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Vienna voters re-elect three council members

Voters in the Town of Vienna re-elected three council members during town elections Tuesday. Laurie DiRocco, Carey Sienicki and Howard Springsteen will begin their new two-year terms July 1.

DiRocco and Springsteen have served on the Vienna Town Council since 2009 and Sienicki was first elected in 2011.

Vote totals:

• Laurie DiRocco - 807

• Carey Sienicki - 711

• Howard Springsteen - 712

• Ryan Thomas – 440

Out of 11,084 registered voters, 1,017 voted, representing a 9 percent voter turnout.

Vienna is the only local town to stagger its council elections. The mayor and the other three council seats will be up next year, coinciding with other municipal elections.

Child care fee scale may change

Fairfax County may be forced to increase the rates it charges people who qualify for subsidized child care.

The Child Care Assistance and Referral Program provides child care subsidies for about 4,700 children per month. The median income of families in the program is $26,196.

Fairfax County currently has a waiver from the state that allows it to use its own fee scale, with parents paying 2.5 to 10 percent of their gross income for child care. The Virginia Department of Social Services recently told the county that as of Sept. 1 they will have to begin using the state fee scale, which ranges from 6 to 12 percent of gross income.

“This can really pose quite an obstacle for families of the lowest income,” said Ann-Marie Twohie, director of the Office for Children.

Fairfax County is submitting comments to the state agency to oppose the mandated change.

Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee) said he is equally concerned about the principle of losing local control over the decision-making.

“It assumes everyone in the state is on the same playing field,” he said.

Rabbit Branch Park set to open at former swim club

Kings Park residents have shed a former eyesore and are about to celebrate the opening of a new community park.

Rabbit Branch Park will officially open Saturday at the site of the former Kings West Swim Club, which sat vacant for years after it had to close due to financial problems.

Fairfax County acquired the former swim club last year with the goal of creating a new park with a modern stormwater management system. The old pool is gone, and a new open field has replaced the club house and parking lot. Having a field rather than concrete will reduce stormwater runoff at the property by about 10 percent. This will slow down stormwater runoff and help reduce the effects of erosion in nearby Rabbit Run.

Rabbit Branch Park is located at 4803 Tapestry Drive in Fairfax.

Ribbon cutting ceremonies will be held at the new park on Saturday at 10 a.m. Light refreshments will be

served following brief comments from county officials, members of the community and the project team.

Reston company may take over management of VDOT centers

State officials are considering awarding a contract to a Reston-based transportation technology firm to run the state’s five transportation operations centers and its Safety Service Patrol. The Commonwealth Transportation Board will decide whether to award the $355 million, six-year contract to Serco during its June meeting, according to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office.

The project will operate all five transportation operations centers under one consolidated system instead of separate geographical programs. Some of the services include:

• Monitoring traffic through the use of nearly 900 cameras, 500 electronic message signs and more than 1,000 road sensors

• Improving and maintaining the reliability of electronic devices

• Managing incident and emergency response, to help clear roadways and get traffic moving as quickly as possible

• Providing 511 traveler information

• Managing HOV/reversible lanes

• Serving as emergency operations centers during major events

• Coordinating signal systems