City of Alexandria, VA
Manager's Report - May 4, 2012
Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Process Update
City Council and City staff will continue to work on the City Manager’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2013 General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program. The final Add-Delete Budget Work Session will be held in City Hall on Monday, May 7, at 6 p.m. in the Council Workroom, followed by Council’s adoption of the FY 2013 Budget at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers. To view the latest budget documents and information, visit alexandriava.gov/Budget.
Overnight Road Work: 3500- 4400 Block of Duke Street
The City of Alexandria’s Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES), Maintenance Division will perform overnight patching and road maintenance starting Sunday, May 6, ending approximately Monday, May 14. Work will occur between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., and includes patching from the 3500 to 4400 block of Duke Street (between Quaker Lane and Jordan Street). In the event of rain, work will be postponed one night. While it is T&ES’ intent to complete the work on schedule, weather or equipment problems may cause delays, in which case the project will be completed as soon as possible thereafter.
Seasonal Farmers’ Markets Open in May
The City’s three seasonal farmers’ markets open the first week of May. The King Street Fresh Farmers' Market located at King St. Gardens Park, 1806 King St., opened Wednesday, May 2 and operates Wednesdays through October. Beginning Sunday, May 6, the West End Farmers' Market (Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr.) and the Four Mile Run Farmers' and Artisans Market (Four Mile Run Park, 4109 Mount Vernon Ave.) will open and operate through mid-November. The City also operates two year-round markets: The Old Town Farmers’ Market, located at Market Square, 301 King St. (open Saturdays from 7 a.m. until noon); and the Del Ray Farmers’ Market, located at the corner of East Oxford and Mount. Vernon Avenues (open from 8 a.m. until noon.)
Alexandria Police Facility Earns LEED Gold Certification, Excellence in Design Award
The City’s new Police Headquarters facility on Wheeler Avenue has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The building was designed to achieve more than 30 percent energy savings, due to its improved building envelope, high efficient glazing, occupancy sensors, and energy efficient mechanical equipment. It also incorporates water efficient fixtures that reduce water usage by 30 percent. During construction, more than 90 percent of the waste was also diverted from the landfill and recycled. These are a few of the environmentally-friendly strategies that were used to earn LEED Gold Certification. The facility was also recently chosen by Environmental Design + Construction Magazine as the winner of an Excellence in Design Award in their 2012 awards program. The facility, a winner in the Government/Institutional category, will be featured in the magazine’s October print and online issues.
Code Administration Department Promotes Building Safety Awareness Month
On April 27, Mayor William D. Euille signed a proclamation declaring May as Building Safety Awareness Month in the City of Alexandria. The Department of Code Administration, which hosted a regional kickoff event on May 1 at T.C. Williams High School, will also be promoting building safety throughout May by hosting a public display in Market Square on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday mornings at the Old Town Farmers’ Market; and on May 4-5 at a regional exhibit at Home Depot, located at 400 S. Pickett St.
Alexandria Energy Saver Loan Program Launched
The City has kicked off the Alexandria Energy Saver Loan Program, a unique partnership with CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union and LEAP (Local Energy Alliance Program), to offer low-interest loans of up to $20,000 to eligible Alexandria homeowners to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes. LEAP, a nonprofit organization managing the Northern Virginia Home Performance with Energy Star Program, will perform home energy reviews and connect homeowners with trained and certified contractors. The City supported the creation of the Energy Saver Loan Program by providing loss reserve funding to CommonWealth One, which leverages $10 of private financing for each $1 provided by the City. It is financed in part by the federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program funds.
Alexandria Named “Playful City USA” Community
The City of Alexandria was named one of 213 Playful City USA Communities by the national nonprofit organization KaBOOM! for its efforts to increase play opportunities for children. Playful City USA is a national program advocating for local policies that improve children’s play opportunities. Alexandria was selected for its outstanding dedication to play. The Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network (A-COAN) launched the Project Play initiative this year to raise awareness about the importance of play, improve play environments for more than 6,000 Alexandria children, and ensure that every child has access to a quality playground. A-COAN, in collaboration with the City, Alexandria/Arlington Smart Beginnings, and ACTion Alexandria, developed a playspace assessment tool and assessed 86 public/semi-public playgrounds. A-COAN’s Project Play Task Force is in the process of developing recommendations based on the assessment. This recognition also lauds the work of the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities (RPCA), which has renovated three playgrounds this year and successfully raised enough public-private funds to build a Miracle Field for use by people with special needs.
Four Mile Run Park Expansion Project Update
Phase I improvements to the Four Mile Run Park site were completed on April 30, including demolition and resurfacing of the existing asphalt lots, installation of new grass areas, installation of permeable paving treatments (pavers and geo-cells), excavation of rain garden areas, and new sidewalks with an expanded landscape strip. Street trees and additional site plantings will be installed in May and June. While funding for Phase I did not cover all future improvements planned for the site, it allowed the City to provide a more useable and attractive community gathering space. The Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market will open May 6.