Manager's Report - March 7, 2014
FY 2015 Budget Process Update
Over the next several weeks, City Council and City staff will continue to work on the City Manager’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2015 General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program through a series of work sessions, and public hearings during March and April. On Monday, March 10, City Council will hear comments from residents and the public during a public hearing to be held at 4 p.m. at City Hall in the second floor Council Chambers. Those who wish to speak may sign up by going to www.alexandriava.gov/Participate and filling out a speaker's form online for that date. City Council will finalize the Fiscal Year 2015 Approved Budget and Capital Improvement Program on Thursday, May 1. To view the latest documents and information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/Budget.
City of Alexandria Awarded Medals Recognizing Achievements in Addressing Childhood Obesity through Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties
The National League of Cities has recognized the City of Alexandria for the recent completion of key health and wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative, dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. LMCTC calls upon local elected officials to adopt sustainable and holistic policies that improve communities’ access to healthy affordable food and opportunities for physical activity through five goal areas. Alexandria was awarded the following medals: Silver Medal in Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart; Bronze Medal in Goal III: Smart Servings for Students; and Gold Medal in Goal V: Active Kids at Play.
The City of Alexandria to Begin Chinquapin Aquatics Center Feasibility Study
Alexandria has entered into a contract with Hughes Group Architects to conduct a feasibility study for expansion of the Chinquapin Aquatics Center. The study will explore the feasibility of building a 50-meter, indoor competition pool as an expansion to the existing center. The study will also look at renovations to the existing pool to convert it to a recreation pool, with additional features, amenities, and associated programming. The City will be scheduling related public meetings with the community this spring. For additional information, contact Laura Durham, Open Space Coordinator, at 703.746.5493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
T&ES Maintenance Launches Spring Pothole Campaign
This season’s winter weather has caused a large number of potholes throughout the City. From March 17 to April 17, the Department of Transportation & Environmental Services will begin a month-long campaign to repair as many potholes as possible. Residents are urged to report potholes by using Call.Click.Connect. or by calling 703.746.HELP (4357). In 2013, crews repaired approximately 1,912 potholes. A typical repair involves digging out any loose material and installing a permanent hot asphalt patch. When the weather doesn’t allow for a permanent repair, a cold mix material is used for a temporary patch, followed by a permanent repair later in the season.
Take the Alexandria Commuter Challenge
The City’s Local Motion program will be holding its third annual Commuter Challenge, from Monday, March 31 to Friday, April 11. Alexandria employers are invited to participate in this competition by encouraging their employees to leave their cars at home and commute to work using alternative transportation: walk, bike, carpool/vanpool, bus train, and telework. The goal of this campaign is to introduce employees who drive alone to use alternative forms of transportation that can save them time and money. This friendly competition has three winning categories: Gold (highest percent improved vehicle miles traveled using alternative transportation), Silver (highest percent improved number of trips using alternative transportation) and Bronze (highest percent of employee participation). More than 100 prizes will be given away to participating employees during the two-week challenge. Companies must register by March 14.
King Street and The Strand Flood Mitigation Project
The King Street and The Strand Flood Mitigation Project, which began September 2013, is anticipated to be completed by mid-March. Installation of backflow devices, which are used to help lessen nuisance flooding caused by tidal backup in the storm sewer system, will begin March 7, and continue for about one week. The devices are expected to help lessen nuisance flooding events in the area caused by tidal backup in the storm sewer system. The contractor, Flippo Construction, will take measurements and place orders for the backflow devices, which will be installed inside an existing manhole in King Street Park. The installation will be confined to a small area within the Park, which will remain accessible to the public, except for one of two east-west walkways leading to the water and a small area next to the manhole. Measures will be taken to protect trees, grass and other features. Disruption of traffic flows on King Street, The Strand or other nearby streets will be minimized. While the work is being completed, parking in the area will continue to have normal ingress and egress. The City will monitor the performance of these improvements following the installation.
2014 Spring/Summer Program Guide Now Available
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities’ Spring/Summer Program Guide is now available. The guide features new programs, including Teen Mentoring, Trips, Family Time and much more; there is something for every interest and activity level. In addition, enhancements to the guide include full-color ad spaces, recreation center amenity grid with reservation spaces indicated, easy to follow steps to reserve parks and facilities, a Fun Finder Program Index. The program guide is now online and hard copies are available at City Hall, public libraries, and community centers.