My signs? Come and get them starting 4/24/2020

I gathered these signs in after last year’s Town elections.  At that point, they had been up so long that they were blending in with the landscape.  Worse, metal fatigue was setting in.  A lot of them were hanging on by a thread, as the metal “legs” gave out.

My plan was to rehab those, and then replace them myself.  I carefully noted the address of every place where I took a sign.  I bought new metal “legs”.  And I now have a stack of about 100 signs, ready to go.

But times change.  For one, the election is under two weeks away.  For another, it’s not like I can ring your doorbell and ask if you want your sign back.  For a third, I really don’t have the energy to go running all over the Town of Vienna.  And finally, it’s not even clear that the Town is going to keep MAC zoning on the books.  Which would make the signs themselves fundamentally obsolete.

So, I’m not going to deliver them out. Starting tomorrow (4/24/2020), I’m going to put a stack of these at the end of my driveway (226 Glen Ave SW).  If you want your sign back, please come pick one up, starting tomorrow.  I’ll keep the stack filled until all the signs that I have are gone.

At that point, I’m not going to gather them back in again.  Once you’re done with it, please dispose of it as you see fit.  And thank you for displaying these, last year, and again this year.

I apologize, but the world is a different place now.  No way I could have anticipated that when I gathered them all in.

Post #267: Note a slight change of plans: I’m going to take back your “Small Town Vienna” sign. Please.

Today — the day after the election — starts the period when all the candidates are supposed to go out and pick up their signs.  I am going to start picking up the surviving green “Support Small Town Vienna” signs.

You can keep your sign if you want to, but you’ll have to tell me you want to keep it. I (purposefully) allowed people to get signs anonymously, and I did not ask for an email address.  I have email addresses for some people who got signs, and I will be emailing them shortly.  Otherwise, if you want to KEEP your sign, please enter your name and address in the form below, to let me know that you want to KEEP your sign.

Change of plan.  The sign-pick-up crews are already out.  They’ll probably get your sign.  Let them, and if you sign in below, I’ll bring you back another sign, with new metal legs on.

I WANT TO KEEP MY SIGN!

And if I take your sign, and it turns out that you wanted to keep it, just email me here (savemaple.org@gmail.com) and I will return a sign to you, complete with new metal legs.

Continue reading Post #267: Note a slight change of plans: I’m going to take back your “Small Town Vienna” sign. Please.

Post #237 Replacement yard sign stakes

I have reports that the stakes holding up my green savemaple.org yard signs are breaking.  I would like to keep these signs up through the May 7 2019 Town election.

I have bought replacement stakes and have left them at the end of my driveway at 226 Glen Ave SW.  If the metal stake for your sign has broken, please drop off the broken one and pick up a new (but somewhat smaller) one from the end of my driveway. Continue reading Post #237 Replacement yard sign stakes

Replacement yard sign stakes, 2/10/2019

I have reports that the stakes holding up my green savemaple.org yard signs are breaking.  I would like to keep these signs up through the May 7 2019 Town election.

I have bought replacement stakes and have left them at the end of my driveway at 226 Glen Ave SW.  If the metal stake for your sign has broken, please drop off the broken one and pick up a new (but somewhat smaller) one from the end of my driveway. Continue reading Replacement yard sign stakes, 2/10/2019

Sign up for email notices, 1-16-2019

This page is a brief update on yard signs, and postcard notices to alert you to public meetings about MAC zoning and Maple Avenue development.

Briefly:

If you would like to receive email notification from savemaple.org, to alert you to upcoming Town public meetings on Maple Avenue and MAC development, please sign up at the bottom of this page.  If you signed up for my postcard notices, and provided an email, you need not sign up again.

Detail follows.


Yard signs

I am out of yard signs and do not plan to order more.  A half-a-dozen or so requests came in after I ran out the last time.  I apologize to those who made those last few requests, but there’s not enough demand to warrant doing a fourth printing.  

When you are done with your sign and no longer want it, you are welcome to stick it at the end of my driveway, and I’ll deal with it from there (226 Glen Ave SW).  I hope that most signs will stay up at least until the May 7, 2019 Town Council elections.


Postcard alerts

As noted above, the postcard-based system is obsolete, given the large number of Town sessions to be held about MAC proposals, and the very short notice that the Town gives regarding those sessions.

The problem is not the lack of a schedule.  The Town appears to have these meetings planned well in advance.  For example, a February work session on the two current MAC proposals was casually mentioned at January 7 2018 Town Council meeting.

The main problem is that the Town does not make the schedule public.  So citizens have no idea what’s going to be discussed until the Town posts the agenda for the relevant meeting.  Town insiders get weeks to months of advance notice; mere citizens get hours to days of advance notice.  The Town knows what it plans to do when, it just doesn’t bother to tell us.

This is compounded by the lack of video for most meetings.  For Town Council and Planning Council meetings, the Town a) broadcasts and streams the meeting live, and b) eventually provides the recorded video via the Town website.  (The TV channels and streaming link are given a few paragraphs down on this page.)   For those meetings, perhaps the short notice isn’t so bad — you can watch it on Verizon, Cox, or via internet, from home.

But for other meetings where MAC projects may be pushed forward, there is no video.   For those meetings, the only way to know what went on, in a timely fashion, is to attend in person or read the notes of someone who attended.  These include Board of Architectural Review (all meetings), Planning Commission (work sessions), Town Council (work sessions), not to mention other potentially relevant Town board meetings (e.g., Transportation Safety).

Typically, minutes are eventually posted, but those can be a very brief summary of events, and those are often not timely.  Here’s a snapshot of the status of minutes from November and December 2018 meetings, as of 1/16/2019.  The gist of it is that six weeks to two months can easily pass between the time of a relevant public meeting and the Town’s publication of the minutes of that meeting.

For example, the Town Council held a work session 12/3/2018 regarding a couple of proposals aimed at increasing the speed of development along Maple and throughout Vienna.  Minutes for that meeting still were not posted as of 1/16/2019.

For the time being, we typically get advance notice that ranges from less than 24 hours (as occurred for a recent Board of Architectural Review (BAR) work session) to perhaps three working days (for a typical Town Council meeting).  And that’s only if we are scanning the Town of Vienna website before each planned BAR, Planning Commission, or Town Council work session or public session.

I have asked the Town to publish some sort of schedule so that citizens can plan ahead, but it is too soon to expect any sort of answer back on that.

If you would like to sign up to receive email alerts from savemaple.org, please sign up below.

   Any time that I am aware of a Town public meeting where MAC development or Town of Vienna development will be discussed, I’ll send out a brief email notice to those on the list.

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I’m going to have to ditch the postcard alerts, updated 1/15/2019

My system of using postcards to keep people informed about MAC zoning no longer works.  There are too many buildings in play, events are occurring too fast, the Town’s moratorium on new MAC proposals hasn’t actually stopped the Town from furthering new MAC proposals, and I typically have (maybe) one-to-three days’ notice that the one of the Town’s various boards (Town Council, Planning Commission, Board of Architectural Review, and so on) will be discussing some relevant item. Continue reading I’m going to have to ditch the postcard alerts, updated 1/15/2019