NCPC Approves Carlyle Courthouse Security Improvements
On May 3, 2012, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) approved the long-awaited proposed security improvements for the Albert V. Bryan Federal Courthouse in Carlyle, located at 401 Courthouse Square. These improvements will replace the temporary security measures (i.e. jersey barriers) that were installed around the perimeter of the Courthouse as post 9-11 measures. The plan provides a pedestrian-scaled hardened garden fence between the building and a new, 10-foot wide sidewalk along Jaimeson Avenue. Additionally, the southern portion of Courthouse Square will be reopened to one-way vehicular traffic. NCPC commended the federal General Services Administration (GSA) for working with City staff and Carlyle Community Council to develop an appropriate security solution that is integrated into the urban context of the Carlyle neighborhood. GSA is currently preparing final construction documents and plans to begin implementing the improvements later this year.
City Achieves 48% Recycling Rate
The City of Alexandria has achieved its highest recycling rate ever. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently recognized the City for recycling 48.4% of its municipal solid waste. This is a 7% increase over last year’s reported 41.4% recycling rate, and 20 percentage points higher than the City’s 2009 recycling rate as certified by the Virginia DEQ. The City’s recycling rate has been continuously improving over the past several years due in part to a significant reduction in the overall waste generated and combined improvements to the City’s recycling services, which include the introduction of rolling carts for single stream recycling and the addition of alley recycling pickup services. Recycling saves the City avoided waste disposal costs, which also works towards achieving the City’s long-term Eco-City Alexandria goals.
Alexandria Police Department Launches Social Media
The Alexandria Police Department (APD) has added two new channels for sharing public information and engaging the Alexandria community. Facebook and Twitter users may now connect with APD to get up-to-the minute information about police department news, activities, events, programs, community outreach and more. You can “Like” APD on Facebook at facebook.com/AlexandriaVAPD, and follow the department on Twitter at twitter.com/AlexandriaVAPD. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/Police.
Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Hires New Deputy Director for Park Operations
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities has announced the hiring of Dinesh V. Tiwari as the next Deputy Director of Park Operations. His start date is July 2, 2012. Tiwari has served as Director for Arlington County Parks and Recreation, City of Richmond Parks and Recreation and the City of Suffolk Parks and Recreation. The Park Operations Division manages the City’s Park Maintenance and Natural Resource operations, including the Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center.
Community Meeting on the Installation of a Safety Fence and Park Enhancements at Windmill Hill Park
The City is holding a community meeting on June 5 for discussion on the installation of a safety fence around the deteriorated Windmill Hill Park bulkhead and other recommended park enhancements (which would implement some elements of the Council-adopted Windmill Hill Park Master Plans). The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., at the park, 501 S. Union St. The meeting will be held rain or shine.