Manager's Report - December 7, 2012
Sanitary Sewer Master Plan – Public Meeting Monday, December 17
The Department of Transportation and Environmental Services (T&ES), Engineering Division, will hold a public meeting about the City’s draft Sanitary Sewer Master Plan on Monday, December 17, 7-9 p.m., at the Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center, 1605 Cameron Street. The draft Sanitary Sewer Master Plan provides a summary of the City’s sanitary sewer assets and needs, along with a plan to assess future wastewater flows corresponding to forecasted growth. This plan uses growth forecasts to analyze hydraulic capacity of the collector sewers and interceptor sewers, wastewater treatment plant capacity, and the impact of significant wet weather events on both the separate sanitary and combined sewer systems. T&ES presented the draft plan to various stakeholders over the past year, including community members and industry leaders. The draft Sanitary Sewer Master Plan will be presented to the City’s Planning Commission and City Council in 2013. For more information, contact the Engineering Division at 703.746.4045.
City Prepared for 2012-2013 Winter Weather
As the 2012-2013 winter season approaches, emergency response, including snow and ice removal operations, continues to be a top priority for the City. The City’s winter weather emergency classifications are based on type and accumulation of precipitation with severity ranging from Level 1 (least severe) to Level 3 (most severe). While Alexandria is prepared for the upcoming winter months, residents are reminded to take precautions when traveling during all snow events. Crews will first clear primary routes, major streets and snow emergency routes that run throughout the City, near schools and hospitals; and then clear secondary roads and residential streets. If additional storms hit during a short time frame, crews will focus efforts on roads that carry the most traffic and are most accessible to transit.
Oronoco Outfall Remediation Project Starts Monday, December 17
The Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES), Office of Environmental Quality (OEQ), will begin work on a remediation project within the unit block of Oronoco Street on Monday, December 17. This project aims to eliminate the discharge of oily substances associated with the former City-owned manufactured gas plant. Project construction will require closing Oronoco Street between North Union and the waterfront for approximately four months. Surrounding neighborhoods have received project information and notifications over the last several months. For more information, contact the City’s Office of Environmental Quality (OEQ) at 703.746.4065.
Department of Planning and Zoning Gives Presentation to Commission on Aging
On November 8, the Department of Planning and Zoning gave a presentation to the Commission on Aging regarding what the department does in reference to seniors, how it promotes smart growth, encourages the provision of affordable housing and housing for the disabled, coordinates with other departments, provides for complete streets, plans for amenity-rich communities and new development, and its vision is for improved civic engagement.
City Hall Upgrades Television Broadcast Equipment
As part of a new five-year franchise agreement with Comcast Cable, the City received an initial capital grant of $150,000 to upgrade the equipment and cameras used to broadcast televised meetings from Council Chambers at City Hall. The upgrade will move the system from analog to digital format, in compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations requiring all broadcasts to be in digital format. The new equipment will be installed December 20 and 21. Cable service in Alexandria has already been converted to the digital format. Comcast will discontinue broadcasting in analog format in 2013.
Celebrate the Holidays with Alexandria Library
Alexandria Library has lined up a host of free festive events this December. Our calendar is packed with festive activities for people of all ages, including holiday gift-making, handbell and jazz concerts, poetry readings and seasonal safety tips provided by the Alexandria Police Department. On December 12 at 6:30 p.m., come to an open house holiday feast at Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Avenue.
Dollar Wise Committee
On November 19, the City of Alexandria Dollar Wise Committee participated in the Virginia Cooperative Extension Reality Store program at Francis Hammond Middle School. The Realty Store program was designed to teach students about money management. Teens at the event were given an occupation, family situation and budget and tracked how much they would spend on housing, transportation, health, food, clothing and savings. The Dollar Wise committee also hosted a Financial Education Seminar on November 28 at Charles Houston Recreation Center. The seminar instructor, Florence King, works with the Urban League and the United Way instructing students and adults in financial literacy.