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Arlington to Hold CIP Public Hearing Tonight

by ARLnow.com June 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm 3,177 18 Comments

Arlington will be holding a public hearing tonight to seek comments on the county’s FY 2013-2022 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

The hearing is scheduled for 7:00 tonight (Tuesday) at the County Board Room on the third floor of 2100 Clarendon Boulevard. On-site speaker registration begins at 6:00 p.m. The hearing is being held in advance of the Board’s consideration of the CIP and the 2012 bond referenda at its July meeting.

The $2.4 billion proposed CIP includes “funding plans for the full range of County infrastructure needs, including parks, facilities, streets, transit, water and sewer infrastructure and technology.”

Among the bond referenda expected to be included on the Nov. 6 ballot, pending approval by the County Board next month:

  • … and $110.62 for everyone on the county board to have a large vanilla ice cream cone w/ rainbow sprinkles during said public hearing.

  • nom de guerre

    Can’t wait to see pictures of the outfits that the County Board members wear to this public hearing. Do you think Zimmie will wear his conductors outfit.

    • DCBuff

      No doubt with a choo-choo whistle around his neck.

    • The Hip Zimster

      I am hoping for hipster sport coat over the collarless shirt look….

  • DCBuff

    And a $240,000 freezer shaped like a steetcar to store the ice cream and raise property values to raise the tax base to pay for subsidized ice cream for certain groups, meanwhile crowding out locally owned ice cream businesses.

    • John K.

      You, sir, are ready to lead this county!

  • Mary-Austin

    They seem to think they are in the running to host the Olympics or something.

    Look guys you can take our $300 million streetcar down the block from the Days Inn then walk to our $42 million pool.

    • Wayne Kubicki

      The Long Bridge pools building is really $72.3M:

      – $42.5M in new bonds to be voted on this fall.
      – $9.8M in leftover bonding authority from the original $50M referendum approved in 2004 (which was supposed to cover 2 soccer fields AND a pools building).
      -$20M from TDR’s (the county selling excess zoning to a developer, transferring it from the Long Bridge site to someplace else in the County); it’s anticipated that this $20M may have to be borrowed in the interim, until the TDRs are sold. No one is quite sure what the TDRs are actually worth, BTW.

      • Elmer

        As they’ve lectured me time and time again: Its only chump change. Don’t sweat it.

        • thelevyisdry

          Then this chump (me) has an idea to bring an old McDonald’s cup and get some alms.

      • WeiQiang

        The original bond referendum was only for Phase 1, which covered sports fields (actually 4 fields and only 3 materialized), improvements to LB Drive, and various rain gardens and whatnot. Phase 2 included the aquatics center, which was estimated to be another $50M.

        Now, the scope of the aquatics/multiuse/aquasphere/whatever center has grown, so I suspect that your number may be correct. I tried to find the latest minutes on a meeting that discussed design changes to the center [ostensilby to contain costs], but was unable.

        • Wayne Kubicki

          Not so! The aquatics center was supposed to be included in the $50M bond referendum back in 2004.

          Taken from the FY05-FY10 CIP (which served as the basis for the November 2004 bond referendum):

          “The first phase includes site preparation, site development, the relocation of Old Jefferson Davis Highway, surface parking, a comprehensive aquatics and fitness center with a 50 meter pool, deep water pool, recreational pool, fitness and support space, two lighted synthetic grass athletic fields, central public space, open lawn area, concession, restroom and storage buildings, public art, site circulation, bikeways, site furnishings and landscaping.”

          Here’s the link: http://www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/ManagementAndFinance/cip_05/04/4parks&open_space_development.pdf

          • WeiQiang

            Thanks. I was going off of: http://www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/ParksRecreation/forums/northtract/ParksRecreationForumsNorthtractNorthTractFunding.aspx

            … which states: “$50 million for construction of the first phase of the park was made part of the Fiscal Year 2005 Park Bond Referendum and approved by Arlington voters in November 2004. The County will explore developing public-private partnerships to attract private investment in the project, in order to complete the full build out of the park and building.”

            Since “full build out of the park and building” was something to be completed after private investment was received and there was a delay with Monument Realty in 2005, your “first phase” [as reflected in your docs] and the County’s current “phase one” [as reflected in the actual contracts that were let] are different.

  • Elmer

    Anyone notice that the subject of a $2.4 billion county spending plan generates no interest by way of comment from the usual set of big spending lib/progressives who are so quick to jump on other issues on Arl.now?
    Only ten comments as now, 8:48 am, June 27 on this article which has been up since 3:50 pm yesterday.
    Guess its true that spending billions really is just chump change and not worthy of attention to some Arlingtonians.
    Have a nice day. As for me, I’m counting my pennies hoping I can make it to the next county tax day!

  • Anon

    What isn’t on the ballot this fall is $26.4M for acquisition of 2020 14th Street North. To put that in perspective, that’s more than the County is planning on spending on long-term maintenance on parks, county facilities, streets and transportation infrastructure FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS. Instead the acquisition is being funded through subject-to-appropriation debt, a rarely used funding mechanism that allows the Board to hide from voters their gross overspending on an unneeded building.

  • JnA

    No Internet video on the CB’s Web site of this meeting, where those on all sides of the aquatic center debate spoke. Why not? Ten year CIP is a very big deal.

    • John K.

      If you have Comcast, I suspect you will get ample opportunity to rewatch ad nauseum on channel 25. I tried to get through it last night, but I just couldn’t take more than 20 minutes…

  • HenryBennetXIII

    Nice numbers.
    But what is our total debt.
    Not our annual debt service payment
    But our debt total. And per person.

    And. Exactly WHO is predicting 4% growth? No no I mean EXPERTS..
    4% growth is a wet dream of epic proportions.

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