(Correction 01-14-2015, 9:38 a.m., to correct the spellings of two Task Force Members.)
(Note: this release was corrected at 5 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2015 to reflect that the Board appointed 11 residents, plus the chairman, to the Task Force, and to eliminate the name of Bill Braswell, who was not appointed to the Task Force.)
- Former Arlington School Board Member Noah Simon to chair
- 11 other residents, representing broad range of stakeholders, appointed
- Task force to advise Board on future location for Fire Station No. 8
The County Board today appointed Noah Simon as chair of its Fire Station No. 8 Task Force. The task force is charged with reviewing viable sites for a replacement Fire Station 8 (currently located at Lee Highway and North Culpepper Street).
“While the early stages of this process clarified that there are only a limited number of acceptable sites that meet the County’s fire response goals, we heard from the broader community that more intense civic engagement was needed before making a final siting decision,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “That is why the County Board is embarking on this broader process. We look forward to the task force’s advice and recommendations.”
Simon is an Arlington resident who served on the Arlington School Board in 2013-2014. He is a former Capitol Hill staffer and previously worked for the American Red Cross. The Board appointed 11 other residents to the task force:
- Alisa Cowen – Old Dominion Civic Association
- Michael Hogan – Old Dominion Civic Association
- Marguarite Gooden — John M. Langston Civic Association
- Rodney Turner – John M. Langston Civic Association
- Anne Wilson – Donaldson Run Civic Association
- Frank McDermott — Bellevue Forest Civic Association
- Richard Samp – Old Glebe Civic Association
- Jim Pebley – Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission
- Patrick Bogenberger – Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission
- James Schroll – Planning Commission
- Terri Prell – Arlington Civic Federation
The Board approved the appointments by a vote of 5-0.
The County Board also amended the original charge to adjust task force membership and extend the due date for the final report. The task force will make its report to the County Board in May, 2016. The vote to amend the charge was 3 for, 0 against, and 2 abstaining (Mary Hynes and Walter Tejada).
On Sept. 24, 2015, the County Board accepted a recommendation from Acting County Manager Mark Schwartz that the Board create a community task force to help determine how best to move forward with a future location for Fire Station No. 8. On Oct. 20, 2015, the County Board adopted the original charge for the task force.