City of Alexandria, VA
Manager's Report - September 28, 2012
Bicycle Lane Installed on Slater's Lane
Following a public meeting on Thursday, September 20 and Traffic and Parking Board approval on Monday, September 24, bicycle lanes have been installed on Slater’s Lane between the George Washington Parkway and Portner Road. This installation was part of the 2008 City Council approved Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan. These lanes provide an important link to the Mount Vernon Trail, which is one of the most frequently used trails in the City, connecting Del Ray, Arlandria, and the future Potomac Yard to regional bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
City of Alexandria Achieves Virginia Municipal League's Platinum Level Certification
For the fifth straight year, the City of Alexandria earned Platinum level certification, the highest level of recognition by the Virginia Municipal League’s (VML) Green Government Challenge. Activities that earned the City this honor include: negotiation of an agreement with GenOn to close the company’s Potomac River Generating Station facility; the introduction of five hybrid trolleys for the free King Street trolley service in Old Town; addition of the City to the Capital Bikeshare network; initiation of a program to replace existing bus shelters with solar-powered designs; and development of 20 environmental indicators to measure progress of the Eco-City Alexandria initiative. For more information about the VML certification and about Eco-City Alexandria.
City Receives Positive Assessment of Housing Activities Under Federal HOME Program
The City has received a positive assessment of its management of housing activities funded through the federal HOME Program. The results of comprehensive, on-site monitoring, conducted July 24-27 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), identified no findings or concerns about the City’s performance. The monitoring results conclude that the City is operating its program in accordance with the statutory and regulatory requirements of the HOME Program. The HOME Program is an important source of federal funding that communities use to fund a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership. HOME requires that communities match 25 cents of every dollar in program funds to provide community resources in support of affordable housing.
Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities to Gather Public Input on the Management Plans for the City's Large Multi-Use Parks
In October, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will kick off a nine-month public outreach process to develop Management Framework Plans for the City’s large multi-use parks. The parks included in this process include Four Mile Run Park, Simpson Stadium Park, Chinquapin Park, Hensley Park, Holmes Run Park, and Ben Brenman/Armistead L. Boothe Parks. The goal of this effort is to study and understand the existing conditions and plan for future needs in each of the parks.
Police Department Participates in Dulles Plane Pull
On Saturday, September 22, a 25-member team representing the Alexandria Police Department (APD) participated in the 20th Anniversary of the Dulles Day Plane Pull, which benefits Special Olympics Virginia. The team pulled a FedEx Boeing 757 approximately 12 feet in 6.051 seconds. That pull was good enough for 6th place overall out of 70+ teams. The APD Team raised more than $1,300 for Special Olympics Virginia.