Friday, February 12, 2010

Sharon Bulova Gives Update on Snow Removal In Fairfax County

Sharon Bulova, who's the Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, sent out an email earlier today with an update on snow removal. The email, which you can see below, basically said that the County is doing everything it can but that snow removal is primarily a state responsibility. Although Bulova didn't come out in say this in her email, what this says to me is that you should be calling your members of the General Assembly if you have concerns about the snow removal process. With that being said, however, it does look like the County is doing what it can to make sure the state resources get to the areas that really need the help.

Here's the email that Chairman Bulova sent out today:

During the past week my office has received many calls and e-mails from county residents concerned about snow removal.

While all roads in Fairfax County are owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), county staff, and I personally, have been working to make sure we receive sufficient attention and resources to respond to this unprecedented series of snow events.

Early this morning and yesterday morning I participated in a conference call with VDOT and our county emergency management personnel. I also spoke at length with the Secretary of Transportation.

As a result of these conversations we have been assured that VDOT is making neighborhood streets that were not plowed after the weekend storm a major priority today. Additionally, VDOT crews and equipment from other parts of the Commonwealth are being deployed to this area to augment local VDOT resources.

Although the county was closed Wednesday and Thursday, members of our staff and I took messages off of voice mail (703-324-2321) and those sent to the Chairman's e-mail address. County offices are open today.

My office is regularly sending information regarding emergency situations and conditions, along with streets and neighborhoods that remain unplowed, to VDOT. They are using these lists (and lists from other county supervisors) to prioritize snow plowing efforts in residential areas. Hopefully, we will see progress by today's end.

Fairfax County has limited snow removal capability. Our capacity to clear snow from county facilities such as police and fire stations, commuter lots, schools, parks and libraries also has been tested during these snowstorms. We, like VDOT, are working around the clock to get things opened up.

In the meantime, please be safe, be patient and look out for your neighbors.

1 comment:

  1. Fairfax County residentFebruary 17, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    County supervisors are quick to blame VDOT regarding county street snow removal. While in the same turn they are complicit in lack of leader ship or ordinance as to who is responsible for snow removal on public sidewalks for both residents and business owners. The losers in this situation are pedestrians who are forced to walk in the street and have little legal discourse when accidents occur due to negligent property owners.