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Posted at 2:28 PM ET, 12/15/2010

Zimmerman to chair Arlington board, Fisette highlights year

By Christy Goodman

Chris Zimmerman will be named chairman of the Arlington County Board on January 1, announced outgoing chairman Jay Fisette during his year-end report at Tuesday's board meeting.

This year makes Zimmerman's fifth time being elected to the board, which he called "a privilege" in comments after he was sworn into the position on Tuesday. The first time he was elected was in 1996.

"We have a big agenda ahead of us and that is why I'm still here," said Zimmerman, who will announce his initiatives at the traditional Jan. 1 meeting.

Mary Hynes will serve as vice chair, Fisette said. She was first elected to the board in 2007.

In his year-end report, Fisette highlighted his initiative, the "transformational" Community Energy Plan, which he said will make Arlington more competitive and attractive to residents and potential businesses. The task force drawing up the plan will have a draft document to discuss in January.

"That was the centerpiece, but sustainability goes beyond that," said Fisette, who listed the continuation of Fresh AIRE initiative and the Arlington Green Games.

Among the board's accomplishments this year, according to Fisette: more bike lanes were created; the nation's only multi-jurisdictional Capital Bikeshare program was launched; the county's AAA bond rating was maintained; a bond referendum including a new Wakefield High School was approved by voters; and affordable housing stock was increased to 14 percent of rental properties.

A county-made video of several highlights can be seen here.


By Christy Goodman  | December 15, 2010; 2:28 PM ET
Categories:  Arlington County, Christy Goodman  
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