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3/7/2018

County of Loudoun               Algonkian District               March 2018

Greetings Community Great Falls Chase



Dear
Neighbors,

It's once again March. Many of
you get excited each March due to March Madness. For many, filling your
brackets is a fun pastime. For the Board of Supervisors, March Madness means
budget work sessions. We have completed our budget public hearings and now
the heavy lifting begins. Information regarding the proposed budget is
included below and I encourage each of you to review the budget information
in detail. Additionally, the newsletter includes other information and
updates related to our community. As always, you may contact me directly at
703-771-5033 or via email at Suzanne.Volpe@loudoun.gov with any questions or concerns.


Most sincerely,

Suzanne Volpe











Hot Topics











Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget Process

The
County Administrator presented the proposed FY 2019 budget to the Board of
Supervisors in mid-February. The proposed budget totals $2.3 billion in
appropriations for the county government and Loudoun County Public Schools.
The equalized rate is $1.09, which means the average homeowner would pay the
same amount of tax as they are currently paying. This can vary based on the
assessed value of your home. If the assessed value of your home has
increased, then the amount of tax you will be required to pay would be
adjusted. Per the County Assessor's Office, the assessed value of taxable
property in the Algonkian District increased 3.37% from last year to this
year. For a better understanding, the breakdown in the increases in assessed
value is as follows:

Single Family Detached
Homes 2.4%

Townhouses
5.1%

Condominiums
3.9%

The Board of Supervisors
directed the County Administrator to provide two additional tax rate options
for our consideration. The options are one cent higher than the equalized tax
rate ($1.10) and one cent lower than the equalized rate ($1.08). The graphic
below details how each dollar of tax revenue is allocated in the proposed
budget.

The Board of Supervisors just
completed three public hearings on the proposed budget and I am deeply
appreciative of all the residents, who provided input to the Board. We will
now hold multiple budget work sessions over the next few weeks to discuss
specific department requests. If you were unable to attend one of the public
hearings, you may still provide input via email at bos@loudoun.gov. You may also contact my
office directly at 703-771-5033 with any questions.











Sugarland Run Pipe Replacement Project -
Phase II

Loudoun Water will be replacing
the existing water mains along Middleton Lane, Greencastle Road, Oak Shade
Road and Calvert Court to improve reliability of water service. As you may be
aware, these water mains were originally installed in the 1960s. The project
will include replacing approximately 3,000 linear feet of existing cast iron
water main under existing roads with new six inch and eight inch diameter
ductile iron water main. The existing ¾ inch water services from the water
meter to the street along these highlighted mains will also be replaced with
new one inch copper water services.


Construction is scheduled to
begin this month by installing above ground temporary bypass piping to
maintain water service during the project. There may temporary water service
interruptions to install water valves at various street intersections within
the local area. These water service interruptions should not last longer than
a four-hour period. Effected residents will be provided two-day advanced
notice prior to any service interruption. Normal work hours will be from 7:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Single lane closures will occur
during the project and include signs with flag personnel to ensure safety.
Residents should watch for 'No Parking' zones, which will be posted
72-hours prior to construction activity. This will be a lengthy project. www.loudounwater.org/current-projects/sugarland-run-pipe-replacement-project-phase-2











Contractor Selected for Turf
Installation at Dominion High School

Last week, the Loudoun County
School Board awarded the contract to install synthetic grass at the stadium
field at Dominion High School in Sterling. The cost for the project is
approximately $1.58 million and Loudoun County Public School construction
staff confirmed the installation is on schedule to be completed over the
summer. Additionally, the track will also be resurfaced as part of this
project.











Board Approves Schedule for Upcoming
Phases of Envision Loudoun Process

In February, the Loudoun
County Board of Supervisors approved the schedule for the upcoming phases of
the Envision Loudoun process, which will result in a new Comprehensive Plan
for the county. The plan, once adopted, will outline policies for addressing
Loudoun County's most pressing issues, including community facilities and
supporting infrastructure, economic development, fiscal management, quality
development, redevelopment and reuse, residential housing choice and
diversity, and the Suburban Policy and Transition Policy Areas.


Throughout March and April, the
Stakeholders Committee will review drafts of the two components of the new
Comprehensive Plan: a new General Plan and a new Countywide Transportation
Plan. During the last two weeks of May, the third round of Envision
Loudoun's public outreach component will take place. Six open houses are
planned throughout the county, in which residents will have an opportunity to
comment on both the new General Plan and the Countywide Transportation Plan.
Public input will be captured at these events, as well as through online
platforms, and will be shared with the Stakeholders Committee for review at
its June 18, 2018 meeting. In July, the Stakeholders Committee's
recommended plan will be presented to the Board of Supervisors, after which
the plan will move on to the Planning Commission for review and public
comment.


It is expected that the Envision
Loudoun process will be completed in early 2019, when the Board of
Supervisors conducts its final review, public hearing and endorsement of the
new Comprehensive Plan and Countywide Transportation Plan. Residents may
learn more about the process by visiting www.loudoun.gov/EnvisionLoudoun











Transportation Updates











Route 7/Route 659 Bridge Work, Traffic
Shifts & Detours Scheduled

As part of the Route 7/Route 659
(Belmont Ridge Road) Interchange Project, residents can expect a traffic
shift as part of preparations for a significant milestone of the Route
7/Route 659 Interchange Project. This milestone is the first phase of the opening
of the interchange bridge. The work will consist of two phases to allow
for the construction of the ramps and spurs on the southeast corner and
northeast corner of the interchange bridge. The work will eliminate the
traffic signal on Route 7 and relocate Belmont Ridge Road northbound and
southbound traffic onto the bridge. During the initial traffic shift,
detours will be necessary to allow traffic to access Route 7 eastbound from
Belmont Ridge Road and Belmont Ridge Road from Route 7 westbound. The first
phase of the work is scheduled to begin on or about March 20, 2018, weather
permitting. The impact is outlined below.

Phase One: The first
phase opens traffic to the ramps and spurs on the west side of the bridge,
eliminates the signal at existing Route 7, and puts Belmont Ridge Road
traffic and the signal onto the interchange bridge. The Phase One traffic
shift will allow the contractor to begin construction of the ramps and spurs
on the east side of the bridge concurrently. This phase is expected to
take about two months to complete and will require traffic detours onto Route
7 eastbound from Belmont Ridge Road and onto Belmont Ridge Road from Route 7
westbound. The map below details the detours that will be place during
Phase One.


Phase Two: The second
phase will open traffic to the ramp and spur at the southeast corner of the
interchange, allowing access onto Route 7 eastbound from Belmont Ridge Road
and allowing the contractor to complete construction of the ramp at the
northeast corner. The Phase Two traffic shift is planned to be completed
within one month. The map below details the detours that will be in place
during Phase Two.



The County will also have
electronic message boards posted one week in advance of each planned traffic
shift to advise the public. https://www.loudoun.gov/route7-659











Proposed Transit Service Changes

The County Department of
Transportation and Capital Infrastructure (DTCI) conducts an annual
structured process to receive and evaluate proposed service changes to the
transit and commuter services program. DTCI provides an opportunity for
public input on the proposed changes, which will conclude on July 1,
2018. The proposed changes have been posted for public comment on the
Loudoun County website at www.loudoun.gov/buschanges.


Residents may provide public
comments through March 26, 2018 via email to transitcomments@loudoun.gov by
calling 703-771-5665. Please take this opportunity to review the proposed
changes to the transit and commuter services program. Your input will be
extremely helpful.











Route 7 & Battlefield Parkway
Interchange Design Public Hearing

The
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a design public
hearing on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. The public is invited to provide input
between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at John W. Tolbert Jr. Elementary School
located at 691 Potomac Station Drive in Leesburg. The project plans to
replace the traffic signal at Route 7 (East Market Street) and Battlefield
Parkway with an interchange to reduce congestion and improve traffic
operations. Also included in the project will be the elimination of the
traffic signal at Route 7 and Cardinal Park Drive (with modifications to the
intersection), accommodations for cyclists and pedestrians and new
interchange lighting. VDOT staff will be available during the hearing to
answer residents' questions as well.












Get Involved!











Kids Night at the Museum

The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum
is hosting a Kids Night at the Museum on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 6:00
p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 21668 Heritage Farm Lane in Sterling. Parents will drop
off their children (ages 3 years to 10 years old) for dinner and supervised
playtime. The event includes a pizza dinner, farm-themed craft activities,
stories and games. Preregistration and prepayment are required for this event
as space is limited. For more information or to register, please visit www.heritagefarmmuseum.org.











American Women in History Performance

The Cascades Library, located at
21030 Whitfield Place in Sterling, is hosting Bright Star Theatre on at 3:30
p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018. This program is designed for students
grades 2 to 8 and participants will enjoy learning about amazing women throughout
history. From Amelia Earhart, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Sacajawea and Susan B.
Anthony, this play celebrates the courageous, confident women who helped
shape our country. For more information or to reserve your seat, please call
the library at 703-444-3228.











INOVA Loudoun Hospital Health Screenings

INOVA Loudoun Hospital Mobile
Health Services will be providing free blood pressure screenings at a variety
of locations during the month of March. They will be at the Cascades Senior
Center located at 21060 Whitfield Place in Sterling from 9:00 a.m. to noon on
Tuesday, March 13 and March 27, 2018. For more information or other
locations, please call the Mobile Health hotline at 703-858-8818
or visit at www.inova.org/mobilehealth.











Bunny Bonanza!

The Heritage Farm Museum at Claude
Moore Park is hosting 'Bunny Bonanza' on Wednesday, March 28, 2018
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the museum located at 21668 Heritage Farm
Lane in Sterling. Children will have the opportunity to interact with live
rabbits, meet the Easter Bunny (photos welcome), and enjoy hands-on exhibits
and crafts. Participants will also learn about volunteer opportunities to
work with animals in the area. 'Bunny Bonanza' is included with a
paid museum admission fee. For more information, please visit www.loudounmuseum.com or call 571-258-3800.











Health & Wellness Expo

The
Second Annual Health & Wellness Expo will be held on Saturday, April 28,
2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Sterling Community Center located at
120 Enterprise Street in Sterling. Over 60 private and public caregivers have
already signed up for this event and are focused on the needs of
disadvantaged residents in the county. This event is open to the public at no
charge and food vendors will be on site throughout the event.

The event will include free
health screenings, including blood pressure screenings, glucose screening,
vision and hearing screening, nutrition, diabetes, pre-natal care, mental
health, fire safety, drug addiction, blood donation, legal aid, domestic
violence prevention, senior programs and care options, referrals and much
more.











Loudoun County Community Water &
Wastewater Project Assistance Program

The Loudoun County Water and
Wastewater Program is accepting applications for county assistance with
community water and/or wastewater projects through March 31, 2018. The
program is designed to support Loudoun County communities experiencing issues
with deficient or non-existent water and/or wastewater systems with funding
and other resources. Properly functioning water and wastewater systems help
assure a cleaner and healthier community. Communities that need assistance
are encouraged to apply after reading more about the opportunities available
for help at www.loudoun.gov/WaterProjects. Residents may also contact
Loudoun County Environmental Program Specialist Scott Fincham at 703-771-5520
or Scott.Fincham@loudoun.gov for more information.











Proper Disposal of Unused Or Expired
Medications

It's important to properly
dispose of unused or expired medications properly. The Loudoun County
Sheriff's Office has placed Medication Disposal Drop Boxes at each of their
facilities for the benefit of the community. Residents may drop off unused
prescription medications, prescription patches, over the counter medications,
vitamins, sample medications and even pet medications. There are two
convenient locations in our area:

  • Eastern Loudoun
    Sheriff's Station, 46620 East Frederick Drive, Sterling
  • University Center
    Sheriff's Station, 45299 Research Place, Ashburn

For more information, please
visit www.sheriff.loudoun.gov or call 703-777-1021.











Cascades MelaNoMore 5K Scheduled

The Fourth Annual Cascades
MelaNoMore 5K & Family Fun Run has been scheduled for Sunday, May 20,
2018 at 8:30 a.m. at the Cascades Marketplace located at 21000 Southbank
Street in Sterling. The goal of this event is to help raise awareness about
the dangers of melanoma, the warning signs, preventative measures and to
raise funds for the Melanoma Research Foundation. The event will include an
awards ceremony, raffle prizes, and a vendor fair with food and activities.
The Melanoma Research Foundation conducts research, education and the
treatment of melanoma. For those interested in participating, there are
opportunities to serve as a sponsor, to volunteer, and of course, to run! For
more information, please visit www.melanomore5k.com.











George Mason University Free Speakers
Bureau

The George Mason University
speakers program is comprised of over 100 faculty and staff who provide
lectures and guest presentations on hundreds of topics to organizations and
businesses free of charge. Rotary clubs, retirement communities and
businesses that offer 'lunch and learns' have been using this
service for over 20 years. Favorite topics range from 'Joint
Health: You Rest, You Rust' to 'Forty Years of Exploration of the
Surface of Mars.' For more information, please visit https://masonspeakers.gmu.edu or contact Sarah Gallagher
at 703-993-8761 or sgallag5@gmu.edu for more information.

















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