City of Alexandria, VA
Manager's Report - February 15, 2013
Route 1 Transitway Project: Traffic Impacts to Potomac Avenue and Hume Avenue
The City continues construction work as part of the Route 1 Transitway between Potomac Avenue and East Glebe Road. Beginning the week of February 18, vehicles will no longer be able to make left turns from southbound Route 1 at Potomac Avenue. The City is widening Route 1 north of Potomac Avenue in order to construct dedicated transit lanes and two transitway stations. As part of this project, and as reflected in the adopted framework of the Master Plan for Potomac Yard, the left turn lane, from southbound Route 1 to eastbound Potomac Avenue, will be removed from service and left turns will no longer be allowed at this intersection. Vehicles wishing to access Potomac Avenue from southbound Route 1 can turn left at Howell Avenue or any signalized intersection to the north. Access to Monroe Avenue from southbound Route 1 via the slip ramp and access to Potomac Avenue from northbound Route 1 will remain. Also as reflected in the adopted framework of the Master Plan for Potomac Yard, access to Hume Avenue from northbound Route 1 will also be eliminated from service. Access to southbound Route 1 at Hume Street remains unaffected. Vehicles wishing to utilize Hume Avenue from northbound Route 1 can turn left at either East Glebe or Swann Avenue.
C-SPAN to Produce Series of Alexandria History Vignettes
A crew from C-SPAN next week will be filming a series of history vignettes at locations around the City. The six-part series, which will focus on Alexandria and its historic sites, will air nationally on C-SPAN 2 and Book TV the weekend of March 15-16. The producers agreed to promote the series before and during the weekend with general visuals that portray the unusual depth, texture and beauty of Alexandria, to promote tourism to the City, while focusing the series itself on the following topics:
Producers also plan to interview the Mayor.
Hundreds Turn Out to Help Craft Youth Master Plan
More than 250 people turned out at community forums this past week to help Alexandria create its first Child and Youth Master Plan. Adults and young people broke into workgroups to examine data about the City's youth, discuss the causes behind key issues (such as school attendance, substance abuse and participation in community activities), identify priorities and suggest solutions. The forums were held Saturday, February 9, at T.C. Williams High School and Monday, February 11, at the Charles Houston Center. Another public forum will be held February 23 at William Ramsay Elementary School.
City Marina Facility Underwater Inspection to Occur February 19 and 20
Collins Engineers, Inc. will be performing an underwater inspection of the City's marina structures on Tuesday, February 19 and Wednesday, February 20. The inspection is being conducted as part of a facility condition assessment of the City Marina for use in asset management and planning of future annual maintenance projects. The public can expect to see a dive crew in an around the water as the seawall, piles and pier structures are inspected. For crew safety, the divers' location will be identified using both commercial and recreational dive flags. For additional information, contact Jack Browand, Division Chief, with the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703.746.5504 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities to Host Community Meeting on Open Space Property at 5325 Polk Ave.
The public is invited to attend a community meeting to discuss the City's newly acquired 2.34 acre park property at 5325 Polk Ave. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19 at 7 p.m., and will be held at the William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss future community use and potential improvements to the property. Based on community input, City staff will draft a plan for the future use and improvements to the new park. The draft plan will then be reviewed and discussed at a public hearing with the Park and Recreation Commission this spring.
Department of Planning & Zoning Begins Historic Resource Survey
From February through July 2013, local, trained volunteers managed by the City's planning staff will begin a detailed architectural survey of the City's Old and Historic Alexandria District. These volunteers will photograph the exteriors of buildings, structures and sites from the public right-of-ways and collect architectural and historical data. This information will help state and federal planners make informed decisions on historic preservation tax credit applications and to help staff and the public identify resources significant to the City of Alexandria's history. This project is fully funded by grants from a combination of sources, including National Park Service, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the Historic Alexandria Foundation and the Environmental Systems Research Institute. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/preservation.
Third Annual Mardi Growl Gala to Benefit Alexandria's Homeless Animals
Beads, boas, masks, and costumes return as the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria hosts the 3rd annual Mardi Growl Gala. The New Orleans-style celebration on March 8 is the League's largest fundraising event of the year, supporting the homeless animals at the City's Vola Lawson Animal Shelter. This year's gala, also known as MG3, will blend exciting new elements with classic Mardi Growl favorites. The event is open to the public and tickets will be sold online exclusively on the Animal Welfare League's website. The cost is $85 for a single ticket and $150 for a pair. All proceeds benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. The last two galas were sold-out events—so get your tickets now! The event features a live "N'awlin's" jazz band, silent auction, raffle, and "howlicane" beverages. Visit www.AlexandriaAnimals.org/MardiGrowl for more information.
DCHS Begins "e-Prescribing" at Mental Health Center
DCHS has begun electronic prescribing in the medication clinic at the Mental Health Center. Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) is a key step in achieving eligibility for Medicaid and Medicare incentive programs and for keeping an electronic health record. More importantly, e-prescribing improves patient safety, quality of care and efficiency of operations in the clinic. More than 20 DCHS staff (psychiatrists, psychiatric nursing staff, pharmacy technicians and quality assurance staff) attended an all-day training on the e-prescribing software. Additionally, e-prescribing will be important when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act brings sweeping changes in relationships between service providers and insurance companies, and between DCHS as a service provider and our consumers.