|Litter by a parking lot in central Annandale.|
Under state law, dumping trash on highways or private property is a class-one misdemeanor. Those found guilty are subject to jail terms up to 12 months and fines of $250 to $2,500. The resolution also urges county officials to facilitate the issuance of VDOT permitting for the Adopt-a-Highway program and to use the Fairfax County Office of the Sheriff’s Community Labor Force program to pick up litter.
Litter has been an ongoing issue for the MDC, which represents civic and homeowners associations throughout the Mason District. According to a survey conducted by the MDC, the physical condition of area businesses and roadways is the number-one concern of Mason residents. The survey results were discussed at the MDC’s Town Hall in January.
MDC is encouraging neighborhood groups to schedule cleanup events. There will be an Annandale cleanup on April 6, and the annual Culmore Cleanup Day will be April 20. See the Annandale Blog calendar or MDC website for more information on those and other cleanup events.
The MDC also passed a resolution aimed at promoting transparency in Fairfax County Public Schools financial and program audits. The resolution urges the school board to remove FCPS managers from the School Board Audit Committee and add two or more voting community representatives to the committee who are qualified financial experts and are independent of FCPS management. It also calls for the establishment of a separate, independent school board office to perform audits.
The MDC encouraged its member community associations to endorse the efforts by Concerned Residents of Landmark, a coalition of neighborhood groups fighting a ramp under development on Interstate 395 between the Edsall Road and Duke Street exits. The group charges the project will lead to dangerously high levels of air pollution and VDOT failed to conduct an appropriate environmental impact study.
Also at the meeting, Eileen Garnett described efforts by the Annandale Commercial Business District Planning Committee to maintain the Annandale streetscape and encourage new businesses to follow the committee’s design guidelines. If it hadn't been for those efforts, central Annandale would be in much worse shape.