Next MCA Board Meeting:
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 7:30 PM
Pimmit Regional Library
MCA Summer Newsletter is now available online
Click here to read our newsletter, covering MCA activities from March 2015 to June 2015.
Survey of Aircraft Noise in McLean by McLean Citizens Association
McLean Citizens Association's (MCA) Transportation Committee is planning a public meeting with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) regarding impact of aircraft noise and this survey solicits data for assessing the impacts of aircraft noise on the community.
Here is the link to the online survey: Aircraft Noise Survey
Survey is due by September 30, 2015.
SAVE THE DATES!
Meetings are held McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue unless otherwise indicated.
Upcoming MCA-Sponsored Events:
Stay tuned for further details on this website!
Please come and bring your friends and neighbors.
- Thursday, September 17 , 7:00 p.m.: Discussion with Matt Haley, FCPS Budget Task Force Chair
- Wednesday, September 23 , 7:00 p.m.: MCA presents Panel Discussion for National Preparedness Month
McLean Community Center, Community Rooms A, B and C , 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean
September is National Preparedness Month. To encourage preparedness activities in the McLean area, on September 23, the McLean Citizens Association (MCA) is holding a program to showcase the Fairfax County Community Resilience Program's efforts to reach out to the entire community (residents, homeowner associations, citizens associations, parent-teacher associations, non-profit organizations, faith groups, community-based organizations and businesses) as community partners that are relied upon for day-to-day services, in times of disasters.
Four panels will discuss the following topics:
- The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) welcomes the whole community (businesses, families, organizations, houses of worship and more) to learn the principles of emergency preparedness, including how to make an emergency kit, develop an emergency plan and stay informed during emergencies.
- Businesses, organizations and families will learn tips and tools for developing their own emergency plans and how to be ready to assist with countywide recovery after disasters.
- The Community Resiliency Groups (CRG), what Community Based Organizations are part of it, and how this will benefit the community in times of disasters.
- How Volunteer Fairfax will interact with the CRG in times of disasters.
The program panel topics have been developed in collaboration with the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and Volunteer Fairfax. This will be the third consecutive National Preparedness Month Program planned and produced by the MCA.
- Friday, September 28, 7:30 p.m.: Conversation with Dr. Garza
Other MCA Activities:
MCA Sponsored Briefing on Route 7 Transit Plans. On June 9, 2015, McLean Citizens Association Transportation Committee hosted a public briefing by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission on transit plans for Route 7. Claire Randall, Transit Projects & Policy Manager at the NVTC, provided a high capacity transit proposals for Route 7 from Tysons to Alexandria. To review the presentation (click here).
MCA Passes Resolution Urging County's To Reconsider Its Proposal to Change Noise Ordinance. At its May 6 Board Meeting, the MCA passed a resolution raising concerns with Fairfax County’s proposal to raise permitted noise levels. Among other changes, the County plans to modify the noise ordnance to increase the noise level allowed on high school grounds from 55db to 72 db for cumulative noise. The proposed amendments to the noise ordnance would also permit noise from loudspeakers, construction noise etc from 7 am (8 on Sundays) to 11 pm (10 on Sundays) seven days a week. The resolution urged the Fairfax Board of Supervisors to send the proposal back to County staff for consideration of numerous issues. To read the resolution, click here.
This resolution followed a citizen awareness meeting that the MCA co-hosted with Dranesville District Superintendent John Foust on April 29, 2015. Of the over 125 people who attended this meeting, many participants expressed significant concerns about the Fairfax County's proposal, and many asked questions of the County staff that attended the meeting.
MCA Testifies to on County's Fiscal Year 2016 Advertised Budget Plan. On April 1, 2015, the MCA Board of Directors passed three resolutions related to the County's Advertised Budget Plan. One dealt with the overall budget plan; one addressed pension costs and benefits, which are important drivers of the County's financial obligations. And, one dealt with the determination of County pension obligations. On April 7, Budget and Taxation Committee Chair Dale Stein provided oral testimony before the County Board of Supervisors on the latter two resolutions. On April 9, MCA President provided MCA perspectives on the overall budget plan to the Board of Supervisors.
To read our resolutions click each link Fairfax County FY 2016 Budget (April 1, 2015), Fairfax County Pension Plans and their Costs (April 1, 2015), Determination of Fairfax County's Pension Obligations (April 1, 2015).
To read Sally Horn's written testimony, click here.
MCA Is on Top of Additional Noise Concerns. Many local residents and HOAs have asked what can be done to reduce the noise when the overhead metro trains come around the curve onto Route 123 from the Dulles Access Road. Others have reached out to us about the increased noise from aircraft flying over our area, particularly on ascents from and descents into Reagan National Airport. Our Transportation Committee is addressing the concerns about metro and aircraft noise, and is planning a public meeting with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
MCA Urges FCPS to Address Large Class Sizes
At its March 4 Board of Directors meeting, MCA overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution calling on the Fairfax County School Board and public school system to take steps to reduce the wide disparity in elementary school general education class sizes in the County and ensure that no child in the County's general education classes is in a class of 30-35 students. To read the resolution, click here.
MCA Calls for Changes to School Board Audit Committee
At its January 7 Board meeting, the MCA Board of Directors passed a resolution on financial and program audits of the school system. The resolution commended the School Board for the steps that it had taken to increase its independent capability to audit school system financial and programmatic activities, including the creation of an Auditor General position. It also urged the School Board to: (1) increase the independence of its Audit Committee by adding two community members and removing school system personnel from the Audit Committee; (2) adopt audit plans that allocate substantial time and resources to four specific steps designed to improve the scope, quality and transparency of program evaluations and performance audits. To view the resolution, click here.
IT IS TIME TO JOIN/RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN MCA: MCA's membership year runs from 1 January to 31 December. Membership continues to be just $15.00 per person. Please consider joining or renewing your membership to ensure that your voice is heard on these and other important issues facing McLean area residents. To learn more about MCA benefits and for a membership application, please click here.