Membership Meeting Minutes-April 13, 2016

  • Call to order, 7:34pm
  • Agenda items:
    • Capt. Dennis Andreas, Alexandria Police Report
    • Sheriff’s Office Report
    • Karen Graf, Chair Alexandria School Board
    • Jeff Bandy, Office of Real Estate Assessments
    • Land Use Committee Report
    • Update on Dominion Virginia transmission line project
    • Bylaws Committee Report
    • Announcements

  • Police report, Capt. Dennis Andreas
    • Crime up because nicer weather
    • 3 of 18 Part 1 larceny in Del Ray
    • Larcenies in front yards
      • Reminder: don’t leave valuables vulnerable
    • 4 theft from autombiles
      • Reminder: lock your car
    • Questions from members
      • Follow-up on parking matters
      • Follow-up on Old Town homicide
        • Arrest, no further comment
      • Maple Street assault
    • Announcement: Text for 911 service
      • Need to put location in text
      • More info is better
      • “Call if you can; text if you can’t”
      • Don’t abbreviate (aka avoid text-speak)
  • Sheriffs office, Lieutenant Monique Rea
    • Last report from Lt. Rea: Retiring after 30 years of service
    • Prison population down
    • Two incidents: One death and one attempted suicide attempt
    • Reading programs still accepting books (M-F, business hours)
  • Karen Graf, Chair Alexandria School Board
    • 4 years on board, 12 years in Del Ray, 3 children in ACPS
    • Her district enompasses Old Town, Potomac Yard, Del Ray, Arlandria
    • Priorities
      • Instruction
      • Infrastructure
        • Out of space!
        • Pre-school getting squeezed out
        • Goal: Space for everyone
      • Communications
        • Bad mouthing school not helpful
        • Ask for a tour
      • Q&A
        • Trailers? Not popular, expensive
        • Modernization: Cheaper. Old stuff still old, so build new
        • New elem school needed on west end
        • School choice? Limited space to opt into
        • Centralized preschool?
        • Seeking diversity in classroom
        • Potomac Yard school? Simpson Field would have to be pulled up
        • Possibly on north end of Potomac Yard: Vertical school?
  • Office of Real Estate Assessments, Jeff Bandy
    • Sales price vs assessment
    • Problem with land value
      • Infill developers –>Drivers of land value
      • Economics of deal = zoning + land –> larger the lot, larger the house =$$
      • 1-story homes target for redevelopment, working on margin
    • Defenses?
      • Historic District
      • Keep value up (run down property targeted for flipping
      • Vacant (undeveloped) lot more expensive, tear-down house has utilities, sidewalks, etc.
    • Lots of questions
    • Appeals: Both positive and negative experiences
  • New member recognition
    • Stephen Davis on Ashby
  • Land Use Committee
    • 113 E Custis/Teardown/contributing structure
    • Sicilian Pizza restaurant: Carry out/delivery 1504 MVA
    • Audi dealership site? Nothing to review
    • 2509 Leslie –>BZA
  • Update on Dominion Virginia Power transmission line, Jay Nestlerode
    • 9 possible alignments
    • CSX Alignment easier
    • Overhead option still in play, but not popular
    • Wish to file this summer, then six months
  • Simpson Park Update
    • Passive  Lawn
  • Bylaws Committee Report
    • Members to review proposal by 4/30
  • Announcements
    • Del Ray House & Garden Tour: May 7
    • National Night Out: Volunteer needed to coordinate August 2 event
    • Potomac Yard Metro update at next meeting
    • Del Ray Artisans
      • Shows: Creatures of the Sea (current), Surrealism (next) at gallery
      • Shows at Animal Shelter: Just Around the Corner. Next: Streets meet Glass
      • Spring2Action Lots of stuff going on at the Colasanto Center
    • Funding Request: Adopt-a-Park $500 for St. Asaph Park
      • Committee has raised $478.15
  • Adjournment

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