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Approved - November 2023 Minutes

Draft - HCA Meeting Minutes November 2, 2023

Zoom meeting attendees: 11


 Tamara Srader, President

 Mark Rogers, Vice President

 Michelle Arsenault, Secretary

 Michael Hamill - Treasurer

Official meeting called to Order @19:36 (7:36pm)

 Announcement & overview of published agenda

 Review of Minutes from October 2023 - minutes can be found on the HCA website

2023 meeting were voted on and approved with no corrections. Ray relayed a comment from a neighbor

who praised the thoroughness of the minutes.

 Treasurer’s Report. Budget approval

 Committee and Other Reports.

o MVCCA (Mount Vernon Council of Citizens’ Associations, Inc.,) is looking for volunteers. More

information can be found on the MVCCA website in the latest issue of The

Record. Contact Tamara and she can connect people who would like to


o MVCCA - Environment and Recreation - Alan Ruof. No update.

o MVCCA - Planning and Zoning - Ray Novitske. Meets on first Monday, so haven’t met this month.

o MVCCA - Transportation Committee - Jason Zaragoza. No update, except for the President’s

update on the VDOT Woodrow Wilson Bridge project (see below).

o MVCCA - Education Committee - Mark Rogers. No update.

 HCA President’s Report - Tamara Srader.

o As per the president, via email: “As of the mailing of the Newsletter we have 31 members who

have paid their $12 dues for 2023. Prior to our vote for new officers, we will be checking the

membership. As of today’s date, if we have a payment for you a response was sent through email

confirming your dues payment. Thank you to those who have helped support our small but mighty

organization. We need approximately 40 paying members to cover our expenses each year.” To

o The October MVCCA meeting was cancelled, and instead VDOT held a meeting to talk about

changes to lanes on Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Elected representatives were present. VDOT seeks to

expand HOT lanes across the Bridge. Members discussed the history of this project, including the

fact that MD had not agreed to anything, and the project cannot move forward without their

participation. VDOT got lots of pushback at the meeting, which they were not expecting, because

the community was not included in the early conversations.

the project includes an environmental impact study and there will be other opportunities for

public comment.

o The stairs at the top of Biscayne leading to the Metro are semi-open and will be fully open in


o Fairfax County has been doing parking enforcement in the neighborhood, and officers have issued

about 166 citations.

o November elections for 2024 HCA Officers. To date Tamara hasn’t received any interest from

members. Nominations will be taken during the meeting. Per HCA bylaws, only paid members can

vote. You can join by visiting the website at

o No members volunteered to run for an officer position, and therefore the current officers will

continue in their positions: Michael Hamill – Treasurer; Michelle Arsenault – Secretary; Mark

Rogers - Vice President; and Tamara Srader - President. There were no objections, so the group

voted by consent.

o Ray asked to discuss internet costs at a future date.

o Here is the draft budget we will be discussing and voting on for 2024. Please consider supporting

us next year.

 HCA Member Time (if you would like to discuss a specific topic, please email Tamara Srader, HCA president

prior to the meeting at

o The Parks department has been monitoring and cleaning the path at the top of Blaine. The

new leadership is very conscientious, and responsive. Please reach out to Mark Rogers and he

can relay any requests or comments. Liz Kepferle has also contacted them via the online forms.

o The house at top of Biscayne (on the left) will be on the market soon, and there’s a concern

that it will be sold to another developer.

o The log cabin in the woods at the top of Biscayne has been renovated and is advertised for

rent at 2850.00/month.

o Laverle mentioned having a potluck at the holidays in lieu of the business meeting, perhaps at

the community center in lower Huntington. He volunteered to help and asked if anyone else

wanted to assist. Please contact LaVerle or Ray

if interested. Folks were enthusiastic about the idea. Darin and Kendal volunteered to help, as

they live close to the community center.

o Darin volunteered to build and set up a wooden sign reminding folks of the monthly meetings

to get more participation.

 The meeting was adjourned at 20:18


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