Manager's Report - June 27, 2014

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Alexandria City Council Creates Working Group to Examine Proposed Dominion Virginia Power Underground Transmission Line and Substation

On June 24, the Alexandria City Council adopted a resolution to establish a working group to examine the effects of a proposal by Dominion Virginia Power to construct a new 230-kilovolt, underground transmission line between Alexandria and Arlington County, near Jefferson Davis Highway and Potomac Yard. The Underground Transmission Line and Substation Working Group will examine quality of life, economic, electric reliability, and environmental and transportation impacts associated with the proposed project and will make recommendations to staff, the City Manager, and City Council. The Working Group will be composed of a wide range of representatives from civic organizations and neighborhoods in many of the communities possibly affected by the project, and representatives from several boards, commissions, and the business community. Additionally, City Manager Young requested that Dominion prepare a needs assessment, a report on the feasibility of alternatives (including an environmental analysis), a community outreach plan, an overall work plan, and civic engagement practices modeled after the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. 

City of Alexandria to Hold Annual USA and City Birthday Celebration Saturday, July 12

The City of Alexandria will celebrate its 265th and the USA’s 238th birthday on Saturday, July 12, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., located at the Potomac River between Fairfax, Pendleton, and Madison Streets. The celebration includes fun for the entire family, including musical entertainment, presentation of the Park & Recreation Commission CIVIC Awards, refreshments, and birthday cake. The celebration opens with a performance by Fuse Box at 7 p.m. and the featured performance of the evening is a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra at 8:30 p.m., culminating with a Grand Fireworks Finale featuring Tchaikovsky's “1812 Overture” with cannon support by the United States Marine Corps Basic Training School beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Food Truck Pilot Program Update

On May 17, Alexandria City Council adopted a Pilot Program that will allow food trucks to operate in off-street locations on public and private property. The Program will begin on July 1, and run through October 31, 2015. The Program is designed to introduce food trucks within the City of Alexandria on a limited basis to provide the City with data to evaluate a successful food truck program. On June 26, the City Manager adopted Administrative Regulations, developed with community input, to 1) administer the Food Truck Pilot Program and 2) establish the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities (RPCA) policy on food truck vending in public parks and recreation centers. On June 24, City Council reviewed and approved the draft regulations, authorizing the City Manager to finalize them for the July 1 program start date.  On July 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the City will host a Food Truck Registration Kick Off Event, providing food truck owners with "one stop shopping" to obtain the permits and inspections they will need to operate.

Potomac Yard Interactive Fountain Opens

The Potomac Yard Park Interactive Fountain, located at 2501 Potomac Ave. between the two playgrounds, opened June 23 and operates daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The fountain features 36 water jets and lighting for nighttime effects. The fountain offers three programmable sequences, and sensors that control the water jet height based on the wind speed in the area. For added safety, the fountain features a secondary ultraviolet water treatment system. The fountain supports the City’s Eco-City Initiative by treating and recycling the water, which results in reduced water use. For additional information, contact the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703.746.4343.

West Braddock Road Tree Maintenance & Removal Project

The City’s tree contractor is completing a tree maintenance and removal project along West Braddock Road, from N. Quaker Lane to N. Van Dorn St. The project includes the pruning of 58 trees and removal of 32 trees in medians, on the north side of the Braddock Rd. right of way. The pruning also includes the trees in front of the Minnie Howard campus, and on the south side of the West Braddock Road  right of way adjacent to the Episcopal High School property. The trees are in poor to fair condition due to damage caused by vehicles over the years. Replacement of the removed trees will occur during the fall 2014 planting season. For additional information, call the City’s Urban Forestry Office at 703.746.5499.

City of Alexandria to Hold Dedication Ceremony for the Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park

The public is invited to attend a dedication ceremony for the Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park, on Saturday, June 28 at 1 p.m. The fields are located at 1005 Mt. Vernon Ave. The dedication will occur rain or shine. For additional information, contact Jack Browand, Division Chief, at 703.746.5504 or

City Extends Parking Meter Hours to 9 p.m.

As part of its adopted FY 2015 Budget, City Council approved the extension of parking meter hours to Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m to 9 p.m., at all meters citywide.  Currently, hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Old Town, and Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Carlyle.  The new hours are intended to promote parking turnover, make on-street spaces available to short-term visitors, encourage long-term parking at off-street facilities and parking garages, and promote the use other modes of transportation such as Metro, DASH, and the free Old Town Trolley. The parking fee is $1.75 at meters that accept credit cards and coins, and $1.25 per hour at meters that only accept coins. The extended hours will begin on July 1, and enforcement will begin on July 14.

City Distributes Guide to Resource Recovery Services

The Department of Transportation and Environmental Services Resource Recovery Division is distributing a “Guide to Services” booklet to residents who receive City refuse and recycling collection.  Those residents should receive the new guide in the mail the first week of July. The guide explains the City’s new yard waste collection program, as well as other services such as recycling, refuse, street cleaning, and household hazardous waste disposal. Designed for both new and longtime residents, the publication illustrates how the Resource Recovery Division converts waste into a resource, and explains the important residents play in the process. Copies of the guide are also available at City recreation centers, libraries, and on the first floor of City Hall.

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