Manager's Report - December 14, 2012
Nelsie L. Smith Named Director of Management & Budget
The City Manager has announced the appointment of Nelsie L. Smith as the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Smith brings more than 12 years of experience working for and with local governments. She holds a Master of Public Administration and Urban Management from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Knox College. Smith is a Leadership ICMA graduate and is a member of ICMA, the Illinois City/County Management Association, and the International Parking Institute.
What’s Next Alexandria? Second Community Dialogue Set for January 29, 2013
Approximately 165 Alexandrians participated in the first What’s Next Alexandria Community Dialogue on November 15. The results of the community’s work at the meeting, as well as the presentations and meeting evaluations, are available on the What’s Next Alexandria website. The next steps in the process include an online engagement activity and a second Community Dialogue. The online engagement activity, scheduled for early of January, will allow the community to refine the principles of civic engagement begun on November 15 and in the community poll. On January 29 at 7 p.m., the community will wrap up work on the principles of civic engagement and then discuss potential methods for achieving those principles, including the range of engagement formats and approaches identified by the community in the recent poll. The event will be held in the West End, with a location to be announced next week.
The King Street Trolley Welcomes Santa!
On Saturday, December 15, Alexandria Transit Company will welcome Santa as he dashes into Old Town on the King Street Trolley. The trolley will be stopped from 9:15 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Market Square, 301 King Street. Bring your children and pets to this free event for a visit, picture, and special gift from Santa. After your visit with Santa, hop on a King Street Trolley and enjoy a ride to Old Town’s finest shopping destinations and holiday festivities. The free King Street Trolley operates daily, from 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m., including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. A trolley leaves every 15 minutes from the King Street Metro Station and heads towards the Potomac River waterfront.
Department of Code Enforcement Receives Numerous Large Project Proposals
The Department of Code Administration has received a significant number of large projects for review in the last five weeks. Projects with a construction value greater than $100,000 have totaled $214 million. Major projects contained within these totals include Braddock Gateway multi-family apartments ($56.5M), 625 E. Monroe Avenue multi-family apartments ($29M), 2641 Eisenhower Avenue Hoffman building renovation ($11M), 915 N. Patrick Street housing ($7M), and Alexandria Renew (Alexandria Sanitation Authority) nutrient management facility ($86.5M).
Del Ray Transportation Meeting
Transportation and Environmental Services (T&ES) staff is working with Del Ray residents, businesses and stakeholders to address transportation issues and provide updates on current projects. On November 29, approximately 75 people attended a public meeting held to gather input on transportation issues from residents. A presentation was also given by City staff. A follow-up meeting will be held January 17, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Mount Vernon Ave. The purpose of this meeting is to enable participants to explore potential mitigation measures in more depth and also discuss the triggers for mitigation measures.