Posted to ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan by Nancy McCormick
Loudoun County will hold a public meeting to gather community members’ input on the accessibility of county services for people with disabilities, including county-sponsored programs, activities and facilities. The public input meeting will be held Thursday, February 15, 2024, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., at the Government Center, 1 Harrison St. S.E. in Leesburg. The meeting will be held on the first floor in the Board Room.
The public input meeting is part of an update to the county’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan, or ADA study. At this meeting, the public will receive an overview of the project and have the opportunity to provide input regarding the accessibility of county facilities, programs, and services. Comments received at the session will help the county identify any barriers impeding participation in the county’s programs, services and activities by people with disabilities. This includes, but is not limited: to obtaining a permit, paying a fee, participating in a recreational program and attending a public meeting. Together with responses to the recent ADA survey, the comments will also help inform the county’s transition plan to address any barriers to improving access for individuals with disabilities.
Written comments may be submitted to the Office of Public Affairs and Communications through an online form. The deadline to submit written comments is 5:30 p.m., February 15, 2024.
Anyone who requires reasonable accommodation for any type of disability or who needs language assistance to participate in the meeting may contact the Office of Public Affairs and Communications at 703-777-0113 or send an email for assistance.
More information about the county’s ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan and to sign up for email and text updates on the project, can be found at loudoun.gov/adastudy.
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Posted to Airport Noise by Nancy McCormick
Recent direction from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding concerns about noise from Dulles Airport calls for a community roundtable that includes all impacted communities and would consider any recommended changes to airport operations.
The direction prompted the Board of Supervisors’ Transportation and Land Use Committee (TLUC) to suspend work on the Airport Noise Work Group that was set to begin meeting in January until the county staff can assess the FAA direction. County staff plans to return to TLUC in the second quarter of 2024 with more information and a recommendation.
According to Vianair, a consultant hired by the county to analyze airport noise west Dulles International Airport’s only existing east-west runway, the proposed roundtable would serve as conduit for the FAA to receive recommendations. A community roundtable was set up around Reagan National Airport and some flight patterns were changed as a result.
The county has been working to assemble an Airport Noise Work Group consisting of representatives of the communities west of the east-west runway that is intended to develop recommendations for FAA consideration. The work group would make recommendations to the community roundtable, which would pass the recommendations along to the FAA.
Such a roundtable may include representatives from jurisdictions with communities impacted by aircraft lower than 3,000 feet flying to or from Dulles Airport. County staff will begin analyzing the community roundtable process, the time it would take and costs before returning to TLUC with a recommendation.
Posted to Aldie Fire and Rescue Station by Heidi Kellum
On Wednesday, September 20, one lane road closures are scheduled on eastbound Route 50 near the Route 15 roundabout from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. The closure allows for tree clearing in preparation for the construction of the Aldie Fire and Rescue Station, in Aldie. If weather delays occur, work will take place during each successive workday until it is completed.
Drivers should use extra caution, follow directions from road signs and crews, and slow down when traveling through these areas.
The new 23,000 square-foot station will be constructed in Aldie, Va. to replace the existing building, providing an updated and accessible facility for the Aldie Volunteer Fire Department. Features of the new facility will include apparatus bays, bunkroom facilities, a training room, a break room, restrooms and showers, food preparation and dining areas, laundry and decontamination areas, supply storage, a gear and hose drying area, a breathing apparatus air compressor room, a fitness room, offices and a repair shop.
In addition to the new facility, site improvements for this project include two entrances off Route 50, access and parking areas, a well and septic field, lighting, landscaping, and a storm water management pond.
The existing Aldie Fire and Rescue Station will remain operational throughout the duration of construction. Construction is expected to be completed in winter (January, February, March) 2025.
For more information about the Aldie Fire and Rescue Station project, visit the project page.