly known as the Tri-County Parkway (VDOT’s Environmental Impact Statement and Location Study)
  • Proposed highway between Route 50 and Route 606 to provide access to the western side of Dulles Airport and future Metro stations (VDOT’s Environmental Assessment and Location Study)
  • The proposed Manassas National Battlefield Park Bypass (the National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration’s Environmental Impact Statement and Location Study)

The presentation begins promptly at 7 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer session. Citizens wishing to speak may sign up at the door and will be limited to two minutes.

Learn more about the first three studies at virginiadot.org/projects, and the proposed Battlefield Bypass at  http://parkplanning.nps.gov/mnbb. Send questions and comments to meeting_comments@vdot.virginia.gov. Please include “North-South Corridor Information Meeting” in the subject line.

VDOT ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you need more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact VDOT’s Civil Rights Office at 800-367-7623 or TTY/TDD 711.

Delayed Opening for County Pools

Due to cool temperatures forecasted for Saturday, May 25th, Prince William County’s six outdoor pools/waterparks WILL NOT open as planned. We hope the temperatures will warm up and that they will be open for Sunday/Monday to help celebrate the start of the summer season. Please check the website at http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/park/Pages/default.aspx for updates.

Click It Or Ticket! Campaign Underway

Click It Or Ticket logoThe Prince William County Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies throughout Virginia in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign to enforce the Commonwealth’s safety belt and child safety seat laws. The Department is participating in high-visibility patrols now through Sunday, June 2. Click it for your safety!

PWC Farmers Markets Offer Fresh, Locally Grown Produce

Spring is finally here and that means the farmers markets throughout Prince William County are filled with healthy foods from local farmers! Get the list of market locations and times at http://www.pwcgov.org/fun/Pages/Shopping-and-Dining.aspx.

Emergency Medical Services Week

The 40th Annual National Emergency Medical Services Week (EMS Week) will be celebrated May 19h – 25th. EMS Week celebrates and honors an estimated 700,000 EMS practitioners who serve our communities nationwide. Although EMS Week is a way of publicly acknowledging and thanking them for their tireless efforts, dedication to life, and their round the clock commitment to the communities they serve, it’s important to thank them each and every day.

EMS week is a week in which the community is reminded of what EMS professionals do on a day-to-day basis on our behalf. And while there are many different delivery models for EMS across the country, National EMS Week celebrates all Emergency Medical Service professionals whether government, private, paid or volunteer.

EMS Week began in 1973 as a nationwide celebration of everyday heroes who work in emergency services as Dispatchers, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Paramedics, and Registered Nurses (RN) working 24 hours a day, 365 days a week serving families in their local communities. In addition to traditional roles as emergency responders, EMS personnel work in emergency departments, helicopters, cardiac catheter labs, doctors’ offices, and occupational and industrial settings. This year, the theme for EMS Week is One Mission, One Team recognizing not only the efforts and sacrifice of these EMS professionals but of those provided by Vehicle Supply Technicians (VST), fleet mechanics, and administrative personnel who dedicate their time and energy to ensure smooth operations throughout the system. Of the EMS systems nationwide, approximately 40% of EMS professionals work for fire departments. The other 60% work for private companies, municipal services, hospital-based services, the military or other federal agencies.

According to the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), EMS treats approximately 25-30 million patients each year with an annual expenditure of about $6.75 billion. Americans depend on EMS to assist with various emergency care needs such as heart disease, cancer, and strokes to individuals involved in traffic accidents, structure fires, and on occasion, the delivery of babies. In 2012, Emergency Medical Services in Prince William County responded to 57,606 incidents. So far this year, EMS has responded to over 20,000 incidents countywide.

Beginning this week and throughout the coming year, take the opportunity to thank your local Emergency Medical Services for their commitment to the community and dedication to saving lives.

VDOT Roadside Mowing Underway

VDOT crews are out along roadsides in northern Virginia drivers are asked to slow down and stay alert in work zones where they are mowing grass, pruning trees, cutting brush and removing litter.  As in recent years, most roads will see up to three cycles of mowing through the fall, but crews may increase that frequency in locations where safety issues and weather patterns require. The first round of mowing in northern Virginia is expected to be complete by mid-June.

VDOT’s priority is giving everyone who uses state roadways—drivers, cyclists and pedestrians—a clear and safe view of their route:

  • Roadsides along interstates, primary roads and high-volume secondary routes are scheduled to be mowed three times through late October. Litter will be removed at the same frequency. Crews mow up to ten feet from the pavement’s edge or to the center of the adjacent ditch.
  • Roadsides along low-volume primary and most secondary routes will be mowed twice between through late October. Crews mow up to nine feet from the pavement edge.
  • Roadsides along unpaved routes and low-volume subdivision streets will be mowed once through late October, unless safety issues require more frequent attention. Crews mow up to nine feet from the pavement edge.

Many of VDOT’s maintenance crews and contractors mow in a slow-moving mobile operation, with tractors followed by crash cushion trucks to provide protection from traffic. Drivers are asked to:

  • Watch for posted signs, slow-moving trucks, and crews along roadsides and in medians
  • Slow speeds
  • Move into the opposite lane where possible when approaching the work zone.

These courtesies allow VDOT crews space to work while helping keep both crews and motorists safe.

For more info or to report a problem area to VDOT, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp or call 800-367-7623 (800-FOR-ROAD), TTY 711.

County Observes National Police Week

On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 53 hours. In honor of the memory of fallen officers, May 15 was designated in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Annually, the week surrounding May 15 is also observed as National Police Week. On Tuesday, May 7, the Board of County Supervisors will proclaim May 12-18, 2013, as National Police Week, and May 15, 2013, as National Peace Officers Memorial Day in Prince William County.

Each day of an officer’s career the inherent dangers of policing are acknowledged. Despite these risks, officers continue in their commitment to protect and serve. Each of these brave men and women goes to work not knowing what dangers might lie ahead, making tremendous sacrifices to uphold justice and protect the innocent. The Board, in passing the resolution, requests that Prince William County citizens make a special effort to let officers from the various local law enforcement agencies know they are appreciated for their work in making our community a safe place to live, work and play.

During the week, communities nationwide pay tribute to the thousands of law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities. The Prince William County Police Department has suffered three line-of-duty deaths since its inception in 1970: Officer Chris Yung on December 31, 2012, Officer Philip Michael “Mike” Pennington on November 22, 1990, and Officer Paul Thomas “Pete” White, Jr. on October 27, 1973.

PWC’s Adopted FY2014 Budget

During the Board of County Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, the Board adopted the FY2014 Budget, and set a real estate tax rate of $1.181 per $100 of assessed value ($1.2537 with the fire levy). This tax rate allows Prince William to continue its history of the lowest real estate tax bills and lowest real estate tax burden among the Northern Virginia counties. I continue to feel comfortable that this budget and tax rate will allow the County to move forward with our strategic priorities and still assure that the tax burden on residents does not exceed the rate of inflation.

By adopting the FY2014 budget and the FY2014-2017 Five-Year Budget Plan, the Board maintains our commitment to keep real estate tax bills lower than the rest of the Northern Virginia region. The average residential real estate tax bill for FY2014 will be $3,601 (including the fire levy). Additionally, the Board amended the County’s revenue sharing agreement and increased the amount provided to the Prince William County Public School System from 56.75 percent to 57.23 percent of the General Fund Revenues. This amendment fully funds the School Board’s FY 2014 budget and their Capital Improvement Program. 

The adopted FY 2014 Budget also maintains the Board’s guidance for the implementation of the County’s Strategic Policy and Principles of Sound Financial Management. It encompasses budget practices necessary to maintain the County’s three AAA bond ratings and balances the County’s five year plan. The adopted budget maintains the Board’s commitment to its strategic priorities, and continues to fund Capital Improvement Projects. Whereby, providing $870,000 of state and local funding to fully support the repair of the Lake Jackson Dam in the Coles District.

Other Capital Projects to be funded in the FY 2014 Budget include:

Transportation Projects:

  • Potomac Town Center Parking Garage
  • Prince William Parkway from Old Bridge Road to Minnieville Road
  • Rollins Ford Road from Vint Hill Road to Songsparrow Drive
  • Route 1 from Neabsco Mills Road to Featherstone Drive
  • Route 28 from Linton Hall Road to Fitzwater Drive
  • University Boulevard from Prince William Parkway to Sudley Manor Drive; Wellington Road to Rollins Ford Road, and Hornbaker Road

Public Safety Projects:

  • Construction of the new Bacon Race Fire and Rescue Station
  • Reconstruction of the Nokesville Fire & Rescue Station #5
  • Renovation of the Gainesville Fire & Rescue Station #4
  • Construction of a new Central District Police Station
  • Replacement of the Juvenile Detention Center security equipment

Economic Development Projects:

  • Potomac Center Commuter Parking Lot

2006 Library Bond Projects:

  • Gainesville Community Library
  • Montclair Community Library

Park Projects:

  • Catharpin Park
  • Fuller Heights Park
  • Landfill Ballfield Redevelopment (Coles District)
  • Occoquan Riverfront Park
  • Rollins Ford Park
  • Sports Field Improvements
  • Trail Development
  • Veterans Park

Cultural Resource Projects:

  • Brentsville Courthouse
  • Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park

Environmental Projects:

  • Lake Jackson Dam Restoration (Coles District)
  • Silver Lake Dam Improvements
  • Eco Park Complex at the Landfill (Coles District)
  • Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Facility (Coles District)
  • Landfill Recycling Building Expansion (Coles District)

You can find more information about the County’s Adopted FY14 Budget, by visiting the Office of Management Budget Office webpage at www.pwcgov.org/budget.