GCA News May 2016

Ah, it is a refreshing time of year, indeed, to live in the Greenbriar community. Lushness abounds … unfortunately, in tandem with tree pollen and, seemingly, never-ending weed proliferation. Just hang in there and try to enjoy it. Not much time for pleasantries this issue, given the amount of activity over the last month that I need to convey.

In Memoriam

I was deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of Helen Hile, a long-time resident of Middle Ridge Drive, at the age of 87. I met her in my role as the district 1A rep for which she served as a highly effective block captain. We developed a great friendship over the years. Aside from Helen’s many volunteer contributions and interests, she was, easily, one of the sweetest and kindest people I met in all my years in the community. Her recently deceased husband, Paul, was a prior GCA president. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her will deeply miss her warm smile and nature.

Plaza Lane Access to Shopping Center

Acting on concerns from members of the community, I arranged a meeting with the property manager of Greenbriar Town Center at the end of March. I asked for their support to help improve access for the handicapped and families with strollers to the rear of the shopping center near Total Wine. Following a second site visit, the property manager sent me a follow-up email on April 1 stating, “Please let your community know at the board meeting that we are researching the best way to make this an improvement, and we will have specifics in the near future.”

Parking Violation Concerns

A host of parking tickets issued to residents on Penner Lane in the wee hours of the morning last month caused quite a stir. I heard from irate residents deeply upset by this unexpected and, in their view, “unnecessary” tickets because they had parked their cars on the wrong side of the road, against the flow of traffic. I truly empathize with their plight. However, the tickets were valid based upon Virginia State law. Previous issues of the Flyer contained a list of county and state parking violations to be aware of … another reason to read your Flyer and keep it on hand as a reference.

Fairfax County Leadership and Community Leaders Conference

I recently attended a daylong conference of community leaders that was sponsored by Fairfax County and held at Falls Church High School. What a great event! I gathered a host of insights that I will share with my successor as to how to maximize use of the many county services and resources available to us. I focused on the code compliance, VDOT and best practices sessions, and I walked away with a much greater respect for how county funds are most efficiently used. Just a few interesting facts, from many, were that VDOT has filled 10,000 potholes since January 1, 2016! Trust me, VDOT is spread thin. Also, the code compliance
area has 35 employees who work 7,000 cases! They use litigation only as a last resort.

Greenbriar Commons Park Improvements

At our April 5 GCA board meeting, we approved a set-aside of $6,000 to (pending Fairfax County Park Authority approval) install two additional picnic tables and four additional benches in the park. GCA still has a balance of $2,732 in the escrow account for the recent sidewalk improvement that will go against the total costs of the proposed improvement. Any monies remaining will be credited back to GCA. As of the date of submission of this column, we were arranging a meeting with the park manager to discuss specific locations. Hopefully, within a reasonable timeframe we will have an “aesthetically” pleasing and more practical arrangement for visitors using the park. Also, FCPA has removed some dead trees from the park and put in a new trashcan near the picnic area.

Exercise Equipment on the Trail

Residents have noted the dismantling of the exercise equipment along the Rocky Run Stream trail. Park officials removed the equipment because it will be obsolete “in the near future” due to the requirement that they meet a new set of standards set by the National Playground Safety Institute and new requirements by the American Society of Testing and Materials. Rather than have someone unknowingly try to make improvements to the equipment, the FCPA decided to dismantle the equipment now. If the equipment were replaced at some time in the future, it would not be done by the FCPA.

Horseshoe Pits

FCPA wants to eliminate the horseshoe pits currently in place near the volleyball court. The pits are rarely, if ever, used, and the FCPA considers them an eyesore. However, FCPA will not act against community wishes. Personally, if no one is using the pits, I believe they should be removed. However, if you are a horseshoe enthusiast and think you will want use of the pits, let me know. Like virtually everything else in Greenbriar, I can’t assume what residents want or need if I don’t hear from you.

Deer-culling Program Update

Dr. Katherine Edwards and her team of wildlife specialists gave a great presentation at the GCA board meeting on April 5. We had invited the community to attend the meeting to ask questions or express any concerns about the program. Dr. Edwards and her team answered relevant questions in detail and provided a comprehensive handout to the board. Surprisingly, given the recent controversy surrounding the program, only a handful of residents attended the meeting, and none of them voiced any opposition to the program. If you weren’t able to attend the meeting but have questions or concerns about the program, we encourage you to contact Dr. Edwards at katherine.edwards@fairfaxcounty.gov or at 703-324-0224.

I still want to hear from you on your nominations for the 2016 Greenbriar Citizen of the Year; nominations close on May 31. Also, the application deadline for the GCA-sponsored scholarship award is May 13.

Lastly, I can’t leave without congratulating my friend and block captain, David James on Middle Ridge Drive, on the announcement of his upcoming marriage. Best wishes to you, David!

And to everybody else, relish the lifestyle that is Greenbriar in the spring.

Vince Krevinas is the current GCA President