Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2015 State of the City Address

You are invited to attend the 2015 State of the City Address on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the new Huguenot High School auditorium, 7945 Forest Hill Avenue.

During the address, Mayor Jones will detail the focus points of the administration for the next two years to include the upcoming City budget, infrastructure upgrades as the City prepares for the 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships, advances in economic development, efforts to revitalize neighborhoods, and reducing our city's unacceptable poverty rate.

Limited parking is available in the lots in front of Huguenot High School and Thompson Middle School. 

Seating and parking are provided on first come, first served basis.

If you require any special accommodations, please contact Tameka Jefferson at 646-6936 or Tameka.Jefferson@RichmondGov.com.

Monday, January 26, 2015

February MPACT Meetings

Please join your neighbors at the monthly MPACT Community Meetings. The February MPACT meeting dates are as follows:

Precinct 1 – January 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

     East District Center, 701 North 25th Street

Precinct 2 – Monday, February 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
     Southside Services Center, 4100 Hull Street Road

Precinct 3 – Thursday, February 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
     Byrd Park Roundhouse, 600 South Boulevard

Precinct 4 – Thursday, February 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
     Linwood Holton Elementary School,1600 West Laburnum Avenue

During these meetings, residents are able to discuss concerns they have in their community, hear from City Departments and administration about events that affect their community and the City, as well as become an active member in helping improve the aesthetic qualities of their neighborhood through volunteer opportunities.

For more information on MPACT, please click here.

Winter Weather Advisory Issued for the City of Richmond

~ City advises residents to prepare for potential winter weather ~

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the City of Richmond from 8 p.m. tonight, Jan. 26 until noon Tuesday, Jan. 27, as the city may be impacted by winter weather during this timeframe. As a result, the City of Richmond encourages residents to take precautions now in preparation for any winter precipitation. To help residents prepare for potential winter weather, the City offers the following safety recommendations:

  • Stay inside if possible. If you need to go out, dress in several layers of lightweight clothing. Wear mittens or gloves and a hat, preferably one that covers your ears;
  • Seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite;
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets;
  • Do not connect a generator directly to your home's wiring or house a generator inside your home. Connecting a portable electric generator directly to your household wiring can be deadly to you and others. A generator that is directly connected to your home's wiring may 'back feed' onto the power lines connected to your home;
  • If space heaters are being used, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to safely use the heater. Make sure your space heater is three feet from any flammable material. Turn the space heater off when you leave the room or go to sleep. Keep children and pets away from your space heater;
  • Stoves or ovens should not be used as an alternate source to heat your home;
  • Bring your pets indoors. If you are unable to bring pets inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they can get to unfrozen water;
  • When driving, drive cautiously and decrease speed;
  • Have a full tank of gas;
  • Have a fully charged cell phone with you.
Residents are encouraged to always maintain an emergency supply kit to include essential supplies that will last at least three days. Supply kits should include a hand-cranked or battery-powered radio and extra batteries, non-perishable food and water, toiletries, flashlights, a first aid kit and medications. Also, include items needed for infants, seniors, and pets.

The City’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will open tonight, Jan. 26, Tuesday, Jan. 27, and Wednesday, Jan. 28 as overnight temperatures are forecasted to remain at or below 40 degrees during this time period. The overflow shelter is located in the City’s Public Safety Building at 505 North 9th Street. The shelter entrance is the second entrance on the 9th Street side of the building closest to Leigh Street. The shelter opens at 7 p.m. and closes the following morning at 6 a.m. Shelter registration will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed.

The City’s Cold Weather Day Warming site is open today, Jan. 26, Tuesday, Jan. 27, and Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day warming site is located in the Public Safety Building, 505 North 9th Street.

Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry by 5 p.m. each day 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.
The City’s Department of Social Services provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify. Residents can also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046.

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

Businesses have a critical role in emergency preparedness. Putting such a plan in place now will improve the likelihood that your business or company will survive and recover from emergencies or disasters. Visit www.ready.gov/business for more information.

For up-to-date information and additional instructions from the City of Richmond, please visit www.Richmondgov.com, follow the City on Twitter @CityRichmondVA, and stay tuned to local radio and television stations.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

City to Host Opening of RVA Environmental Film Festival at Richmond's Main Library on February 2

The City of Richmond is proud to host the opening night of the Fifth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival on February 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Richmond Public Library – Main Branch, 101 East Franklin Street. The RVA Environmental Film Festival is presented by the EnRichmond Foundation, Falls of the James Group - Sierra Club, Capital Region Land Conservancy, and EarthCraft Virginia. The weeklong event, which ends on February 8, will showcase local and national films selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, nation and planet. This year, the festival will take place at several other City locations including the Science Museum of Virginia, University of Richmond, VCU’s Grace Street Theater, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. All films are free and open to the public.

The Richmond Main Library opening night film, titled With My Own Two Wheels, is about how the bicycle can change the world—one pedal stroke at a time. For many Americans, the bicycle is a choice, an expensive toy or an eco-conscious mode of transportation. For countless others across the globe, it is much more. For Fred, a health worker in Zambia, the bicycle is a means of reaching twice as many patients. For Bharati, a teenager in India, it provides access to education. For Mirriam, a disabled Ghanaian woman, working on bicycles is an escape from the stigma attached to disabled people in her community. For Carlos, a farmer in Guatemala, pedal power is a way to help neighbors reduce their impact on the environment. For Sharkey, a young man in California, the bicycle is an escape from the gangs that consume so many of his peers. With My Own Two Wheels weaves together the experiences of these five individuals into a single story about how the bicycle can change the world—one pedal stroke at a time.

For more information, to include a full schedule of upcoming films and venues, please visit the Richmond Environmental Film Festival, go to www.rvaenvironmentalfilmfestival.com/.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2014-2015 Leaf Collection Schedule

Signs will be posted in neighborhoods at least 48 hours in advance. Please adhere to the signage to avoid vehicle towing and to have an indication of when to rake your leaves to the property line.

Please click here to view the leaf collection schedule.

Occasionally, during vacuum leaf collection season, you may see crews in your area ahead of your neighborhood’s collection schedule. That means they are just lightening up the amount of leaves. When it is your turn, they will post signage, then return during the scheduled vacuum dates.

Individual service requests for collections must be called in through Customer Care a 3-1-1 (646-7000).  Such requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may result in a $75 special collection fee.

Mayor Jones and Richmond Police Chief Tarasovic to Hold Press Conference

WHO:        Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                 Interim Chief Administrative Officer Christopher L. Beschler
                 Richmond Police Chief Ray Tarasovic

WHAT:     Press Conference Concerning Richmond Police Department Leadership

WHEN:    11:00 a.m., Friday, January 9, 2015

Richmond Police Training Academy, Room 103
                1202 West Graham Road
                Richmond, VA 23220


Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Richmond Police Chief Ray Tarasovic will hold a joint press conference to discuss police department leadership.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Special Parking Restrictions will be in Place Downtown During January 13 Special Election

~ Towing and ticketing will be enforced for vehicles without authorized parking placard ~

A Special Election is scheduled for Tuesday, January 13. On-street parking restrictions will be in place near polling locations in order to accommodate chief election officers and those working the polls.

The following restrictions will be in place during the election period:

Tuesday, January 13, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Ten parking meters on 9th Street between Broad Street and Marshall Street and on the north side of Marshall Street between 9th and 10th streets will be designated for poll workers.

Wednesday, January 14, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
One meter on the west side of 9th Street between Broad Street and Marshall Street will be designated for a chief election officer.

All restricted meters will be marked accordingly. Unauthorized vehicles will be ticketed and/or towed while these restrictions are in place.