Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Richmond 911 Center Earns National Accreditation

The national accreditation for public safety communications has been awarded to Richmond’s 911 agency.

The Richmond Department of Emergency Communications (DEC) received the national Public Safety Communications Accreditation on May 4 from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA).

“The CALEA accreditation validates what we already know – that the City of Richmond has dedicated and well-trained public safety professionals who are ready, willing and able to assist our residents with emergency response communication when they need us the most,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “I’m proud of our DEC team for this impressive achievement.”

Through the multi-year accreditation process, the department voluntarily demonstrated how it meets international best practices in public safety and professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery. It completed a self-assessment phase and a meticulous site-based assessment in October 2018 of community engagement, policy, procedures, equipment and facilities by CALEA assessors.

“The accreditation process has evolved Richmond DEC from a good emergency communications center to a great center,” said Director Stephen M. Willoughby. “CALEA’s benchmarks will help ensure that we remain a high-performance organization that provides superior service to those who live, work and play in the city of Richmond,” he said.

The accreditation was awarded during the CALEA conference, May 1-4, 2019, in Huntsville, Alabama. Willoughby and Tory Maye, deputy director of operations; Jackie Crotts, deputy director of technology; and Kathy Berg, emergency communications manager, accepted the accreditation, after appearing before CALEA’s 21-member Board of Commissioners that reviewed all findings and determined its accreditation status.

This is DEC’s first award of national accreditation. It now moves into CALEA’s four-year accreditation cycle that includes four annual remote, web-based file reviews and a site-based assessment in the fourth year.

“This award of accreditation does not come easy,” said CALEA President Anthony Purcell. “The Richmond Department of Emergency Communications went through a rigorous review and evaluation of their organization and then implemented the necessary policy and procedure changes. The process does not stop now. By voluntarily choosing to seek CALEA accreditation, DEC commits to an ongoing review of adherence to CALEA’s standards. The Richmond community should feel confident that DEC is going above and beyond and operating under the highest standards in public safety.”

CALEA was created in 1979 through the combined efforts of four major law enforcement organizations: The International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs’ Association and the Police Executive Research Forum.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Department of Public Utilities Award Winning Water Showcased During Water Week

The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU) celebrates National Drinking Water Week, May 5 – 11, 2019. “Protect the Source” is the theme for this year’s campaign and provides the opportunity for partners of the American Water Works Association to highlight the vital role water plays in our daily lives and the quality of life we enjoy.

During National Drinking Water Week, representatives from DPU will be serving Richmond’s award-winning water at various water fill stations in the city. The public is invited to stop by one of three displays at the following locations during the week:
  • Mon. May 6, 2019 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  City Hall 900 E. Broad St. Richmond VA 23219 (corner of 9th & Broad)
  • Wed. May 8, 2019 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – James Center Richmond VA 23219 (corner of 9th & Cary St.)
  • Friday, May 11, 2018 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Carytown Richmond VA 23221 (corner of Belmont St. & Cary St)
The City of Richmond is one of Virginia’s largest potable water producers, with a modern Water Plant that has the capacity to treat up to 132 million gallons of water a day from the James River.  Through its RVAH2O initiative, the City does its part to protect this vital source water.

The treatment plant, its 1200 miles of water mains, 6,500 fire hydrants and 13 pumping stations and storage facilities provide drinking water and fire protection to more than 62,000 customers in the City. The facility also provides water to the surrounding region through wholesale contracts with Henrico, Chesterfield, and Hanover counties and indirectly to Powhatan and Goochland counties.

To schedule a tour of Richmond’s Water Treatment Plant, call DPU’s Public Information Office at (804) 646-1064.

City E-Cycle Day on May 18

– Recycling, Shredding, Electronics, Collection of Pesticides and Oil Based Paints 

WHO:   Department of Public Works


Document Shredding
o   Up to five (5) boxes of documents. Be sure to remove all binders, staples and clips.
o   Computer systems (hard drive or CPU) and accessories (cables, wires, keyboards, mice, speakers, etc.), VCRs, camcorders, stereos and all phones
o   Televisions, computer monitors and printers (fees for certain items range from $2 to $28)
Recycle Bins
o   Clean up and drop off your small curbside recycle bins for reuse in city schools
Pesticides, Herbicides and Oil-based Paints
o   Bug spray, rodent poison and herbicides (Roundup, Weed B Gon etc.)

o   Note: Latex and water-based paints will not be collected. These items can be left in open paint cans until they have dried out and then put in with regular curbside trash pick-up

WHEN:  Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE:  Elkhardt - Thompson Middle School, 7825 Forrest Hill Ave.

BACKGROUND:  The City of Richmond’s E-Cycle Day offers City residents an efficient option to recycle paper and to help keep hazardous waste materials out of city waterways, streams and rivers. This free event is available to city residents – proof of residency is required. Recycling supports the City’s RVAgreen 2050 climate action initiative to reduce citywide carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050 and RVA H2O, the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities plan for cleaner water faster for all of Richmond.

For more information on recycling, please visit us online at Richmondgov.com/CommissionCleanCity/index.aspx or email us at AskDPW@RichmondGov.com

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Summary of Impacts to Proposed General Fund Amendments by City Council

Click here to view the city’s expected impact from the amendments made by City Council on the proposed FY20 general fund budget”

Monday, April 15, 2019

Share Your Thoughts on Airbnb and Vrbo Regulations at Two Public Meetings

A short-term rental (STR), such as an Airbnb or Vrbo rental, is the transient occupancy of a dwelling unit for a period of less than 30 consecutive days. Short-term rentals are currently not identified as a permitted use in Richmond’s zoning ordinance. The Department of Planning and Development Review (PDR), along with the Department of Finance and the City Attorney’s Office, has crafted draft regulations to permit short-term rentals under certain terms and conditions. 

PDR is seeking extensive community input on the proposed regulations, which were drafted after a review of ordinances and regulations in other localities as well as current operations of existing short-term rentals in the city.

PDR and other city staff will host two public meetings to provide citizens with an opportunity to learn more about the draft regulations and comment:
  • Public Meeting #1: Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the basement auditorium of the Main Library, 101 East Franklin Street
  • Public Meeting #2: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Richmond Central DMV, 2300 West Broad Street
Click here for more information and to complete a survey on these draft regulations. 

Please contact Marianne Pitts at Marianne.Pitts@RichmondGov.com or by phone at (804) 646-5207 with any questions.