Below are items of interest that the Arlington County Board will consider at its April Board Meeting, which will be held Saturday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 21. View the full agenda, and staff reports.
Saturday, April 18 Regular Meeting
(Note: this meeting starts at 8:30 am with public comment.)
Wilson School historic designation: The County Manager is recommending that the Board deny the proposed Local Historic District Designation request of the Fort Myer Heights School – the 1910 section of the Wilson School – and a portion of the property located at 1601 Wilson Blvd. The Manager is also recommending that the Board direct County and Arlington Public School staff to work with the Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board to explore ways to memorialize and commemorate the historical and community values of the school. In March the School Board voted unanimously not to support the historic designation of the school. The site is slated for construction of a larger new school, athletic fields and open space. Read the report, (Item #35 on the Agenda).
Preservation and renovation of Clarendon Court Apartments, 103 affordable units: The County Manager is recommending that the Board grant Affordable Housing Investment (AHIF) funds to McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS) for the project. MBS is seeking an AHIF loan of $5.792 million to buy the property, with its 103 affordable units. MBS plans to deepen the affordability of some units; pursue tax credits to fully renovate the property and provide up to 10 new permanent supportive housing units and six accessible units as part of the renovations. Read the report, (Item #31 on the Agenda).
Replacing Washington Lee High School’s synthetic turf field: The County Manager is recommending that the County Board consider awarding a $670,638 contract to GTR Turf, Inc. to replace the heavily used 10-year-old turf field. Arlington Public Schools will share the cost of the replacement. Read the report, (Item #24 on the Agenda).
Cutting penalties in half for late payment of real estate taxes: The Treasurer is recommending that the Board consider adopting an amendment to the Arlington County Code that would reduce the penalty for delinquent real estate taxes paid within 30 days of the due date from 10 percent to 5 percent. The Treasurer has concluded that the 10 percent penalty is unnecessarily harsh for taxpayers who pay after but within 30 days of the due date. Taxpayers who are more than 30 days delinquent would continue to incur a 10 percent late payment penalty. Read the report, (Item #20 on the Agenda).
Tuesday, April 21 Recessed Meeting
At the 3 p.m. session
Notable Trees: The Board will honor trees that are notable for their age, size, historical or community interest, uniqueness of species or of special significance to a neighborhood. The winners of this annual designation receive a certificate or plaque, and their trees are placed on the County’s register of Notable Trees. To learn more about the program, visit the County website.
Bill Thomas Park Service Volunteer Award: Each year, the County Board honors Arlington residents who demonstrate a passionate dedication to and support for our parks programs, natural resources and public open space. The award is named for lifelong parks volunteer Bill Thomas.
At the 6:30 p.m. session:
Proclamation honoring Sholom “Doc” Friedman and Public Shoe Store: The Board will honor Sholom “Doc” Friedman for his more than half-century of service to the community as the owner of Public Shoe Store on Wilson Boulevard in Clarendon. Friedman plans to retire this spring, and the store, which has served generations of Arlingtonians and has been an integral part of the fabric of Clarendon, will close.
Adoption of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget: Concluding a months-long process of public review, the Board will adopt the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget and set the Calendar Year 2015 real estate tax rate, commercial real estate tax rate and sanitary district tax rate. The public hearings have been held, and the discussion will be limited to the Board. The staff reports will be available following the Board’s final budget decisions and mark-up, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 16. (Arlington Television will broadcast the mark-up session live. You can watch it on Comcast, Channels 25 and 74, Verizon FIOS, Channels 39 and 40, or on the County website.)