Draft Minutes May 10, 2017 Meeting

 
Providence District Council (PDC) Meeting Minutes
Date: Wednesday May 10, 2017
 
Time7:30pm – 9 pm
 
Location:   Providence Community Center, 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax (upstairs classroom)
 
Agenda:  
7:30 pm – Election of 2017 – 2018 PDC Officers
7:45 pm – Administrative Items
8:00 pm – I-66 Briefing
 
 
1)   Election of 2017 – 2018 PDC Officers
 
PDC Officers elections for 2017-2018 were held.  The outcomes of the elections are noted below:
 
Jeff Agnew – President
 
Erika Yalowitz – Vice President
 
Flint Webb – Membership Chair
 
Marie Gerritz – Recording Secretary*
 
Dana Opp – Treasurer*
 
 * Indicates an officer returning to the same position as the last term.
 
 
2)     Administrative Items
 
PDC President Report (Tania Hossain):  
Tania Hossain welcomed guests and reviewed the meeting agenda.  She then thanked past officers and welcomed the new officers.   Tania will finish her term as PDC President then hand over the position to Jeff Agnew.  Reminder of the PDC Annual Picnic on June 14.
    
Membership Chair Report (Kosmo Tatalias)
One new member joined the PDC .   There are now 17 paid Association members.  The PDC membership years ends 5/31/17.  Kosmo will finish his term as PDC Membership Chair then hand over the position to Flint Webb.  
Recording Secretary Report (Marie Gerritz):  
Nothing new to report.
 
Treasurer Report (R. Dana Opp III)
There was no financial activity (income or expenditures) in the month of April.  The bank balance at the end of April 2017 was $900.04.
 
3)     Interstate-66 Briefing:
 
Virginia Delegate Mark Keam spoke regarding his stance on the I-66 Outside the Beltway (OTB) project.  He had concerns including the potential big trucks coming through Dunn Loring with the current I-66 Express Lanes proposed design.  He will strive for minimal impact to our communities, especially Dunn Loring.
 
Delegate Keam encouraged the community to spread the word and attend VDOT I-66 public meetings to help get their concerns heard.  (Refer to information further below for more information about expressing citizen concerns.)
 
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Megaprojects Director Susan Shaw was the primary speaker of this public briefing.  In November 2016, EMP was selected to deliver the I-66 project.  EMP is comprised of Equity Investors (Cintra Global LTD, Meridiam Infrastructure North American Fund II) and Design-Build Contractors (Ferrovial Agroman US Corp, Allan Myers VA, Inc.).  Various representatives from Express Mobility Partners (EMP) were also present to speak and answer questions.  VDOT and EMP together have been presenting information and obtaining public input on the I-66 OTB design.
 
Per VDOT and EMP, the Transform 66 “Outside the Beltway” project scope includes:
 
 – 2 Express Lanes in each direction from I-495 to Gainesville
 – 3 General Purpose (GP) lanes in each direction
 – New and expanded transit service and park-and-ride lots
 – Interchange improvements
 
Projected Timeline:
June 2017 – Public Information Meetings
Fall 2017 – Design Public Hearing
Fall 2017 – Initial Construction
December 2017 – possible tolling begins in limited areas
 
July 2022 – Tolling complete
August 2022 – Project Completion
 
In April 2017, Virginia Governor McAuliffe announced that the proposed ramp over Gallows Road was cancelled from the VDOT design plan. The Governor said this change was made specifically in response to citizens’ concerns.  This helps demonstrate that with a unified voice, citizens can make a positive difference.
 
Certain trucks will be permitted on the Express Lanes, while others will be prohibited.  PDC meeting attendees expressed strong concerns about big trucks (such as tractor trailers and gas tankers) being permitted on these 70mph Express Lanes, under the current design.  There were concerns of safety as well as an increase in trucks and overall traffic (including trucks that don’t currently drive through our communities, but may be attracted to the swifter Express Lane routes and exits.)
 
Things you can do to help make a difference in the design:
a)  Attend a public meeting about the project to find out more and voice your concerns.   Future Public Information Meetings will be held 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the following times and locations:
 
Monday, June 12, 2017
Oakton High School
2900 Sutton Road, Vienna, Virginia 22181
 
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Stone Middle School
5500 Sully Park Drive, Centreville, VA 20120
 
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Piney Branch Elementary School
8301 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, Virginia 20136
 
b)  Provide comments and suggestions to your Elected Officials. 
     Contact Governor McAuliffe:
 
For additional Elected Officials to contact as well as other ways citizens can make a difference, go to:   https://transform66wisely.org/what-can-i-do
c)  Provide suggestions and comments to VDOT and its project partners. Go to:   http://outside.transform66.org/provide_input/default.asp
 
If you prefer to make a comment to VDOT that is not visible on the discussion board, email Transform66@VDOT.Virginia.gov or complete an online comment form found at:   http://outside.transform66.org/contact_us/default.asp
 
Stay Informed:
To stay informed about the I-66 project from a citizen’s perspective, go to:
https://transform66wisely.org/.  You can also sign up to receive updates from here.
 
To learn more about VDOT’s I-66 Outside the Beltway project go to:   http://outside.transform66.org
You can also sign up to receive VDOT project updates from here.
 
A copy of the VDOT I-66 slide presentation can be found at: