2009 July

The Rock Springer - 2009 July

Neighborhood Conservation Meeting

Tuesday, July 21,2009
Meeting at 7:30 p.m., 5010 Little Falls Rd

The Rock Spring Civic Association will meet on July 21st at 7:30 p.m. in an annex room at Rock Spring Congregational United Church, 5010 Little Falls Rd.. The agenda will include the draft neighborhood conservation plan and revitalization of the Civic Association.

Message from the President Little Pimmit Run, Phase II

On June 16, 2009 the Arlington County Board unanimously approved the County Manager's recommendation to award a construction contract for Phase II of the Little Pimmit Run Flood Control Project. Phase II will replace the existing undersized culvert at Williamsburg Blvd. and George Mason Dr. plus reconstruct the creek's crumbling concrete channel floor and walls between Williamsburg Blvd. and Little Falls Rd., thus substantially reducing the on-going threat of flooding to homes, as occurred in 2001 and 2006. Residents of the directly affected neighborhood had worked with County staff for nearly two years to devise a construction plan that would minimize adverse impact on trees, shrubs, and private properties bordering the stream channel.

After an overwhelming majority of the directly impacted residents wrote the County recommending the resulting plan, the RSCA Executive Committee voted to endorse it and then sent RSCA President Carl Cunningham to testify at the County Board meeting hi favor of the contract award.

The project schedule calls for construction to begin August 10, 2009 and be completed by April 30, 2010. Unlike the road closure during the previous Phase I Old Dominion culvert replacement project, the Phase II construction plan calls for maintaining one lane in each direction open on Williamsburg Blvd throughout construction (except for short periods when the contractor might rarely have to reduce traffic to one lane with flagmen.) The County is planning regular email updates to the community as construction progresses. So stay tuned.

Annual Membership Meeting and Election. Fall 2009

Date & Location TBD

The RSCA Executive Committee is in the process of reinvigorating the civic association and is planning an annual meeting of the general membership to be held this fall. At that tim< members will be asked to elect officers and approve new bylaws. Once the meeting date and place are determined and other agenda topics finalized, residents will be notified via email, the RSCA website www.geocities.com/Heartland/Meadows/3914, and a written notice. (See separate article in this issue)

Please send in your email address and watch the website for updates and the posting of key documents to be discussed at the upcoming meeting.

New RSCA President & VP Chosen

In a special emergency meeting on June 8, the RSCA Executive Committee confirmed that Carl Cunningham would move up to become President and that Mark Luncher would replace Carl as Vice President of RSCA. Plans were also laid for several upcoming events and actions that are reported elsewhere in this newsletter, including elections of officers and Executive Committee at a general membership meeting to be held this fall.

In Memoriam - Jack Sawicki

On May 24, the Rock Spring Civic Association (RSCA) lost its president, Jack Sawicki, who tragically died while swimming in North Carolina. A member of the Commonwealth Emergency Preparedness Committee and a graduate of Washington Lee High School, George Mason University and Georgetown University, Jack had over thirty years of emergency response experience and was deeply involved in our community. Always full of ideas, always willing to help, open to everyone, and with contacts throughout the County, Jack was an invaluable asset both to the civic association and to the larger community. He will be deeply missed, and our hearts go out to his wife Judy Wheat, son Scott, parents, and other family.

A memorial service was conducted at the Hays street fire station on May 29. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that contributions be made to the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department, the Washington-Lee High School Education Foundation, or the American Heart Association. RSCA has contributed $530 to the Cherrydale VFD in Jacks memory, with $200 coming from the RSCA general fund and $330 from individual contributions by Executive Committee members.

RSCA Needs Your Email

RSCA's governing body, the Executive Committee, would like to enhance the frequency and timeliness of its communications with civic association members. Email would permit us to notify you of RSCA activities, important community meeting dates, county projects planned in your neighborhood, as well as seek your input on concerns and County proposals— without~incurring prohibitive mailing costs. But we need your email address. We recommend that you enroll yourself in the Yahoo list we use for to email members. All you need do is send an email message addressed to: RSCA_Arlington-

subscribe@yahoogroups.com, with a copy to: rsca_arlington-owner@yahoogroups.com. Please type the word "subscribe in the subject line and your name and mailing address in the body of the message. In return you will receive a confirmation request from Yahoo — just follow the brief directions and you're done. If you have any difficulty enrolling, you may instead send your email address to Alan Geralnick, RSCA Treasurer, who will do the entry for you - via email (preferred) (rockspringcivic@gmail.com  and mention Alan's name) or mail: 5117 N. 37   St, Arlington, VA 22207. Your email address will not be shared with others without your further permission.

Neighborhood Conservation Program Update

The Neighborhood Conservation program serves a central role in making neighborhood infrastructure improvements in the county, while fostering community involvement. In order to participate in this program, the RSCA is in the process of drafting a neighborhood wide plan.

The plan will be available for comment this July and will be presented at the next RSCA meeting. Major sections of the plan including history, land use and zoning, streets, sidewalls and lighting, traffic, environmental stewardship, transportation and safety, parks and recreation, and beautification.

Once the plan is drafted, RSCA will work with County representatives to identify, organize and prioritize capital improvement projects for Rock Spring. The plan is then presented to Arlington County's Neighborhood Conservation Committee and Planning Commission, which reviews the plan and makes recommendations to the County Board. The County Board considers acceptance to the plan.

After the plan is accepted, Rock Spring will become qualified to seek funding for specific improvement projects. This funding is made possible through Arlington's Capital Improvement Program, which receives resources from the County's operating budget and from voter-approved bonds.

Please join us at the July 21st meeting to discuss the neighborhood conversation plan. If you would like to volunteer to serve on the Rock Spring Neighborhood Conservation committee, please contact Mark Luncher at mluncher@ gmail. com 703-534-1277 or Lynn Pollock pollock.lynn@gmail.com (703) 538-2462.