As a group, the Administrative Services Division did a self-guided tour at The Cavalier Hotel on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. It was amazing with so much history behind this beautiful hotel. Cliff Myers had some fond memories and gave us a lot of tidbit about the hotel. Cliff Myers was employed at The Cavalier Hotel from 1990 – 1992 as a front desk clerk, 2000-2005 as the Director of Sales & Marketing and as the Assistant General Manager.
J &A Racing requested and received an approved City of Virginia Beach Special Events Permit and will be unveiling a new race course for the 2018 Shamrock Marathon. The Shamrock Half Marathon and Full Marathon will be held on Sunday, March 18, 2018.
Course Change Highlights:
Half Marathon and Full Marathon runners will begin the race at the same time, utilizing the same start line and course. Both races will begin at 7:30 am.
The Shamrock Marathon course footprint will not change. No road closures will change, just the times of the road closures.
Half Marathon course will not change.
Full Marathon will change. Runners will begin at 41st Street start line and will proceed north through the North End/Oceanfront and Fort Story area for the first portion of the run. In the second portion of the run, they will head south on General Booth Blvd. and into Camp Pendleton.
First runners will get to Croatan neighborhood at 8:50 am.
After 8:50 am, cars will have police officer controlled access to S. General Booth Blvd.
Due to the race distance, individual runners will be more spread out than in previous years and will allow greater access in and out of the neighborhood.
Course Change Benefits:
Reduction in public/safety police manpower and subsequent costs.
Reduction in overall road closure by approximately one hour.
Reduction of impact on Atlantic Avenue and North End area.
Atlantic Avenue will remain open from 6th Street to 22nd Street from 7:45 am – 12:00 noon.
J&A Racing will have the ability to add a 4-person relay event giving additional runners the opportunity to participate.
City Hall will remain at its current campus location. Dave was pleased that definitive direction had been provided by City Council. City Hall will not move to Town Center.
Dave discussed a number of aspects of our growing City of Virginia Beach
Aging population and infrastructure
Balance of funding safety, education and recreation
Place to live
Importance of City staff leaders being good cheerleaders for the City of Virginia Beach
Everyone is encouraged to look at the glass as half full
Kempsville Recreation Center reopens this week
July 4th – be prepared for traffic and the closure of the Interstate leading into the resort
Lesner Bridge gantry was successfully moved across the new structure and aligned for placement over the second set of lanes. Construction Camera shows the new placement of the gantry on the south side of the bridge
19th Street Entertainment District – Financial plans are in place to develop the Dome site and other projects. Recalling days of famous entertainers at the Dome, who will be the next Rolling Stones or Jimi Hendrix to play Virginia Beach? Political will is now needed to make the projects happen.
Enterprise Resource Planning – a phrase that describes replacing several citywide computer applications that manage our financial and human resource programs.
The same data would be used for Finance, Management Services and Human Resources
Comprehensive application that would be used for budget, payroll, procurement, accounts payable, accounts receivable, human resources and more.
Phased project starting in Fall 2017 with completion anticipated over five years
Benefits: better controls, streamline processes, real time information.
Government Finance Officers Association has been hired to consult with improving our processes
Business mapping is currently underway to document our processes
Project managers are looking for PIT Crew, or team members to assist with implementation
To minimize delays, departments will be expected to change their processes rather than customizing the application
Dave has committed considerable resources to implement new technologies