These draft minutes will be submitted to the membership for approval at the December meeting.
At 7:37 PM, President Ralph Zecca called the meeting of the Virginia Hills Citizens Association (VHCA) to order at the Old Virginia Hills School. There was no outside speaker at this meeting.
There were no minutes available from the April meeting. President Zecca asked for a motion to waive approval of the minutes. The motion was made, seconded, and agreed to by the membership.
Vice President's Report: Vice President Warren Suyderhoud reported that Will Slaughter with the Fairfax County Office of Consumer Affairs had agreed to speak at the September meeting.
Treasurer's Report: In the absence of Treasurer Robin Jones, President Zecca reported a balance of $3087.20 in the treasury and a Dominion Power credit of $89.00.
Membership Report: President Zecca stated that current membership for 2013-14 was at 57. Five new members signed up in the last month and their memberships will be carried over to 2014-15.
Echo Editor's Report: Echo Editor Doug Boulter reported that the June Echo cost $381.52 to print, and took in $455.50 in advertising revenue, for a net gain of $73.98. For the 2013-14 year, the Echo earned the Association $270.17. Mr. Boulter reported that the Echo had two new advertisers, Ron Ragan's Dependable Decorators and Mike Tomai's Furry Face dog training. He further expressed gratitude to the three new delivery persons this month.
Old Business: None
President Zecca stated that the first order of business was to conduct the election of officers for the next two years. He introduced the executive committee's slate of Warren Suyderhoud for President, Ralph Zecca for Vice President, Juliana Sharp for Secretary, Robin Jones for Treasurer, Akiko Zecca for Membership Director, and Leah Buckley for Echo Editor. He asked for and received a motion and second to nominate these individuals for the various positions. He then asked if there were any nomination from the floor for any position. There were none. It was moved, seconded, and approved that the nominated individuals be approved by acclamation.
President Zecca announced that the next order of business was to approve the meeting dates for 2014-15 and proposed the following dates: Sep 9th, Dec 9th, Feb 10th, April 14th, and June 16th. After some discussion, a motion was made and approved to accept these dates.
President Zecca announced that there were still plans to renovate the Virginia Hills sign on Telegraph road and told the members that the cost was still to be determined.
Announcements From the Floor:
President Zecca introduced Sarah Collier from the Virginia Hills Pool. Ms. Collier talked about the success that the swim team was having and announce that the pool would be hosting a regional meet on July 26th. The Pool would attempt to mitigate any traffic and parking problems and asked for the understanding of the residents of the area for any problems that might occur.
President Zecca asked Doug Boulter, the Association's Land Use Committee representative, to discuss recent land use issues. Mr. Boulter named three, all currently at the FYI stage:
- Jennings Toyota on Loisdale Road owns a much larger parcel of land that is not needed for its dealership there. It wants to sell the parcel to Heritage Chrysler Dodge Jeep to relocate its dealership to. The parcel is on an old construction land fill and there may be environmental problems and there were issues with inter-parcel access to keep traffic off of Loisdale.
- There is a small parcel at the corner of Franconia Road and Van Dorn Street that the owner wants to develop, possibly as a day care center. There are serious access and egress problems due to the traffic at the intersection and the absence of turn lanes. The Land Use Committee told the owner that the use as proposed would be very difficult to approve.
- The family that sold a developer the land for the Island Creek neighborhood (south of Beulah Street) wants to develop 40 townhomes on its remaining small parcel to the south of Island Creek. There are multiple serious environmental issues, including marine clay. Island Creek opposes the development as proposed.
A resident raised the question of traffic on Hillview and Dorset Drive. President Zecca said he would reach out the MPO Greg Kottemann of the FCPD's Mount Vernon Station to see what could be done in the way of traffic enforcement.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 PM.
Juliana Sharp, Acting Secretary