The Arlington County Board at its September meeting took steps to further secure the county’s rainwater management efforts, ensure sustainability, and support Arlington’s business community. The board has also finalized and adopted a new logo that better represents the values ââand goals of the county as a community.
âToday we supported small businesses in Arlington as part of our ongoing response to the economic impact of COVID, protected our environment by introducing a 5-cent plastic bag fee, and updated our logo to better reflect the values ââof all of our residents. âSaid District Chairman Matt de Ferranti. âEach of these actions reflects the goals our county has been working on; We look forward to driving these steps forward today. “
Small business support
The board voted with 5: 0 votes GRANT 2.0 small business program, which provides 200 grants of $ 10,000 each to small businesses affected by the pandemic. The GRANT 2.0 program provides instant funding to businesses and nonprofits to support their short-term recovery and focuses on hard-to-reach businesses as well as those industries hardest hit by the governor’s stay-at-home orders that Were ineligible or unable to turn around quickly to respond to other grant opportunities. Read the personnel report.
The board also approved a motion to hold a public hearing amending the regulation relating to continuity of government Temporary Outdoor Seating (TOSAs) that the county’s food operations continue to provide temporary outdoor seating and ensure that the affected businesses have sufficient time to plan after the contingency allocations expire. Staff are working on a strategic plan to investigate whether the flexibilities provided under the TOSA program launched in response to the COVID-19 emergency should be built into existing regulatory provisions for outdoor dining. This future process would also include public hearings prior to any formal action by the Board. Read the personnel report.
Investing in sustainability: fee for plastic bags and rainwater infrastructure
The board has joined neighboring jurisdictions of Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria on the introduction of a $ 0.05 tax on a 5-cent tax on single-use plastic bags. The county will launch a fall education campaign to help residents understand the benefits, including saving at the checkout with reusable bags and a cleaner community. The county will also develop strategies to help those who may be most exposed to this tax and who are guided by the county’s equity priorities. The plastic bag tax will come into force on January 1st, 2022. Read the personnel report.
The board approved a transfer of approximately $ 15.1 million to APS for the construction of Phase II stormwater infrastructure at Cardinal Elementary School at 1644 N. McKinley Road. These funds will be used to create an underground rainwater management facility that will help mitigate the effects of flooding on the Torreyson Run Watershed. This project should start in November and last xx-xx months. Read the personnel report.
District board adopts new logo
In an effort to find a new symbol that represents the values ââand assets of Arlington as a community, the county board voted 5-0 adopt a new logo. The ultimate choice, depicting Arlington’s close relationship with DC and Alexandria, and how Arlington emerged from the capital’s original boundaries, comes after a month-long community engagement process in which residents were encouraged to come up with ideas and then submit their preferences for top options that meet the county’s guidelines. More than 16,000 Arlingtonians shared their top decisions in the latest round of public engagement.
Last year the county board approved a proceeding to replace the county logo and seal representing Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial. For many residents, the Confederate General’s house is a painful display of the slavery that took place in our region. Community members submitted hundreds of ideas for the new Arlington County logo in two rounds earlier this year, which was then evaluated by a logo review panel and further refined by a professional design firm to find images that showed the unique assets and values of the district and submitted for public submission. Read the personnel report.