AH April 2018 newsletter available here

Alcova Heights newsletter April 2018

Hard copy should follow in a  couple of days.

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School Walk Zones

APS (Arlington Public Schools) is putting a plan in place to develop new elementary school boundaries.  As a first step, they are reviewing school walk zones and looking at potentially expanding those zones.  While we currently don’t have any walk zones in Alcova Heights at the elementary school level that could change.
I got a request yesterday from APS for 2 Alcova Heights representatives to participate in the walk zone review process.  Unfortunately, we need to identify the volunteers quickly as the first meetings are next week.  The lack of notice is because they didn’t include us originally, because we currently don’t have any elementary school walk zones.  Fortunately they changed their minds.
I’m putting this out on the listserve for 2 reasons.  First, I want you to be aware of what is going on. Second, we need two volunteers to participate and represent the neighborhood in the walk zone review process.  If you have elementary school age children or will be at some point soon, this might be just the thing for you!  That said, others are more than welcome to volunteer.
From what I understand, this will be a relatively short effort.  There are 2 meetings next week – one on Feb 28 that involves Barcroft and Randolph, and another on March 1 regarding the new Fleet Elementary (under construction next to TJ Middle School) and Patrick Henry (soon to be the Montessori school).  The idea is for the reps to then come back to the community and get feedback before the follow on meetings later in March.  Please see the attachment for more details.  If for some reason you can’t access the attachment, it should be available on the Alcova website later this evening.
If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know as soon as possible.  If you’d like to discuss it further, please feel free to call me at 703-350-8648.
Lander
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January 2018 newsletter is out

Click to read it – Alcova newsletter January 2018

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Streetlight demonstration information

AH Streetlights demonstration, Spring 2018 – letter from the County

Upcoming Streetlight Testing and Demonstration in Your Neighborhood

Dear Residents, Your neighborhood has been selected for a streetlight demonstration as part of the County’s Streetlight Management Plan (SMP). The SMP focuses on researching new streetlight technology, investigating ways to enhance the appearance of our streetscapes, updating lighting standards and improving outage reporting. The SMP will also guide County staff on the selection of future streetlight technology, optimization of maintenance, and general service delivery needs. For more information about the SMP, visit: https://projects.arlingtonva.us/projects/streetlights-management-plan/. The following streets have been selected: • S Irving St between 7th St S and 9th St S • S Ivy St between 7th St S and 9th St S • 9th St S between S Ivy St and S Quincy St • 6th St S between S Glebe Rd and S Quincy St • 7th St S between S Glebe Rd and S Quincy St • 8th St S between S Glebe Rd and S Quincy St • Columbia Pike between S Oakland St and S Veitch St • George Mason Dr between Lee Hwy and Washington Blvd Attached is a map of the locations (see pdf letter above). Beginning in mid-January, the new LED streetlights will be temporarily installed for approximately two to three months. Residents should expect inconveniences such as: dust, noise, debris, and other temporary construction-related activities. You may also see additional utility marking and excavation as some of the locations may require additional pole installation. We will make every effort to minimize the inconvenience and greatly appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. After the test period, these streetlights and temporary poles will be removed and the original lights will be reinstalled. During this time, a streetlight demonstration for the Streetlight Community Advisory Panel will be hosted by the County to share more about the streetlight technology and different products. This demonstration will be open to the public and we invite you and your community to share any feedback. Our team will provide more information about the demonstration once a date and time is finalized. To learn more about our streetlights and LED lights, visit: https://transportation.arlingtonva.us/streets/street-lights/. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Santosh Neupane at 703-228-0778 or at sneupane@arlingtonva.us. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. DES Communications

 

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Alcova Heights Motion on Proposed Path Easement Through the National Foreign Affairs Training Center

Email to Arlington County Board
Date: Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 6:51 PM
Subject: Alcova Heights Motion on Proposed Path Easement Through the National Foreign Affairs Training Center

Members of the Arlington County Board,

At an Alcova Heights Citizens Association meeting on January 11, 2017, the Association approved the motion below indicating our opposition to the County obtaining an easement from GSA through the NFATC that would allow a path to be built from 3rd Street to 6th Street.  The motion passed 31 to 16.

“MOTION: To express the views of the Alcova Heights Citizens’ Association that we are opposed to any property easements or eminent domain to establish a path or road connecting 3th and 6th Streets via private or federal property.”

The vote followed a presentation and lengthy discussion with County Staff who were present. Our thanks to Staff for participating in the meeting.

We also discussed with Staff our continued desire to save the sledding hill adjacent to the end of South Quincy Street.  While GSA has told us this is not possible, we would appreciate any efforts the County can make to convince GSA to change its plans so the sledding hill can be saved.

Lastly, we again shared with Staff our desire to see a path constructed through Alcova Heights Park that would replace the path that GSA recently closed that ran through the NFATC from South Quincy Street over to George Mason Drive.  A replacement path would provide much needed east-west connectivity.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Lander Allin
President, Alcova Heights Citizens Association

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NFATC Final EA Comments

Alcova Heights Citizens’ Association sent NFATC Final EA Comments on 6 May 2017.

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Petitions in Opposition to NFATC Adjacent Path

On January 2, 2018, neighbor Sara Uzel provided an Adjacent Homeowners Petition  Opposing a 3rd to Quincy Street path with signatures from all residential properties that share a property line with the SE Area corner of the NFATC site.

Additionally, a Petition and Map Opposing an alternative 3rd to 6th Street path were submitted (December 2017).

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