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October 2017 BSCL Meeting

  • Barcroft Community House 800 South Buchanan Street Arlington, VA, 22204 United States (map)

BSCL met on October 7, 2017 for its monthly meeting.


President Chris Siple called the meeting to order at 7:30pm. The minutes of the
September meeting were approved as drafted.

Our program was a community discussion of a number of current neighborhood

1. Elaine Squeri and several other Barcrofters including Michael Nazaretz, Carol Harvey
and others are planning to produce another Barcroft tee shirt. They are thinking about
designs at this point.

2. Chris sent last month's resolution supporting the Ready for 100 Initiative (100% of
Arlington's electricity from renewable sources by 2035) to the County and to the Civic Federation. The Federation's Legislative Committee supported the resolution
unanimously, and it will be voted on in their November meeting.

3. The old Dominion Energy substation in the 400 block of S. Pershing Dr. continues to
be a concern. Dominion recently removed trees and other growth from the fenced in
property without reference to the Chesapeake protection regulations, and there is now
Kudzu growing in the lot. Chris will send a letter to the County about the Kudzu, and
copy it to Dominion with a note that we are concerned. (County contact is Sarah
Archer, 703-228- 1862, but she is already aware of the problem.) Chris will also send a
letter to the County asking them to trim the vegetation over the sidewalk on their
property just south of the substation, since it is interfering with pedestrial access.

4. The Community House fence was just painted by ten volunteers who responded to a
chat list email. We hope to use that model for raking leaves and other chores as they
come up through the year.

5. Brian Kearns asked why the State (or somebody) has erected chain link fence around
pedestrian areas of the Park Drive/Arlington Boulevard intersection. It may be a
precursor of the State's plans to rebuild that intersection. Brian will check with the

Next month's program will feature the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, including
how you can prevent developers from chopping up your property for new houses when
you move.

Respectfully submitted,
Randy Swart

Earlier Event: September 7
September 2017 BSCL Meeting
Later Event: November 2
November 2017 BSCL Meeting