On Dec. 13, the Alexandria City Council received the independent report on city staff response to the Norfolk-Southern decision to locate an ethanol transloading facility at the Van Dorn yards and have scheduled a closed session to discuss the findings.
Archives: ‘City Hall’
Alexandria City Council Enacts Ordinance To Simplify Zoning Approvals For Specified Small Businesses[From: City Hall, Top Stories]
On Saturday, Dec. 13, City Council enacted an ordinance that changes zoning regulations for certain small businesses in the City of Alexandria. The changes will simplify the process for businesses to obtain zoning approval for building uses such as small commercial schools, childcare centers, and small restaurants in certain locations. Previously, these uses were subject to review and approval through a formal hearing process and required the submission of a Special Use Permit. Under the new regulations, some of these uses can now be approved as either permitted or administrative uses, rather than requiring a Special Use Permit application.
The efficiency audit for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Activities is complete and, if all of the recommendations are implemented, there could be an annual savings of $665,000. Maryland-based Matrix Consulting Group conducted the audit over the past several months and presented their recommendations to the Alexandria City Council at the Dec. 9 legislative meeting.
After nearly a year of scrutiny, the Alexandria City Council voted last night to reorganize boards and commissions, cutting away those bodies that have outlived their usefulness and sharpening the missions of others. The City has 77 boards and commissions on which more than 800 people volunteer their time.
On Tuesday night, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to instruct City Manager Jim Hartmann to cut the city’s operating budget by 3.56 percent and to consider raising the real estate tax rate by five cents for fiscal year 2010.
In a rare Wednesday night meeting, the Alexandria City Council gave City Manager Jim Hartmann the green light to make just over $5 million in service cuts this year and discussed budget guidance for preparing the Fiscal Year 2010 budget.
For the second time in six months, the Alexandria City Council decided not to decide whether to force a property owner to remove paint from an historic building or to fine him for painting it without permission.
The City of Alexandria has 77 boards and commissions on which more than 800 people volunteer their time. What are they doing, and can it be done more efficiently?
The first slide at Saturday’s City Council budget retreat read: “Grim, grimmer, grimmest.” After that, things just got worse.
The Alexandria Archaeological Commission (AAC) is proud to announce the winners of the second annual Bernard “Ben” Brenman Archaeology in Alexandria Award. The awards, named in honor of the late Ben Brenman, a longtime Commission chair, were presented on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Alexandria City Council meeting.