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Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
September 2002

News Flashes

The Rambler has learned that clearing has begun for the construction of South Van Dorn Street to Telegraph. The work is beginning in Kingstowne and it is estimated the construction will take six months to complete all the way to Telegraph. The work is being performed by the developer of Kingstowne and monitored by Fairfax County and VDOT. Hopefully, the new road will lessen traffic on Rose Hill Drive and Telegraph Road north of South Kings Highway. More information will be available in the October Rambler.

We want to make all residents aware of an incident on September 9 at the bus stop on Rose Hill Drive at the Library. About 11:30 p.m., a man walking past the area was asked for money by three men who were at the bus shelter. When he said he did not have any money, one of the men threatened to cut him with a knife. The pedestrian then ran across the street, with one of the suspects in pursuit, and made it to the 7-Eleven. Police responded but the suspects escaped. We will provide any updated information at the Tuesday meeting. In the meantime, exercise extra caution when walking at night.

Chief of Franconia VFD Visits RHCA Tuesday

Tim Fleming, chief of the Franconia Volunteer Fire Department, will be the guest speaker at the Rose Hill Civic Association's meeting on Tuesday, September 24, 7 p.m. at the John Marshall library. Chief Fleming will outline the extraordinary relationship between the volunteers and the county in providing first-class fire and rescue protection.

Recall the pictures of mangled and burned fire trucks in New York after the terrorist struck the World Trade Center? The Franconia Volunteers quickly donated one of their surplus fire trucks to New York at even drove it to New York where it remains in service. The truck was available because the Franconia Volunteers had recently purchased a new vehicle.

And when Fairfax County built the new Kingstowne station on Telegraph Road a few years but did not have the equipment to open it, guess who stepped up to provide the fire and rescue equipment? Professional firefighters and rescue personnel man both the Kingstowne and Franconia stations 24/7. Volunteers who meet the same high standard augment them with thousands of hours each year.

The Franconia FVD has been in operation since the 1930s and still has the first piece of equipment it purchased in 1937. It is operational and is displayed at parades and special events throughout the area. Money for the equipment comes from donations and the popular twice-weekly bingo sessions at the firehouse on Beulah Street.

While your tax dollars provide major support, we would not have the first-class service without the help of the volunteers. Let us have a good turnout Tuesday night to show Chief Fleming that Rose Hill greatly appreciates everyone associated with the Franconia Volunteer Fire Department!

President's Message

Two Land Development Issues Ongoing in Rose Hill

A Preliminary plan for development of 10 houses on a portion of the Highland Park pool site has been approved by the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. The next step is for the developer to submit a final plan for development. The County staff will evaluate such issues as problem soils, water runoff and other questions when the application is received.

And, a comprehensive plan amendment to increase the residential density for the Heritage Academy site on May Boulevard is scheduled for public hearing before the Planning Commission on Wednesday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax. The owner has requested an increase in density from the present 2-3 units per acre to 4-5 units per acre.

The two proposals are different in that the Highland Park case seeks approval to build within the existing zoning category and the Heritage case seeks to up the plan density as a prelude to a rezoning case. Both properties are zoned R-3, the same as the rest of Rose Hill. Since the Highland Park is being developed within the approved zoning category, no public hearing is required.

In the case of the Heritage application on the old Meadowview Swim Club site, your Association already has gone on record with the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors as opposed to the increase in density. The Lee District Land Use Advisory Committeealso has voted to oppose the application. RHCA also has asked the County to determine if the silos on the property have historic significance are worthy of preservation.

Individuals wishing to speak before the Planning Commission should call 703-324-2865 or log on to the Planning Commission web site at

http://fairfaxcounty.gov/pcom/

to be placed on the speakers' list. The Board of Supervisors' public hearing on the issue will be held beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 18. Call 703-324-3151 or log onto

http://fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/APR/main.htm

to be placed on the speakers' list.

Both the Planning Commission and the Board have a large number of planning issues on the agenda for those public hearings. The case number for the Heritage case is APR# 02-IV-9RH. Although the hearings start at 7:30 and 7 p.m., respectively, the Heritage case should be somewhat later on the agenda. If you do not plan to speak, but wish to monitor the issue, watch the hearings televised live on cable channel 16.

In the Highland Park case, RHCA has been promised a copy of the final development plan when the County receives it. If you are interested in seeing the plan, and will help coordinate a meeting for your neighbors, please contact me at 703-971-4716 or Vice President Terrie Dacales at 703-317-5912. Although there is no public hearing on the issue, we want to make sure community issues are thoroughly addressed. Your Association is concerned about adverse impacts on neighboring properties due to soils, steep slopes and water runoff. Access to the new homes will be via Maryview Street.

As of this writing, we know of NO new proposals for Rose Hill Section III, the large wooded area bordering Silo Road, Rose Hill Drive, Cottonwood Drive, Split Rock Road and Carriage Drive. If you live in the area notice any surveying or testing activity on the property, give me a call!

Welcome!

Since our last Rambler in June, a number of new neighbors have moved into our community. On behalf of the Rose Hill Civic Association, I welcome each of you and your families. The Association pledges to continue its work to make Rose Hill a pleasant place to live, play, and build equity in your property. No doubt among the major reasons you settled in Rose Hill are convenience, good schools, shopping, access to the transportation system, parks, and the library. Perhaps the community's greatest attribute is the pride shown by the overwhelming majority of homeowners who maintain their property in excellent shape. The pride of home ownership evident all over Rose Hill! With that in mind, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with Fairfax County's zoning rules and the community covenants. If you are unaware of the covenants, they can be found on-line at myrosehill.com, the Association's web site. Check out our web site for community information and links to other useful sites. The Association reports major zoning and Health Department violations regarding blight, junk cars and those without proper tags and/or County stickers, multiple-occupancy, commercial and institutional use of residential property. We do not get involved with disputes among neighbors, but we do report violations that take away from the overall ambiance of the community. We hope each of the newcomers will be active in the Association and help protect everyone's major investment

Election Day

In addition to the United States Senate and House of Representatives races, the sales tax increase referendum and a number of state and local bond issues, Rose Hill voters will find a contest for the Virginia Senate on the ballot November 5. Redistricting resulted in additional representation for Northern Virginia and an open seat in the 39th District, which includes precincts in the Braddock, Lee, Mount Vernon and Springfield magisterial districts of Fairfax County and the Coles and Occoquan districts in Prince William County. The new Senate district runs roughly from Telegraph Road westward to Route 123, south along 123, across the Occoquan and into Prince William County. The 39th includes 12 precincts in Lee, eight in Springfield, five in Mount Vernon and Occoquan, and two each in Braddock and Coles. Rose Hill resident Rosemary Lynch is the Democratic nominee while Jay O'Brien, currently a member of the House of Delegates from Springfield, is the Republican standard bearer. Because this is a special election to fill an open seat, the winner will be on the ballot again next year, seeking a full four-year term. For information about the candidates, contact Jay O'Brien at 703-451-7016 or www. jayobrien.org or Rosemary Lynch at 703-451-1004. Information concerning the state and local bond issues, plus any other updated election information, will be provided in the October Rambler.

Slow Down in Rose Hill

A number of residents have complained about speeders in our community. In response, your Association is having made two signs made asking drivers to obey the 25-mile per hour speed limit or face the consequences. The police do a good job with the radar on Rose Hill Drive, but we need to slow the traffic on the side streets. The signs will read:

SLOW DOWN!

WE REPORT SPEEDERS!

RHCA

As we learned from our police representatives last spring, letters of warning will be sent to speeders who are reported to the Franconia District station. If you see a car speeding or being operated in a reckless fashion on your street, try to get the license number and report it to the police at 703-691-2131 along with the date and time. Since many of the cars on our side streets are habitual offenders, do not be deterred if you miss the license plate the first time. Chances the car will be back again so keep an eye out for it. The owner of the speeding vehicle will hear from the police with a warning that police action could result. This method has worked in at least one situation where a car was seen continually speeding on a Rose Hill street. The car was reported and the owner (who was not the driver) received a letter and counseled the family member who was at the wheel.

The signs will first be placed at corner of Willowood Lane and Saddle Tree Drive and on Cottonwood Drive between Rose Hill Drive and Split Rock Road. They are portable (just like the signs announcing RHCA's meetings) and will be moved to other streets as needed. Give me a call at 703-971-4716 to get your street on the list. We do ask that you and you neighbors keep an eye out for speeders and report them to the police.

Playground Fire

On Monday, July 22, a fire consumed the playground at Rose Hill Elementary School. The Fire Marshall's office suspects arson and is asking anyone with information to call the Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 1-800-673-2777 or 703-691-8888. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. The equipment was made with a plastic, protective coating that fire officials say contributed to the fire quickly consuming the entire playground. Estimated cost of replacement is estimated to be $65,000. School officials report that new playground equipment has been ordered and is expected to be in place by mid-October or early November.

Flag at Park

Some years ago, the Rose Hill Civic Association provided a flag, pole and marker on the hill overlooking the entrance to Lee District Park at the intersection of Rose Hill Drive and Telegraph Road. A recent investigation revealed that the stone base is in disrepair and the plaque is unreadable. Even worse, there was no flag on the pole. I have contacted the park manager and suggested that we cooperate in repairing the marker, ordering a new plaque and obtaining a flag that at least can be displayed on holidays such as Independence Day, Flag Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day and Veteran's Day. This project will be one of the Association's major activities in the coming months. We hope to have it all in place by next spring and will schedule a rededication ceremony. As part of our membership drive in the first quarter of 2003, we will be appealing to your patriotism by asking for donations to offset the cost of repairing the base and purchase of a new plaque. We hope to acquire a flag that has flown over the United States Capitol for display at Lee District Park. If anyone has any suggestions, or would like to help with this project, please give me a call.

Beauty Update

After further review (as they say in the National Football League), we have added the residences of Tom Strah at 6421 Rose Hill Drive and Tim Eads at 6511 Cottonwood Drive to the list of Rose Hill Beauties for 2002. Both properties are truly deserving of the honor. To compensate for the fact that we had more winners than signs, we asked some those with signs from last year to forgo a new sign. We appreciate the cooperation. In order to save money in 2003, we are asking honorees to save their signs so the year can be updated should they win again. If you did not receive a sign, we have a few remaining. Give me a call and I will parcel them out as long as they last. We took care of Association members first, so if you have not yet received a sign, it probably means you are not on our membership roles. More than 70 percent of the winners were members of the Association. Thanks to all of those who take extra special care to make Rose Hill one of the most well kept communities in the area!

Report Crime Online

Such crimes include vandalism to vehicles or property, trespassing, theft (larceny up to $5,000), lost property, disorderly conduct, alcohol violations, parking violations, prescription fraud, noise violations, civil disputes, telephone threats, solicitor violations and suspicious persons. For a crime in progress, call 911! You can NOT use the on-line system to report any incident that occurred in the last 30 minutes, any type of violent crime, including assault, kidnapping, robbery, etc., any type of sex crime, theft or loss or of a firearm, stolen vehicles or license plates, breaking and entering or any type of traffic accident. To report these violations (if they are not in progress), call 703-691-2131. Your on-line report will be processed within 72 hours. A case number then will be provided to you for your records and insurance purposes. If you want an officer to respond, please call 703-691-2131. Remember; use 911 for all emergencies. The on-line reporting e-mail address is http://www.co.fairfax.va.us/ps/police/CRUMap.htm. Put this address on your list of contacts.

--Carl Sell

The next Rambler deadline is October 12, 2002.

The next delivery weekend is September 19-20.

 

Advertising in the Rambler

We have recently received several inquiries concerning advertising in the Rambler. While a listing in the Business Directory is free to Rose Hill residents who own their business, placing an actual advertisement is open to all with rates as follows per month:

Business Card size 3 1/2" x 2" $10
Quarter page size 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" $25
Half page size 7 1/2" x 4 3/4" $50
Full page size 7 1/2" x 9 3/4" $100

Ads may be bought for either one month only, month-to-month, or as many months in advance as desired. Our newsletter is published nine times a year, excluding July, August and December.

Advertising in the Rambler is an excellent way to reach the 700+ homes in our community. In addition, the ads each month are placed on our website. www.myrosehill.com for the world to see.

Anyone interested in placing an ad may call the editor (me) at 703-922-8290. I will need the artwork sent to me either electronically in a .tiff or .jpg format or as a hard copy through the mail. Checks made out to RHCA may be included with ads mailed to me, or sent to our PO Box 10891 for quick access to the treasurer.

Elizabeth Lambertson

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