Archive for May, 2014

VDOT Roadside Mowing Underway

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is asking motorists in northern Virginia to slow down and stay alert in work zones where crews are mowing grass, pruning trees, cutting brush and removing litter.

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.

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.

Keeping Crews Safe

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.

Report Problem Areas

Through the fall, crews will continue to address safety issues where vegetation blocks sight as needed. Residents are encouraged to report these locations at VDOT’s “report a road problem” page at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp or by calling 800-367-7623 (800-FOR-ROAD), TTY 711.

VDOT manages vegetation on state right-of-way only, which includes roadsides along interstates and most primary and secondary roads. Local governments or landowners are responsible for maintaining right-of-way along city streets and secondary roads in Arlington County. For locally maintained roads, residents should contact their public works agency for more information.

New Voter Cards to be Mailed Prior to June 10 Primary

You may be aware that the Prince William County Office of Elections will hold a Republican  Primary election for the 1st Congressional District on Tuesday, June 10. The Office of Elections and GIS Office have been feverishly working to implement all the street changes in their databases in the 1st Congressional District that resulted from the recent re-precincting endeavor. This process is tedious and takes time to check and recheck to be certain that no mistakes are made. Once these changes are complete, new voter cards will be printed and mailed to affected voters. 

All the precinct changes made this spring by the Board of County Supervisors within the 1st Congressional District (except for the Buckland Mills Precinct split) will be in effect for the June Primary election. Those voters who do not live in the 1st Congressional District and whose voting location changed will also receive new cards, just not as soon as the others.

To see if there has been a precinct change in your neighborhood, voters may go to our the Office of Elections webpage at www.pwcgov.org/vote.  Just above the caption “Voter Registration”, click on “Click here to access the New Election District Precinct Map Book”.  Maps of all the voting precincts are listed within each Magisterial District.  You may also call Sharon at (703)792-6474 or Doug at (703)792-6472.

 

Changes Made to 12th High School Boundary

The Prince William County Schools’ (PWCS) Administrative Recommendation is the     proposed boundary plan drafted by the Office of Facilities Services in collaboration with PWCS leadership. The administrative recommendation on the boundary for the 12th high school has changed as a result of public meetings held last week and feedback via e-mail, telephone calls, and conversations. The new recommendation is based on factors noted    below:

Administrative Recommendation – v1.1:

  1. Battlefield High School’s attendance area is unaffected.
  2. Communities of Nottingham Forest and Calvert Woods are reassigned from Forest Park High School to 12th High School.
  3. East section of Lake Terrapin Estates is reassigned from Forest Park High School to 12th High School.
  4. The Glen and Laurel Hills communities remain at Osbourn Park High School.
  5. Black Forest Lane and Ridgewood Center Drive are reassigned to 12th High School.
  6. Communities west of Lucasville Road and north of Prince William Pkwy (234) remain assigned to Brentsville High School.
  7. Communities east of Lucasville Road and north of Prince William Pkwy (234) that are currently assigned to Brentsville High School are reassigned to Osbourn Park High School.

The proposed attendance area for the 12th High School is scheduled to be presented to the School Board on May 7, at 7 p.m. in the Kelly Leadership Center. A public hearing is scheduled to be held during the May 21st School Board meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Kelly Leadership Center, prior to the School Board setting the high school attendance area boundaries that will be effective for the 2016-17 school year.

The new high school will serve some students from areas currently assigned to Hylton, Osbourn Park, Forest Park and Brentsville District High Schools, as well as others who sign up for specialty programs.

The new high school is scheduled to open in September 2016. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held May 15, at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, visit the PWCS 12th high school attendance area boundary website at http://facilitiesservices.departments.pwcs.edu/modules/cms/pages.phtml?sessionid=ad5a18916f001161b6c145af5d91f75e&pageid=311519.

Taken from a Prince William County Schools’ press release which is available at http://pwcs.edu/

Board Adopts Fiscal 2015 Budget

The Board of County Supervisors adopted its Fiscal 2015 budget during the Board meeting on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Key priorities for the Board addressed by the $990 million general fund expenditure budget include:

  • Public Schools – maintains the revenue sharing agreement and funding public schools with 57.23% of the general funds ($487 million);
  • Public Safety
    • Fully fund police staffing plan to add 25 sworn officers and 3 civilian staff per year.
    • Fully fund 11 new uniform positions for basic life support and tanker staffing in the Department of Fire and Rescue along with two civilian positions
    • Fund future expansion of 204 beds at the Adult Detention Center (ADC)
  • Bond Projects – Fully fund voter initiated 2006 Library Bond and 2006 Park Bond projects
    • o   Gainesville Regional Library ($14.2 million)
    • o   Montclair Regional Library ($15.3 million)
    • o   Multiple park projects to enhance athletic field spaces ($13.7 million)

The Board reduced the real estate tax rate to $1.148, and the average residential tax bill will be $3,788 (including the fire levy).

The adopted budget maintains the Board’s commitment to its strategic priorities, funds the voter approved bond projects, implements the BOCS Strategic Policy Guidance and Principles of Sound Financial Management, and provides a balanced five year plan.

For more specific information about the budget, visit www.pwcgov.org/budget.