Thursday, September 20, 2018

2018 Upcoming City Council District Meetings


Councilwoman Trammell to hold meeting for the Richmond Southside 8th Voter District
Thursday, September 20, 2018
6 p.m.
Satellite Restaurant and Lounge
4000 Jefferson Davis Highway



Councilwoman Newbille to hold meeting for the Richmond East End 7th Voter District
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
6 p.m.
Sarah Garland Jones Center
2600 Nine Mile Rd.

Councilwoman Gray to hold (rescheduled) meeting for North Central 2nd Voter District
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Leslie Cheek Theater)
200 N. Boulevard


Councilwoman Gray to hold (rescheduled) community meeting regarding proposed renaming of Boulevard (street) to Arthur Ashe Boulevard




WHAT         
The Honorable Kim B. Gray, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Richmond North Central 2nd Voter District, will hold a (rescheduled) community input/comment meeting regarding proposed renaming of Boulevard (street) to Arthur Ashe Boulevard. All Richmond North Central 2nd Voter District residents are invited and encouraged to attend. (The meeting was originally scheduled to be held September 13, 2018 and was canceled due to forecasted inclement weather.)


All Richmond North Central 2nd Voter District residents invited are invited and encouraged to attend.
                                                                                                                                 
WHEN          Tuesday, October 9  
                       

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

WHERE        Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Leslie Cheek Theater
200 N. Boulevard
                                                             
CONTACT     For more information, please contact: Mr. Craig K. Bieber, Liaison for The Honorable Kim B. Gray, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Richmond North Central 2nd Voter District, at (804) 646-6532 or craig.bieber@richmondgov.com.



Mayor Stoney Proposes Free GRTC Rides in City on Election Day


Watch the mayor’s video here.


Today Mayor Levar Stoney announced he will submit an ordinance to City Council proposing free rides on the city’s GRTC transit system on Election Day, November 6, 2018. 

“We know for many it can be difficult to get to polling locations on Election Day,” said Mayor Stoney. “With this proposal, we are hoping to increase electoral and civic participation by removing transportation as an obstacle. Our democracy is not a spectator sport. Every vote matters. So I’m asking residents to please get registered, get involved and voice your support for free public transit to the polls.”

Many voting precincts are within a few blocks of GRTC service, which can provide riders who wish to vote access to polling places across the city.

The ordinance will be introduced at the upcoming City Council meeting Monday, September 24, 2018.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mayor Introduces Legislation to Establish Motorized Dockless Scooter and Bicycle Pilot Program


Mayor Levar M. Stoney today announced he will submit legislation to City Council for its September 24 meeting establishing a regulatory framework for the operation and use of motorized dockless scooters and bikes in the city. 
“I support innovative transportation options for Richmonders – such as the previously established RVA Bike Share Program that helps residents ‘go the last mile,’” said Mayor Stoney. 
“Dockless scooters are a unique addition to Richmond’s transportation options. However, just as with any mode of transportation – whether car, bus, or bicycle – proper safety and operation guidelines are a must.”  
A Motorized Dockless Scooter and Bicycle Share Pilot Program will be introduced to City Council on September 24 that, if approved by City Council, would allow dockless scooters to legally operate in the City of Richmond’s right-of-way as an extension of the public transportation system.
This permit program will:
  • Require a non-refundable application fee of $1,500 for scooter companies and an annual permit fee, which will be based on the number of scooters; 
  • Require dockless scooter companies to provide customer service during all hours of scooter operation;
  • Educate riders on legal parking requirements. Scooters must be parked standing upright and outside the path of travel on sidewalks. Upon notification, improperly parked scooters are required to be removed by the company in a timely manner; and, 
  • Establish necessary safety practices (e.g. promoting the use of a helmet) and features (such as front and rear lights).
After one year, the Department of Public Works will review and evaluate both the permit program and application process.
“Richmond will do this the right way,” said Mayor Stoney. “We will implement a legal and appropriate dockless scooter and bicycle program with proper safety regulations to protect scooter users, pedestrians, and other citizens.” 
 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

James River Anticipated to Reach Moderate Flood Stage


The City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (PRCF) continues to monitor the James River as it is expected to reach a moderate flood stage of 15 feet by Wednesday, September 19. With the current river levels at 13.7 feet, the James River is currently closed to all users, with access to Belle Isle being restricted in the next few hours. The official flood stage level is at 12 feet.


The James River Park System (JRPS) has protocols that have been put into place to ensure the safety of all park users and have been activated with the recent rains from the remints of Hurricane Florence.


-    Projected at 5 feet – All river users need to use a life jacket if engaging in any activities on the river.
-    Projected at 8 feet – Trash and recycling cans are removed from the riverfront. The Pipeline Trail is closed to all users.
-    Above 9 feet – The river is closed to all users.
-    Projected at 14 feet – Access to Belle Isle along the North Side at Hollywood Rapid is restricted to all users.
-    Projected to top 20 feet – Riverfront locations and the T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge are closed to all users.


Residents are encouraged to monitor the river levels from the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service website.

City Schedules Strom Debris Pick-up


As a result of the recent weather that the City of Richmond has experienced, beginning today and over the next two weeks (through October 2), the Department of Public Works (DPW) will be picking up storm debris.  Residents who would like storm debris to be picked up are asked to place it at their property line for pick-up.  This service is being offered in addition to regular trash pick-up, which will continue on regular trash collection days.  

For questions, visit RVA311.com or call 311 or (804) 646-7000.

Richmond Tornado Assessment and Report


Richmond was today subject to continuing outlying impacts of Hurricane Florence in the form of multiple tornado activity taking place earlier today is in the city as well as in Chesterfield and Henrico Counties. Citizens are reminded to remain vigilant and cautious as damage from Monday’s tornadoes and storm activity can remain a public hazard and threat until city utility crews and other public safety and professional personnel address power outages, downed power lines and work to repair storm damage.

Mayor Stoney is planning to tour the damaged areas on Tuesday. Dominion Energy reported approximately 6,000 customers lost power, but that those outage numbers are coming down now.

Multiple downed trees have been reports, primarily at 16 locations reported to be mainly in the Jahnke/Forest Hill Ave and Brook/Laburnum areas, and DPW chainsaw crews will respond when it is safe to do so tomorrow morning.

All after school activities were cancelled for this evening. Richmond Public Schools will be open Tuesday, September 18 and transportation routes will be maintained or evaluated in the morning as necessary.

Citizens are asked to watch out for detours, emergency personnel, construction and road repair professionals on the job, as well as to give those serving the public room to work safely.