Ashton Heights Civic Association 01/17/2018
Meeting Minutes

Scott Sklar, AHCA President, called the meeting to order at approximately 7:30 PM.

Members-at-Large Jim Richardson and Jim Feaster Members-at-Large Jim Richardson and Jim Feaster arranged a meeting with Arlington County, the Community House Manager and a neighbor who has had complaints about concerns about the Community House on Jackson St. AHCA was able to create an overall understanding to reduce problems.

Jack Spilsbury of our Development/Zoning Committee brought us up to date on the Staples lot and the proposed development for a long-term hotel on this location. There will be a follow up meeting on February 6, 2018 of the long-range planning committee, where it is being suggested that any concerned members of our community attend.

Patrick Lueb our Transportation Representative attended a community forum hosted by Congressman Don Beyer on helicopter noise this past Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018 held at Abingdon Elementary School.  This forum is a result of numerous noise complaints about helicopters flying over Arlington County and is part of a study funded in last year’s Defense Authorization Act.  This forum had representatives from the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps, to solicit input from the community to help shape the study.   Some of the community’s inputs included requesting information to confirm the missions for each flight, if they are necessary, if they are tracked and if there are any acoustical studies on the impact of the noise made by these flights.  Congressman Beyer will be posting information on his website as it becomes available.

Scott took the opportunity to thank AHCA VP for Membership Jim O’Brien for his follow up emails to Ashton Heights Civic Association members to pay their dues. He also thanked AHCA VP for Programs Julia Tanner for her arranging for the various speaker sat our AHCA meetings,  and AHCA Newsletter Editor Daniel Berkland for his work in getting out of our newsletter.

Greg Morse of our Schools Committee reported that the new middle schools boundaries have been approved by the School Board. There has been some thought about redrawing the elementary school boundaries, but this is not happening yet. The issue of renaming some of the county schools for now, seems to have been kicked down the road.

Ann Felker asked if we could get a Treasurer’s Report of our budget. Maybe this could be posted on our website. AHCA President Scott Sklar replied that he would arrange.

A question was brought up about if our newsletter could be printed in color, which will be looked into. This also brought up the question of posting our newsletter on our website or emailing it to our neighbors, instead of delivering paper copies door-to-door. Apparently of our 1200 households, many still want to receive the paper copies.

Tom Hutchins, Arlington County Department of Transportation, Capital Projects – presentation about the street improvements along Wilson Blvd. and what is planned for Clarendon Circle improvements for this next year.

Alyssa Ford Morel – Audubon at Home gave a presentation called “Care of our World: Stewardship and Sustainability at Your Own Home”

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:00 pm, and AHCA members mingled, finished up the food and put away chairs.

Respectfully submitted by, Jodie Flakowicz, January 26, 2018.