Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Biodegradable Bag Give-Away Day Back by Popular Demand


The Department of Public Works is hosting a second biodegradable bag give-away for City residents who bag their leaves. The give-away is scheduled for Sunday, December 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Byrd Park Roundhouse, 621 Westover Road. 

While supplies last, up to five bags will be given to those who show proof of residency.  

In addition, the next Neighborhood Leaf Clean-Up will take place on Saturday, December 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Westover Hills and Forest Hill Terrace neighborhoods.

Residents can put out as many as 50 bags per household during the weekend neighborhood clean-ups. All types of bags will be collected, not just biodegradable. The first clean-up was a success with approximately 20,900 pounds of leaves picked-up, or between 700 and 800 bags.

Both the bag give-away and the clean-up will take place rain or shine. In clean-up areas the bags must be ready for removal when City trucks arrive

For the complete vacuum leaf collection and Neighborhood Leaf Clean-Up schedules visit
www.Richmondgov.com. The vacuum schedule also is available at 646-LEAF. 


Monday, December 5, 2016

Carver District Parking Permits Expire at the End of December


Current Carver District parking permits expire December 31. The 2017 parking decals for residents of the restricted parking district in Carver are now available for $25 each and are limited to three per household or building address. Residents and property owners must display the Carver permit on their cars to park more than 1 hour from 7 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Saturday. Annual Visitor Passes also are available for $35 each. They are limited to two per household and are restricted to homeowners or building addresses. Annual Visitor Passes must be purchased at the same time the Carver permit is purchased. A City of Richmond Residential Parking Permit Application must be completed and approved prior to a decal being issued.

A resident is either the owner of record or renter of property located within the Restricted Parking district. To enable the Department of Public Works to verify residency, the following information and picture identification must be provided:

Property owners must provide either a copy of their real estate bill or other information that verifies ownership of the property, such as a settlement or closing statement.

Renters must provide a valid written lease for the property in the Carver parking district.

Property owners and renters are required to comply with the residency requirements and the motor vehicle registration requirements of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Carver District decals and applications can be obtained from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall, Room 102, 900 E. Broad Street or online at http://www.richmondgov.com/Parking/CarverDistrict.aspx.

For more information on City services and schedules, please visit www.RichmondGov.com.


Friday, December 2, 2016

City’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter Open December 7 - 8


The City’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be open Wednesday, December 7 & Thursday, December 8 as temperatures are forecast to remain at or below 40 degrees. The overflow shelter is located in the City’s Public Safety Building at 505 North 9th Street. The shelter opens each evening at 7 p.m. and closes the following morning at 6 a.m. Shelter registration is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed.

Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry during operational hours for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry is located at 511 West Grace Street. A referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be provided to individuals who are not eligible for an existing shelter or if all available beds have been filled. Individuals seeking access to the Overflow Shelter must have a referral.

City residents are also advised that the Department of Social Services provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify. Residents may also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046.

The elderly or residents with disabilities should contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Neighborhood Leaf Clean-Up Program Scheduled


Throughout December and January the Department of Public Works will host Neighborhood Leaf Clean-up events from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in neighborhoods that traditionally have a high volume of leaves. All types of bags will be collected, not just biodegradable. The bags will be picked up rain or shine and must be ready for removal when City trucks arrive. As many as 50 bags per household will be removed during each Neighborhood Leaf Clean-Up.

The dates and locations are:
  • December 3:  Stony Point | Woodland Heights | Windsor Farms
  • December 10:  Westover Hills | Forest Hill Terrace
  • December 17:  Worthington Farms | Woodhaven
  • January 7:  Bellevue | Laburnum Park 
  • January 14:  Ginter Park | Washington Park
Throughout the year the Department of Public Works will collect up to six bags of leaves per household during weekly solid waste collection.  During the Vacuum Leaf Collection Program, residents can dispose of up to 20 bags of leaves when their sub-zone receives vacuum service.  City residents may also dispose of leaves by taking them to these locations:
  • East Richmond Road Convenience Center, 3800 East Richmond Road, Richmond, VA 23223
  • Maury Street Landfill, 2900 Maury St., Richmond, VA 23224
Vacuum service may be cancelled and rescheduled during inclement weather.

For updates on the vacuum schedule, call the Leaf Hotline at 646-LEAF or visit www.RichmondGov.com. 


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

FY18 – FY19 Application for Non-Departmental and Federal Funds are now available



Application documents can be downloaded from the City’s website at http://www.richmond.gov.com/EconomicCommunityDevelopment/index.aspx or http://www.richmondgov.com/Budget/index.aspx   
Paper copies of the application documents can be obtained by calling 646-5633, visiting 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400, or the Richmond City Main Library located at 101 E. Franklin Street.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Applications For Upcoming Tree Stewards Class Being Accepted


Applications are currently being accepted for the Richmond Tree Stewards 10-week training session that will begin on January 10, 2017. The training sessions take place every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Round House in Byrd Park at 600 South Boulevard. There is also one Saturday hands-on pruning class.

Throughout the course, students will learn a variety of ways to plant and maintain trees. The classes are taught by tree biology, watershed ecology and planting experts. The City’s certified arborist will also teach sessions.

In addition to completing the course, students wishing to become a certified Tree Steward will be required to:
  • Complete 20 volunteer hours working with experienced stewards, including 10 hours of pruning
  • Successfully complete a tree pruning exam
  • Propose and complete one project
The online application is available at: http://richmondtreestewards.org/. The deadline for application submission is November 26. The 30 applicants who are accepted will be notified on December 1. The class fee of $120 is due on December 30.   

For more information on city services and schedules, please visit us on line at www.RichmondGov.com.  


Monday, November 7, 2016

City Upgrades Leaf Collection Program with Zone Revisions and Events



The City of Richmond begins its annual vacuum leaf collection program on Monday, November 28.  There will be one cycle.  To better streamline the program’s operation, each vacuum collection zone has been divided into several sub-zones with their own collection dates.  The smaller, more defined areas will make it easier for crews to incrementally complete the larger zones. The collection schedule is as follows:


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Residents are reminded when signs for vacuum collection are posted in the sub-zones to rake their leaves to the property line adjacent to the street, but not into the street or culvert.  Dirt, rocks and debris must be removed from the leaf piles in order for vacuum service to be completed.

In addition to the new sub-zones, the Department of Public Works also is offering incentives to those who choose to bag their leaves.  On Saturday, November 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. DPW will hold an event to provide City residents with biodegradable bags for leaf disposal.  Each resident, upon showing proof of residency, will be given up to five bags.

The locations for the bag give-aways are:
Parker Field:  2720 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23220
K-mart parking lot:  6807 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23225
Throughout December and January, DPW will host Neighborhood Leaf Clean-up events from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in neighborhoods that traditionally have a high volume of leaves.  All types of bags will be collected, not just biodegradable.

The dates and locations are:
December 3: Stony Point | Woodland Heights | Windsor Farms
December 10: Westover Hills | Forest Hill Terrace
December 17: Worthington Farms | Woodhaven
January 7: Bellevue | Laburnum Park
January 14: Ginter Park | Washington Park

The Department of Public Works collects up to six bags of leaves per household year around during weekly solid waste collection.  However, during the Vacuum Leaf Collection Program, residents can dispose of up to 20 bags of leaves when their sub-zone receives vacuum service and during the Neighborhood Leaf Clean-up events. The leaves must be bagged and ready for removal when City trucks arrive.

City residents may also dispose of leaves by taking them to these locations:

East Richmond Road Convenience Center, 3800 East Richmond Road, Richmond, VA 23223
Maury Street Landfill, 2900 Maury St., Richmond, VA 23224

Vacuum leaf collection may be cancelled and rescheduled during inclement weather.

For updates on the vacuum schedule, call the Leaf Hotline at 646-LEAF or visit www.RichmondGov.com.