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Decision on school, traffic light postponed again

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors again deferred its decision on a proposed traffic light in Vienna that is related to the construction of a private school.

The Oakcrest School, an all-girls Catholic middle and high school now located in McLean, won approval in 2010 to locate its new campus on property in Vienna, near the intersection of Hunter Mill and Crowell roads.

Part of that approval was predicated on two traffic flow conditions negotiated with the community — locating the school campus’ driveway on Hunter Mill Road and installing a roundabout at the intersection with Crowell Road, which now is controlled by stop signs.

However, the school was not successful in purchasing the property it needed to build the roundabout, and it cannot proceed with constructing the new campus facilities if it can’t meet that condition.

Last year, Oakcrest submitted an alternate proposal that would use a traffic light at the Crowell-Hunter Mill intersection instead, and move the school’s entrance to Crowell Road.

Many neighbors balked at the proposed change, saying that the roundabout was the only reason they relaxed their initial opposition to the school in the first place. At a hearing last month, many expressed safety concerns about the proposed Crowell Road entrance, which is near a sharp curve.

The board’s decision was deferred to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 25.

“I appreciate the additional time to digest the concerns and issues that were raised,” said board chairwoman Sharon Bulova (D-At large).

Test new voting machines this month

Fairfax County voters will have the opportunity to test new voting machines and provide input at five events being held throughout the county on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22. The Fairfax County Office of Elections is in the process of replacing its aging voting equipment and is reviewing new machines for ease of use, as well as accessibility for people with disabilities and for voters for whom English is not their primary language.

“We have some critical decisions to make this year on purchasing new voting machines for our citizens,” said Electoral Board Secretary Brian Schoeneman in a news release. “This is a rare opportunity to provide voters with a chance to test drive different voting machines and give input on what voting equipment will provide them with the best and most secure voting experience.”

No registration or advance notice is required to participate in four of the events. However, the Greenspring Village event is for residents and guests only.

The locations are:

• Tysons Corner Center Mall, 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 21; third floor food court, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner.

• Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 21; lobby, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.

• Greenspring Village (residents and guests only), 8 to 9:15 a.m. Feb. 22; 7410 Spring Village Drive, Springfield.

• George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 22; Robert H. & Clarice Smith Auditorium (enter through the gift shop — no admittance charge), 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon.

• George Mason Regional Library, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Feb. 22; 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale.

For more information on voting machine demonstrations, contact the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776.

Board appoints new public affairs director

On Tuesday, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Tony Castrilli as director of the Office of Public Affairs and chief county spokesman. Current director Merni Fitzgerald is retiring from the county.

Castrilli currently is the director of communications and public information for the city of Alexandria, a position he has held since 2008.

He previously worked for nine years at WUSA-TV 9 as executive producer of news coverage and managing editor. He also spent two years as managing editor at the NBC affiliate in Buffalo, N.Y. He started his local TV career in the Washington, D.C., area in 1992 at NewsChannel 8.

Castrilli, a Fairfax County resident, will begin his new position March 3 and will earn an annual salary of $144,270.