Friday, February 15, 2013

City Implements "Don't Get the Boot" Campaign to Enforce Fines for Outstanding Parking Tickets


~Three or more unpaid parking tickets will result in vehicle ‘boot’~

Standard Parking Corporation, the City’s parking enforcement contractor, is implementing some changes that will enhance the parking services the City provides.  
Beginning April 1, Standard Parking will begin using License Plate Recognition Technology to assist with ‘booting’, or immobilizing, vehicles with three or more outstanding parking tickets.  
Throughout the transition to Standard Parking Corporation, the City has been lenient in collecting fees for delinquent tickets.  However, as Standard Parking continues to move forward with new parking services, the City is preparing to enforce fines for unpaid violations.
Parking Enforcement Officers will operate vans with two cameras mounted on the roof to identify license plates of ‘scofflaw’ vehicles.  Once the license plate information has been verified, an orange ‘boot’ will be attached to either the driver’s side front or rear wheel to immobilize the vehicle.    
Two notices will be placed on booted vehicles, on the driver’s side window and the windshield, with the full amount due, including a $60 processing fee for the boot.  Before vehicles can be released all delinquent fines and subsequent fees must be paid in full.  The boot will be removed within 45 minutes of the City receiving payment.  
The City is encouraging residents to pay all unpaid parking tickets to avoid getting a boot on your vehicle. If your vehicle is booted for unpaid fines, tickets can be paid in the Finance Department on the first floor of City Hall with cash, credit card, debit card or money order.  No checks will be accepted. There is a 2.5 percent convenience fee for debit or credit card payments.   
For more information on City services and schedules, please visit www.RichmondGov.com

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Washington Redskins to Join Bon Secours and City of Richmond for Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center Groundreaking



 Leaders from the City of Richmond, Bon Secours Virginia Health System and the Washington Redskins, amongst others, will break ground on the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center located at the Leigh Street (Science Museum) site on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. 
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones, Bon Secours Virginia Health System CEO Peter Bernard and Washington Redskins Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen, amongst other Richmond-based partners, are expected to attend. 
“We are honored to gather today with such a prestigious group of partners,” said Peter Bernard, CEO of Bon Secours. “Above all, we are pleased to be on the cusp of a project that will have significant impact on our city, both economically and from a health perspective.” 
As the new home of the Redskins three week summer training camp beginning this year, the world-class training facility will bring an estimated $40 million investment to Richmond, in addition to hundreds of new jobs. The economic impact of the camp alone is estimated to be $8.5 million per year. 
In addition to enhancing and supporting the city’s economic goals, Bon Secours will bring health-care services and educational programs to Richmond’s underserved areas surrounding the facility, furthering the health system’s long-established Healthy Communities initiative. Healthy Communities focuses activity in Richmond’s East End and Church Hill neighborhoods and will now include communities around Leigh Street. “Today’s groundbreaking further acknowledges the strength of the partnership between the Commonwealth, the City, Bon Secours, and the Washington Redskins,” said Mayor Jones. “This effort will not only stimulate new economic development and jobs, but also generates business expansion all while providing health-care services and education to Richmond residents.” 
When camp is not in session, the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center’s playing fields and locker rooms will be made available to the public for youth programs and competitions. The training facility will also house Bon Secours Sports Medicine, rehabilitation services, men’s health, fitness and education programs and movin’ mania, Bon Secours’ Healthy Kids Initiative. 
“I look forward to welcoming the Redskins to Richmond this summer. Thanks to a great partnership between the team, Mayor Jones and the City of Richmond, and Bon Secours, the Redskins will have a top-notch practice facility here in Virginia’s capital city,” said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. “This is a win-win for Richmond and Virginia. Through last year’s agreement the Redskins are keeping their corporate headquarters in Loudoun County and their summer training camp in Virginia. This agreement means more jobs in Virginia, more revenue for the state, localities and businesses, and more opportunities for Virginians to see their Redskins in action. Hail to the Redskins, we can’t wait for July.” 
Other Richmond-based firms instrumental with the construction, development and engineering of the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center include Hourigan Construction, 3North and the Timmons Group, respectively. 
“Today marks a historic day in our franchise’s history,” said Washington Redskins Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen. “With the leadership of Bon Secours Health System, combined with the support from Governor McDonnell, Mayor Jones and our other outstanding community partners, we begin construction on a world-class facility that will set the standard of excellence for training camp experiences in all of professional sports. The Washington Redskins and our fans are excited to break ground and for camp to commence this summer in Richmond.” 
The Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center is expected to open doors for camp this summer and is expected to attract more than 100,000 fans. 
For more information on the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, visit www.redskinsrva.bonsecours.com

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mayor Jones Announces Appointment of New Chief of Police


Mayor Dwight C. Jones issued the following statement regarding the appointment of Ray J. Tarasovic as Chief of Police:

“As of today, I have accepted the resignation of Bryan Norwood from his post as Chief of Police for the city of Richmond. I am very thankful for the more than four years of dedicated service he has offered to our city and for the leadership that he has brought to the Richmond Police Department. I know that in many ways, the Richmond Police Department and our city is better off because of his involvement, his dedication, and his concern and care for our communities. But we’ve reached a mutual agreement in that his time as Richmond’s Police Chief has come to an end.

“Today I am announcing the appointment of Ray J. Tarasovic as Police Chief. Effective tomorrow, this appointment places a new chief in charge who already knows our city; having previously served as Assistant Chief of Police in Richmond under former Chief Rodney Monroe. He has made Richmond his home since coming here to serve on the force in 2005. He is coming out of retirement to be in service to the City again.

“Chief Tarasovic will bring a degree of professional leadership and knowledge that we need to move forward as our city grows and as we work to meet the challenges ahead.

“He is a veteran officer who is highly qualified with a career in law enforcement spanning forty-one years. He possesses over 30 years of management and executive experience in the states of North Carolina, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Most recently he has been working in a consulting capacity with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Office of the State Secretary of Public Safety, Marla Decker.

“During the years that Ray was Assistant Chief of Police here in Richmond, we experienced a 34% reduction in major crime and a 43% reduction in homicides; and I’m really looking for some strict attention to be paid to our homicide rate. Presently, we’ve got some work to do where our crime statistics are concerned; certainly we want to keep trending in a positive direction in those areas where we are doing well, and we want to improve in those areas that may have done a little back sliding.

“I believe our community policing model has worked well over the last several years. This is a model that was first introduced to our city by former Police Chief Monroe; and we want to continue the good work being done with the faith community and with the young adult police commissioners -- both aspects of our community policing program – and others.

“Overall, I believe that with Ray joining our team, our public safety efforts will be strengthened and improved upon going forward. I also believe his leadership will bode well for the development of the talent that exists in the police department presently.”