Group Comes Together

To End Homelessness

A group of county government officials, nonprofit agencies and representatives of the faith community is seeking to develop a plan to end homelessness in Fairfax by 2015. The Board of Supervisors endorsed this effort on Monday and called for a homelessness summit to raise awareness.

The group, called the Planning Committee to End Homelessness, arises from an effort by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to end chronic homelessness by making approval of HUD grants contingent on putting together a 10-year plan.

Fairfax has about 2,000 homeless people, including more than 300 families with 700 children. Last winter, shelters were full and about 155 single people were living on county streets, according to officials.

Supervisors Want Report

On Plans for Avian Flu

The county Board of Supervisors has asked County Executive Anthony H. Griffin to give the board a report on what the county government is doing to respond to a possible avian influenza pandemic.

The supervisors said Monday that they want to know about the systems that would monitor the illness, instructions for employees about going to work, the availability of vaccines and a plan to instruct the public on steps it should take.

Falls Church to Buy

Three Acres for Park

The City of Falls Church has agreed to buy a three-acre parcel for use as parkland, officials said.

The Hamlett tract, at 601 W. Broad St., was purchased for $1 million, officials said. The seller is Lee Estates LLC.

The city owns land next to the Hamlett tract, enabling Falls Church to create a 41/2-acre contiguous park.

If the City Council approves the agreement, the park will be the third largest in Falls Church after Cherry Hill Park and Crossman Park at Four Mile Run.

"Given the declining opportunities to preserve land as open space, I'm delighted the city has been able to protect this environmentally important three acres," Vice Mayor Martha R. Meserve said in a news release.

The agreement has a term of 180 days. In addition to council approval, the purchase requires approval by the Planning Commission.

The Hamlett tract has been identified in the city's comprehensive plan for possible use as a park for more than 30 years.

Last year, the city's open space task force, which is developing an acquisition plan, formally requested that the City Council pursue buying the land as a top priority, according to the news release.

Funding for the purchase was allocated in the spring when the city refinanced a 1995 series bond to take advantage of lower interest rates.

New Director Named

For County 911 Services

Stephen H. Souder has been named director of the county's Department of Public Safety Communications. Souder will oversee the county's 911 call and dispatch system for police, fire and emergency medical services.

Souder, hired by the county Board of Supervisors, had previously worked as director of the Montgomery County Police Department's 911 emergency communications center, where he was named Maryland's director of the year in 2004. He starts work Nov. 2 and will be paid $118,000 a year.

Hearing Set on Plan to Curb

Feeding of Ducks, Geese

A hearing will be held Nov. 21 on a plan to establish a pilot program to prohibit the feeding of mallard ducks and Canada geese on 174 land parcels near Little Hunting Creek until Nov. 1, 2007. The idea is to reduce the number of waterfowl in the area in part because of a potential health risk.

The Board of Supervisors on Monday voted to set the hearing for 4:30 p.m. in the board room of the county Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy.

Board Backs Nomination

Of Prison as Landmark

The county Board of Supervisors on Monday endorsed a plan to nominate the former Lorton prison site as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Landmarks Register.

The nomination applies to a 552-acre area of the former D.C. Correctional Complex that the federal government transferred to the county and is being redeveloped. Some of the buildings would be preserved for historical reasons.