Manager's Report - December 21, 2012
New City Council to be Installed January 2, 2013
In November, Alexandria voters elected the Mayor and City Council members for the next three-year City Council term, which begins January 2, 2013. The community is invited to attend the formal City Council installation ceremony on Wednesday, January 2 at 7 p.m., in the T.C. Williams High School Auditorium, 3330 King St. For more information, contact the Office of Communications and Public Information at 703.746.HELP (4357).
Two Alexandria Sites Nominated for National Register of Historic Places Nominations
On December 13, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources reviewed the National Register nomination for Alexandria Union Station, located at 110 Callahan Drive; and a preliminary nomination for the Charles M. Goodman House, located at 510 North Quaker Lane. Both nominations, written by volunteers and coordinated by Alexandria Board of Architectural Review (BAR) staff, received unanimous support. The state review boards commended Alexandria’s continued dedication to historic preservation. Union Station will be officially listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places within the next few months. The Goodman House will be listed by next summer. The state and national listings are honorific and do not prohibit demolition or alteration of a structure; however, staff expects to bring nominations to City Council to add these buildings to the City’s 100 Year Old Building list later next year.
City Installs Advanced Swimming Pool Water Treatment System at Chinquapin Park Recreation Center
The Robert S. Rixse Pool at the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center recently upgraded its water treatment system. This new system, which uses ultraviolet (UV) light, provides additional sanitation eliminating 99.9% of all water-borne viruses and bacteria, including the chlorine resistant Cryptosporidium. Other benefits of UV systems include improved air quality, decreased eye irritation and respiratory problems, and elimination of swimsuit fading. The system will also assist in extending the life of the metal components in the building, such as window frames, pool, and mechanical equipment. This enhancement was funded by the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities' Public Pools Capital Improvement Program. For more information, contact David Ghezzi, Architect/Park Planning at 703.746.5516 or email@example.com.
Zoning Inspector Kerry Hall Helps Make the City More Attractive
Kerry Hall, Zoning Inspector with the Department of Planning and Zoning, has been working diligently on a new work program designed to make the City more attractive. In response to resident complaints about excessive commercial signage in the City rights of way, Inspector Hall worked hard over the last two months to collect illegal signs and issue citations. Fines have been issued to the most egregious offenders and amount to $9,250, with 21 commercial businesses being the chief culprits. As part of the project, Inspector Hall has contacted a number of businesses in recent weeks to make sure that they understand that posting private signs in the right-of-way is not permitted, including on weekends. Several residents have written to applaud this effort. Planning and Zoning will continue to include the special weekend function in its work plan for now and will reassess its use of staff resources.
City Employees Honored for Helping Businesses
On December 17, Barbara Ross, Department of Planning and Zoning, and Jim Neurohr, Department of Transportation & Environmental Services, were honored by receiving the Del Ray Business Association (DRBA) City Star Award. The two staff members won the award for their efforts assisting businesses in Del Ray throughout their years of City Service. Ms. Ross and Mr. Neurohr were each presented with the award for Outstanding Leadership and Support. These two awards express the Del Ray business community’s thanks for the help and assistance City staff provide for community special events and new businesses trying to understand the City regulatory processes.
Holiday Tree Recycling January 7-18
The City’s Department of Transportation & Environmental Services, Solid Waste & Recycling Division provides holiday tree recycling for residents who receive City refuse collection. Starting Monday, January 7 until Friday, January 18, residents can place holiday trees at the curb for pickup. These trees are recycled and ground into mulch, which is available to residents in the spring. Trees placed at the curb prior to January 7 will be collected as regular refuse.
Humanitarian Inaugural Ball to Raise Funds to Support Alexandria Programs: City of Alexandria Partners with Servant Forge
The Servant Forge Humanitarian Inaugural Ball will be held on Sunday, January 20, in National Airport’s Historic Terminal A. After a $6 billion presidential election, the Ball will focus on the needs of those marginalized by abuse, neglect and indifference. All proceeds from this bipartisan Ball will support gender-based violence prevention and intervention programs from King Street to Kenya, including Alexandria’s Domestic Violence Program and Sexual Assault Center, the Alexandria Mentoring Partnership, the SOHO-Space of Her Own creative mentorship program, and the Gang Prevention, Intervention and Prevention and Education Program. Admission is $155.00 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine bar and access to spectacular silent and live auctions. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202.457.7771.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, there will be no Manager’s Report next week.