Manager's Report - October 5, 2012
City Issues Request for Proposal to Purchase and Redevelop 509 N. Saint Asaph St.; 511, 513 & 515 Oronoco St.
The City is seeking responses to Request for Proposal for the sale and redevelopment of the City’s property located at 517 N. Saint Asaph St., and the parking lots located at 511, 513 and 515 Oronoco St. These properties mark the site of the City’s former Health Department facility and include the current employee surface parking lots. The City has designated these properties as surplus and is seeking private development offers to redevelop with uses compatible with the City’s Old and Historic District standards and the surrounding neighborhood. The deadline for proposals is November 27.
Oronoco Outfall Remediation Project
On September 27, City Council allocated funding for the groundwater remediation phase of the Oronoco Outfall Project. This project aims to eliminate the discharge of oily substances at the end of Oronoco Street, an area associated with the former City-owned manufactured gas plant. During the construction phase of the project, which is expected to start before the end of the year and take approximately four months to complete, the unit block of Oronoco Street, between North Union and the waterfront, will be closed.
Alexandria's Department of Real Estate Assessment Wins National Award for Excellence
The Alexandria Department of Real Estate Assessments has earned one of the nation’s top honors from the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO). The City was among just 19 jurisdictions nationwide to receive the IAAO’s Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration, a lengthy three-month certification process.
City Holds Press Conference to Recognize Closure of GenOn Potomac River Generating Station
The City of Alexandria held a press conference October 1 to recognize the closure of the GenOn Potomac River Generating Station. The closure and press conference were extensively covered by Alexandria’s local print media; all of the DC area broadcast media; the Washington Post; and radio stations WAMU and WTOP. The closure of this facility was a culmination of outreach and civic engagement from residents and local officials for more than 10 years. For more information and links to local media coverage, visit alexandriava.gov/GenOn. The City will hold a reception to recognize the closure of GenOn facility on Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m., in the Vola Lawson lobby, prior to the City Council meeting.
Alexandria Mentoring Partnership Seeks Additional Mentors
The Alexandria Mentoring Partnership is currently experiencing a shortage of mentors. Mentoring is proven to decrease the risk factors associated with crime, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, poor school performance and gang affiliation. Our City’s children need you! If you are able to mentor or tutor a child for an average of one hour per week, please contact Erin Dawson at 703.746.4475 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Paint the Town Red!
The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce are teaming up with the Washington Nationals to “Paint the Town Red” to support our hometown baseball team. Retail outlets, restaurants, hotels, organizations, and fans are encouraged to display their support for the Nationals as the team goes into postseason play by uploading their acts of “Natitude” to Twitter, tagged with #Natitude and #Alexvachamber. (In addition to Twitter, all photos for contests can be submitted to Richard.Medina@Nationals.com.) Participants with the best displays of “Natitude” within their respective category will win prizes, including tickets and on-field recognition at 2013 regular season games. Contests will begin with the Nationals first playoff game (possibly October 6) and continue until the season concludes. There will be one winner selected each day and one grand prize awarded per category.
Changes in the Office of Communications & Public Information
To strengthen internal communications and employee engagements that support the City Manager’s change agenda, Communications Officer Jennifer Harris has been reassigned from the current communications team to focus completely on internal City-wide communications. Jennifer will spend the next several months working with the City Manager, Department Heads and the Change Agent Team communicating directly employees. During this time, the workload in the Communications and Public Information office will increase as the team takes on the additional responsibilities of managing City Council requests, overseeing the Comcast operation and partnering with ITS to launch the new Customer Relationship Management (CRM). As a result, the Office of Communications & Public Information (C&PI) is asking some departments for full-time, short-term assistance. The office is setting up a rotation of three or four current City PIOs to work in C&PI. Alexandria Police Public Information Officer Ashley Hildebrandt, who is the first to join the Office of Communications and Public Information, began her new assignment on Wednesday, October 3. This cross-training opportunity will enhance and develop the employees’ communications knowledge and skills, which they will use when they return to their departments.