Alcova Heights Citizens’ Association (AHCA) Meeting
November 20, 2014 – 7:00 pm
Arlington Baptist Church (714 S. Monroe Street)
1) Introductions – 5 minutes
2) Introduction and thanks to Pastor Mike Law (Arlington Baptist Church) and Staff for housing AHCA Meetings – 5 minutes
3) Thomas Jefferson committee updates – 10 minutes
4) Introduction of Community Policing Staff – 10 minutes
5) Arlington County Zoning Office – Robert Love – 15 minutes
6) Election of Officers and Delegates – 10 minutes
- President (Incumbent: Sara Uzel – not running)
- Nominees: 1) Kelly Holly
- Vice President (Incumbent: Kelly Holly – running for President)
- Nominees: 1) Mark Cole
- Treasurer (Incumbent: Mark Cole – running for Vice President)
- Nominees: 1) Karen Osterloh
- Secretary (Incumbent: David Saltiel – not running)
- Nominees: 1) Laura Cooke
- One Year Delegate (Incumbent: Karen Osterloh – running for Treasurer)
- Nominees: 1)
- Two-Delegate (Incumbent: Bill Rapp – not running)
- Nominees: 1) Karla Hagan
7) Committee Reports -15 minutes
8) Old and Unfinished Business
9) New Business
- The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm on November 20, 2014.
- Approximately 20 Alcova Heights residents were in attendance.
- 6 of 7 Board Members were in attendance
- Representatives from the Arlington County Police Department, the Arlington County Zoning Division, and the Arlington Baptist Church attended the meeting.
- Current Treasurer, Mark Cole, announced that the Association would soon be making it possible for neighbors to pay their dues via PayPal.
- Arlington Baptist Church
- Mike Law, Senior Pastor, Arlington Baptist Church introduced himself and Stacia Griffin, Church Administrator
- Mr. Law shared some background on his congregation and some information on upcoming church events.
- Mr. Law welcomed neighbors to call him or Ms. Griffin with any questions or concerns. (contact information)
- The Arlington Baptist Church has generously offered to allow AHCA to hold regular meetings in the church at no cost
- The AHCA thanks Mr. Law, Ms. Griffin, and the congregation for their hospitality.
- Thomas Jefferson School Addition
- Maura McMahon briefed neighbors on the ongoing considerations related to potentially co-locating a new elementary school with Thomas Jefferson (TJ) Middle School.
- A poll of the neighborhood taken recently (~50 responses) showed that respondents held mixed views of co-locating an elementary school on the TJ property.
- The same poll indicated that respondents held mixed view of expanding Barcroft elementary.
- The polls identified size, traffic, and the preservation of parkland/green space as major concerns.
- The TJ working group will deliver recommendations to the County in December and the County will issue a final report in January.
- While no decisions are final, if the TJ site is selected, the impact to parkland should be minimal.
- Neighbors with questions or concerns may contact Maura or Lois Koontz
- Arlington County Police Department
- Captain Stu Ellis, Third District Commander, introduced Sergeant Washington and Officer Manning. Three other officers are part of the District 3 team.
- Captain Ellis encouraged neighbors to contact District 3 (contact information) with any non-emergency concerns.
- Captain Ellis informed the meeting participants about recent airbag thefts.
- Arlington County Zoning Division
- Robert Love of the Arlington County Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development gave an overview of what the Zoning Division does (and what they do not do).
- The Zoning Division can only act within the limits of the zoning ordinance
- Concerns should include as much information as possible
- Election of Officers and Delegates
- Elections were held for six AHCA board positions:
- Two-year delegate TJ Ball’s term expires in 2015
- Nominations for all both positions were received prior to the meeting:
- President: Kelly Holly
- Vice-President: Mark Cole
- Treasure: Karen Osterloh
- Secretary: Laura Cooke
- Two-year Delegate: Karla Hagan
- One-year Delegate: Jonathan Barker
- No other nominations were received from the floor.
- Per the AHCA by-laws, at least 10 active AHCA members were in attendance
- A motion was made and seconded to forgo ballots and consider the nominations en bloc by voice vote. The motion passed unanimously.
- Nominated delegates were approved unanimously by voice vote.
- AHCA Representatives as of November 21, 2014:
- President: Kelly Holly (term expires in fall 2016)
- Vice-President: Mark Cole (term expires in fall 2016)
- Treasure: Karen Osterloh (term expires in fall 2016)
- Secretary: Laura Cooke (term expires in fall 2016)
- Two-year Delegate: Karla Hagan (term expires in fall 2016)
- Two-year Delegate: TJ Ball (term expires in fall 2015)
- One-year Delegate: Jonathan Barker (term expires in fall 2015)
- Committee Reports
7a. Civic Federation
- Mitzi Williams reported on the most recent Civic Federation meeting. Topics included affordable housing, parks, schools, and taxes. Minutes of Civic Federation meetings can be found here
- Lois Koontz has volunteered to represent Alcova Heights with the Civic Federation. Mitzi Williams will continue to do so, as well.
7b. Group Homes
- There is a new administrator for the group home on 2nd Street. No additional complaints have been received.
7c. Conservation Plan
- The neighborhood needs to identify projects.
- One idea is to develop a master plan for the park. Two neighbor shave offered to lead this effort.
- Other Business
- Neighbors interested in representing AHCA in the Form-Based Code Advisory group should contact Mark Cole.
- Car dealership on Monroe between Columbia Pike and 9th Street
- There is a limit to the number of cars they may have. This is a zoning issue
- The police have engaged with the owners of the dealership and have ticketed and towed three vehicles that were parked illegally or did not have current registrations
- Also working with the DMV
The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 pm.