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Reston Association Perspective

Reston Association Perspective

 
     

Different Organizations Find Common Goals

Oct 10 2013
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By Ken Knueven
Board President

The dialogue we have been experiencing as part of the budget process has been healthy and beneficial on numerous fronts. Being able to hear from members about their thoughts and viewpoints enables board members to have our fingers on the pulse of the community. The questions raised help us to know what information still needs to be shared for clarification and to provide more information on the various entities involved in providing services to the community of Reston.

One of the benefits of living in Reston is having so many different community organizations working together to provide a high quality of life for Reston Association members. That benefit is

Different Organizations Find Common Goals

Oct 10 2013
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By Ken Knueven
Board President

The dialogue we have been experiencing as part of the budget process has been healthy and beneficial on numerous fronts. Being able to hear from members about their thoughts and viewpoints enables board members to have our fingers on the pulse of the community. The questions raised help us to know what information still needs to be shared for clarification and to provide more information on the various entities involved in providing services to the community of Reston.

One of the benefits of living in Reston is having so many different community organizations working together to provide a high quality of life for Reston Association members. That benefit is

Maintaining a Growing Reston Requires a Realistic Financial Approach

Sep 10 2013
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Ken Knueven
RA President

The recent comments to Reston Association’s proposed budget process are welcome, and yes, expected. Budgeting, especially when future financing is involved, will create a maelstrom of commentary and I actually agree with most. Know this, nothing that has been proposed is in concrete; this is where we want the community to get involved.

While I agree this is not a time to get loose with our budget policy, I will also say we have paid the price long enough to maintain an austere budget. Little has changed with Reston Association's budget practices for decades. Yet we must manage and maintain the equivalent of a large township, one that is aging and growin

Loan Scenarios Best Budget Options for the Future

Sep 04 2013
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Ken Knueven
RA President

Going into debt is never anyone’s first choice, whether for personal or business reasons. However, often a loan is either the only choice or the one that makes the most sense, both in the short and long term. As you know, from following the FY2014/2015 budget discussions, Reston Association is contemplating securing a loan of between $2.0 and $2.5 million to offset expenses and provide a lower assessment increase for 2014 and 2015. Our objective is to minimize impact to assessments while focusing on big project items like potential dam expenditures.

The three budget options are as follows:

Budget Option 1 – Reflects

Reinvestment is the Key to Maintaining Reston

Aug 19 2013
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Ken Knueven, President
Reston Association

We all know we reside in an amazing community and are very proud of Reston, where we have chosen to Live, Work, Play and Get Involved. But we also know, to maintain the look, feel and level of service we expect and appreciate, it takes work and commitment. Throughout the current budgeting process, we have been discussing what it means to “Reinvest in Reston” and why is it important to focus on the infrastructure of our community. We work hard to maintain our streets, parks, pools and provide top quality programming, but we know we can and want to do better.

We want our medians to be free of overgrown weeds and grass. We want our pools to be open throughout the busy summer season and not be closed for mechani

RA Budget By and For the Members

Aug 01 2013
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By Ken Knueven, President
Reston Association

As part of the current budget process, members of the Reston Association were asked to be an integral part of the information-gathering phase and share what budget items were of priority to them. We took the “Get Involved” element of our principles to a whole new level, and instead of presenting the budget in November as a finished product, we reached out at the beginning of the process to solicit engagement. Many community members took RA up on the offer and submitted requests, ranging from capital improvements (drinking fountains, swing sets, new landscaping at the gateway entrances) to ongoing maintenance issues (edging, sweeping, street-scaping).

The Real Value of Community

Aug 02 2012
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By Ken Knueven, President
Reston Association

What was supposed to have been a month filledwith celebrations for our collective independence, baseball and the anticipation of lazy summer vacations, turned into stories of survival. To say the least, July 2012 will stand in our memories for a very long time.

The Priorities

May 21 2012
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By Ken Knueven, President
Reston Association
Most days, I travel past Lake Anne Elementary, where a major renovation project has been underway for almost two years. The school was Reston’s first to open in 1967. The 74,000-square-foot facility was larger than most schools built during that time and allowed for future growth of the community. But does what was advanced in 1967 work for 2012?

Moving Ahead by Investing in Today

Apr 17 2012
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By Ken Knueven, President
Reston Association

Sometimes, you’re not realizing a connection exists between two ideas until you see the thread of history that connects them. A half-century ago, Robert Simon created Reston based upon seven goals.

Ken Knueven Named RA Board President

Apr 12 2012
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Ken Knueven, the Lake Anne Tall Oaks Director, is the new president of the Board of Directors. He was elected by the board on April 11, 2012 and will serve a one year term. Look for an update to the President's Perspective in this space.