Manager's Report - June 29, 2012
City Announces Independence Day Holiday Schedule
All City of Alexandria government offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Most notably, residential trash and recycling will be collected on a normal schedule during the week of July 4, including the Independence Day holiday.
Don’t Get Burned!
The Alexandria Fire Department reminds those who visit, live, and work in the City that fireworks are banned in Alexandria. It is unlawful for any person to store, offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, use or explode any fireworks (including sparklers) within the City limits, and the Fire Marshal will seize any fireworks found in the City. These offenses are Class One misdemeanors and are punishable by a $2,500 fine and/or up to 12 months in prison. Fireworks violations may be reported to the Alexandria Fire Department at 703.746.5227 or the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.4444.
Jones Point Park to Open July 5
Final construction activities in Jones Point Park will be completed this week. The National Park Service plans to officially open the park to the public on Thursday, July 5.
Alexandria Commons Apartments Presents Renovation, Tenant Relocation Plan
Alexandria Commons, a 22-unit apartment complex in Del Ray, will undergo renovations this summer. The property (located at 25 and 27 East Bellefonte Avenue), is managed by Borger Management, Inc. Although the apartments, built in 1955, have been generally well maintained, the owners believe that extensive renovation and modernization of the buildings and systems are needed. Currently, only 11 units are occupied, as management stopped renting units in anticipation of the renovations. On May 25, these 11 households received 120-day notice to vacate, effective August 31. City staff from the Office of Housing attended two meetings with tenants of the property at Tenants and Workers United, and a June 22 meeting at which the apartment management presented the tenants with the relocation plan, discussed upcoming events, and answered questions. Housing staff report that all meetings have been very productive and positive, and management has cooperated well with City staff in developing a plan that complies with the City's voluntary policy. This renovation is not intended to reposition the property, but will cause increases in rents and utilities. This renovation is the first of two projects; Borger Management also plans to renovate Caylor Gardens, a nearby 102-unit property located at 4 East Cliff St.
Public Invited to View Freedmen’s Cemetery Sculpture Proposals and Meet the Artists
The Alexandria Commission for the Arts and the City’s Office of the Arts have announced the three artists selected to submit design proposals for the Freedmen’s Cemetery sculpture. The public is invited to meet the artists and view the proposals at a reception on Saturday, July 7, from 5 to 6 p.m. at The Lyceum, located at 201 S. Washington St. The three finalists emerged from a talented pool of applicants from 19 states and three countries who responded to a widely promoted “Call to Artists.” For more information, contact Alisa Carrel, Director of the Office of the Arts, at 703.746.5590 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
RPCA to Explore Use of Benefits-Based Fee Policy for Programs, Services
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA) is working with the consulting firm GreenPlay to train RPCA staff on how a benefits-based fee policy would work in Alexandria. RCPA plans to consider the use of a benefits-based methodology to recommend appropriate City tax dollar subsidies for the programs and services provided to the community. The Pyramid Model is recognized as a national best practice approach for park and recreation fee establishment. The staff training starts July 3, and focus groups with stakeholders, staff and user groups, community groups, and other organizations will be held in September. Any proposed fee changes will be brought forward to the Parks and Recreation Commission for their input and then to City Council for action. For additional information, call Deputy Director William Chesley at 703.746.5426.
City Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Name the Lee Center Softball Field “The Kelley Cares Miracle Field”
The City of Alexandria is seeking public comment on a proposal to name the Lee Center Softball Field, located at 1108 Jefferson Street, “The Kelley Cares Miracle Field.” A Miracle Field is a rubberized surface baseball diamond that allows individuals with special needs the opportunity to play outdoor sports in a safe and fun environment. The proposal was forwarded by the Miracle League of Alexandria in response to the Kelley Cares Foundation’s direct support of the City of Alexandria’s therapeutic recreation program over the past several years.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Manager’s Report on Friday, July 6, due to the Independence Day holiday. The Manager’s Report will resume on Friday, July 13.