FY 2013 Budget Process Update
Over the next few weeks, City Council and City staff will continue to work on the City Manager’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2013 General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program through a series of work sessions and public hearings this February, March and April. City Council will finalize the Fiscal Year 2012 Approved Budget and Capital Improvement Program on Monday, May 2. To view the latest documents and information, visit alexandriava.gov/Budget.
In 2011, there was significant controversy over the competition for the public art proposed to be located at the BRAC-133 Mark Center site. As a result, the planned statue was dropped, but the mosaic proposed to be placed on the long blank Transportation Center wall (the side that faces the Hilton) was authorized. This mosaic is now being fabricated in Munich, Germany.
Follow Up and Resolution to Healthy Families Request for Funding to Restore FY 2012 State Budget Reductions
The City Manager has submitted a response to City Council’s inquiry for information regarding Northern Virginia Family Services’ request for $56,607 in City general funds to restore State budget cuts for Healthy Families Alexandria (HFA) in Fiscal Year 2012. After a staff review, it was determined that during the FY 2012 budget process, the Healthy Families funding request was removed from City Council consideration in error. City staff have been instructed to utilize identified FY 2012 surplus monies to restore the funding to HFA.
New Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Stormwater Regulations
In November 2012, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) requested information from Chesapeake Bay localities in Virginia concerning implementation of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TDML) regulations. The TDML, established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is a comprehensive “pollution diet” with rigorous accountability measures to reduce pollution from major sources of nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment. The City’s response, which provided technical information requested by DCR, includes 1) current inventory of the City’s stormwater quality best management practices (BMP); 2) an evaluation of local land use and land cover; 3) potential BMP scenarios and strategies needed to meet the Phase I Watershed Implementation Plan in compliance with the new TMDL; and 4) resources needed for implementation.
Suicide Prevention Training for ACPS Behavioral Health Professionals
On February 10, mental health staff from the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS), in partnership with ACPS Health Services provided training to over 100 ACPS nurses, psychologists, social workers and guidance counselors on Suicide Prevention and Intervention Guidelines for youth. DCHS staff gave sample case scenarios and provided information on services and referral procedures.
Public Hearing on the Needs of Alexandrians with Mental Illness, Intellectual Disability or Substance Dependency
The Alexandria Community Services Board is holding a public hearing on March 8 to receive comment on the needs of Alexandrians with mental illness, intellectual disability or a substance dependency problem. The hearing will be on Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. at 720 N. Saint Asaph St. To sign up to speak or to send comments, call Donielle Marshall at 703.746.3523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Events Office Hosts Informational Meeting for Food and Beverage Vendors
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities’ Special Events Office has invited current and potential food and beverage vendors, sponsors, and event coordinators to attend a special meeting on Tuesday, March 13, or Thursday April 19, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.. Attendees will learn about the City’s permitting application process, and Alexandria Health Department and Code Administration requirements. This training is suggested for all groups and persons who coordinate or sponsor events in the City of Alexandria and the food vendors used at these events or in the Farmer’s Markets. For additional information and to RSVP, contact Maureen Sturgill at 703.746.5420 or email@example.com.