County Lifts Ban on Advisory Group Meetings

County Lifts Ban on Advisory Group Meetings
The County Board has revised rules for holding meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Commission chairs will no longer have to seek county-staff permission to hold meetings. Meetings will be allowed in-person or in a hybrid format, in addition to the previously announced virtual format. Sadly, county officials have dropped the requirement that meetings be live-streamed on YouTube and the county website. InsideNoVa

Jul 6 Planning Commission Restarts Meetings

Planning Commission to Restart Meetings July 6
After a 4 month suspension due to COVID-19 restrictions, the County Planning Commission will resume meetings. For the foreseeable future metings will be held virtually, online. It is expected that other Commissions will do likewise. Virtual meetings are expected to make meetings more accessible, boosting citizen participation. InsideNoVa

County Launches “We Are Covered” Campaign

County Launches “We Are Covered” Campaign
Look for “We Are Covered” badges posted in retail stores, restaurants, apartment buildings, salons, grocery stores, hotels, churches, synagogues, mosques and more.

The “We Are Covered” program gives Arlington businesses and residences a way to show the public they are pledged to protect people who come through their doors by actively supporting the face covering requirement.

Give your support to businesses that care for your safety.


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Cristol Apologizes for Criticism of Beer Garden

Cristol Apologizes for Criticism of Beer Garden
On Saturday, Katie Cristol retweeted a photo which showed a large crowd, none wearing masks, outdoors at The Lot beer garden near LV. On Monday, Cristol tweeted that she was wrong after The Lot insisted that it followed “all CDC, state, and local guidelines.”

Cristol also stated in her tweet that “too many ppl = an administrative problem the County needs to fix.”

Katie Cristol Tweet

The issue stems from the Governor’s order using Certificates of Occupancy to set limits on bars and restaurants. This was an easy way to set a limit using existing data. Unfortunately, Certificates of Occupancy are intended for fire safety, not epidemic safety. The Lot is an outdoors beer garden, with an easy exit available in virtually every direction and therefore has a high occupancy limit of 750 people.

The crowded Lot demonstrates need for better way to set limits with epidemic safety in mind. Hopefully, the County will review Certificates of Occupancy in light of their new significance.

“Every community is one wild weekend away from falling off a cliff.”
— Dr Thomas Dobbs, Mississippi Chief State Health Officer

Unanticipated Consequences Hit County Parks

Unanticipated Consequences Hit County Parks
After the Dept of Environmental Services stopped picking up yard waste, some frustrated Arlington residents began leaving their yard waste in Arlington’s now-closed county parks. Arlington Parks & Rec is not happy about this and urges residents to make use of the limited options offered by Environmental Services. Yard Waste Options

County Response To Hunger

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

County Response To Hunger
The County has created the Cooperative for a Hunger Free Arlington (CHFA) to help coordinate efforts to assure every Arlington resident has food during the pandemic. CHFA will work to expand community food distribution and add new initiatives. In the coming weeks, the CHFA, in coordination with the County, schools and other community partners, will share more details and communicate expanded easy-to-access resources for food assistance, building on the full range of current resources.

Food, Financial and Medical Assistance for Neighbors in Need  website

News Release

Proposed County Budget Slashed

Proposed County Budget Slashed
Arlington expects a $56M drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Arlington Public Schools expect a $21.6M drop.

The revised FY 2021 proposed budget maintains only current levels of service, removes all salary increases, places many projects on hold,Click to Continue Reading…

All County Commission Meetings Cancelled

All County Commission Meetings Cancelled
Members of Arlington’s advisory commissions and boards were told that their meetings have been put on hold for the foreseeable future. Meetings may be held virtually for decisions directly related to COVID-19 and other essential continuity of business matters.
Story at ArlNOW

Developer Spare That Tree

Developer Spare That Tree
Rampant development by spec builders is rapidly changing the character of Lyon Village and surrounding neighborhoods. A towering, 96-foot, 60-inch diameter, 175-210 year old, oak tree at 5920 N. 35th St, believed to be Arlington’s tallest outside the National Cemetery, is threatened by developers seeking to clear cut the lot where it stands. Full story at Falls Church News Press

County Offers Help with Utility Bills

County Offers Help with Utility Bills
Anyone struggling to pay a County utility bill (water/sewer/refuse) should call the DES Customer Contact Center at 703-228-5000, Mon-Fri, 7AM to 7PM. You may be eligible for special payment arrangements without accrual of additional late fees.

Scooters Yes, E-Bikes No

Scooters Yes, E-Bikes No
Five e-scooter firms: Bird, Jump, Lime, Razor and Skip were approved to operate in Arlington county. Three others were rejected for various reasons, like lack of speedometers on their scooters. The only applicant for electric-bicycles failed to get County approval. Sun Gazette

County Government To Go 80% Solar by 2022

County Government To Go 80% Solar by 2022

County Board voted unanimously to acquire 80% of its electricity from a Dominion Energy solar farm in southern Virginia, Pittsylvania County.

This exceeds the County’s Community Energy Plan goal of having at least 50% of the electricity for County operations come from renewable sources by 2022.

The agreement does not require any capital funding or upfront costs from the County. Over time, this agreement is expected to be cost neutral. The project will have no impact on customer rates.

Arlington County is purchasing output from nearly one-third of a solar farm; and, under a separate agreement, Amazon is purchasing the remainder of the output from the same project.

For more details see County press release

Survey: County Utility Rates

The County is conducting a utility rate study to review the way costs are recovered for water and wastewater services.

This includes a brief survey on the values behind the rate structure that are important to residents. On the survey page you can select different “Community Values” that lead to short questionnaires. You can select one or more of the “Community Values” that align closest to your values and respond to the accompanying questionnaires.

Survey Page

You can also visit the Water & Wastewater 101 Resource page to get basic information on the County’s water and wastewater services and rates.

Project Page

Arlington’s SMD (E-Scooter/E-Bike) Pilot Evaluation Report

Arlington’s SMD (E-Scooter/E-Bike) Pilot Evaluation Report
Arlington’s pilot kicked off in September 2018 with Bird and Lime and is expected to end in December 2019 with seven operators. This report provides the results of the evaluation of the nine-month Arlington County pilot program, including trends in deployment, utilization and feedback from the community to understand Shared Mobility Device (SMD) adoption and system performance. Click to Continue Reading…

Vehicle Decals No Longer Needed

Vehicle Decals No Longer Needed
The Arlington County Board voted last year to eliminate the requirement to display a decal. You can remove your old decal and dispose of it. The Motor Vehicle License fee ($33 for cars), which is an annual registration fee, has not been eliminated.

Candidates Night 2019 Meeting Recap

The October meeting featured three of the four County Board candidates running for the two open seats. Arron O’Dell did not attend.
Christian Dorsey (incumbent Democrat) Website
Katie Cristol (incumbent Democrat) Website
Audrey Clement (Independent) Website
Arron O’Dell (Independent) Website

Opening Statements
Clement

Cristol

Dorsey

Question 1     
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Trash Bins: What’s the Law?

The Arlington County Code is available online for all to read.
Problems with trash bins are covered in:
 ● Chapter 10 “Trash, Recycling And Care Of Premises”
  ● Article I. “Residential Trash, Recycling and Organics”
   ● § 10-6. Storage, Removal, and Maintenance
    ● E. Failure to adhere to the storage, removal,
       and maintenance provisions
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