Manager's Report - February 1, 2013
Virginia Department of Transportation Seminary Road & I-395 Update
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is currently soliciting Requests for Proposal (RFP) as part of the design build project for the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV)/Transit Ramp, located at Seminary Road and I-395. In providing input on the RFP, the City requested that the successful contractor team examine eliminating turning movements and implementing signalization changes at Seminary Road and Library Lane, in order to improve pedestrian safety. VDOT is currently planning to award the contract for design and build later this summer. The City will have the opportunity to review the design plans during the next phase of this project.
American Community Survey Shows Increases in Population, Income
The Department of Planning and Zoning recently completed an analysis of the most recent American Community Survey, the Census Bureau's annual look at the City's demographic and economic characteristics. The findings include a smaller than expected population increase, an increase in the number of children between 0 and 5 years old, a decline in the number of people older than 65, increased earnings and income, a decrease in drive-alone commuting, and an increase in the number of people working from home.
Plan Unveiled for "Next Generation of Metro"
On January 24, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) released a draft strategic plan, "Momentum," which defines the next generation of Metro. A multi-year capital rebuilding effort is currently underway to bring the regional transit system into a state of good repair. The agency is simultaneously beginning to plan for expansion to ensure the long-term competitiveness of the National Capital Region, and to keep pace with the demand from expected population growth. Several mid- and long-term priorities were identified in the plan, including: 1) maximizing the efficiency and capacity of the current network; 2) developing next-generation communications infrastructure to improve the customer experience; 3) completing the Metro bus priority corridor network; building new pedestrian connections between stations; 4) acquiring additional 8-car railcars to increase capacity; and 5) adding capital infrastructure to offer more route flexibility, such as a new connection between the Orange and Blue lines southeast of Rosslyn.
City Manager to Host Employee "Telephone Town Hall" on FY 2014 Budget
City Manager Rashad Young will host a Telephone Town Hall with City employees on February 5 to discuss the Fiscal Year 2014 budget process. He plans to answer questions and receive employee input before proposing a budget to City Council on February 26.
Finance Department Takes Over Billing for Old Town Farmers' Market
Effective March 2013, the Billing Operations Branch of the City of Alexandria Finance Department will assume the process of invoicing vendors for the use of space at the Old Town Farmers' Market. This will change the method of invoicing and the submission of payments to the City, as vendor payments will be no longer be accepted or collected at the Market or by the Market Master.
Reporting Street Light Outages
Public street lights in the City of Alexandria are maintained by Dominion Virginia Power. If you notice a street light is out, please report the outage directly to Dominion by calling 1.866.DOM.HELP (1.866.366.4357).
Alexandria Encourages Input in Development of First Youth Master Plan
The City of Alexandria is developing its first Youth Master Plan. The Plan is intended to set long-term, community-wide priorities for young people and identify specific action steps toward those goals. The Plan development is led by the City's new Children Youth and Families Collaborative Commission, and all residents and stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the plan development process, including youth, parents, youth-serving professionals, businesses, community groups and faith-based organizations. Three public forums will be held on February 9, 11, and 23.
Alexandria Mentoring Partnership Hosts Information and Training Event
The Alexandria Mentoring Partnership (AMP) is hosting a Mentoring Information event on Wednesday, February 6, at the Nannie J. Lee Center (1108 Jefferson St.) from 6 to 8 p.m. The event provides an opportunity for potential and current mentors to meet, network, and learn about mentoring and mentoring programs in Alexandria. The evening will feature a mentoring information session for potential mentors, and for current mentors, a training session on dealing with difficult situations. To RSVP for the event or learn more if you are unable to attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org.