Manager's Report - 06 Sep 2013

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Update on Environmental Work at the NRG Potomac River Generating Station Site

Staff reports to the Potomac River Generating Station (PRGS) Monitoring Group on a monthly basis on current site characterization and remediation work being conducted by NRG at the former GenOn power plant site. Currently, under procedures and testing protocols requested by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ), NRG efforts are centered on areas around the two heating oil underground storage tanks and a kerosene underground tank. The sub-surface areas around these tanks have been determined to be contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons and VDEQ is requesting further investigation to be carried out by NRG to determine the extent and pathway of the contamination and if further remediation is required.  As part of the coal yard grading plan approval by the City, NRG submitted a report on soil sampling for sediment pond areas.  The report indicates arsenic was the only constituent of potential concern; however, no further action is required since the slightly elevated results were comparable to background concentrations for the region.  Staff is completing a detailed review of the report.

The City Celebrates Citizenship Day and Hosts 9-11 Ceremony

The City of Alexandria will join the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in recognizing individuals as naturalized United States citizens at its Citizenship Day event on Tuesday, September 10, at 6 p.m. in Market Square.  During the event, the honorees will be sworn in and take the oath of allegiance for United States citizenship. David Agnew, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, will be this year's keynote speaker.

The City of Alexandria invites the public to a remembrance ceremony on Wednesday, September 11, at 10 a.m. in Market Square, marking the 12th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. The ceremony will give thanks and pay tribute to those who responded on 9-11 without fear, acted without hesitation, and gave their lives to save others. The tribute includes the “Return to Quarters” bell-ringing ceremony, featuring representatives from Fire, EMS, Police, and the Sheriff’s Office.

DASH Study Public Workshops

DASH is collecting and analyzing ridership data on all of its routes in a study called the Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA). The COA will help develop and update both short- and long-range service and route plans. The public is invited to two outreach events to learn more about the project, and help identify future transit service needs in Alexandria. Both events will have the same content, but are located in different parts of the City to improve accessibility.

Hunting Point Tenant Grievance

On August 15, six tenants of Hunting Point filed a grievance with the Office of Housing under the City’s Landlord-Tenant ordinance.  Under this ordinance, a grievance is reviewed by an officer of the Landlord-Tenant Board who is an Office of Housing employee.  If the officer finds probable cause to credit the allegations, then the grievance is heard by the Landlord-Tenant Board.  If the officer issues a finding of no probable cause, then there is no hearing by the Board.  In this case, there was a finding of “no probable cause to credit the allegations.”   As a result there was no hearing at the Board’s September 4 meeting but Hunting Point tenants’ were given the opportunity to express their concerns.  The attendance at this Board meeting was low, likely because there was no formal hearing on the subject.  The City Attorney’s Office assisted the officer in her review.  Laramar, the property owner-manager, held a tenant meeting on September 5; because it appears that the noticing of the meeting to tenants did not occur as it should have, Laramar indicated that they would plan another tenant meeting on September 9.  For more information, or for a copy of the officer’s report, contact Melodie Seau at 703.746.4990 or

Planters Installed at King and Union Street

The City has removed the white sawhorse barrier at the unit block of King and Union Streets and installed planters as discussed with the Waterfront Commission. The installation of the planters is a public private partnership to provide beautification on the King Street corridor. The City of Alexandria provided the planters, and members of the Old Town business community will provide the plants and maintenance of the planters. Installation is anticipated to be completed by Friday, September 6. For more information, contact Jack Browand at 703.746.5504 or

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