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Leaf Collection Schedule Issued

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The City of Richmond today released its annual leaf collection program schedule, which is set to begin Monday, Nov. 30.  The Department of Public Works will conduct one 10-week cycle to vacuum leaves throughout the entire city. In addition, the department will collect bagged leaves on a continual basis.

“Public Works will vacuum leaves throughout all Richmond neighborhoods beginning Nov. 30 through Feb. 5,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “The schedule we are issuing allows us to serve the entire city, and to deliver services in an efficient and cost-effective manner.”

In previous years, Public Works conducted two vacuum collection cycles that often lasted as long as 22 weeks. Following budget reductions approved earlier this year, City officials initially were faced with either eliminating vacuum leaf collections in many neighborhoods, or seeking additional funding. Mayor Jones asked that an alternative be identified that would maintain leaf collection services for the entire City, whil…

Traffic Circle at Robert E. Lee Statue Being Converted to Roundabout

Construction will begin on Friday, October 9 on a major transportation project designed to improve traffic safety at the intersections of Monument Avenue and Allen Avenue by converting the existing traffic circle into a modern roundabout. The work is expected to last through early January 2016.

The scope of the work at the four legs, or intersections, leading into the current circle includes the installation of medians and corner island extensions, concrete sidewalks, ADA compliant curb ramps, pedestrian crosswalks, signage, pavement markings and landscaping.

The improvements will create an easier and safer means for motorists to travel through and pedestrians to cross the intersecting roads.

Those driving through the area may experience occasional single lane closures. Allen Avenue may be closed at times during construction, however proper work zone signage will be provided throughout the project construction.

The total project cost is estimated at $550,000, with half being paid th…

City Names John Buturla as Interim DCAO for Operations

The Administration of Mayor Dwight C. Jones today announced that Deputy Chief John J. Buturla will serve as the Interim Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) for Operations, effective October, 14, 2015. Buturla will be filling the position being vacated by Christopher Beschler following his appointment to a state position which was announced last month.

The DCAO for Operations has the management and oversight responsibility for the Department of Public Works, Department of Public Utilities and Animal Care and Control. Buturla, who at one time served as a Chief Administrative Officer for the City of New Haven, Connecticut, is seen as having the management experience and knowledge necessary to lead the operations portfolio.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones recently tapped Buturla as the lead coordinator for the execution of the City’s logistics responsibility in hosting the UCI Road World Championships (Worlds). The success of the Worlds was in part attributed to his leadership.

“I am confid…

City Completes 2014 CAFR

Today, the City of Richmond presented the completed 2014 CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) to the Richmond City Council’s Organizational Development Committee.

This completes the process for the outstanding 2014 report and allows the City to move forward with preparations for the 2015 CAFR. To read the 2014 CAFR, click here.