The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors this week approved the allocation of more than $4.6 million in federal funds for community development programs or projects for the poor and elderly.
The approval came despite objections from board Chairman John F. Herrity, who complained that too much of the federal Housing and Urban Development Block Grant funds will be spent on administrative costs and fees for outside consultants.
"We've seen this problem the past six years," Herrity said. "I think the money should be going to the people it's meant to serve rather than to these people who seem to make a living on these type programs." He noted that administrative costs were up 10 percent this year.
Among the programs that will receive community block grant funds:
$80,000 for the Alabama Drive Park in Herndon.
$118,000 to plan low- and moderate-income housing in the Gum Springs area.
$50,000 for a redevelopment study of the Rte. 1 corridor.
$50,000 to design and build the Tysons-Pimmit Park.
$20,000 for the proposed West Lawn Park in the Annandale area.
$15,000 to plan for more housing for the elderly in Reston.
$250,000 for work on the Lincoln-Lewis-Vannoy sewer system.
$60,000 to construct an overpass at the Jefferson Village apartments near Leohmann's Plaza.
$49,000 for Mount Eagle Park in the Fair Haven community.
In other business, the supervisors deferred action for 30 days on whether to allow a McDonald's restaurant to be built in West Springfield, near Rolling and Edinburgh roads. Residents in the area have objected to that location, contending that a fast-food restaurant there would create an eyesore in the larely residential community and would cause traffic problems for the adjacent 700-home Saratoga development.
However, last week, residents and McDonald's representatives said they were trying to work out a compromise.