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 to rent a community garden plot covers just about half of the Park Authority’s actual costs for maintenance and providing water to the garden sites. The program also remains extremely 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 is proposing doubling the fees by April 2015, but increasing them incrementally to reduce the effect for gardeners. In addition, community garden contracts typically run from January to December, so those who have already renewed their contracts for 2013 will not see an increase this year.
The proposed fee starting in April would be $85 for a full plot and $80 for a half plot with water or a full plot without water availability. It would increase to $100 to $105 in April 2014 and $120 to $125 in April 2015.
The Park Authority is also proposing slight increases or restructuring of other fee schedules for things like picnic shelter rentals, camping and ice skating. There is also a proposal to eliminate fees for tours at the Sully Historic Site in Chantilly.
The public comment period on the 2013 fee proposals remains open through Feb. 12. For more information, see http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/feemeeting.htm.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors performed their annual performance evaluations of County Executive Ed Long and County Attorney David Bobzein in closed meetings Jan. 8 and 28.
The evaluations were in-depth, comprehensive reviews that represented input from all board members, according to a released statement. The board 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. However, that was not the case this year as the county is expecting another lean budget year with no pay increases for other county employees.
Long’s base salary is $257,2812, and Bobzein earns a base salary of $210,114.
The Fairfax County Public Schools Ad Hoc Community Committee on Student Rights and Responsibilities will conduct five meetings in February to discuss student discipline. The meetings are designed to obtain input and feedback on current FCPS disciplinary practices and discuss the committee’s preliminary recommendations to the School Board for changes to the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook.
The Community Dialogue meetings will be the following times and dates:
• 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 4, Hayfield Secondary School Lecture Hall
• 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 5, Stuart High School Student Commons
• 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 5, Westfield High School Lecture Hall
• 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 7, McLean High School Cafeteria
• 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 23, Falls Church High School Little Theater
Spanish and Korean interpreters will be available at each meeting. Register and indicate your preferred language at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CommunityDialogue. Registration is not required but is preferred for planning purposes.