Monday, November 20, 2017

City Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule


City of Richmond government offices, including City Hall, will be closing at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and will remain closed through Friday, Nov. 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.

All city community centers will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22. and will remain closed through Sunday, Nov. 26, reopening on Monday, Nov. 27 at normally scheduled hours.

All city libraries will also be closed Nov. 23 and Nov. 24, reopening on Saturday, Nov. 25. Broad Rock library will be open Sunday, Nov. 26.
 
Richmond Animal Care and Control will be closed Nov. 23 - 25. The shelter will operate at normal business hours on Nov. 26. RACC is looking for foster families that are not traveling and would be willing to pick up a dog or cat Nov. 19 - 22 to keep until Nov. 29. RACC will provide food/crate and anything else needed to provide for the animal during their stay.

Refuse collection will not be performed on Thursday, Nov. 23 as the City’s Solid Waste Management Division will also be closed. This closure will result in a one day delay for Thursday collection, which will take place on Friday, Nov. 24.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24. The Hopkins Road Transfer Station will also be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and will reopen on Friday, Nov. 24. 

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


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for CGF, CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA Funds


The City of Richmond is beginning preparation of the fiscal year 2019 City General Funds (CGF) Non-Departmental budget and fiscal year 2018-19 Annual Action Plan for the allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds. The Federal funds are entitlement dollars allocated to the City through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for neighborhood development and supportive services. All federal fund applications must be for projects that will have a direct impact on low and moderate income City residents will be considered, except for HOPWA funds for which the City administers funds for the entire Metropolitan Statistical Area. 

Application packages will be available by November 8, 2017 on the City’s website at http://www.yesrichmondva.com/neighborhood-revitalization/Federally-Funded-Programs  Applications packages will also be available at the Main City Library located at 101 E. Franklin Street. All proposals and applications must be received no later than 4:00 PM on December 21, 2017. Federal fund applications must be submitted to the Department of Economic & Community Development, 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400 Richmond, VA 23219. City General Fund applications must be submitted to Office of Budget and Strategic Planning, City Hall, 900 East Broad Street, Room 1100, Richmond, VA  23219. Faxes, e-mails and late submissions will not be accepted. 


Housing and Community Development Assistance projects using CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA are HUD funded projects; Section 3 business and/or business that employ Section 3 residents are encouraged to respond.  


The Departments of Economic and Community Development, Budget and Social Services will be holding one public workshop to go over applications and answer any questions applicants may have regarding the CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA programs. The workshops will be held on Monday, November 13th, 2017. The meeting will start at 5:30 PM and will be located at the Franklin Street Library, 101 E. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219. For questions about the applications or meetings please call 804-646-5633. 


The City of Richmond does not discriminate on the basis of disability status in the admission or access to, or treatment in, its federally assisted programs or activities. Virginia Relay Center – TDD users dial 711. 


View the FY19 – FY20 City General Fund Request For Funding Checklist and Application

View the FY19 -FY20 City General Fund Request For Funding Application Guidelines


Click here for the document in Spanish.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

City Rolling Out Upgraded Leaf Collection Program


Click here to watch the video.



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. 


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

City Announces Volunteer Leaf Collection Initiative


In continued efforts to improve the city’s leaf collection, Mayor Levar M. Stoney has initiated the Neighbor-To-Neighbor (N2N) Leaf Brigade, a pilot program for volunteers to lend a helping hand to residences needing assistance with bagging their fallen leaves. Click here to watch the video.


“We know many residents are physically unable to bag their leaves,” said Mayor Stoney. “With the help of fellow city employees, friends and volunteers from around Richmond, we are going to put in the work for some of our most vulnerable residents who need leaf collection assistance.”

Eligible residences have been pre-selected from the city’s Department of Public Works (DPW) Backdoor Services list who also receive assistance with trash and recycling pickups. 101 households will be targeted in the first year of the program.

Residents who are not on the aforementioned DPW list, but would like to be considered for leaf bagging by Leaf Brigade volunteers, are asked to (1) provide N2N with a letter from your physician verifying that your age, disability and/or other health issue prevents you from bagging your leaves, and (2) complete the N2N Leaf Brigade volunteer request form.

Interested volunteers can visit http://www.richmondgov.com/NeighborToNeighbor/LeafBrigade.aspx to sign up or dial 646-LEAF for assistance with registering.

For more information on the volunteer initiative please contact Paul.Manning@richmongov.com or call 646-6528.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Mayor Stoney Signs Pledge for City’s Participation in Vision Zero Initiative


Mayor Levar M. Stoney today signed a document pledging to make Richmond a Vision Zero city.  That commitment puts the city in alignment with others striving to dramatically reduce and even eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries by 2030.  The signing took place this morning at the Canal Walk Turning Basin at the corner of 14th and Dock streets. The pledge comes just days before Halloween to heighten awareness at a time when many area children are crossing city streets going door-to-door for candy.   
 

In part, Vision Zero is designed to change the traditional mindset that traffic-related deaths and those resulting in severe injuries are inevitable to the mindset that they are preventable. According to VisionZero.org, the strategy is multidisciplinary in that it brings together diverse and necessary stakeholders to formulate and address best practices for traffic fatality remediation. 
 

Several local non-profit organizations, including AAA Mid-Atlantic, Sportsbackers, SafeKids Virginia, and DRIVE SMART Virginia attended the event to provide information on their services.  There also was a distracted driving simulator to show motorists how diminished their driving skills become when they are not focused.
 

Vision Zero was first implemented in the 1990s in Sweden and has been successful throughout European countries.  In the U.S. there are 10 Vision Zero Focus Cities that adopted the initiative in 2016 and are helping to facilitate and accelerate getting the program into additional cities. Among the Focus Cities are Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Austin, Texas and Boston. Nearly 30 cities nationwide are participating in Vision Zero. 
 

For more information on city services and programs, visit Richmondgov.com.
 

For additional information on Vision Zero visit
http://www.richmondgov.com/PublicWorks/VisionZero.aspx 



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)