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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Alexandria area for Thursday, March 5, from midnight to 9 p.m. A snow emergency has been declared for the City of Alexandria, with enforcement of snow emergency routes to begin at 7 a.m. on Thursday, March 5. Significant accumulation of ice and snow may result in a Level 2 storm, which means that travel could be dangerous and some residential roads may not be clear until later in the week. Because the storm is expected to begin with rain, pre-treating streets with salt brine will not be effective. This type of precipitation often results in power outages. The City urges all residents and businesses to be prepared on an ongoing basis for the possibility that it may not be safe to travel for three or more days, and that power may be out during this period.

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Jim Neurohr (user 437) - Comments by Date

I have been a City home owner for over 35 years and was a City employee for over 30 years. I understand from the City Manager's proposed budget that the City is considering eliminating the City contribution to my life insurance. This EARNED benefit was part of the compensation package I was promised in exchange for my labor, sweat, and dedication for the past 30+ years as a City employee. Let's call this proposal what it most resembles...FRAUD. One party does not get to change the rules or values of an exchange after the other party has lived up to their part of the agreement. This proposal is very similar to the consideration a few years ago to eliminate the $260 monthly subsidy for retiree health coverage. City Council made a wise decision at that time to grandfather in all employees, who had been working under that agreement. New employees would not have that benefit in their packages, but they have had the opportunity to make a judgment about exchanging their labor and sweat without retiree life insurance being part of the deal. I think this City Council ought to do the exact same thing with this
EARNED benefit, by grandfathering in all current retirees and possibly anyone currently employed, who was promised this benefit would be part of the exchange for their labor and sweat. I am embarrassed as a City taxpayer that this City Manager would be so dismissive of past employees, and the fragility of many of their personal financial situations. I am also insulted by his action as a past employee who loves this
City and is proud of the career I had, and the fine people with whom I worked. I am a person who thinks that those in power in City government should live up to their promises and obligations. Many people made life decisions based on this promise. They should not have to be hurt, because someone in power disregards them so callously. I wasn't even personally notified by the City of this potential change in my financial life. Perhaps a few "bells and whistles" can be sacrificed somewhere else in a 600+ million dollar budget. Everyone who benefits from the money in the budget qualifies as a "special interest". Everyone has a place in line for consideration by this City Council. Former employees, who have invested their lives in service to the citizens of Alexandria, and were promised this benefit in the deal, should be somewhere very close to the front of that line.

Jim Neurohr (437) | User | March 7, 2014 - 8:35 PM | FY 2015 Budget Comments

I have been a City home owner for over 35 years and was a City employee for over 30 years. I understand from the City Manager's proposed budget that the City is considering eliminating the City contribution to my life insurance. This EARNED benefit was part of the compensation package I was promised in exchange for my labor, sweat, and dedication for the past 30+ years as a City employee. Let's call this proposal what it most resembles...FRAUD. One party does not get to change the rules or values of an exchange after the other party has lived up to their part of the agreement. This proposal is very similar to the consideration a few years ago to eliminate the $260 monthly subsidy for retiree health coverage. City Council made a wise decision at that time to grandfather in all employees, who had been working under that agreement. New employees would not have that benefit in their packages, but they have had the opportunity to make a judgment about exchanging their labor and sweat without retiree life insurance being part of the deal. I think this City Council ought to do the exact same thing with this
EARNED benefit, by grandfathering in all current retirees and possibly anyone currently employed, who was promised this benefit would be part of the exchange for their labor and sweat. I am embarrassed as a City taxpayer that this City Manager would be so dismissive of past employees, and the fragility of many of their personal financial situations. I am also insulted by his action as a past employee who loves this city and is proud of the career I had, and the fine people with whom I worked. I am a person who thinks that those in power in City government should live up to their promises and obligations. Many people made life decisions based on this promise. They should not have to be hurt, because someone in power disregards them so callously. I wasn't even personally notified by the City of this potential change in my financial life. Perhaps a few "bells and whistles" can be sacrificed somewhere else in a 600+ million dollar budget. Everyone who benefits from the money in the budget qualifies as a "special interest". Everyone has a place in line for consideration by this City Council. Former employees, who have invested their lives in service to the citizens of Alexandria, and were promised this benefit in the deal, should be somewhere very close to the front of that line.

Jim Neurohr (437) | User | March 7, 2014 - 8:32 PM | FY 2015 Budget Comments

Jim Neurohr (user 437) - Comments by Board

FY 2015 Budget Comments

I have been a City home owner for over 35 years and was a City employee for over 30 years. I understand from the City Manager's proposed budget that the City is considering eliminating the City contribution to my life insurance. This EARNED benefit was part of the compensation package I was promised in exchange for my labor, sweat, and dedication for the past 30+ years as a City employee. Let's call this proposal what it most resembles...FRAUD. One party does not get to change the rules or values of an exchange after the other party has lived up to their part of the agreement. This proposal is very similar to the consideration a few years ago to eliminate the $260 monthly subsidy for retiree health coverage. City Council made a wise decision at that time to grandfather in all employees, who had been working under that agreement. New employees would not have that benefit in their packages, but they have had the opportunity to make a judgment about exchanging their labor and sweat without retiree life insurance being part of the deal. I think this City Council ought to do the exact same thing with this
EARNED benefit, by grandfathering in all current retirees and possibly anyone currently employed, who was promised this benefit would be part of the exchange for their labor and sweat. I am embarrassed as a City taxpayer that this City Manager would be so dismissive of past employees, and the fragility of many of their personal financial situations. I am also insulted by his action as a past employee who loves this
City and is proud of the career I had, and the fine people with whom I worked. I am a person who thinks that those in power in City government should live up to their promises and obligations. Many people made life decisions based on this promise. They should not have to be hurt, because someone in power disregards them so callously. I wasn't even personally notified by the City of this potential change in my financial life. Perhaps a few "bells and whistles" can be sacrificed somewhere else in a 600+ million dollar budget. Everyone who benefits from the money in the budget qualifies as a "special interest". Everyone has a place in line for consideration by this City Council. Former employees, who have invested their lives in service to the citizens of Alexandria, and were promised this benefit in the deal, should be somewhere very close to the front of that line.

Jim Neurohr (437) | User | March 7, 2014 - 8:35 PM

I have been a City home owner for over 35 years and was a City employee for over 30 years. I understand from the City Manager's proposed budget that the City is considering eliminating the City contribution to my life insurance. This EARNED benefit was part of the compensation package I was promised in exchange for my labor, sweat, and dedication for the past 30+ years as a City employee. Let's call this proposal what it most resembles...FRAUD. One party does not get to change the rules or values of an exchange after the other party has lived up to their part of the agreement. This proposal is very similar to the consideration a few years ago to eliminate the $260 monthly subsidy for retiree health coverage. City Council made a wise decision at that time to grandfather in all employees, who had been working under that agreement. New employees would not have that benefit in their packages, but they have had the opportunity to make a judgment about exchanging their labor and sweat without retiree life insurance being part of the deal. I think this City Council ought to do the exact same thing with this
EARNED benefit, by grandfathering in all current retirees and possibly anyone currently employed, who was promised this benefit would be part of the exchange for their labor and sweat. I am embarrassed as a City taxpayer that this City Manager would be so dismissive of past employees, and the fragility of many of their personal financial situations. I am also insulted by his action as a past employee who loves this city and is proud of the career I had, and the fine people with whom I worked. I am a person who thinks that those in power in City government should live up to their promises and obligations. Many people made life decisions based on this promise. They should not have to be hurt, because someone in power disregards them so callously. I wasn't even personally notified by the City of this potential change in my financial life. Perhaps a few "bells and whistles" can be sacrificed somewhere else in a 600+ million dollar budget. Everyone who benefits from the money in the budget qualifies as a "special interest". Everyone has a place in line for consideration by this City Council. Former employees, who have invested their lives in service to the citizens of Alexandria, and were promised this benefit in the deal, should be somewhere very close to the front of that line.

Jim Neurohr (437) | User | March 7, 2014 - 8:32 PM