BOS Preview: Equestrian Report, Transportation Plan
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday.
The Fairfax County Equestrian Task Force will present its report on the county’s need for a full-time equestrian coordinator during the Tuesday meeting of the county’s Board of Supervisors.
The task force hopes that a full-time coordinator will be able to help the county’s equestrian culture thrive and combat a trend that has seen at least 50 equine-related businesses close in the last 20 years. (Patch published a four-part series on the equestrian industry in Fairfax County earlier this year.)
Some members of the equestrian community told Patch in February they had been disappointed with or unaware of the task force’s actions. They feared that a lack of outreach and poorly publicized meetings might lead to a missed opportunity for an industry that brought in $26.3 million to Fairfax County, Fairfax City and Falls Church in 2010.
The board will also vote on $937 million in roadway, spot improvement, pedestrian, bike and transit projects that comprise the county’s FY2013-FY2016 four-year transportation plan.
Fairfax County Department of Transportation officials worked with Supervisors and their staff to identify pressing transportation projects over the next four years. The full list of projects can be found in the July 10 meeting agenda (Page 215).
The Board of Supervisors will decide whether to authorize the Fairfax County Police Department to apply for grant funding from the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) for the development of programs to protect residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. If accepted, the grant would provide the FCPD with $300,000 to be used in community partnerships to assist afflicted residents and to locate those who might be reported missing.
The Board of Supervisors will also hear an annual report from the county’s Small Business Commission.