In this Issue…

Addressing Trash Service Concerns - I have been working with senior Fairfax County staff to monitor the complaints we have received regarding trash and look at what legal options the County has to address these issues if necessary. Several major factors are contributing to the delays and missed pickups you may have seen with your private trash hauler or County trash service: the ongoing labor shortages (the “Great Resignation”), the shortage of CDL drivers, the current Omicron COVID surge, and the recent snowstorms. Below, I’ll address the major factors affecting trash service and share what the County is doing to mitigate those issues. I’ll also share what options you have as you choose your trash service provider. 

Addressing Safety on the Fairfax County Parkway - At our December 7 meeting, the Board approved my motion to improve safety on the Fairfax County Parkway between Clara Barton Drive and Burke Centre Parkway. According to the DMV website there were six crashes last year (not counting the fatal crash from November) just in this section of the Parkway. The motion directed the Fairfax County Dept of Transportation to review crash data and previous studies and recommend a way forward on safety improvements. In the interim, I’d like to extend my thanks to VDOT’s Traffic Engineering Section which has already taken the initiative to install curve warning signs as well as chevron signs through the curve itself.

Protecting Our Residents and Airports - The Fairfax County Planning Division is scheduled to hold two virtual community open houses to discuss the Plan Amendment for Airport Noise Contours at the end of the month. As you may recall, I supported the adoption of the most recent noise contours which are in line with the latest guidelines from MWAA (Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority) when further development was proposed but the Board pretended they did not exist. We need to protect our airports as valuable economic assets as well as the quality of life of current and future residents living near them. Please see more below on the issue and how to attend.  

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  • Osher Life Long Learning Institute Special Promotion (2/18)