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Volunteer for the Japanese Stiltgrass Removal at Horsepen Run

Join the effort to remove the invasive Japanese Stiltgrass plant in Horsepen Run!

Japanese Stiltgrass is an invasive plant that spreads aggressively and has been found in Horsepen Run. There will be four volunteer events to remove the plant held on July 20, July 27, August 3, and August 10 from 8:30 – 10:30 AM. The group will meet at the gravel entrance to Horsepen Run.

Learn more and sign up at the link here: https://forms.gle/DSX3zbQNTNmhjojQA

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Hidden Lane Landfill – July 2024 Update

Please see the update below from the EPA on the Hidden Lane Landfill:

 

 EPA has a few updates to share regarding the ongoing excavation project:

  • We have run into some transportation and disposal delays due to increased laboratory analytical turnaround times required for landfill disposal. Because of this, EPA is anticipating that the project will run through the end of the summer/early fall. 
  • We hope to begin hauling more soil for disposal the week of July 15th. EPA has worked with VDOT to address some of the initial concerns that were raised back in April, to their satisfaction. EPA will continue to work with VDOT by providing hauler route maps and keeping them apprised of the disposal schedule. 
  • It is likely that some of the remaining soil to be disposed of will be sent to different disposal facilities, which may require the use of larger trucks for disposal. Please be advised that those larger trucks may need to exit the site by making a right onto Persimmon Lane and following the route below: Persimmon Lane to Broad Run Drive to Winding Road.

Announcement: Hidden Lane Community Site Tour

Location: Hidden Lane Landfill Superfund Site  

            45470 Persimmon Lane, Sterling, VA 20165 

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2024 

Time (Start/End): 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  

 

For those residents that are interested, EPA will be hosting a tour of the excavation area on the evening of July 23. This is an informal opportunity for residents to visit the site, see the excavation area, and talk with the EPA project team regarding any questions you may have. EPA intends to host a more formal public meeting later this year once the excavation project is complete and before the waterline project begins to share specifics regarding each project.

If you have any specific questions, please contact us at r3-hidden.lane@epa.gov.

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Data Center Town Hall on June 27, 2024

Supervisor Juli Briskman’s Office is hosting a Town Hall on Data Centers on Thursday, June 27, 2024 at the Cascades Senior Center in Sterling. We invite you to attend and participate in this event. There is no registration required to attend the event. The event will feature a panel that will discuss the various impacts of data center development.

Where: Cascades Senior Center, Large Hall (21060 Whitfield Pl, Sterling, VA 20165)

When: Thursday, June 27, 2024

Time: 6:00PM to 7:30PM

Panelists:

·         Dan Galindo, Director of the County Dept. of Planning & Zoning

·         Buddy Rizer, Executive Director of the County Dept. of Economic Development

·         Gem Bingol, Senior Land Use Field Representative for the Piedmont Environmental Council

Event updates will be shared online at the Facebook event page here. They also plan to livestream the event for those who are unable to attend in-person.

If anyone has further questions, they can email Ashley.Palmer@loudoun.gov.

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Proposed Cell Towers on LCPS Property

Loudoun County Public Schools has sent out a notice regarding the proposed cellular tower at River Bend Middle School and Dominion High School. We have copied this message below. We will post updates on this situation here. You can also find current information on the LCPS website here.

From LCPS:

“The placement of cell towers/monopoles on LCPS property is guided by School Board Policy and Regulation 6350, Wireless Network Facility Colocation. The School Board will review the active proposals over the coming months. 

Today (May 21), the School Board Finance & Operations Committee begins the Board’s review of Milestone Towers’ cellular tower proposals for River Bend Middle School and Dominion High School.  Sign-up for public comment at today’s Committee meeting will be in person and required prior to the 4:30 p.m. start of the meeting; today, due to the length of the agenda, public comment will be limited to 10 minutes.

The School Board’s review process will involve several public meetings over the coming months, including a dedicated public hearing on the proposals to place cellular towers at River Bend Middle School and Dominion High School.   

On today’s meeting agenda, the Finance & Operations Committee will also review revisions to Policy 6350, Wireless Network Facility Colocation.  Should the Committee members agree to the revised wording, Policy 6350 will be posted for comment on the Policy Review webpage on or about Wednesday, May 22, for a two-week period.  As part of all policy review, public comment is solicited before action by the full School Board.

Additional information, including information on future meeting dates where the cell tower proposals will be reviewed, can be found on the LCPS webpage (Future School Facilities/Sites) – via the ‘River Bend Middle School Cellular Tower Proposal’ and ‘Dominion High School Cellular Tower Proposal’ links.”

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Parking Resolutions Update

The effective date of the Revised Resolution 233 has been delayed until October 1, 2024; however, the previous version of Resolution 233 will remain in place. As a reminder, this means that:

  • Use of visitor parking spaces is for visitors, and residents who park a vehicle in a visitor spot in the same neighborhood on any street three (3) times in any thirty (30) day time period is prohibited, and is subject to be towed after being issued a warning sticker.

Additionally, the revised Resolution 234 is in effect, which means that:

  • Commercial vehicles are still prohibited to be parked overnight on a townhouse street and will be issued a warning sticker that gives 1 day/24 hours’ notice before the vehicle is subject to be towed.  

Both Resolutions are currently in place and will be enforced. 

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Hidden Lane Landfill Superfund Site Update

Please see the update below from the Hidden Lane Site Team:

EPA began excavation of the TCE source area the week of February 20th and started stockpiling contaminated soil near the excavation area to prepare for off-site disposal. EPA anticipates that off-site disposal of the non-hazardous contaminated soil will begin in early April. The disposal facility that has been selected is located in eastern Virginia. Trucks leaving the site will travel along Persimmon Lane and McPherson Circle to get to the Algonkian Parkway. From Algonkian Parkway, they will head south towards Route 28. Please see map below for proposed route. “

“Please note that “Trucks Entering Highway” signs have been placed on Persimmon Lane to alert drivers that trucks will be entering and leaving the site throughout the day. EPA has been working with Loudon County Public Schools regarding the school bus schedule and will work with its contractors to minimize disruption during the school bus pick up and drop off times.  

Friendly Reminder – We would like to remind the community that the Superfund Site is an active construction zone with many safety hazards and trespassing is NOT permitted. Access into the work zone may result in injury or loss of life. Please adhere to EPA’s instructions and signage.  

 

EPA will continue to provide updates, as needed, as the excavation process continues. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.”

 

 

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Statement on Silver Ridge Drive Explosion from Vice Chair Briskman’s Office

Please see the statement from Vice Chair Briskman’s office on the house explosion and ongoing investigation on Silver Ridge Drive in the nearby Seneca Ridge community:

Vice Chair Briskman is following the guidance of Loudoun County Fire and Rescue as they continue to manage the scene and conduct their Fire Marshal investigation. If any residents reach out with questions or concerns, please advise them to follow the official channels of Loudoun County Fire and Rescue. You can also direct them to Vice Chair Briskman’s office as they are putting out information on social media from Loudoun Fire and Rescue. Here is a link to the most up to date press release on the incident: https://www.loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=8937

If any residents are looking to donate and support the family of the fallen firefighter, we have been advised by the Fire Chief that they are working directly with the family to support them. At this time, no GoFundMe or other cash fund has been setup to directly support the family, as they are still working through this tragedy. If that changes, Vice Chair Briskman’s office will share that information out immediately. Residents can of course contribute to the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company directly if they wish to.

I know that it will be a long process of cleanup and recovery for the greater Sterling community and Algonkian District. Vice Chair Briskman and her team will keep regular contact with Fire and Rescue and relevant county agency staff to assist in the efforts to heal from this tragedy. I hope that you, your family, and neighbors are safe from this scary incident.

UPDATE – 4:00 PM on February 19th, 2024:

Message from Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue regarding how residents can support Firefighter Trevor Brown’s family and the other injured firefighters:

The Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System and the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company are mourning the loss of Firefighter Trevor Brown who lost his life in an incident on Friday, February 16, 2024. The incident also injured ten firefighters on the scene with several remaining hospitalized. 

As Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System and the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company mourn and heal, they thank everyone for the incredible outpouring of support from the Loudoun County community, the region and the Country. Many have inquired how they can assist the first responders in Loudoun County. If you would like to donate, please visit the website of their non-profit partners, the Loudoun First Responders Foundation (LFRF) at  www.LoudounFRF.org. The Loudoun First Responders Foundation serves Loudoun County by providing immediate financial support to active first responder personnel in their time of need. To designate your donation specifically to the family of Firefighter Trevor Brown, please add “Brown Family” in memo line, if not specified, your donations will benefit injured firefighters.  

For community members who wish to donate goods and services, please email LCCFRSdonate@loudoun.gov and their staff will reach out to you directly to coordinate. Additionally, many of you have expressed your heartfelt condolences to the family of firefighter Brown and the injured members of LC-CFRS. An email address, LCCFRScondolences@loudoun.gov has been set up to collect those messages and share them with their responders.

The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company also shared the following directions for any residents interested in food donations: If you are interested in making food donations over the next few weeks, Sterling Volunteer Fire Company asks that you please call them at Station 18 in Cascades at 703-430-4013 so that they can put you on their schedule. This schedule will apply to both of their fire stations.

Suggestions from Juli Briskman’s office for the best places for residents to continue to get updates:

 

Further updates on this situation will be posted to the CountrySide website; please check there for further information

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Hidden Lane Landfill – February Cleanup Update

Construction Updates:

EPA’s recent work has included preparation for excavation. This work at the site includes preparing the site working and support areas, the onsite water treatment system,  sediment and erosion controls,  temporary staging areas, and taking other steps necessary to prepare for excavation activities.

EPA’s contractors will begin the excavation of the TCE source area the week of February 19. The work includes excavating TCE-contaminated soil above cleanup levels down to bedrock at approximately 30 to 35 feet below ground surface. The TCE source area is located at the southern end of the landfill, with dimensions of approximately 100 feet by 50 feet. Excavated contaminated soils and debris will be temporarily stockpiled on site and then disposed of at an approved offsite disposal facility. 

EPA will be conducting air monitoring to ensure dust and vapors are not leaving the site and will control surface water runoff that contacts contaminated soils using an onsite water treatment system. EPA also has measures in place to ensure the physical safety and health for all site-workers.

 

Health and Safety:

As a part of this excavation process, EPA is taking a number of measures to protect human health and the environment and minimize nuisances. EPA will have air monitors set-up on site. The air monitoring program will ensure dust and vapors are not leaving the site at levels of health or nuisance concern. The onsite monitoring system will automatically notify the EPA site personnel of any increasing levels before they exceed action levels.

Additional information is available in EPA’s Community Health and Welfare Plan located at https://semspub.epa.gov/src/document/03/2360151.

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