Thursday, December 22, 2011

City Launches “Project Clean Move” to Help Students, Landlords and Property Owners during Student Relocations

The City is initiating a new multi-pronged program called Project Clean

Move. It is designed to keep neighborhoods clean and help students, landlords and property owners during student relocations. Project Clean Move encourages students to get an early start in planning their move and seeks to educate and bring awareness about laws related to illegal dumping and trash accumulation as well as recycling efforts.

The program begins on January 1, 2012.

The Department of Public Works is working with The Salvation Army, Central Virginia Foodbank, Central Virginia Waste Management Authority, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Fan District Association on Project Clean Move to provide information

on available resources, such as recycling locations and places to donate clothing and non-perishable food. The Department of Public Works will continue to put roll-off dumpsters in neighborhoods near Virginia Commonwealth University in six week intervals, beginning in late April and again in late July, during times when students are


Registered property owners in the Fan, Carver and Oregon Hill neighborhoods are being notified via mail about Project Clean Move. They are encouraged to monitor their tenant’s disposal habits and curtail any instances of illegal dumping. There will be strict enforcement of City laws related to illegal dumping and trash accumulation.

You can find additional information by visiting the Project Clean Move web page

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

City Announces Emergency Preparedness and Response Enhancement Strategies

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and 9th District City Councilman Doug Conner today announced recommendations to improve the City’s emergency preparedness and response strategies. The Office of Emergency Management, under the leadership of Emergency Management Coordinator Anthony McLean, has been working with Councilman Conner since Hurricane Irene in August to identify areas where the City can enhance the overall emergency response efforts for residents during an emergency. Today’s report reflects the results of that review.

“It is the responsibility of government to ensure the safety, health and well-being of the residents it serves in any given situation, commented Mayor Jones. “While City workers did a good job in responding to Hurricane Irene, in any disaster there is always room for improvement. I want to thank Councilman Doug Conner for working so closely with us to undertake this review of our emergency response efforts and to help ensure that we capitalize on all lessons learned.”

“I felt compelled to assist in this effort due to the feeling of helplessness that I felt during Hurricane Irene, said Councilman Doug Conner. “I really had no method of knowing where the people with the most needs were located. Strategically addressing matters like how to get information in light of HIPPA laws, and other issues surrounding shelters and communications will help us better address community needs in the future.”

The focus areas for improvement include: relationships with partners, emergency shelters, communication, and emergency preparedness education for residents.

The City has updated its Citizens Emergency Preparedness Guidebook, created emergency preparedness refrigerator magnets in English and Spanish, and an emergency preparedness video is now available online and on the City’s government access station, channel 17, for residents.

To view the updated guidebook, please visit: Citizens Emergency Preparedness Guidebook 2011.

To view the Emergency Preparedness 101 video, please visit: Emergency Preparedness 101.

For more information, please visit:

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mayor Jones, City Council and Richmond Public Schools Kick off MLK Construction

Mayor Dwight C. Jones kicked off the demolition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School today in preparation for the construction of a new, state of the art, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School (MLK). Mayor Jones, joined by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Yvonne Brandon, MLK Principal Valerie Harris along with City Council members and School Board Members from the 6th and 7th districts, watched as an excavating machine took a chunk out of one of the buildings that will come down.

“Today is a clear indication of the progress that we’ve made toward building new schools,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “With the start of our construction today, we are on our way to opening this new school in January of 2014.”

The Jones Administration has broken ground on two new elementary schools since taking office and today’s action was the first taken on a new middle school. A new high school is also planned.

MLK was originally constructed in 1964. Mayor Jones listed out the amenities the new school will have, including:

A dual wireless system throughout the building,

Fully ADA compliant,

Fully integrated HVAC system to include air conditioning,

Dedicated science classrooms,

A dedicated community room,

Modern technology to include Smart boards in each classroom,

LEED Silver rating,

Fully renovated auditorium,

A clinic and pre-K center.

Participating in today’s demolition ceremony were 6th District City Council Member and Council Vice President Ellen Robinson, 7th District City Council Member Cynthia Newbille, 6th District School Board Member Chandra Smith, 7th District School Board Member Don Coleman, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Yvonne Brandon and MLK Principal Valerie Harris.

Click here to view the start of building demolition.