Park Authority proposes higher fees for renting garden plots

The Fairfax County Park Authority is proposing to nearly double its fees for renting community garden plots during the next three years.

The change was proposed as part of the authority’s annual fee review.

The current $60 to $65 fee covers about half the agency’s costs for maintenance and providing water to the gardens. The program is popular, with all garden sites fully booked and a waiting list of hundreds of people wanting to reserve a plot, according to a staff analysis.

The Park Authority would double the fees by April 2015 but increase them incrementally to reduce the effect for gardeners. In addition, community garden contracts typically run from January to December, so those who have renewed their contracts for this year will not see an increase.

The proposed fee starting in April would be $80 for a half plot with water or a full plot without water availability, and $85 for a full plot with water. It would increase to $100 and $105 in April 2014, and $120 and $125 in April 2015.

The Park Authority also is proposing slight increases or restructuring of other fees for picnic shelter rentals, camping and ice skating. There is a proposal to eliminate fees for tours at the Sully Historic Site in Chantilly.

The public comment period on the proposals is open through Tuesday. For information, see www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/feemeeting.htm.

Supervisors: No raise for
county executive, attorney

Fairfax County supervisors performed their annual performance evaluations of County Executive Ed Long and County Attorney David Bobzein in closed meetings Jan. 8 and Jan. 28.

The Board of Supervisors said Fairfax County is “very well-served by these two outstanding public servants.” Such announcements typically come along with the announcement of a pay increase. But that was not the case this year, because Fairfax is expecting another lean budget year with no pay increases for other county employees.

Long’s base salary is $257,2812, and Bobzein makes a base salary of $210,114.

School system conducts public meetings on student discipline

The Fairfax County public schools Ad Hoc Community Committee on Student Rights and Responsibilities is holding meetings this month to discuss student discipline.

The meetings are designed to obtain input and feedback on current disciplinary practices and discuss the committee’s preliminary recommendations to the School Board for changes to the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook.

The meetings will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at McLean High School cafeteria and 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Falls Church High School Little Theater.

Spanish and Korean interpreters will be available at each meeting. Register and indicate your preferred language at www.surveymonkey.com/s/communitydialogue. Registration is not required.

— Fairfax County Times