Sully District Council
Nov. 17, 2010
Mark McConn – President, Bull Run Civic Association
Jeff Parnes – 1st Vice President, Chantilly Highlands Homes Association
Lewis Grimm – 2nd Vice President, Franklin Farm Foundation
Priscilla Knight – Secretary, Sully Station II
Jay Johnston – Virginia Run
I. Call to Order
President Mark McConn called the regular meeting of the Sully District Council to order at 7:00 p.m. at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., VA 20151.
II. New business
1. Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center -- Phase Two Project Update
Mr. Frank McNally, public affairs specialist for the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, gave an update on developments at the museum. A hanger is being restored. Above it will be a place for air and space archives. The archives “will be extensive.” Some of the funding will come from a $16 million gift from the family of a man who fought in WWII. The hanger and archives are scheduled to open to the public in September 2011.
Mr. McNally noted some of the special events at the museum: Wings and Wheels Day for Dad on Fathers’ Day; Air and Scare on Halloween; and Transformer Movie Day.
Mr. McNally said the Udvar-Hazy Center receives approximately 1.2 million visitors each year. The number is expected to increase when the subway extension is completed.
The Air and Space Museum needed more space to exhibit aircraft. In 1999, Steven Udvar-Hazy gave $65 million for the project. The Commonwealth of Virginia contributed $45 million. Boeing gave approximately $16 million. The Smithsonian Institute and other donors gave the rest.
2. Presentation from the Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF)
Ms. Melinda Artman, Nina Seebeck, Stephen Vandivere and Jim Daniels from CIF spoke about a proposed day labor site in the Centreville Square Shopping Center. CIF members are members of Wellspring United Church of Christ.
The Problem: People looking for work had been gathering at the library on Machen Road and St. Germaine. The library made some landscaping changes and the workers moved to the shopping center. The center’s owner asked CIF to operate a labor site in a tenant space at the center to have workers collect in one spot – away from entrances to the stores, and establishments.
CIF agreed, and it is doing an aggressive fundraising campaign to pay for the Worker Center’s operations. CIF has applied for five grants. It has raised about half of the money it needs.
The Worker Center will not be an employment center. It will operate from 6 a.m.to noon and have two employees and some volunteers.
CIF wants the Worker Center to be safe for the workers and their employers. Therefore, laborers must follow a code of conduct. A committee of seven laborers wrote the code.
CIF will inform the workers and their employers about local, state and federal taxes. Employers must pay taxes for the workers if they pay each of them $600 or more.
3. Widening Stringfellow Road near Chantilly Library
Mr. Parnes provided notes about the road widening project. Twelve utility companies are working on right-of-way issues. The ROW work will take approximately a year. VDOT hopes road construction will begin in spring 2012.
III. Old Business
Mr. Parnes reported that Fairfax County Solid Waste Management’s Electric Sunday recycling program in 2010 was successful.
The meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 7:00 p.m. (The November and December meetings were each moved up a week because of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.)
Respectively submitted by,
Sully District Council Secretary