Dec. 2, 2020

Dear Neighbors,

The holiday season usually doubles as the season of high consumption – many retailers rely on this time of year to keep their businesses profitable. But our purchases also create a lot of waste. As preached by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for more than three decades, reducing waste at the source is the best option. Reusing products when possible is second best. And when it’s time to dispose the clear winners are recycling and composting. Although these are year-round topics, the holiday season is a good time to highlight these county recycling services and related initiatives:
 
Food Waste Composting Program
You can now bring your food waste for composting at the I-66 Transfer Station and I-95 Landfill Complex. Here is how the program works:
  • Set up a plastic container with a lid in the kitchen.
  • Place all food scraps into the container.
  • When the container is full, or when convenient, take the container to the I-66 Transfer Station at 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax, or to the I-95 Landfill Complex at 9850 Furnace Road, Lorton. Look for the signage to direct you.
What can be composted:
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Nuts and shells
  • Bread, rice, pasta
  •  Animal proteins, bones, eggshells
  • Cheese and dairy products
  • Coffee grounds, filters, tea, tea bags
  • Soiled paper food service items or those labelled compostable
Also for reference: Compost Right Fact Sheet
 
For more information call I-66 at 703-631-1179 or I-95 at 703-690-1703 or email Recycling@FairfaxCounty.gov. Also learn more about licensed companies that will collect your food waste.
 
Yard Waste Transition from Plastic Bags to Alternatives
Following the Board of Supervisors approval in February, the county has begun phasing out the use of plastic bags for yard waste collection. This decision aligns with the county’s environmental vision and will reduce the amount of plastic in our natural environment. The change applies to private collection companies’ customers (90 percent of the county) as well as residents living in the county’s solid waste collection areas. Our county joins seven neighboring jurisdictions in the region that already discourage or prohibit the use of plastic bags for yard waste. Learn more or email recycling@fairfaxcounty.gov, or call 703-324-5230.
 
Glass Recycling
More than 14 million pounds of clean glass has been collected in purple bins located in Northern Virginia since March 2019 and taken to the glass-crushing machine in Fairfax County – the only one in the region. Thank you to our residents for making this program such a great success after a new policy went into effect last year that the county and our private recycling haulers will no longer accept glass bottles and jars at curbside. If you are not participating in the glass recycling program, I encourage you to learn more, including where the purple bins are located.
 
It's up to all of us to take even small steps to ensure a healthy environment for ourselves, our families, and for those who come after us

Respectfully,
Walter
 
Note: You will soon receive a copy of my annual newsletter in the mail. It is a review of my priorities for our district in 2020/2021 and beyond. I hope you find the information helpful!
Today's COVID-19 Updates (Dec. 2)




Current Number of Cases in the Fairfax Health District
  • Daily reported case information for the Fairfax Health District: here and scroll down to get to ZIP Code data.
  • Daily reported case information throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia: here and ZIP Code data look for Data Download bar.


COVID-19 Case Information Chart (as of publication on Dec. 2)
Transportation and Land Use
Reston Comprehensive Plan Study Task Force Meeting on Dec. 14, 7 to 9 p.m.
To learn more about the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study and the task force, please visit the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study webpage. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, Dec. 14, 7 to 9 p.m. Details and the agenda will be found here. The meeting will be hosted on the Webex platform. Use this link to attend and participate in the meeting. You will be prompted to register with your email address and ZIP code before logging into meeting. If you prefer to listen to the meeting on your phone, you may call 1-844-621-3956 and use access code: 179 676 5603. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711. (Please note each meeting has a unique link and call-in information.) 
You will also be able to watch a live stream of the meeting on YouTube Live

Reston Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Committee Virtual Meeting, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.
The meeting is hosted on the Webex platform – use this link to attend and participate in the meeting. You will be prompted to register with your email address and ZIP code before logging into meeting. If you prefer to only listen to the meeting, you may call 1-844-621-3956 and use access code:179 957 8138. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711. More information.
Public Safety News
Tips on Protecting Your Home Delivery Packages During the Holidays
The Fairfax County Police Department encourages residents to follow these tips as your holiday packages begin arriving at your doorstep:
Plan ahead:
  • Know when your packages are going to arrive.
  • Know who is delivering them, what company, and by what means.
  • Enter special instructions for the delivery of your packages, i.e. in the side yard, or somewhere less visible, if possible.
  • Keep track of packages that have been delivered and those that are still coming, so you can make sure you have all your purchases.
Consider your options:
  • If you can schedule a delivery, do so to make sure someone is there to pick it up.
  • Make your packages signature required upon delivery, someone will have to sign for the package.
  • Ask a trusted neighbor to pick up the package for safe keeping until you can pick it up.
Know what to do:
  • Check with the shipper and retailer about reporting policies.
  • Make sure you have full information about your package in case it does not make it to where it is going.
  • If you have exterior home security video, know how to check it for activity.
  • Ask your neighbors if they have exterior home security video, just in case.
If the package is not there:
  • Contact the shipper or retailer.
  • Contact the Police Department to make a police report.
  • Check if there is exterior home security video information that could be useful.

Reston District Police Station Community Advisory Committee, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.
The virtual meeting will include updates from the station commanders, as well as a presentation on avoiding scams. The meeting will be held via Zoom, use this link to participate. To dial in by phone, call 888-363-4735, use conference code: 990007.
Board of Supervisors Update
The last regular meeting of Board of Supervisors for 2020 was held yesterday, Dec. 1. The Board meetings continue to be virtual due to the increasing COVID-19 case numbers and the Governor’s most recent executive order. The Board approved:
  • Final design plans for Hunter Mill Road over Colvin Run Bridge replacement project. The one-lane bridge will be replaced with a two-lane bridge, and the foundation for a future pedestrian trail to be located on the west side of Hunter Mill Road.
  • A recommendation that the Commonwealth of Virginia not move forward with completing the I-495 Next project (the last couple miles to the American Legion Bridge) until Maryland moves forward with bridge widening to avoid an additional 4 minute delay during rush hour for travelers in the regular “general purpose” travel lanes of the Beltway.
  • The 2021 Legislative Program for the Virginia General Assembly and the county’s 117th Congress Federal Legislative Strategy and Principles.
  • Authorization for a public hearing on conveying Fairfax County Government Center Board-owned property to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
  • Initiation of public hearings on a new and modernized zoning ordinance to replace the current zoning ordinance. You can watch my Nov. 30 town hall on this topic here.
  • The Health Department accepting Virginia Department of Health funding for the COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Campaign and immunization planning.
The meeting package and agenda can be found here. You can watch the meeting here.

Next Tuesday, Dec. 8, several committees meetings are scheduled, which will also be virtual:

If you have any questions or comments regarding Board of Supervisors meetings or committees, please email my office huntermill@fairfaxcounty.gov .
Holiday Events
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Professional Touring Artist Series: Lúnasa, “A Celtic Holiday”  Dec. 17 at 8 p.m.
The CenterStage at Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Cost: $25 Reston/$50 Non-Reston
Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Learn more.
  
“Gifts from the HeART” Exhibit to Benefit Cornerstones Dec. 1 through Jan. 4
Reston Community Center Lake Anne,1609-A Washington Plaza
During the 22nd annual “Gifts from the HeART” Exhibit artists will display and sell their one-of-a-kind, handmade artworks in a variety of mediums. Art will be displayed at RCC Lake Anne’s Jo Ann Rose and 3D Galleries and online at our new Virtual Artist Directory. Artists will donate 10% of proceeds to Cornerstones to support families in need. Learn more.

Virtual Nutcracker Performances in December
The Fairfax Ballet and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra are presenting virtual performances of the Nutcracker from Dec. 5 to 27. Learn more

Town of Vienna's Sweaters and Tea for Holiday Glee
Looking for a relaxing, safe, free way to get into the holiday spirit? Vienna residents ages 55+ can join friends via Zoom for a Virtual Holiday Tea from 2 to 3 p.m., this Friday, Dec. 4. To sign up, go to viennava.gov/registration and put in activity code #610702. Questions? Call Kathy Blevins at 703-255-7801.
5 Things to Know Today
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Made in Fairfax Holiday Guide
The new Made in Fairfax directory is now a holiday guide. Take a look and support our local small businesses this holiday season. Learn more.

FY 2022 Budget Forecast: Pandemic Impacts Projected Revenue, Priorities
The pandemic is expected to continue impacting the county's revenue as well as funding needs for the upcoming fiscal year budget. While the county’s residential real estate market remains strong, with a projected value increase of 3% in FY 2022, the nonresidential real estate market continues to be impacted significantly by COVID-19. Hotel, senior care and retail properties show the largest declines. Budget officials are projecting a 10% decrease in nonresidential real estate value in FY 2022. Learn more.

Fairfax County Public Library Hosts December Food Drive
Fairfax County community members can help their neighbors and reduce their library fines by up to $15 this month. Donations of nonperishable food items can be made at all currently-operating branches except Access Services. Each food item donated will reduce library fines by $1, up to a maximum of $15 per account. Learn more.

The need to remain socially distanced due to the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way that family and friends are able to come together during times of loss. Whether the person’s death was due to COVID-19 or some other cause, many are finding that they cannot grieve in typical ways. Learn more.

Many of us associate December as a time of hustle and bustle, parties, and enjoying friends and family. But December holidays this year must look different. We can find ways to recognize our traditions without putting ourselves and others at risk. Learn more.
Stay Informed and In Touch
Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn
703-478-0283, TTY 711