Democrats Select Candidate
Fairfax County Democrats have chosen Ken Longmyer of Falls Church to face Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) in the Nov. 2 election for the U.S. House of Representatives.
By a unanimous vote, members of the 11th Congressional District Democratic Committee picked Longmyer, 66, a former foreign service officer and teacher who has lived in Northern Virginia since 1972.
In a written statement, Longmyer said he would run an aggressive campaign, accusing Davis of complacency and voting contrary to the district's interests. The district covers parts of Fairfax and Prince William counties and Fairfax City.
Forums on Beltway Widening
Virginia transportation officials will hold public meetings Tuesday and Wednesday to review and discuss plans to widen the Capital Beltway between Springfield and the American Legion Bridge.
Officials are considering widening the 14-mile stretch, expanding the interchanges and adding high occupancy toll lanes. More details are at http://project1.parsons.com/capitalbeltway/New_Overview.htm.
There will be no formal presentation at the meetings, but officials said they want to get public reaction and answer questions.
Tuesday's meeting is at the Fairview Park Marriott, 3111 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church. Wednesday's is at the Tysons Westpark-Best Western, 8401 Westpark Dr., McLean. Both meetings are from 5 to 8 p.m.
City Owes County Over Error
Fairfax City owes Fairfax County about $2.2 million because of a mistake by a rental car company, county officials said.
The unnamed company erroneously listed a Fairfax City address when it filed tax returns with the state, which in turn distributed the vehicle rental tax payments to the city. The company is in Fairfax County.
State auditors discovered the error, leading city and county officials to work out a payment schedule. The city will pay $1 million to the county this summer and will pay the balance in annual payments, including interest, for 10 years beginning July 15.
New General District Judge
Mitchell I. Mutnick of Burke recently was sworn in as a judge in the Fairfax County General District Court.
Mutnick was chosen by the General Assembly to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard T. Horan.
Mutnick, a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law, was admitted to the state bar in 1984 and has been a sole practitioner since then.
The General District Court hears cases involving traffic violations, criminal misdemeanors, civil suits of $15,000 or less and small claims. It also conducts preliminary hearings in felony cases.
For more information, call 703-246-4012.
Group Forms to Mull Rail Tax
Commercial property owners along the western edge of the Dulles International Airport corridor have formed an organization to discuss plans to tax themselves to finance the planned extension of Metrorail between Wiehle Avenue in Reston and the airport.
The Western Alliance for Rail to Dulles announced that it has been incorporated and has elected officers.
The organization will represent the interests of commercial property owners who are considering levying a special tax to fund the county's share of the Metrorail extension from Reston to Herndon to Dulles and eventually to Loudoun County.
The organization plans to draft a petition that will be circulated this summer calling for a tax rate increase of 5 to 7 cents for each $100 of assessed value. The commercial properties would be located within the tax district; most residential properties would be excluded. The estimated $188 million raised would finance bond sales by the county.
Once the second phase of the rail project is formally funded by all parties, the tax rate would increase to 25 to 29 cents for each $100 of assessed value.
On June 10, federal transit officials gave Virginia permission to begin engineering work on the rail extension's first phase, a $1.5 billion plan to extend Metro to Tysons Corner and Reston.
For more information, visit www.dullesrail.org.
Officials to Take Oath July 1
Fairfax City Mayor Robert F. Lederer and members of the City Council and School Board elected May 4 will be sworn in at 7 p.m. July 1 at the Veterans Amphitheater at City Hall.
If it rains, the ceremony and reception will be held at Sidney Lanier Middle School, 3710 Bevan Dr. City Hall is at 10455 Armstrong St. For more information, call 703-273-1776 or visit www.fairfaxva.gov.
Web Site Adds HOV Features
The Virginia Department of Transportation has added interactive high occupancy vehicle maps to its Web site, www.virginiadot.org.
The maps show how to access the rush-hour carpool lanes on Interstates 95, 395 and 66 and the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267) in Fairfax County. Users can calculate travel times and get information about park-and-ride lots.
Visitors to the site can click on "Morning Commute" or "Afternoon Commute" and see a simulation of how cars enter and exit HOV lanes and park-and-ride lots.
For more information on ride sharing, visit www.commuterconnections.com.
Dragonfly Survey on Sunday
The Riverbend Park nature center in Great Falls is inviting people to take part in its annual dragonfly survey by netting and counting dragonflies from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
The survey, part of a larger Potomac River dragonfly survey, has recorded more than 25 species of dragonflies.
There are about 500 species of dragonflies in the United States, scientists say, with new species described every year.
The event is free, but reservations are required. Participants should bring a sack lunch, water and binoculars. The nature center is at 8814 Jeffery Rd. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Building Code to Take Effect
Beginning Oct. 1, Fairfax County builders will have to conform to the 2000 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, county officials said.
A county official said in a news release that the code took effect last year, but the state granted a one-year grace period to give builders a chance to learn the specifications.
To comply with the new code, builders will need to update previously approved master file plans if those plans will be used after Oct. 1. Instead of submitting a new plan, builders can update sheets that do not meet the new code, officials said.
The county is issuing as many building permits as it can before the Oct. 1 deadline, the county official said.
To see the current estimated time frame for reviewing plans, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/construction/bpr_times.htm.
To check on the status of a permit or building plan review, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/isisnet.
For more information, call 703-222-5155 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/publications/lti/04-05.htm.
-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY
and STEPHEN C. FEHR