Manager's Report - March 14, 2014
FY 2015 Budget Process Update
Over the next several weeks, City Council and City staff will continue to work on the City Manager’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2015 General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program through a series of work sessions, and public hearings during March and April. On Monday, March 17, a Public Budget Presentation by City Manager Rashad M. Young will be held at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., at 6:30 p.m.. City Council will finalize the Fiscal Year 2015 Approved Budget and Capital Improvement Program on Thursday, May 1.
Expert Panel Discusses Right Sizing Parking Standards March 31
The City plans to launch the Parking Standards for New Development Projects Study with an expert panel on “Why Right-Sized Parking Matters: National and Regional Best Practices, Local Level Implementation, Impacts & Community Benefits.” on Monday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Lyceum (201 S. Washington St). Hosted by the Departments of Planning & Zoning and Transportation & Environmental Services, the panel will feature three prominent experts in the field with knowledge about parking issues from three perspectives: local and national research, local public policy/implementation, and private development. The speakers include Chris B. Leinberger, from the Brookings Institute; Harriet Tregoning, Housing and Urban Development’s Director for the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities and former Director for the Washington DC Office of Planning; and W. Clarke Ewart, Senior Principal of Paradigm Companies.
Healthy Vending Machines in City Facilities
A citywide survey in 2013 showed overwhelming employee support for a move to healthier selections in vending machines in City facilities. Of the more than 600 employees who participated in the survey, 82% supported a healthy vending machine initiative. After considering this employee feedback and the recommendation of the Alexandria Health Department, the City Manager has approved a new policy to provide healthy vending machines. The City has issued a request for proposals (RFP) from vending machine companies, and new machines are expected to be installed over the course of 2014. New machines will also accept credit cards, operate with greater energy efficiency, and offer improved customer service.
The new policy recognizes the City’s simultaneous roles as a public health agency, large employer, children’s activity provider, and public facility operator, and establishes the City as a leader in modeling healthy choices for the entire Alexandria community. Snacks and beverages will meet USDA requirements for schools, which include at least 50% whole grain and up to 200 calories, 35% fat, 35% sugar, and 200mg salt. The vending machine company selected through the RFP will provide a series of tastings for employees to sample the variety of healthy snacks and beverages that will be available. For more information, contact Rena Needle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.746.4934.
Update: King Street and The Strand Flood Mitigation Project
The department of Project Implementation Staff was notified that the supplier of the tide gate device for the King Street Backflow Valve project was not able to meet the delivery schedule. Therefore, the device will not be installed this week as previously scheduled. Staff will provide an updated installation date as soon as it is available.
2014 Spring Clean-Up
The Department of Transportation & Environmental Services, Solid Waste Division will start Spring Clean-Up collection on Saturday, March 22. Residents that receive City refuse collection services are eligible to take part in the City’s Spring Clean-Up program by disposing household clutter and unwanted bulky trash and metal items at the curb. The City is divided into four collection areas and each is assigned a specific Saturday. Metal and electronics items will be picked up at a separate time and must be visibly separated from regular collection items.