26 June 2013 Sully District Council Meeting Minutes
by Jeffrey Parnes, First Vice President, Secretary Pro Tem

    Council Members:
    Jim Horner, Century Oak
    Mark McConn, President, Bull Run
    Jeff Parnes, 1st Vice President, Chantilly Highlands
    John Thillmann, Manderly
    Tami and Ted Troscianecki, Virginia Run
    Rick Vaughan, Dartmoor Woods HOA
    Kevin Wolfe, Franklin Glen

    Jim Bonk, Virginia Run
    Mike Collins, Congressman Connolly's office
    Bill Denny, Sully Station II
    Ed Donahue, Donahue & Sterns
    Jim Hart, BZA/PC
    Judith Heisenger, BRCA
    Bonnie Hobbs, Centreview
    Steve Logan, Virginia Run
    Mike Lott, CCIC
    Charles McAndrew, Franklin Farm
    Jo McCloskey, CCIC
    Daniel and Lynn Seitz, Poplar Tree


    The meeting was called to order by Council President Mark McConn at 7:00 PM.

  3. The minutes for the May 2013 Sully District Council are available online.

  4. Refer to the June agenda for meeting announcements.

  5. MEMBERSHIP PRESENTATION: Supervisor Frey's State of Sully Report

    1. 9:00
      • Proponent: Edward L. Donahue, Donahue & Stearns, PLC
      • Action: Planned upgrades for Crown Castle Hunter Mill DAS network
      • Location: Hunter Mill Road
      • Crown Castle is planning upgrades (ppt pdf) on certain DAS nodes in the Hunter Mill network to accommodate 4G LTE service by AT&T.
        The completion of this project will bring faster data speeds and increased network capacity to the areas served by the network, allowing these residents and mobile users access to cutting-edge wireless technology. The locations to be changed are highlighted in the attached slide deck.
        The work at each node involves removing the existing node cabinet and replacing it with a new-generation 4G cabinet which is similar in overall volume to what is currently permitted and installed. There will also be some replacing of cables and antennas contained within the existing shrouds and risers. Nodes 5, 6 and 7 are moving into initial construction and will be installed with this configuration under the current County building permits. While minor in nature, this work is a critical part of Crown's routine and continuing efforts to keep its DAS networks operating at peak performance.
        Crown expects to commence this activity as soon as weather and availability of our construction crews permit. Work at each node will be fairly brief, and Crown will manage traffic in conformance with its VDOT maintenance permit for occasional ROW work. Because this work involves (i) a "like-for-like" swapping out of components with no change in function, and (ii) no significant change in size to the permitted equipment and enclosures, Crown does not require and is not seeking any County approvals for this work. But, in the interest in being a good community partner and keeping you and the staff informed about our activities in the area, we wanted to provide you with this information ahead of our work in the field.
        The attached slides provide a list of the locations to be improved, sample "before" and "after" pictures of the cabinets, and a profile drawing of the new installation. We wanted to let you know about this work ahead of time so that you would be fully informed in case there are any resident inquiries to you or the Supervisors' offices.
      • DAS needs to improve - one carrier originally - Sprint, but would be available to upgrade. Verizon, ATT and T-mobile will be joining, these will have cabinet upgrades - no need for 2232 hearing, three out of the four proposed changes border Sully District
        Mergers - Sprint will deactivate push-to-talk this summer. These DAS poles are strong enough that there is no need to change the current antennas themselves, just to cabinets. Better service, no change to vision impact
        DAS allows for infill between tall towers
        Q What is the closest public safety facility that uses the towers? A Enhances 911 service, but not specific to any one facility. The wiring hubs don't have to be collected with the DAS poles, the hub for all but Verizon is located in an Oakton office park.
        DAS is low powered, and could not support a full network, but can fill in select network gaps, about 1/4 mile each .




    The meeting adjourned at 10:10 p.m.

    Respectively submitted by,

    Jeff Parnes

    1st Vice President and Secretary pro tem
    Sully District Council

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