Archive for June, 2016

FEMA is Updating Floodplain Maps in the County

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is conducting a study to update floodplain maps for many of the streams in Prince William County. The study will result in revisions to the county’s Flood Insurance Rate maps and any changes could impact floodplain insurance rates for residents, according to the Prince William County Public Works Department. Prince William County does not determine floodplain insurance rates; the rates are determined by FEMA.

The proposed floodplain map updates are for county’s non-coastal streams in the Middle Potomac Anacostia Watershed and will include all of the streams in the county with the exception of Powells, Quantico and Chopawamsic creeks.

At this time, FEMA and the county are inviting interested residents, developers, engineers and surveyors to share relevant information including flooding concerns. The information provided to FEMA through the Public Works Department may provide FEMA and its contractors with valuable information and details as they work on the floodplain updates.

FEMA will release its preliminary floodplain map in early 2017. Within three to four months after the maps are released, FEMA will hold a public meeting to explain the maps and to get residents’ comments. Additionally, FEMA will provide a 90-day appeal period so that the county and residents can comment on the map updates. After the appeal period, FEMA will resolve the comments and finalize the map updates. The maps and insurance rates will go into effect within six months after FEMA releases the final maps, according to county documents.

The Prince William County Public Works Department will post the information it receives on its webpage. People with questions can call Prince William County Environmental Services at 703-792-7070. Comments may also be mailed to: Environmental Services Division, Attn: Flood Risk Study, 5 County Complex Court, Suite 170, Prince William, VA 22192.

Election Officers Needed

Are you looking for a way to serve in your community?

We expect a huge voter turnout on November 8th for the 2016 Presidential Election.  We need more Election Officers at each polling place to ensure voters have a positive experience.  YOU can make a difference – sign up to be an Election Officer!  Election Officers receive $125 to serve on Election Day and $30 to attend two training sessions.

Are you…

  • ·         a registered voter of the Commonwealth of Virginia?
  • ·         comfortable standing and sitting for long periods of time?
  • ·         Able to take direction and pay attention to detail?

Do you… 

  • enjoy meeting people and serving the public?
  • possess basic computer skills?

Can you…

  • report by 5:00 a.m. to prepare your polling place to open on time?
  • assist voters in a non-partisan manner?
  • lift 20 pounds to set up voting machines?
  • stay until all closing duties are complete?

This makes for a long day, but it is very rewarding!

For more information, please visit the Prince William County Office of Elections webpage at  and complete the application online at

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Celebrate Flag Day –Retire Your Stars and Stripes with Respect

June 14 is Flag Day in the United States.  It celebrates the adoption of the United States flag by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. This officially replaced the British symbols of the Grand Union flag with a new design featuring 13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes – one for each state.   The United States Army also celebrates its 1775 birth on June 14.

In similar fashion, the Prince William County Solid Waste Division and the local district Boy Scouts will celebrate the second anniversary of it Flag Collection Center partnership.  Prince William area residents and businesses can bring their worn, tattered and faded flags to special collection bins at the Prince William Landfill or the Balls Ford Road Compost Facility to be properly retired.

The United States flag has a proud and glorious history. It inspired our National Anthem; it represents our nation and the many people who gave their lives for our country.  Care and handling of the American flag is steeped in tradition and respect. It even has its own code. According to Section 8k of the Flag Code: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”  David Byrne, Occoquan District Scout Master and flag center initiator urges, “Please do not throw our flag in the trash. Fold it neatly and bring it to one of the Flag Collection Centers during the facilities’ normal operating hours.”

The Flag Collection Centers are also staffed by Boy Scouts most 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Scouts are prepared to demonstrate proper folding techniques and personally fold a citizen’s flag for them. And, if you are into vexillology, scout staff will also answer general questions about flag etiquette and history. However, citizens may place flags in the special collection bin during unstaffed times as well.

So, in commemoration of Flag Day, and just in time to celebrate Independence Day with style, take a good look at your current flag. If the American Flag flying at your home or business is faded, torn or frayed it should be replaced and not be flown or displayed.  The Boy Scouts in our area with the help of other civic groups like VFW and American Legion and the Prince William County Solid Waste Division will make sure that “Old Glory” gets retired with the respect it deserves. 

The Prince William County Landfill is open Monday-Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Balls Ford Road Compost Facility is open Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Visit for holiday closings, Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics recycling hours and other Solid Waste programs and services.


Summer Bus Pass Helps Teens and Parents

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) is expanding its teen summer bus pass program in 2016, enabling teens to not only travel locally, but to also get discounted fares when travelling to nearby Metro stations and Washington, D.C.

PRTC is the public transportation provider in the Prince William County area. With a MyLink teen summer bus pass, teens (ages 13-19) can get unlimited local bus rides for three months for one low price. The pass is accepted between June 6 and September 3, 2016.

“I am thankful that you all have this program,” one MyLink teen wrote to PRTC in September 2015. “It’s pretty awesome since I can’t drive right now. It gives me more freedom and responsibility.”

This year, the MyLink pass will be loaded onto a SmarTrip card – the rechargeable fare card that is used by nearly all transportation agencies in the Washington metropolitan area. When a SmarTrip card is tapped to the PRTC farebox, the farebox will recognize the MyLink pass for local travel and will not charge a fare. When traveling outside the local area, riders will need to have additional money loaded onto the SmarTrip card to pay the difference between the local and commuter bus fares.

“With MyLink, teens who can’t drive or don’t have access to a vehicle don’t have to ask their parents and friends for rides. MyLink enables teens save money and have a safe, reliable ride to get to summer jobs, shopping centers, recreation centers, libraries and lots of other places they want to go,” said PRTC Interim Executive Director Eric Marx.

The MyLink pass costs $30 if the teen already has a SmarTrip card, otherwise there is an additional $2 fee to purchase the card. PRTC’s one-way local fare is currently $1.40; it will increase to $1.50 in July. At that rate, a teen who takes more than 10 local round-trips over the summer will save money with a MyLink pass.

All PRTC buses run Monday through Friday, and some routes offer Saturday service. Local OmniLink routes serve Dale City, Dumfries, Manassas, Manassas Park, the Route 1 Corridor, and Woodbridge/Lake Ridge. There is also Cross County Connector bus service connecting eastern Prince William with the Manassas area.

Routes travelling outside the region include Metro Direct buses serving the Franconia-Springfield and Tysons Corner Metro stations, as well as OmniRide commuter buses to Washington, D.C., the Pentagon, Arlington, and points in Northern Virginia including Tysons Corner and the newest destination – the Mark Center.

For more information about MyLink or any of PRTC’s transportation services, contact Customer Service at (703) 730-6664 or visit