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Board Approves Snow Removal Ordinance, ART Fare Hike

by ARLnow.com June 13, 2010 at 6:30 am 2,179 9 Comments

The Arlington County Board approved a controversial snow removal ordinance on Saturday by a vote of 4-1. Board chairman Jay Fisette cast the lone ‘no’ vote, calling the hefty penalties in the ordinance “overkill.”

The board also passed a fare hike for the county’s ART and STAR buses. The base ART bus fare will increase from $1.25 to $1.50.

Additionally, the board approved a zoning change that will allow Army-Navy Country Club to build a sprawling new four-story clubhouse with views of Washington, D.C. As part of the zoning change, the club will allow an emergency access road to be constructed through its 254 acre grounds. The road, which will connect the Arlington Views neighborhood near Columbia Pike with Army Navy Drive near Pentagon City, will also be open to bicyclists and pedestrians.

For more information, see the county press releases on the snow removal ordinance, the transit fare hike and the Army-Navy clubhouse.

  • Dan

    Why did the county even bother to solicit comments from the public and then totally ignore the overwhelmingly negative comments from that forum ??
    The illusion of input is NOT the hallmark of a responsive government.

    • Thes

      The Board DID respond to the public, by passing the ordinance. Most of the e-mails to the Board were in favor of the ordinance, as were most of the people who came throughout the year to speak to them at the Board meeting. The Civic Federation has called for a snow ordinance for many years. Most of the Board’s discussion on Saturday was to address topics raised at the forum. For example, they set a County policy (new for this year) to have the County meet the same standard for clearing sidewalks they are setting for private property owners. The public comment session last month was not a vote, nor was it billed as such.

  • Marty

    Dear Dan, Our Arlington County Board is NOT responsive to citizen input. When will the citizens vote them away…..

  • Thanks to the County Board for approving the snow removal ordinance! All of us who had to climb over snow mountains on our way to work last winter appreciate the board’s responsiveness.

  • Katie

    There was a long stretch of snow/ice covering the sidewalk on A. Walter Reed Dr between 13th Rd and Columbia Pike. Problem is: there’s a vacant lot there, plus a few townhomes which face away from the street. So I have no idea who would be responsible for that.

    It’s more obvious in front of businesses, cf course. Brown’s Arlington Honda on Columbia Pike, hello?

  • Steve

    Vote breakdown:
    Tejada – yes
    Zimmerman – yes
    Fizette – No
    Hynes – yes
    Fazola – yes

    Vote was 4 – 1

    Watch Fizette’s very eloquent explanation of why this ordinance is a bad idea at (4:42) here: http://arlington.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1817

  • Steve

    To which Zimmerman replies: “well, yeah but… everyone else is doing it!”

    • Mike

      No one ever accused Zimmerman of having an original thought in his head.

  • Greg

    I seriously doubt that citizens can be compelled to maintain public sidewalks or rights of way which the governmental entity owning the property neglects to maintain itself. I can’t wait for the first legal challenge.

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