FYI Alexandria - December 13, 2018

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Alexandria's Official Resident Newsletter • December 13, 2018

Torpedo Factory Art Center Vibrancy and Sustainability Planning

In November, City Council directed the City Manager to develop a plan, through a public process in coordination with stakeholders, that seeks to preserve the Torpedo Factory Art Center as a keystone community cultural asset. The Council-approved recommendations include the development of a vibrancy and sustainability plan, recognition of the need for substantial capital funding for facility improvements and future program needs, and affirmation that the City's Office of the Arts will continue as the long-term managing entity for operations.

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City Urges Community to Help Prepare for Winter Weather

Responding to winter weather events is a top priority for the City of Alexandria. City crews clear snow from more than 560 lane miles of roadway, 20 miles of City-owned walkways and trails, and 44 acres of municipal parking lots or City-owned squares. Learn how the City prepares, and get familiar with Alexandria's Snow Plan, Winter Weather Emergency System, and snow removal priorities.

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Credits to Lower Stormwater Utility Fees Available

All property owners in the City of Alexandria can now apply to lower their 2019 stormwater utility fees through credits for actions that reduce stormwater runoff or improve stormwater quality. The City's stormwater utility fee, adopted in 2017, funds the Stormwater Management Program, which includes new infrastructure to meet Chesapeake Bay cleanup mandates. City Council adopted a credits program for nonresidential properties in 2017 and a program for residential properties in October 2018.

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Health Insurance Open Enrollment Deadline Approaching

If you still need health insurance coverage, time is running out. The annual open enrollment period for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ends on December 15, 2018. The ACA provides consumers with subsidies that lower the cost of health insurance for low-income households. Anyone who needs coverage for 2019 should start an application and shop for plans to take effect as early as January 1, 2019. The City will host a trained "Navigator" every Monday morning leading up to the deadline, to assist residents in obtaining health insurance coverage.

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Help Those in Need Through the Holiday Sharing Program

The City invites the public to help make the 2018 holiday season brighter for the most vulnerable members of our community, including ­low-income families, foster children, seniors and residents with disabilities. Through the annual Holiday Sharing Program, coordinated by the Fund for Alexandria's Child, sponsors may purchase gifts for eligible families and individuals, which include household necessities, clothing, toys and gift cards.

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City Holds Virtual Information Session on National Landing

The City of Alexandria held a virtual information session on Monday, Nov. 19, to provide an overview and answer questions regarding the recent announcement that Amazon will locate a major corporate headquarters and Virginia Tech will build an Innovation Campus in National Landing, the area comprising Potomac Yard in Alexandria and Pentagon City and Crystal City in Arlington County.

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