NOTICE OF TWO VOTES at the JANUARY 29, 2020 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

(1) At the December 18, 2019 General Membership meeting, members agreed to advertise the following two items for a vote at the January 29, 2020 General Membership meeting:

Prioritizing these two proposed Neighborhood Conservation Projects to determine which is the priority project that the civic association will submit to the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee, and which is the civic association's back-up Neighborhood Conservation project.

  1. Crosswalk and pedestrian safety improvements at the intersection of N Lexington and Wilson Blvd. In cooperation with the County's planned 8th Rd N and N Lexington sidewalk work.
  2. Crosswalk and pedestrian safety improvements and beautification at the intersection of 6th St N, N Emerson, and N Edison. Ongoing issues and pedestrian safety concerns at this intersection.

BACKGROUND: The civic association's Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee representative reviewed projects proposed by members with County staff to determine which were most viable to gain funding under the Neighborhood Conservation Plan process. Staff identified the above two projects as most viable.

(2) Amend the civic association bylaws from:

"For a General Meeting, a quorum is defined as the presence of the President and two (2) other voting members of the Executive Board, plus the presence of seven (7) other members of the Association, with one person present required to take meeting minutes."

TO:

"For a General Meeting, a quorum is defined as the presence of the President and two (2) other voting members of the Executive Board, plus the presence of four (4)other members of the Association, with one person present required to take meeting minutes."

BACKGROUND: Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised states that the quorum set in an organization's bylaws "should approximate the largest number that can be depended on to attend any meeting except in very bad weather or other extremely unfavorable conditions."

Announcement for the Wednesday, January 29, 2020 meeting

At our January 30, 2020 General Membership meeting, neighbors are encouraged to come discuss the status of the long-planned second entrance to the Ballston metro, and County initiatives to increase density in Arlington.

At 7:30 PM, we will have a presentation and Q&A with Kenex Sevilla, County Project Manager for the “western” entrance to the Ballston metro. We will discuss the status, including what comes next and the design of this western entrance. More information about the project is at the County’s project page at this link:
https://projects.arlingtonva.us/projects/ballston-mu-metro-station-west-entrance/

At 8:00 PM, we will have a presentation and Q&A with ARLNow columnist Peter Rousselot on County initiatives designed to further increase density in Arlington, including elimination of current caps on bonus density and elimination of current single-family zoning restrictions. (https://www.arlnow.com)

We will also discuss other concerns of Bluemont residents, including any you’d like to raise.

The General Membership Meeting begins at 7:30 PM and ends by 9:00 PM. Meet in the LIBRARY of Arlington Traditional School, 855 N. Edison Street.

Neighbors are also welcome to attend the Executive Board meeting that begins at 7:00 PM in the same location.

Announcement for the February 26, 2020 meeting

Neighbors are encouraged to join our February 26 General Membership meeting to discuss the impact of deer on Mary Carlin Woods and other neighborhood forests.

The meeting will feature a presentation and Q&A with Bill Browning, Arlington Regional Master Naturalists group.

White-tailed deer are a beautiful part of our landscape today and they provided an ample source of food for the early European settlers. In Virginia, we practically drove the deer population to extinction by the early 20thcentury, though it has recovered since then and approaches nearly a million in today’s world. Indeed, the deer numbers are so high today that they are endangering our forests and destroying habitat for other wildlife.

In this presentation, we’ll talk about how this population cycle has occurred, and what it means for our parks, forests, and neighborhood. We’ll also talk about the implications for continuing to ignore the increase in the number of deer, especially in Northern Virginia, and about how some of our neighboring jurisdictions have chosen to approach the problem.

For more information about Arlington Regional Master Naturalists, please see https://armn.org

Meet your new BCA team!

At the June 26, General Membership meeting, the following volunteers were elected to serve on the BCA Executive Board or delegates to the Arlington County Civic Federation.