Tuesday, April 23, 2013
FCCPS superintendent: ‘We are extremely, extremely, extremely thankful for the city council.’
Falls Church City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones was optimistic City Council would approve the budget option that would fund the 14.3 percent city transfer. With a 5-2 vote (council members Ira Kaylin and Johanna Barry voted against the option), the City Council approved the second scenario that will see the FCCPS request fully funded and a tax rate of $1.305. Jones said the money is needed to help fund the explosion in enrollment in the school system. “I’m always an optimist and I know what we requested is what we needed to take care of our students,” Jones said in a television interview following the meeting. Over the last two years, the FCCPS enrollment has exploded reaching an all-time high this year, topping 2,300 …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Some residents raised concerns about congestion, but others applauded the potential increase in shopping, dining in the area.
Falls Church residents and business owners voiced their varying positions for or against a project that would bring a Harris Teeter to the city. At Wednesday night’s council meeting, Winter Hill community resident Carl Anderson explained the apartments included in the development would bring more congestion to the area. Anderson told council they’re sacrificing the city’s future for short-term gains. David Tax, owner of Clare & Don’s Beach Shack and Mike’s Deli, said a Harris Teeter in the city would bring more foot traffic to the city. “I think it will keep people in the area,” Tax said. “If the people are staying in the area, they’ll shop and eat in the area.” In a rare move, council voted in their last work session to move the Rushmark …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The process to bring the supermarket chain to the city took another step Monday night during council’s work session.
In a rare move Monday night, the Falls Church City Council voted unanimously to move the Harris Teeter project onto the city’s boards and commissions to get more feedback. Councilwoman Johanna Berry was absent from the meeting because of work travel. The move is an important step in the special application process and now sets up a possible May 13 final vote and approval. Patrick Kearney, principal for Rushmark Properties LLC — the developer of the project — said he was pleased with council’s decision to keep the ball rolling and moving the project a step further in the process. “It’s encouraging,” Kearney said after the meeting. “It’s definitely progressing in a positive manner.” The public can weigh in on the move to proceed with the …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Council will hold a work session Monday at City Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.
The proposed project that would bring a Harris Teeter to the city has made its way onto the Falls Church council’s work session agenda. The possibility of a Harris Teeter has been a hot topic around the city for months now. Some are for the possible move while others are not so happy about the proposed project. The project update is one of several items to be discussed at the Monday night meeting. Council will also discuss mixed use development and data requests. For more information on the work session agenda, click here. Keep up with Falls Church news and events with the Patch email newsletter. Learn more here!
Monday, February 25, 2013
Council will also hear fiscal year 2014 items.
At the City of Falls Church council meeting there will be hearing a plan to rezone some property within the city's boundaries from business to mixed use. Council will hear the first reading of a resolution that would change the zoning at 540 and 580 S. Washington St., changing the property there from business to mixed use on the city’s future land use map. The meeting is slated for 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. Council will also have a hearing to pass the Consolidated Plan for fiscal year 2014. While they’re preparing for budget season, council must approve the plan by resolution in order to receive Community Development Block Grant and Home Investment Partnerships funds. For more on council’s agenda click here.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
School buses in the City of Falls Church will be equipped with video cameras to catch people speeding by them while picking up children.
City of Falls Church school buses will be equipped with video cameras designed to catch motorists who blow past stop signs that appear when buses stop to pick up or drop off children. City Council voted 6-0 on an ordinance Monday to equip school buses with video equipment. Mayor Nader Baroukh and council members Ron Peppe, Ira Kaylin, Phil Duncan, Johannah Barry and Dave Tarter supported the ordinance that would see violators fined $250. The ordinance came about after Falls Church City Public Schools bus drivers reported over a three-day period in November, 60 motorists sped by buses that were stopped while picking up or dropping off students. Vice-Mayor Dave Snyder was absent from Monday’s meeting. “The $250 is a deterrent,” Kaylin said …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Council will hold first work session of 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
After a break for the holidays, the City of Falls Church council will head back to work for 2013 Monday night at 7:30 p.m. The agenda is chocked full of items including council discussing the adoption of a resolution of support for the Federal Gun Safety Resolution. If council consensus is to proceed, a draft resolution for adoption at council’s regular meeting on Jan. 14 will be voted on. Council will also discuss storm water utility funding and a school bus enforcement ordinance. Still haven’t "liked" Falls Church Patch on Facebook or signed up for our free newsletter? Check out both and stay connected to what’s going on in Falls Church. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, too.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Looking to get a glimpse of Santa Claus in Falls Church?
1- City Council will hold a regular meeting at City Hall starting at 7:30 p.m. Here is the agenda for me the meeting. 2- The Recreation and Parks Department for the City of Falls Church will hold their annual Holiday Craft Show on Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. and Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Falls Church Community Center. 3- Want to see Santa Claus at Merrifield Garden Center in Falls Church? Here’s his schedule. 4- The city’s Sheriff’s Office will hold a free firearm home safety course at City Hall starting at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 28. The event is free but reservations are required. Call 703-248-5111 to reserve your spot. 5- If you are celebrating a birthday on Nov. 26, you share it …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department will donate a vehicle to another volunteer department in New York affected by Super Storm Sandy.
1- City Council will hold a work session at 7:30 p.m. in the Dogwood Room inside City Hall. 2- The Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department is donating its 2002 Freightliner/Medic Master reserve ambulance to the Island Park Volunteer Fire Department in Island Park, N.Y. so that they can continue to serve the public by providing basic emergency medical services. The crew will leave at 8 a.m. to deliver the vehicle. 3- Christmas trees will arrive for sale at the Merrifield Garden Center today. 4- The Recreation and Parks Department for the City of Falls Church will hold their annual Holiday Craft Show on Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. and Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Falls Church Community …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Leaf collection continues in the city.
1- City council will hold a work session tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Dogwood Room inside City Hall. 2- The Planning Commission will hold a regular meeting at 7:45 p.m. inside City Hall in city council chambers. 3- The City of Falls Church has waived fees for brush pick-up through Nov. 7. The city requests residents do the following to prepare both leaves and debris for collection: Place brush at the curb; do not obstruct the sidewalks or right-of-ways. Leave the gutter pan clear of all debris; Do not combine leaves and limbs. Rake or bag leaves independently from branches and other large yard debris; Cut large tree limbs into segments no longer than 5 feet; brush that exceeds this length requires additional manpower and resources…