Monday, March 7 - Public Hearing on the City’s Proposed FY 2012 Operating and Capital Budget
A public hearing on the City’s Proposed FY 2012 Operating and Capital Budget will be held at 4 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 301 King St. Persons wishing to speak on the proposed budget may sign up prior to the public hearing by calling the Office of the City Clerk and Clerk of Council at 703.746.4550. Presenters are requested to provide a copy of their text to the City Clerk and Clerk of Council. Persons with disabilities who wish to request an accommodation for this public hearing should contract the Office of the City Clerk and Clerk of Council at 703.746.4550 (TTY/TDD 703.838.5056) prior to March 7, 2011, if possible. Any person desiring to review the proposed budget may visit the City’s website (www.alexandriava.gov/budget) or visit City Hall, Office of Management and Budget, Room 3630, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, copies of the proposed budget may be examined at Barrett Library (717 Queen St.); Duncan Library (2501 Commonwealth Ave.); Burke Library (4701 Seminary Rd.); and the Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke St.).
Thursday, March 10 – Community Pre-Construction Meeting for Park Improvements at Witter Property Athletic Facilities
The public is invited to attend a Community Pre-Construction Meeting to discuss the upcoming athletic field construction for the Witter Property located at 2600 Witter Drive. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Bishop Ireton, 201 Cambridge Road. The contractor and City staff will present information and answer questions concerning the upcoming construction of approved athletic improvements to the property, including a new diamond field, two new rectangular fields, restrooms, park pavilions and parking. For more information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/44608.
Friday, March 11 – City Boards, Commissions, and Committees Application Deadline
The Alexandria City Council is seeking applicants to fill the several vacancies on City of Alexandria boards, commissions and committees. Council will act on these vacancies at the March 22, 2011 City Council meeting. All applicants must complete a Personal Data Record Form and return it to the City Clerk’s Office or file the form electronically online no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2011. Applications received after this deadline will not be forwarded to City Council.
Saturday, March 12 – Groundbreaking Ceremony for Witter Property Athletic Facilities
The public is invited to attend the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Witter Property Athletic Facilities, 2600 Witter Drive. The ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. For more information about the project, visit www.alexandriava.gov/18078.
Wednesday, March 16 – BRAC-133 Advisory Group Meeting
The BRAC-133 Advisory Group will meet at 7 p.m. at Francis Hammond Middle School Auditorium. The Virginia Department of Transportation and their consultants will address the proposed HOV/Transit Ramp at Seminary Road and I-395, and discuss whether an Environmental Assessment or a Categorical Exclusion would be the appropriate level of review for this project. Stakeholders and members of the public are encouraged to attend to participate in the discussion. For more information, call David Grover at 703.746.4061.
Climate Change Meetings
The City of Alexandria's Environmental Policy Commission (EPC) and Office of Environmental Quality invites members of the public to attend two upcoming meetings about climate change. Take part in the City's Eco-City Alexandria initiative, learn about the science of climate change, and give feedback towards the draft Energy and Climate Change Action Plan.
- Tuesday, March 15 - 7:30 p.m. -9:30 p.m.
Alexandria City Hall, Room 2000
Climate Change Science: A Review of the Basics, and the Latest Research Findings
Speakers: Marcus Sarofim, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ned Helme, President, Center for Clean Air Policy (invited)
- Saturday, March 26 - 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Alexandria City Hall, Room 2000
Polk Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room
Open House: Eco-City Alexandria Update & Release of City’s Draft Energy and Climate Change Action Plan
Monday, March 28 – Kindergarten Registration Begins
Alexandria City Public Schools kindergarten registration for the 2011-2012 school year starts on March 28. Children must be five years old on or before Sept. 30, 2011, to register for kindergarten. Learn more at http://www.acps.k12.va.us/enroll/.
Nominations Sought for Awards Sponsored by Commission on Persons with Disabilities
The Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities is seeking nominations for two annual awards that honor local residents. The John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Award recognizes an individual who has advocated for persons with disabilities and includes a $500 donation in the recipient’s name to an organization that contributes to the promotion of equal opportunity for persons with disabilities. The Gerry Bertier Scholarship, sponsored by HeimLantz CPAs, awards up to a $1,000 merit based scholarship to a City of Alexandria resident with a disability or to a student at a school located in the City of Alexandria who seeks post-secondary education. Winners will be recognized at a reception on June 28. Nomination forms must be submitted by April 30, and are available by contacting Mike Hatfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.746.3148, Virginia Relay 711.
Free Tax Preparation for Low-Income Residents
Free tax preparation assistance is available to low-income residents through April 13 at the Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services, 2525 Mount Vernon Ave. Low-income City residents can get help filing federal and state income tax returns and applying for all applicable credits and deductions on Saturday mornings beginning at 9 a.m. and Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. Spanish-speaking preparers will be available. To request a reasonable disability accommodation or to receive materials in an alternative format, contact Suzanne Kratzok, Coordinator of Community Resources, at 703.746.5663 (703.836.1493 TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the session you wish to attend.
Boards and Commissions
SATURDAY, MARCH 5
Alexandria Sanitation Authority Board of Directors will hold their annual board retreat beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Alexandria Sanitation Authority, 1500 Eisenhower Ave. For more information, contact Ms. Lulu Wheeler at 703.549.3381 ext. 2200.
MONDAY, MARCH 7
Alexandria Early Childhood Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5 p.m., Cyphers Conference Room, DHS, 2525 Mt. Vernon Avenue. For more information, contact Wendy Morris at 703.746.5935.
Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission will hold a work session at 7:30 p.m., Sister Cities Conference Room 1101, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information, contact Bill Skrabak at 703.746.4065.
Alexandria Human Rights Commission – Executive Committee will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m., La Madeleine, 500 King Street. For more information, contact Jean Niebauer at 703.746.3140.
TUESDAY, MARCH 8
Alexandria City Council will hold its first legislative meeting of the month at 7 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information, contact Jackie Henderson at 703.746.4550.
Alexandria City Council and the Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m., Council Workroom, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information, contact Jackie Henderson at 703.746.4550.
Alexandria Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee will hold a meeting at 7 p.m., Sister Cities Conference Room 1101, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information, contact Steven Elliott at 703.746.3746.
Alexandria Commission for Women will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., Room 2000, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information, contact Lisa Baker at 703.746.5030.
Alexandria Commission on Employment will hold its regular monthly meeting at 8 a.m., JobLink, 1900 Beauregard Street, Suite 300. For more information, contact Dennis McKinney at 703.746.5990.
Alexandria School Board will hold an Add/Delete Session Work Session at 7 p.m., School Administration Offices, Winkler Building Board Room, 2000 North Beauregard Street. For more information, contact Rosemary Webb at 703.824.6614.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9
Alexandria Commission for the Arts – Public Art Committee will hold a meeting at 6:45 p.m., Durant Community Art Center, 1605 Cameron Street. For more information, contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5588.
Alexandria Commission for Persons with Disabilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Room 2000, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information, contact Mike Hatfield at 703.746.3148.
Alexandria Economic Opportunities Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Human Services Building, 2525 Mt. Vernon Avenue. For more information, contact Ann Moore at 703.746.5915.
Alexandria Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission will hold a meeting at 8 a.m., Lloyd House, 220 North Washington Street. For more information, contact Lance Mallamo at 703.746.4554.
THURSDAY, MARCH 10
Alexandria Beautification Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street. For more information, contact Judy Lo at 703.746.5940.
Alexandria Commission for the Arts – Youth Arts Festival will hold a meeting at 10:30 a.m., Durant Memorial Center, 1605 Cameron Street. For more information, contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565.
Alexandria Commission on Aging will hold its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m., Department of Human Services, 2525 Mt. Vernon Avenue. For more information, contact Debbie Ludington at 703.746.5692.
Alexandria School Board will conduct the FY 2012 Budget Public Hearing and host the Final Add/Delete Session at 7:30 p.m., School Administration Offices, Winkler Building Board Room, 2000 North Beauregard Street. For more information, contact Rosemary Webb at 703.824.6614.