Friday, May 22, 2015

City Offices Closed Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day


City government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.
  Monday’s closing includes all branches of the Richmond Public Libraries and all City community centers, which will reopen on Tuesday. The Broad Rock Library which is normally open on Sundays will be closed on Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25.   The City’s Animal Care and Control, 1600 Chamberlayne Avenue, will operate at its regularly scheduled hours on Saturday, May 23, and the shelter will be closed Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25.   Refuse collection will not be performed on Monday as the City’s Solid Waste Management Division will also be closed. This closure will result in a one day delay of refuse collection for the week, as the collection schedule will resume on Tuesday, May 26 and continue through Friday, May 29.   The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed on Monday, May 25. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on Tuesday.   For more information on City services and schedules, please visit www.RichmondGov.com <http://www.richmondgov.com/>


 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Survey to help transform the Main Street Station


The City of Richmond is creating a new public space in the train shed and the area around Main Street Station. The 100,000 square feet of soon-to-be glassed-in space within Main Street Station will be revitalized as a transportation hub with space for experiencing the best of Richmond through recreation, shopping, food and beverage, celebration, tourism, and events. With indoor space the size of an entire city block, this renovation can transform Downtown Richmond by creating a centrally located, historically significant destination for the RVA community.

To ensure that this revitalization effort is successful, the City is undergoing a comprehensive research process. The Southeastern Institute of Research, located right here in Richmond, is leading this research effort. As part of this process, input from the Richmond community is needed.

Please click here to take part in the survey to help transform the Main Street Station.


Monday, May 18, 2015

City to Host Public Safety Day on May 30 at Forest Hill Target


The City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is partnering with Target to host a Public Safety Day and support Virginia’s Emergency Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. The event will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Forest Hill Target – 7107 Forest Hill Avenue. The public is strongly encouraged to attend this free event.

Event attendees will receive preparedness and safety information from the City’s departments of police, fire, parks, recreation and community facilities, public utilities, emergency communications and the Richmond Sheriff’s Office. Other community partners who will be onsite include the Richmond Ambulance Authority, American Red Cross, GRTC, and Nutzy from the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Multiple giveaways will be distributed at the event along with free food.   

This Public Safety Day event coincides with the Virginia Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. Sponsored annually by the Commonwealth of Virginia, Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Equipment Sales Tax Holiday, May 25 to May 31, aims to educate and empower residents to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. More information on the Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Equipment Sales Tax Holiday and a list of exempt products is available at http://www.tax.virginia.gov/content/hurricane-preparedness-equipment-holiday. All items that are tax exempt during this holiday will be available at stores such as Target, Lowes and Home Depot. Event attendees are encouraged to share their event experiences by tagging images they post on social media with #RVAPSD.   

“Being prepared for an emergency is a shared responsibility. We are encouraging all residents to utilize this event to prepare themselves, their neighbors and their community for all types of emergencies,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “This event will help residents become informed about the types of hazards that can occur, and by doing so, make Richmond a more secure city.”   

The public is also encouraged to visit www.RichmondGov.com <http://www.RichmondGov.com>  and click on the Emergency Preparedness link to download an emergency preparedness guide, emergency kit checklists, and obtain information on how to get involved locally.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Mayor Jones Comments on Richmond City Council Budget Vote


Mayor Dwight C. Jones today thanked Richmond City Council for their work on his proposed budget, but offered great caution concerning some of the actions taken during Council’s budget deliberations. The following statement was issued following Council’s budget vote:

“I want to thank Richmond City Council for their hard work and due diligence in thoroughly reviewing my submission of Richmond’s FY2016-FY2017 Biennial Fiscal Plans and five year Capital Improvement Program. Since coming into office, I have consistently presented balanced budgets that have addressed large deficits, have avoided layoffs and furloughs, and have provided services that resulted in minimal disruption to core city services while setting the future direction and growth for our city.

“The budget I presented to City Council brought spending in line with revenues, maintained essential services, met prior commitments and utilized sound fiscal principles, and I’m pleased that 98% of my budget remains intact. We are in agreement about many of the priorities set forth in my budget proposal. We have all worked to increase school funding, to give raises to police officers and fire fighters, and to provide employee salary increases. The Slavery and Heritage site in Shockoe Bottom continues to gain support, Riverfront improvements are protected, and funding has been maintained for significant economic development projects like Stone Brewing in Fulton.

“However, I am deeply concerned that some actions taken by City Council could take us a step backward at a time when our city is experiencing a resurgence. Using major cuts in vacancy funding as well as one-time money as a tool to balance the budget is not sound fiscal policy. It could create operational challenges that are difficult to sustain. These significant cuts seem to have been taken based on an expectation that the City will tap into reserve funds if vacancy funding cuts negatively impact service delivery.

“I want to be clear: I do not support taking reserve funds to pay for ongoing operations. Such actions will only threaten our favorable bond ratings, which if impacted will represent a major step backward for our city. This approach to budgeting is neither advisable nor sustainable.

“Nevertheless, I recognize that we have the shared responsibility to provide the leadership and the strong financial management that our residents expect and deserve. With these budget changes, we will need to make some tough decisions that will impact operations. In doing so, we will work to continue to be prudent and fiscally responsible with our limited resources. We will plan to monitor and provide periodic updates on the impacts on service delivery or other needed changes resulting from these actions.”


Richmond’s First Bicycle Master Plan is Complete!



The City of Richmond, with public input and assistance from the consultant team, has developed the City’s first ever Bicycle Master Plan. This plan will guide the city and other local partners in improving the existing bicycle infrastructure, constructing new facilities for bicyclists in the city, and fostering a “bicycling culture” through new related programs. Beyond physical improvements, the Plan also recommends further exploration of policies and programs that makes bicycling for all users accessible, safe, and desirable. Final recommendations are built on recent strides made in implementing bicycling infrastructure as well as the considerable momentum gathering for the 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships to be held in Richmond this September.

The Richmond Bicycle Master Plan will be submitted to City Council for final approval.

Click here to see the complete City of Richmond Bicycle Master Plan.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Final Phase Begins to Replace 5th and 7th Street Bridges

On Wednesday morning, May 13, prior to rush hour, 5th Street Bridge over Leigh Street will close to vehicular and pedestrian traffic to allow for bridge replacement.  Construction is expected to end in mid-August.

The following changes will be in place during construction:


  • 5th Street will be closed at Jackson Street to through traffic.  Traffic will be detoured to 3rd Street; south on 3rd Street to Marshall Street, east on Marshall Street to 5th Street
  • Leigh Street will remain closed to vehicles, pedestrians and parking between 4th Street and 8th Street.  No on-street parking will be permitted.

Motorists are encouraged to adhere to all detour and parking signage posted in the construction area.

Meantime, work is continuing to replace the 7th Street Bridge, which has been closed since January. The bridge is expected to re-open in mid-June.

The $3.6 million dollar project is being funded through City and state funds.  The contract has been awarded to Corman Construction.

Additional details can be obtained by contacting the project manager, Thomas Westbrook, with the Department of Public Works, at 646-3421 or at Thomas.Westbrook@richmondgov.com.




City Partners With Ft. Lee to Complete Service Projects



The City’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) initiative is partnering with the U.S Army Base at Fort Lee, Virginia to perform service projects in the City of Richmond. Ft. Lee has agreed to provide approximately 40 warriors (soldiers in training) once per month to serve in Richmond. The first project will begin on Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to noon, with soldiers completing beautification efforts at two city locations, Lombardy and Park Avenue Triangle, and Petronius S. Jones Park.

“This partnership provides a tremendous resource for civic engagements to help strengthen our city’s neighborhoods,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “Our nation’s military personnel stand ready to protect the freedoms we enjoy and I hope their willingness to volunteer inspires others to join in supporting their communities and neighbors with a commitment to service.”

The Lombardy and Park Avenue Triangle project, 347 North Lombardy Street, includes the removal and installation of lumber borders, removal and refill of sand, installation of 6x6 foot permeable pavers, clear extended sand lot, and removal of old signage. The Petronius S. Jones Park project, 1714 Idlewood Avenue, includes the spreading of mulch, weeding, and the spreading of gravel onto trails.

“It is important for our young Warriors to understand the importance of giving back to our communities in which we live,” said 53rd Quartermaster Brig. Gen. Ronald Kirklin. “The City’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor initiative is a great program that fosters a lasting relationship between Fort Lee and the City of Richmond.  We are fortunate to be a part of this great initiative and we are excited about what the future holds as we continue to build on this great partnership with the City of Richmond.”

For more information about N2N volunteer opportunities, please visit www.richmondgov.com/NeighborToNeighbor/VolunteerLocally