Showing posts from March 3, 2019

Mayor’s FY 2020 Budget Makes Historic Investments in Schools and Streets

Fully balanced proposal provides an increase of $18.5 million for Richmond Public Schools, $16.2 million for roads and sidewalks, $2.9 million for affordable housing, additional $965,000 for increased GRTC service and $485,000 in funding for eviction diversion Mayor Levar M. Stoney today unveiled a FY 2020 budget making bold investments to meet Richmond’s long-neglected needs in public education and neighborhoods to build a more inclusive, more competitive and more equitable city. “This budget marks a new beginning,” Mayor Stoney stated. “With this budget we have the opportunity to invest in our children, our families and our neighborhoods to build the Richmond our residents deserve.” The fully balanced budget proposal presented to Richmond City Council provides an additional $18.5 million to fully fund the Richmond Public Schools (RPS) strategic plan, Dreams4RPS, which includes the local match for recently passed state salary increases for teachers. The city’s Capital Impro

Department of Public Works Receives Two Prestigious Awards

The Department of Public Works has received notification two of its projects are being recognized with awards from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA).   In January DPW entered submissions for three regional awards. The department was recently notified it won two of them:   Donald S. Frady Award: Bridge Maintenance Team. In May 2018 the team identified major structural deterioration on the timber pedestrian bridge over Goodes Creek near Oak Grove Elementary School. The team redesigned and constructed a new bridge. It is more fortified than the previous timber bridge, making it safer for pedestrians. It also is less susceptible to flooding and water damage. By doing the work themselves, the team completed the project before the start of the school year and also saved the city $70,000.   Project of the Year Award: East Riverfront Transportation Improvement Project in the ‘Transportation $5 Million, but less than $25 Million’ category. Constructio