Budget Update: City Manager Presents Proposed $626.6 M Fiscal Year 2014 Budget
On Tuesday, February 26, City Manager Rashad Young presented his Proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Budget to City Council. City Council will host seven work sessions to review the proposed budget with City staff, and three public hearings. These sessions are open to the public and will be recorded and posted online. There will be a public budget presentation on Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. The public may submit comments online, or speak at budget public hearings on Monday, March 11, at 4 p.m.; Saturday, March 16 at 9:30 a.m.; and a tax rate public hearing on Saturday, April 13, at 9:30 a.m. The Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program are scheduled for adoption by the Alexandria City Council on May 6 at 7 p.m.
Bike Corral to be Installed at Unit Block of King Street
On February 25, the City’s Traffic and Parking Board approved a plan presented by the Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES) to remove one parking space at the foot of King Street in order to install four bicycle racks that will provide parking for eight bicycles. The racks will be on the south side (the Starbucks side) of King Street. The project will be implemented later this spring and was developed as part of the Union Street Corridor Study, which called for more bicycle parking along Union Street.
Alexandria Library Wins $8k American Dream Grant from American Library Association
Alexandria Library has been chosen as a recipient of the American Dream Grant, which has been awarded to only 44 other public libraries in the nation. The American Library Association (ALA) selected libraries in 21 states to receive these one-time grants of $5,000 to $15,000 to add or expand literacy services for the adult English language learners in their communities. This funding, made possible by ALA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, will help libraries build their print and digital ESL collections, increase computer access and raise the visibility of library services for immigrant populations.
Alexandria Library Honors Gladys Davis for More than 60 Years of Service
In honor of Black History Month, Alexandria Library pays tribute to Gladys Davis, who worked at the institution from 1947 to 2008. Davis witnessed much transformation during her tenure, including one of the nation's earliest Civil Rights sit-ins, which took place in 1939 at the Barrett Branch Library—an event that will be the subject of a C-SPAN feature in March. Visit the Alexandria Library page to watch a video of Davis being interviewed by Library Director Rose Dawson.
Notice of Public Hearing – Alexandria Community Services Board
The Alexandria Community Services Board is holding a public hearing on Thursday, March 7, to receive comment on the needs of Alexandrians with mental illness, intellectual disability or a substance dependency problem, and on the proposed Plan of Services (Performance Contract). The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. at 720 N. St. Asaph St. To sign up to speak or to send comments, call 703.746.3523 or email Donielle Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments can also be faxed to 703.838.5070.