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Route 7 Traffic Changes On or about Jan. 25, drivers will experience temporary traffic changes between Serenity Woods Lane/Faulkner Drive and Beulah Road/Forestville Drive. Trotting Horse Lane - Trotting Horse Lane remains closed at Route 7 until late 2021. Follow the detour on Forestville Drive and Fairpine Lane.
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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, GFCA will be holding a special “drive-in-person” election of the Executive Board and Officers on Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, in the Great Falls Library parking lot. Complete your ballot today, as shown below, and stop by the library on March 6 to drop it off.
Last year GFCA cancelled our usual June in-person election due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In order for us to move forward as the pandemic continues, we have developed a new “drive-in-person” voting procedure that replicates our usual in-person voting procedure, satisfies our Bylaws requirement for in-person voting and protects the health of members. The new procedure is as follows:
There are nine candidates for nine positions on this year’s ballot as follows:
1. President Bill Canis
2. Vice President Peter Falcone
3. Treasurer James Trent
4. Director Suzanne Black
5. Director Ruth Carver
6. Director Jennifer Falcone
7. Director Gordon Harris
8. Director Scott Knight
9. Director Ed Phillips
In addition to voting for the Executive Board and Officers, members will also be asked to vote on two special questions on the March 6, 2021 ballot:
GFCA will process the ballots by first ensuring that the voter named on the outside of the envelope is an active member. The verified ballot will then be removed and separated from the envelope so that the member’s vote remains confidential. The ballots will be tabulated and results reported on the GFCA website and in the April newsletter.
GFCA Urges Caution - Always Be Alert To Deer Crossing the Roadways !
What is the GFCA?
The Great Falls Citizens Association is an
all-volunteer, non-profit, 501(c)4 organization that advocates solutions and
government actions that benefit Great Falls.
Since Great Falls is not an incorporated municipality like the Town of Vienna, or City of Falls Church, we lack a town/city government to represent our local interests. The GFCA acts in an unofficial capacity to represent the voices of the citizens of Great Falls on these matters, and works with county, state, and national government to get things done. On Great Falls issues, no other organization has GFCA’s influence with elected leaders at the County and State level, or is as respected by them.
Our charter calls for GFCA to "serve as a community organization to promote all aspects of community interest accruing to a common good and, in general, to preserve the historic, low density, semi-rural character of Great Falls and its natural resources."
The following was published in the October 1993 GFCA Newsletter:
-Route 7 Speed Limits. After recent tragic accident fatalities on Route 7, there has been agitation both for and against reduction of the posted speed limit from 55 to 45 mph in residential segments. A related localized issue is the anomaly at the intersection of Route 7 and Utterback Store Road where the eastbound limit is 45 but the westbound limit is 55 (why?). VDOT, after citizen agitation following a fatal accident, reduced the limit to 45 on the Dulles Toll Road/Lewinsville Rd. segment. Some of the questions which lie are: would reduction to 45 mph elsewhere adverse traffic volume to be moved; to what degree is 10 more miles of speed limit the cause of accidents, can lower limits be effective absent strong enforcement, is strong enforcement feasible, and what parts of the Gt, Falls segment of Route 7, if any, should have lower posted limits.