Friday, October 20, 2017

City Rolling Out Upgraded Leaf Collection Program


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Richmond’s annual leaf removal program kicks off Monday, October 2.  Residents will notice some significant service changes made to make the process operate more effectively and efficiently. In prior years the leaf program cost between $1 million and more than $2 million annually. It is estimated the improved program will cost approximately $1.05 million annually.  

Three options for leaf removal will be available

Option 1 | Free Bagged Collection


  • Begins October 2  
  • Up to 10 bags collected on trash day
  • Biodegradable plastic bags preferred
  • Place bags near supercan  
Option 2 | Collection by Sector

  • Sector 1 – Wed. trash collection | leaves must be bagged by Nov. 1 | all bags Nov. 1 – Nov. 11
  • Sector 2 – Thur. trash collection | leaves must be bagged by Nov. 16 | all bags collected between Nov. 16 – Nov. 25
  • Sector 3 – Mon. trash collection | leaves must be bagged by Nov. 27 | all bags collected between Nov. 27 – Dec. 9
  • Sector 4 – Tues. trash collection | leaves must be bagged by Dec. 12 | all bags collected between Dec. 12 – Dec. 30
Option 3 | $30 Vacuum Service


  • Begins November 1 and will continue based upon available schedule
  • Rake leaves to front of property line
  • Two ways to request vacuum service
    • Call 646-LEAF
    • Print, fill out form at http://www.richmondgov.com/PublicWorks/Leafcollection.aspx and mail to the Department of Public Works
  • A one week window will be provided based upon availability.
On October 2, residents can begin calling the leaf hotline, 646-LEAF, for all matters related to the leaf program, including scheduling vacuum service.  Residents may also send e-mail inquiries to Leafprogram@richmondgov.com. 


For more information on the leaf program, such as where residents can dispose of loose leaves on their own or how elderly or disabled city residents may be able to get assistance raking leaves, visit Richmondgov.com. 


Thursday, October 19, 2017

City to Host Disability Resource Fair on October 24


The Office on Aging & Persons with Disabilities and Richmond City Council Aging & Disabilities Advisory Board will host the Second Annual Disability Resource Fair on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 West Graham Rd.

The fair will connect individuals to necessary benefits and services which meet special needs of those 55 and older, as well as individuals 18 and older with physical and sensory disabilities. In addition to on-location employers, the event will offer a wide range of community resources to include; Social Security Administration, Medicaid/Medicare, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, Dominion Energy, GRTC, City Services i.e., Department of Public Utilities, Department of Finance and Office on Aging & Persons with Disabilities.

This event is presented in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. October was declared National Disability Employment Awareness Month in 1988 by the United States Congress with the intent to raise awareness of the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities.For additional information, please contact E. Yvette Jones, Program Manager, City of Richmond, Office on Aging & Persons with Disabilities at (804) 646-3054 or e.jones@richmondgov.com.



Monday, October 16, 2017

Imagine Festival to Celebrate Richmond’s Diversity on October 21



The city of Richmond invites all its residents to the 13th annual Imagine Festival to celebrate the richness of our communities. The festival will be held at the Broad Rock Sports Complex, 4802 Warwick Road, from noon to 5 p.m. on October 21. Come out for the fun and enjoy an array of community performances, cultural foods, exhibits, arts & crafts, and fun activities for the entire family as well as free health screenings. Admission to this family event is free.

Several local community groups will perform throughout the day and more than 40 area organizations will be providing information about their services. These include free health screenings through the Una Vida Sana program, screenings through the Richmond City Health District, and a soccer tournament. 

“This festival is a great opportunity to celebrate Richmond’s diversity as residents are able to share and experience various cultures together,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “I’m excited to continue the celebration of the Imagine Festival for the 13th year, and invite everyone to come and enjoy together as One City, One Richmond.”

This year’s partners and sponsors include the Enrichmond Foundation, Telemundo Richmond, BB&T Home Mortgage, Nuevas Raíces Newspaper, Máxima 1320, Activa 1480 and many other community groups and organizations.

For more information about the Imagine Festival, please call the city’s Office of Multicultural Affairs at (804) 646-0145.



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Revive RVA Regional Summit to Explore Solutions to Opioid Crisis


The city of Richmond and the counties of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover will present a free summit Thursday, Oct. 26 to examine and identify solutions to the alarming rise of heroin and opioid abuse in central Virginia.
The community event — titled Revive RVA: Regional Solutions to the Opioid Crisis — will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third St. in downtown Richmond. The summit is open to the public, but registration is required. To sign up, go to regionalopioidsummit2017.sched.com.
The summit will continue with breakout sessions examining the issue from different perspectives: medical community and prescribers; addiction treatment; emergency medical services; law enforcement; state policy; and youth and schools. The program will conclude with a panel discussion led by individuals in recovery and an open dialogue on ways to address the problem. An exhibit featuring more than 15 community service providers and agencies will take place throughout the day.
In addition, the summit will offer free training from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on how to administer naloxone following an actual or suspected overdose of heroin or opioids. Naloxone, which is available in Virginia without a prescription, can temporarily reverse the drugs’ toxic effects, allowing time to seek professional medical attention.
The training, developed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, is intended for family and friends of someone who is at risk of an overdose. The class provides hands-on instruction on the administration of naloxone’s nasal form and is restricted to individuals age 18 and older. Because spaces are limited, registration is encouraged as soon as possible. To sign up, go to surveymonkey.com/r/ZZC6V6X. Participants will leave the session with a complimentary dose of naloxone.
Revive RVA comes as the region’s localities and public school systems are taking steps to address the public-safety threat posed by heroin and opioids. The potent, highly addictive drugs, which include prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin, are threatening all communities and segments of society.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Upcoming City Council District Meetings


Councilwoman Newbille to hold meeting for the Richmond East End 7th Voter District
Tuesday, October 24
6 p.m.
Fire Station 1
24th and Broad St.

Councilman Agelasto to hold a meeting for the Richmond Central 5th Voter District
Thursday, October 26
6:30 p.m.
Randolph Community Center
1415 Grayland Ave.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Local Governments Announce Voluntary Water Conservation Measures


Beginning Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the City of Richmond along with Henrico County, Hanover County, Chesterfield County, Goochland County, and Powhatan County are implementing voluntary water conservation measures. In accordance with Richmond’s James River Regional Flow Management Plan, when water levels drop to 1,200 cfs (cubic feet per second) or 3 ½ to 3 ¾ feet in depth at the Westham Gauge, voluntary conservation measures are implemented.  Voluntary compliance of area customers will assist water treatment plants in the city of Richmond, Chesterfield County and Henrico County in providing water to all customers in the region while also meeting the James River Regional Flow Management Plan.

During periods of voluntary water conservation, residents in the city of Richmond and surrounding counties are asked to voluntarily restrict water use according to the following lawn watering schedule:
·         Monday – No watering
·         Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday  – odd property addresses may water
·         Wednesday, Friday and Sunday – even property addresses may water

Although localities are asking customers to conserve, our ability remains intact to produce and deliver safe drinking water to meet necessary use and emergency requirements of our communities in the region.  The region tracks river flow levels on a 14 day rolling average.  In order to suspend voluntary water conservation measures, the river flow levels’ 14 day rolling average must remain above 1,200 cfs for 14 days.


For additional information, specific to localities, contact:
County of Chesterfield            Customer Service                                              804 748-1271
County of Goochland              Public Utilities                                                    804 556-5835 
County of Hanover                  Customer Service                                              804 365-6024
County of Henrico                   Customer Service                                              804 501-4275
County of Powhatan                Public Works                                                     804 598-5764 
City of Richmond                    DPU Customer Care Center                              804 646-4646

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Members sought for New Richmond City Council Ethics Reform Task Force


Richmond City Council invites and encourages interested persons to apply to serve on newly established Richmond City Council Ethics Reform Task Force.

The task force shall consist of 11 members. Council shall appoint nine members, and the Mayor shall appoint two members. The membership of the task force should possess experience and expertise concerning ethical standards in both the public sector and the private sector and concerning areas, such as human resources and procurement, that may be relevant to the consideration of appropriate ethical standards for a governmental organization.

Those interested in learning more and/or wishing to apply to serve are invited to visit the information portal, at: http://www.richmondgov.com/CityCouncil/CouncilBoardsCommissions.aspx

CONTACT  
For more information, please contact Alexander B. Rawles, Richmond City Council Boards and Commissions Administrator, Richmond City Council Office of the City Clerk, Richmond City Hall, 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 200, Richmond, Virginia 23219;
804.646.4089 (tel); alexander.rawles@richmondgov.com (email)