Thursday, December 18, 2014

2015 Pet Photo Calendar Issued by Richmond Animal Care and Control


~ Mayor, Richmond Fire and Police are featured with pets ~

The City of Richmond’s Department of Animal Care and Control (RACC) has launched a calendar project for 2015 featuring Mayor Dwight Jones, Richmond Fire and Police officials and others. The 2015 RACC Calendar is a fundraising and exposure project and sales from the calendar will go to the RACC shelter for medical/surgery costs.

“Our calendar showcases great places and faces of Richmond, and we believe it will become a sought-after item,” said Christie Chipps Peters, director of RACC. “While we are working to raise funds, we also hope the calendar will help generate more interest in adoptions.”

The calendar features 12 unique photos, with dogs and cats that are available for adoption at RACC. Special locations like the Byrd Theater and the State Capitol are also featured. “I believe there is something for everyone in this calendar, and I’m proud of the effort RACC put forth to produce this,” said Mayor Jones. “I’m collecting a few that I will use as holiday gifts since being at a conference table with Pit Bulls is definitely a first for me.” (See photo below) “We joked during the shoot that the dogs were at City Hall to discuss the number of fire hydrants needed in the city.”

Rachel Day, a recent VCU photography graduate donated her time and talent to the creation of this calendar.  The RACC Calendar goes on sale today, December 10 for $10.00 each. All funds will be handled by the Friends of Richmond Animal Care & Control, a 501c (3) group in the city of Richmond. Please contact Christie Chipps Peters at christie.peters@richmondgov.com to order a copy or stop by RACC at 1600 Chamberlayne Avenue, any City Police precinct, Carytown Bicycle Company, or the City’s Department of Public Utilities office on the first floor of City Hall to pick up a few calendars while they last.

RACC is the only open admission public shelter in the city of Richmond. RACC provides humane care for more than 3,000 stray, injured, lost, abused and relinquished pets a year.



Winter in RVA


Winter officially began on December 21st and lasts until March 19th. During these three months Richmond residents are often faced with times of severe cold which can be accompanied by winter storms that bring snow and ice. Winter Storms are often problematic because they often result in loss of power and communication, and can immobilize an entire region. It is important to be prepared to handle periods of severe cold, snow, and ice. During winter weather events consider minimizing travel on roads as most injuries and deaths are considered secondary and are usually the result of accident or injury. Take measure to prepare both at home and on the road. Consider keeping warm clothes and blankets in your vehicle and ensure your snow shovels are readily accessible in your home.

For more information and to obtain winter preparedness tips, please click here.

For information of preparing for a winter storm or other emergencies visit Ready.gov.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Richmond Riverfront Plan Progresses

~ Construction of access road, vegetation removal clearing way for memorial bridge ~

The City of Richmond announced that work is progressing on the Richmond Riverfront Plan. A top priority of the Plan is construction of the Brown’s Island Dam Walk, now known as the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge (TTPMB).

The area is regulated by the State Department of Conservation and Resources as a Low Hazard (Special Criteria) dam, and therefore all woody vegetation within 25 feet of the structure has to be removed. Since mid-November, the city and state have been working to clear the woody vegetation and to construct an access road in order to provide contractor access to the project site for the bridge construction. 

The dam inspection report recommended removal of woody vegetation and debris in the south section of the dam and along various piers. The tree removal work meets the Low Head Dam requirements and also benefits the TTPMB project, by providing a construction entrance that can be used by the contractor and erosion and sediment controls required for the small amount of earth (460 square feet) that will be disturbed at the construction entrance.

The clearing of vegetation in this area will help prepare the area where the elevated pathway for the Potterfield Memorial Bridge will be constructed over the next year. Work on the TTPMB is expected to begin by the end of 2014, following the preparatory work.

“The work to connect the north bank of the James River to the south has been a long-time coming,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “I’m so pleased to have been a part of the push for progress on the Richmond Riverfront Plan and to have been guided in this direction by champions like Tyler Potterfield. It is fitting that as we make tangible progress on these plans that we have also taken the time to recognize and memorialize the awesome contribution made by Potterfield.”

The TTPMB project has several important sustainability features, including: avoiding all impact to designated wetlands and the floodway, capturing run-off on site in bioswales, and improving water quality of run-off. More than 1,000 native ferns, shrubs, and trees will be planted as part of the project.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Help Choose the Name of RVA's New BRT Service


The City of Richmond encourages people throughout the Richmond region to complete a short online survey of proposed names for the future Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service.

A list of possible names for the BRT service was developed by the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC). You can help make the final decision by taking a short survey about the proposed names and you will also have an opportunity to suggest a name yourself. Click here to take the survey, now through January 1, 2015.

Everyone who completes the survey will be eligible for a random drawing to receive two tickets for the VCU Men’s Basketball game on January 7 or January 10, 2015. Fourteen pairs of tickets will be given away!

GRTC will unveil the name of the BRT service, logo and vehicle design in the spring of 2015. To learn more about GRTC’s BRT Service and sign up to follow BRT progress, please visit www.ridegrtc.com.

RVA’s first BRT line will be along a 7.6 mile corridor between Rocketts Landing and Willow Lawn. The new service is expected to open for business in October 2017. BRT buses will run frequently and make fewer stops, serving 14 stations that offer more amenities than traditional bus stops. To improve trip times even more, riders will pay for their trip before boarding the bus, using off-board payment stations.