Huntington Community Association Meeting
April 4, 2019
1. Welcome and Introductions:
• Art Ovalle, President
• Caitlin Wilson, Treasurer
• David Sears, Secretary
2. Guest Speaker: MPO Marvin Goodley, Fairfax County Police Department
MPO Marvin Goodley has replaced Officer Robert Urps as our police liaison. Officer Urps moved to a West Springfield District to be closer to home.
Officer Goodley distributed graphs showing service calls and criminal reports for the neighborhood, all of which showed Huntington fairly quiet. The two hot spots for what crime there is continue to be the Metro and 7-Eleven, but there is no upward trend in events.
He encouraged participation in our Neighborhood Watch program (see below).
Join the Community Resiliency Group (CRG). Next meeting on June 4, 2019 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
3. HCA Committee Reports:
Planning and Zoning - Ray Novitske
Apparently, Fairfax County doesn’t allow gardens above a certain size in your front yard. Don't worry, though: it’s not an ordinance the county enforces.
Arden Apartments (next to 7-Eleven)
On Tuesday, April 9th at 2:00pm in the Mount Vernon District Government Center (2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306), there will be a Planning Commission meeting to discuss the project.
7-Eleven at 8629 Richmond Highway (Lukens Lane & Route 1)
Transportation - Jeff Woodward
A recent report on Route 1 traffic determined we don’t need a flyover at Huntington Avenue, even after the Riverside Apartments redevelopment.
VDOT has two small semi-portable speed caution signs but we can’t request them for Huntington Avenue because they’re only used on 3-lane (each direction) roads.
Environment and Recreation - Alan Ruof
Huntington Levee Update
The levee ribbon-cutting ceremony is still scheduled for the first week of June. As of now, it’s scheduled for a weekday morning, but Art Ovalle is working with Supervisor Storck and the project manager to find another date and time where more community residents might be able to attend.
Per our contacts at the County (Mr. David Franklin), local residents’ properties will be out of the floodplain for insurance purposes as of April 11, 2019.
Education – Meghan Woodward
Budget and Finance – Christoph Schmid
Neighborhood Watch – Nick Lombardo
If you would like to participate in Neighborhood Watch, there is training required. It’s short, a one-hour “class” at district police headquarters, and Nick will schedule it if there is enough demand. Contact him at NeighborhoodWatch.Huntington@gmail.com.
Nick will be moving soon so the HCA is looking for volunteers to take over his NW duties. If interested, please send a note to the above e-mail.
4. New Business/Action Items:
Earth Day cleanup
We’ll have a neighborhood clean-up on Saturday, April 20th at 10:30am. We’ll send out a reminder via email. As always, meet at the Old Chicago's Pizza restaurant parking lot and bring your clean-up tool of choice. We’ll focus on picking up trash along Huntington and sweeping gravel from the sidewalks.
5. Old Business/Updates:
6. Upcoming Local Events in Fairfax County:
• 2019 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs – Friday, April 5th and Saturday, April 6th. For more information visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/springfield/teenjobfairs
• Richmond Highway Urban Design Pop-Up #2 - April 6th at 11:00am. For more information visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/mountvernon/richmond-highway-urban-design-pop-2
7. Other Community Issues:
Someone mentioned they’ve noticed trash appearing in easement areas between Glendale Terrace and Fairview Terrace. Dumping in these areas is against the law; the HCA encourages anyone observing such activity to report it to the police, Fairfax County via the county website, the Fairfax County Non-Emergency Phone Number, or the HCA Neighborhood Watch.