Manager's Report - April 11, 2014
T&ES Spring Pothole Campaign Update
The Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES) began a month-long Spring Pothole Campaign on March 19. T&ES Maintenance Division crews are working daily in 11 zones Citywide to fix as many potholes as possible. Work efforts are based on service requests, as well as proactively identifying and repairing troubled areas. To date, crews have filled over 2,000 potholes, compared to approximately 300 last year. This effort is being funded through existing operating funds for the City’s street maintenance budget, $50,000 of which is being targeted for this pothole repair campaign. Approximately half of the 11 zones are now complete and two more zones should be finished by the end of this week. The Pothole Campaign will continue through the week of April 18. Residents are urged to report potholes by using Call.Click.Connect. or by calling 703.746.HELP (4357).
DMV2Go Scheduled to Visit City Hall April 14
The City of Alexandria is continuing its partnership with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ mobile unit program, DMV2Go, with several visits scheduled this year. The mobile van, which is a full-service DMV branch, will park on Royal Street adjacent to Market Square from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 14. Additional visits are set for June 9, August 11, October 3, and December 8. The pilot program, launched by the DMV, consists of five mobile units that provide service to dozens of locations in Virginia. DMV2Go has served hundreds of customers in Alexandria since the beginning of its partnership with the City in 2013.
Holmes Run & Cameron Run Stream Maintenance Project
The Department of Transportation & Environmental Services, Infrastructure & Environmental Quality Division will be conducting routine stream maintenance work in Holmes Run and Cameron Run from April through the end of June (weather permitting.) This work will consist of removing trees, brush, and additional overgrown or dead vegetation in the immediate vicinity of the bridge and culvert crossings. Selective removal of dead and downed trees may occur in order to clear areas surrounding bridges and culverts, which is essential to public safety. Dead and downed trees may be dislodged during a flooding event and become stuck on bridges and culverts. Logs and other debris may create a dam, which can cause flooding. Woody vegetation on the stream banks inhibits the efficient flow of water through channels and may also cause flooding. Generally, the work will consist of removal of all woody vegetation from the bottom third of the stream banks and clearing all invasive species throughout the rest of the stream bank. Healthy trees at the top of stream banks will not be removed.
City of Alexandria to Host 21st Annual Alexandria Earth Day on Saturday, April 26
The City of Alexandria will host the 21st Annual Alexandria Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration at Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr., on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s theme is "Are YOU an Eco-Citizen?” highlighted by the Fourth Annual Upcycling Showcase. The showcase features students from the Alexandria City Public Schools showing their upcycling creations based on the theme by modeling fashions created by them from upcycled materials, as well as their music, dance, literature and visual arts.
City Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Name the Planned Accessible Playground the Ruthanne Lodato Memorial Playground
The City of Alexandria is seeking public comment on a proposal to name the planned accessible playground at the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, located at 1108 Jefferson St., the Ruthanne Lodato Memorial Playground. The Miracle League of Alexandria and the Kelley Cares Foundation forwarded the proposal.
Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation Schooner Virginia Visits Alexandria
The Schooner Virginia is a reproduction of the last tall sail vessel built for the Virginia Pilot Association. The original ship sailed for the Pilots from 1917 to 1926, training apprentice pilots in seamanship and navigation. The Schooner Virginia will arrive in the City of Alexandria on Friday, April 11 and will dock at the City Marina's T-Pier. The Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation will host free public tours on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, and the ship will depart the City on Monday, April 14.