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2019 Annual Meeting Summary
Mark Luncher, RSCA President, opened the annual meeting at Discovery Elementary School by introducing County Board Member Erik Gutshall, who was the main speaker.  Mr. Gutshall was accompanied by Dennis Leach, Arlington County Director of Transportation.

Mr. Gutshall opened his remarks with a summary of the challenges facing Arlington County as a home for the middle class, especially with regard to housing for the “missing middle” such as teachers and public safety officials.  He believes the 1951 zoning code is in need of updating with regard to residential neighborhoods. Gutshall also observed that more schools will be needed, and that Arlington cannot absorb more cars. The County goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 and the problems with stormwater resulting from decisions 60+ years ago to pave over most local streams, he said, will not be solved by installing bigger funnels/drains, but through slowing water flow and absorbing more of it during heavy downpours.

He closed by observing that taxes from more jobs, such as Amazon, will help pay for capital improvements.

Mr. Leach stated that safety is taken very seriously by his department, citing a Vision Zero campaign to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities.  Two issues were raised with him by residents: recent traffic deaths on Little Falls Rd near Nottingham school and speeding/lack of sidewalks on 33rd Rd N between Glebe and Little Falls Rd.

Leach stated that a traffic survey was underway for Little Falls Rd and Williamsburg Blvd, and that traffic enhancements were being placed near Nottingham School. 

In addition:  The nominating committee slate for RSCA Board for the 2019-21 period was approved without objection: Mark Luncher, President, Judith Wheat, Vice President, Charlie Flickner, Secretary, and Mike Whatley, Treasurer. 

Members at Large are:  Roy Gamses, Mike Jensen, Nedim Kirimca, Jerry Paull, Lynn Pollock, Rob Simcox, Kevin Scott, Rob Topp, Joan Trabandt, and Doug Wagley. 

If you are interested in helping the Board with community issues, please contact the President, Mark Luncher, mluncher@gmail.com

2018 Annual Meeting

The Association will hold its 2018 annual meeting on Thursday, October 23 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Discovery Elementary School (5241 36th Street North). The entrance to the school is adjacent to the parking lot on 36th Street and the meeting will be in the dining commons area (at the end of the hall in the back of the building).

Join your neighbors to learn more about the future of Arlington, as well as what's ahead in our own neighborhood.  Our keynote speaker this year is Christina M. Winn,, Director, Business Investment Groups in Arlington's Economic Development office.  She will discuss plans for growth, including how that might impact our neighborhoods and schools.


2017 Annual Meeting

The Association will hold its 2017 annual meeting on Thursday, October 19 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Discovery Elementary School (5241 36th Street North). The entrance to the school is adjacent to the parking lot on 36th Street and the meeting will be in the dining commons area (at the end of the hall in the back of the building).

The first item on the agenda is the election of the officers and directors to serve for the 2018-19 term. All households within the Rock Spring Civic Association boundary are eligible to vote (see map).

Following the elections, representatives from the Lee Highway Alliance (LHA) will present an update on the recent activities of the Alliance and the vision for an economically vibrant, walkable and attractive Lee Highway corridor from Rosslyn to East Falls Church. The LHA representatives will take questions following the presentation.

 

2016 Annual Meeting

The Association's 2016 annual meeting was held on Thursday, October 6, 2016. About 45 neighbors attended the the event, held at Discovery Elementary School. Mark Schwartz, County Manager since January, offered candid insights into the County government. Issues related to over-building and lighting of school athletic facilities dominated the question and answer period.


2015 Annual Meeting & Elections

RSCA’s Annual Meeting and Bi-annual elections were held on Thursday October 22, 2015 at Williamsburg Middle School (WMS).

Our principal speaker, former County Board Chair John Milliken, who now chair's the Community Facilities Study, spoke about this citizen group's role in developing a set of principles and proposed process for siting future public facilities (schools, fire stations, bus storage, etc.). He outlined the demographic trends that influence who we are as a County today and who we will be in 10-15 years, and then described the strategic community challenges that, if unaddressed, could threaten Arlington’s overall sustainability in the future. The Study Committee's final report and recommendations concerning proposed principles and a process for siting future community facilities is to be submitted to the the Arlington County and Public Schools Boards in November 2015. See the Study's website for more detail. 

The Annual Meeting agenda also included RSCA reports on the proposed farmers market at Marymount and other significant projects and developments in our area. For more details about the Annual Meeting please view the meeting Minutes in the Documents section.


A slate of  Candidates for RSCA officer and at-large Executive Board positions was presented and unanimously elected, including a new president: Mark Luncher, a new vice president: Judy Wheat, and two new Executive Board members: Bruce Dodd and Aaron Feit. They and 10 continuing officer and Board members began their new two-year terms in office on Nov. 1,2015. 


Old Dominion Drive Improvements

Construction got underway at the end of July, 2015 on the Old Dominion Drive Transportation Multi-modal project along Old Dominion Drive from near North Glebe Road to 38th Street. This is the second and final phase of a project designed to improve safety along more than a mile of Old Dominion Drive.

In Phase II, sidewalks will be built on both sides of the heavily travelled roadway along with other improvements in accessibility and safety for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. This two year project will upgrade:

  • Curbs and gutters
  • Crosswalks
  • Traffic and pedestrian signals
  • Street lights
  • Bus stops, and
  • Storm water facilities

For further backround see Old Dominion Dr. in the Community Projects section.




Water Main Replacement


After delays occasioned by an unexpected subsurface problem encountered between Harrison St. and N. Frederick St., Arlington County has now resumed work on this final segment of its project to replace the water main pipeline running along Williamsburg Blvd. from Glebe Rd. west to Powhatan St. The work will be completed in the summer of 2016. 


Williamsburg Blvd. Redevelopment Projects

Two separate projects are planned to beautify and improve Williamsburg Blvd. in the Rock Spring Civic Assoc. area. Together the projects will redevelop several medians, curbs, gutters, and intersections along Williamsburg Blvd between Kensington and Glebe Rd. Both projects have been delayed by external events. The section between Frederick and Harrison will follow upon completion of the above water main project in that same area and will be completed in the summer of 2016. A final plan has been developed for the other Williamsburg Blvd. median project in the area near 35th St,. and procurement is now underway for a contractor. However, actual work will be delayed by the approaching winter season and not get underway until spring, 2016. For further backgrounds see Williamsburg Blvd. in the Community Projects section.

Redevelopment of the Williamsburg/Kensington intersection is also included among the Williamsburg projects. Work on the intersection began in October and is expected to take approximately one month. For more information about it please see summary in the documents section.



New Elementary School at WMS Site

Arlington Public Schools (APS) added the new Discovery Elementary School at the site of Williamsburg Middle School (WMS) -- as part of a county-wide effort to meet projected large student increases in coming years. The school opened at the beginning of this academic year, although some final construction work continues after hours. RSCA's new school work group has been monitoring the project's implementation and compliance with use permit conditions intended to address potential adverse impacts on the surrounding neighborhood.  For further details see New Elementary School... in the Community Projects section.

In September 2013, as part of the Use Permit approval process for the new elementary school, the Arlington County Board requested that the County Manager initiate a Williamsburg Field Site Evaluation Work Group composed of all stake holders “to lead a robust community process to evaluate whether or not to light the Williamsburg synthetic fields.” The charge, adopted by the County Board in June 2015, calls for the 
Work Group to conclude its work by June 2016 in order to allow full and appropriate review of any recommendations prior to the September 2016 County Board Meeting at which the field lights question will be considered as part of the scheduled Use Permit Review for the new school.


Announcements

  • 2019 Annual Meeting Thursday, October 24, 7 pm at Discovery School Dining Commons:  Come hear County Board Member, Eric Gutshall, speak; Bring your questions for him;  Vote for the slate of RSCA officers ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2019, 6:56 PM by c traband
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Alan Geralnick, RSCA Treasurer,
5117 N. 37th St.
Arlington VA 22207.

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