Civic Association Newsletter

October/November 1997 - Volume 21, No. 1


Since 1993, the Association has conducted four membership surveys on important issues affecting the four neighborhood areas of our community. The results of these surveys help guide the Executive Committee's actions and positions on issues throughout the membership year. We are asking the residents of the Ballston-Virginia Square area to participate in our fifth annual fall survey to tell us your opinions on issues ranging from crime and traffic to development and taxes.

On the survey enclosed in the hard copy of the BVSCA Newsletter, you simply have to check off your degree of concern for each issue mentioned. You may choose to answer some of the questions and not answer others, if you wish. We encourage you to identify yourself with name and address, but that is voluntary. Please take the time to fill this questionnaire out as best you can and make any additional comments or suggestions that you care to. All individual names and answers will be kept confidential but we will tabulate the overall results and share them with everyone who comes to our meetings. To have your views included in the results, responses are due by November 15th and final results will be available on or about the end of November.

Except for a few changes to the format and an increased number of topical issues, this survey is very similar to the BVSCA surveys conducted each fall from 1993 to 1996. We received 78 survey responses to last year's fall survey, which helped the Executive Committee determine the issues of major concern to our Civic Association members. For example, based on the survey results last year, we focused our efforts on 1) major site plan applications and amendments; 2) the local income tax (proposed) and other County tax issues; 3) public safety follow-up, including crime stories and the Arlington Professional Firefighters Association's filed Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) complaint over fire engine failures and under staffing, 4) needed special enabling legislation to remedy aggressive panhandling in Arlington, including the highlights of discussions with the Arlington County Delegation and the Arlington County and Arlington County Civic Federation's 1997 Legislative Packages; 5) the County's budget process; and (6) other significant issues affecting our community.

If you would like continued coverage of these issues or new issues, it is very important that you return the survey postmarked by November 15th to David Ryan, Secretary, Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association. You may submit your survey by hand to the Association at the next Membership Meeting on Wednesday, October 29, 1997, at 7:30 p.m., at the Fairfax/Wilson/Glebe Room, Holiday Inn at Ballston, 4610 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia.

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