The Springfield Civic Association (SCA) welcomes you as we enter a new era, a Springfield Renaissance, if you will. Our local mall commences its two-year rebuild in July; watch its rebirth as a town center. New hotels and office buildings are on the rise bringing new restaurants, new activity and a welcome breeze of renewal. The SCA has helped to make this happen, partnering with Fairfax County government, local businesses and adjoining civic associations and home owner associations. SCA’s tradition of community activism and grass roots engagement is alive, well, and looking to the future. Come be a part of it; there is something for everyone and your contribution will only make us more vital. Continue reading
Jeff McKay, Lee District Supervisor will update us on Lee District and Fairfax County news. Join us to find out what's going on in the County and our neighborhood. If you have questions you'd like to ask Supervisor McKay, bring them with you. There will be plenty of time for your questions and his answers. The social time starts at 7:00pm with snacks and drinks. The meeting begins at 7:30pm sharp. There will be a door prize drawing at 9:00pm. Do you know someone who has never been to a SCA meeting? Bring them with you!
The next Springfield Civic Association meeting will be on Tuesday, January 17th at Crestwood Elementary School. Social time begins at 7:00 featuring fresh cookies donated by Sandwich Republic. Our meeting follows at 7:30 featuring guest speakers Nancy-Jo Manney from the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, and Mr. Doug Loescher from the Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization. They will be discussing current and future developments planned for the Springfield area. Come on out and hear what's in store for our neighborhood.
Plenty of news about your neighborhood is included in the latest edition of the Springfield Reporter. Read it here.
The Springfield Civic Association will be meeting on Tuesday night (7:00pm Social, 7:30pm-9:00pm) at Crestwood Elementary School. The SCA President will provide updates on relevant topics within our community, as well as featured speakers from ECHO, Fairfax County Policy Department, and Rebuilding Together. This event is open to the public. If you would like to join the SCA dues are $15 per household-per year. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/springcivic/. Also, Springfield's Silver Diner will be raising money for the Crestwood PTA Tuesday evening. So go grab a bite, and come on over to join your community and participate in its current events!
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It's not too late to pay your yearly $15.00 dues. Your dues help to support SCA activities as well as our operating costs. Dues can be paid using one of three methods. You can pay using cash or check at the next membership meeting. You can send a check to SCA, PO Box 842, Springfield, VA 22150-0842. You can also pay using PayPal by clicking on the "Pay Now" button to the right. It's never too late to support your community by joining the Springfield Civic Association.
The September issue of the SCA newsletter, the Springfield Reporter, is available for viewing by clicking the "Resources" button above. This issue contains many articles and advertisments of interest to our neighborhood. Please remember to patronize our advertisers and support local businesses.
The first SCA meeting of the 2016-2017 year is almost here. On Tuesday, September 20, 2016 the SCA will hold a real estate forum with local real estate agents who will give tips on buying or selling a home. It's also a great opportunity to join the SCA. Dues are only $15 a year for the entire household and can be paid one of 3 ways. You can pay by cash or check at the meeting. You can pay using PayPal by clicking on the Pay Now button under Join SCA located on the right side of this page. You can also mail a check to SCA, PO Box 842, Springfield, VA 22150.
All of our meetings are held at Crestwood Elementary School, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield, VA 22150. Our social time begins at 7:00pm and the meeting starts promptly at 7:30pm. A door prize is given away at 9:00pm.
If you're interested in finding out what's going on in your community, the Springfield Civic Association meetings are the place to be!
The Springfield Civic Association has planned an exciting year of membership meetings. Our meeting on September 20, 2016 will focus on the real estate market in the Springfield area. Several agents will participate in a forum to talk about buying or selling in the current market and also share tips to help you get top dollar for your home if you plan to put it on the market. Come join us for this informative meeting. Social time starts at 7:00pm and the meeting begins at 7:30pm. A door prize will be given away at 9:00pm! Bring a friend!!
Our schedule for the rest of the year is as follows: November 15 – ECHO and Rebuilding Together
January 17 – Local Business/Chamber of Commerce
March 21 – Local Schools
May 16 – Supervisor Jeff McKay
This time of year, there is always a lot going on. Two issues that are clearly on my mind are the County budget and the poor conditions of our roads.
While the budget this year is an improvement to the past few years, an underperforming real estate market, uneven job growth, and high office vacancies meant the County needed to close an $85 million shortfall this year. In addition, schools have requested a transfer of over $100 million this year. The Board has been working diligently to assess the efficiency of every County agency through a LOBS (Lines of Business) review, holding budget public hearings, and getting feedback from our community in an effort to balance all of our needs, affordability for the taxpayer, and retention of our AAA Bond rating for superior financial management.
While the budget has been a major focus of mine over the last few months as Budget Committee Chairman, I have also been working diligently to see to the repaving and repairing of roads that for years have been neglected. This year’s winter, which brought us several feet of snow and icy conditions, left our roads in even worse condition.
You don’t have to drive far to see the numerous pot holes popping up on our streets – a number that seems to keep multiplying by the day. As you may know, most roads in Fairfax County are owned by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), a state, not county agency. This includes the maintenance and repaving of our roads. Although VDOT has been out filling potholes as they become a nuisance, those repairs are often only a temporary fix until repaving can be done.
VDOT recently increased its efforts to improve the condition of our roads, committing nearly $300 million of maintenance funds in the last two years to Northern Virginia. Every year, VDOT rates statewide pavement conditions and determines the best treatment to extend pavement life. Pavement condition, ride quality, efficiency of doing entire subdivisions, and traffic volume are all taken into account when they create their paving schedule.
VDOT will be refining and ultimately finalizing the list of roads that will be on the 2016 paving schedule in the coming weeks. Additionally, Delegate Mark Sickles and I met with representatives from VDOT last month to push for more paving in our community and more attention to our roads.
Subdivision repaving is happening comprehensively in areas for cost savings. This means whole neighborhoods are getting done together, not solely based on condition alone. While this is efficient, it can be frustrating since not all the roads in poor condition are going to be fixed in one paving season. Some that may appear to be in worse shape may not happen until next year or later.
To make a request to VDOT for road paving or to report a pothole you may contact them directly by visiting their website at http://www.virginiadot.org/ or calling them at 1-800-FOR-ROAD. Of course, as always, you can also contact my office at 703-971-6262 and we'll be glad to contact VDOT on your behalf.
As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Active citizens like you are what make Lee District and Fairfax County such a great place to live.