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Hearing on school transportation plan postponed

A hearing on a controversial transportation plan for a private school campus in the Reston area has been deferred until later this month.

The Oakcrest School, which plans to build a campus near the intersection of Hunter Mill and Crowell roads, is seeking to revise the transportation plan approved two years ago.

Many neighbors of the planned school site say changing the transportation plan violates the agreement that got them to support the school construction in the first place. The changes include replacing a three-way stop with a stoplight, instead of a roundabout, and relocating the main campus entrance from Hunter Mill to Crowell.

The new Fairfax County Board of Supervisors hearing will be Sept. 24.

New Providence Community Center under construction

On Sept. 7, county officials gathered to break ground for the construction of the Providence Community Center. The 32,000-square-foot facility — a component of the MetroWest development — will host numerous programs offered by the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and serve as the office of the Providence District Supervisor.

The center will include a full-sized gymnasium, activity rooms, classrooms, a commercial kitchen and a sensory room for individuals with disabilities. Each of these rooms and amenities will be available for community use when there aren’t scheduled classes and events. The building will also serve as a polling place for the local precinct.

The facility, partially funded by MetroWest developer Pulte Homes, will be built to energy-efficient building standards.

The Department of Neighborhood and Community Services is planning to offer after-school programs and summer camps; health, wellness and fitness activities; programs and activities for older adults; recreational programs for participants with disabilities; and technology programs and access to the Internet.

To provide input on the programming for the center, contact Chris Scales at 703-787-4990.

Board approves new penalty for not having Virginia plates

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has adopted an additional $250 penalty for vehicles that do not properly display a Virginia license plate within 30 days of purchase or move-in. The penalty is in addition to Fairfax County’s existing $100 no plate tax. Combined, the no plate tax and penalty is now $350, effective immediately. These regulations apply to vehicles that are normally garaged or parked in Fairfax County and are subject to Virginia’s vehicle licensing laws. The no plate tax and penalty is a local charge authorized by state law.

In addition, affected vehicle owners also will be billed the applicable personal property (car) tax. The tax does not apply to certain residents such as active military or active military spouses who co-own a vehicle.

For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta, email dtappd@fairfaxcounty.gov, or call the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration at 703-222-8234 (TTY 711). For more information on Virginia vehicle licensing requirements, visit the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

New deputy fire chief named

Fire Chief Richard Bowers has selected Battalion Chief Richard A. Roatch for promotion to deputy chief, effective Sept. 21. Roatch will be assigned as deputy chief, C-Shift Operations Bureau. Since July 2010, he has served as a field battalion chief.

Roatch began his career as a recruit firefighter in April 1990, and was initially assigned to Fire and Rescue Station 1 in McLean. Career assignments and promotions include:

Roatch will be one of three operational shift deputies, supervising the daily activities of more than 350 personnel in 37 fire and rescue stations throughout Fairfax County.

He is a member of Virginia Task Force One, Fairfax County’s urban search and rescue team and has deployed to Haiti, Japan, and responded to Hurricanes Katrina, Irene, and Sandy.

He is a member of FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Incident Support Team and a member of the National Capital Region Incident Management Team. He is also a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters and the Fairfax County Professional Officers Association.

Roatch and his wife Cindy reside in Manassas.