City of Alexandria, VA
Manager's Report - February 17, 2012
City Manager Unveils Proposed Budget
On February 14, City Manager Rashad Young presented his proposed $585.6 Million General Fund Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2013 to City Council; budget includes no tax rate increases of any kind, and maintains core services (education, public safety, public infrastructure and transportation) without making major reductions in other service areas.
Beauregard Small Area Plan Update
On Monday, February 13, City Council and the Planning Commission held a joint work session on the Beauregard Small Area Plan. About 100 people (including City Council, Commission members, City staff, residents, and developers) attended the work session, which featured a detailed presentation on the Plan and discussion of its key elements. This small area plan is being undertaken by the City to identify options for the future Beauregard planning area located in the City's West End. The next community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 21, 7 p.m. at John Adams Elementary School.
Alexandria Home Rehabilitation Loan Program Featured on HUD Web Site
The City of Alexandria's Community Development Block Grant program, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), was featured on the federal agency's web site. The City provided assistance to Richard Lewis who, in 2007, was injured in a fall at his East Oxford Avenue home. Lewis, who was left with permanent paralysis, and his wife, Thelma, received a loan from the City of Alexandria's program. The loan funded the renovation of the home to increase accessibility for Lewis.
GIS Strategic Plan
On February 3, the City Manager approved the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Strategic Plan. The GIS Strategic Plan is a roadmap for making best use of the City’s investment in GIS technology. GIS has enormous potential to help the City better understand the populations we serve; maintain our infrastructure; more effectively share and analyze information to make decisions; and more clearly communicate with each other and the public. The Strategic Plan, informed by GIS stakeholders citywide, was developed with guidance from a committee of senior level decision makers, GIS power users and GIS staff.
ACVA, Local Hotels Assist “Fire Department Family” for Weissman Services
The Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association (ACVA) reported that eleven Alexandria hotels offered the “fire department family” heavily discounted rates to help with lodging for those the traveling to Alexandria for Paramedic Weismann’s memorial services. ACVA was requested to ask Alexandria hotels to participate, so they made the request of the hotels. Most of these rates were more than 50 percent off. ACVA created a webpage with Google maps identifying the locations of the hotels relative to service locations.
New Children, Youth & Family Collaborative Commission
On February 8, the new Children, Youth & Family Collaborative Commission (CYFCC) held its inaugural meeting. The 25-member CYFCC will advocate for Alexandria’s children and youth ages 0 to 21 and their families by promoting the coordination, alignment and effectiveness of services; studying and promoting best practices; and advising City Council, the School Board and City staff on policies affecting children, youth and families.
George Washington Birthday Holiday Schedule
All Alexandria City government offices will be closed on Monday, February 20 in observance of George Washington’s Birthday (also known as Presidents Day). February 20 also marks Alexandria’s annual George Washington Birthday Parade. In addition to the parade, there will be special activities, including free open houses at several Historic Alexandria sites.