City Encourages Public Input on NVTA Public Hearing
The public is invited to attend a second Northern Virginia Transportation Authority public hearing on July 24, at 6 p.m., to weigh in on the proposed list of projects to be supported with funds from HB2313 for fiscal year 2014. The hearing will be held in the City of Fairfax City Hall, 10455 Armstrong Street, in Fairfax. Those unable to attend the hearing may still provide comments about the projects at www.TheNoVaAuthority.org or via email to fy14projects@TheNoVaAuthority.org.
City, CFO Receive Financial Reporting Awards
For the 35th year in a row, the City of Alexandria received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada’s (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The GFOA awarded the City for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, for demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the City’s financial story. The City’s Chief Financial Officer, Laura Triggs, also received the GFOA’s Award for Reporting Achievement.
Update: Removal of King Street and Union Street Pilot Left Turn Restrictions
On Monday, June 24, the City’s Traffic and Parking Board moved to end the left turn restriction pilot program at King and Union Streets. The Waterfront Commission also endorsed the ending of the left turn restriction. The no left turn signage was removed June 26, and the previous traffic pattern restored. After the pilot restrictions were implemented, field observations revealed a high incidence of violations, despite educational and enforcement measures that were taken to encourage compliance. The high violation rate would undermine the goal of reducing pedestrian, vehicle, and bicycle safety issues, and could actually make the intersection more unsafe by creating pedestrians’ expectations that cars would not make the left turns, while significant numbers of vehicles would continue to do so. Tickets issued while the pilot restrictions were in effect remain valid.
City’s Local Motion Program Receives Employer Services Organization Achievement Award
The City’s Local Motion Program received the Employer Services Organization Achievement Award from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments at the 16th annual Commuter Connections Employer Recognition Awards ceremony on Tuesday, July 25. The award recognized the City’s Commuter Challenge campaign, held in early April, which included 14 companies and more than 500 employees who participated in a fun, friendly competition to encourage participants to drive alone less and use alternative methods of transportation. The two- week competition reduced vehicle miles traveled by 64,000 and saved 2,500 gallons of gas.
City of Alexandria to Hold Annual USA & City Birthday Celebration on Saturday, July 13
The City of Alexandria will celebrate its 264th (and honor the USA’s 237th) birthday on Saturday, July 13, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St. The celebration includes fun for the entire family, including musical entertainment, refreshments, and birthday cake. The featured performance of the evening is a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra at 8:30 p.m. and culminating with a Grand Fireworks Finale beginning at 9:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, fireworks only will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 14 at 9:30 p.m.
2013 Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment
The City of Alexandria is conducting a Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment Survey during July 2013. The purpose of the survey is to establish priorities for the future development of parks, recreation, cultural facilities, programs and services within your community. The survey is administered by a consultant, Leisure Vision, who designed the survey method to obtain statistically valid results through mailing and calling randomly selected Alexandria households. Once complete, Leisure Vision will benchmark the results with findings from a 2011 survey to see how Parks and Recreation have changed in the past two years. For additional information please contact Dana.Wedeles@alexandriava.gov.