Thursday, October 31, 2013

Special Parking Restrictions will be in Place near Polling Locations during General Election

~Vehicles without authorized parking passes will be ticketed and/or towed~

During the Tuesday, November 5 general election, special on-street parking restrictions will be in place near polling locations in order to accommodate chief election officers and those working the polls.  Parking will be prohibited in the following downtown areas from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. November 5 and on Wednesday, November 6, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.: 
  • Three parking meters on 1st Street, on the west side of the Main Library
  • All parking meters on 9th Street and 10th Street between Broad Street and Marshall Street
  • North side of Marshall Street between 9th Street and 10th Street
All meters will be marked accordingly. In addition, Hermitage Methodist Home at 1601 Palmyra Avenue is a polling location.  Special parking will be designated on the north side of the 1600 block of Palmyra Avenue from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday only.  

Unauthorized vehicles will be ticketed and/or towed while these restrictions are in place.  

Monday, October 28, 2013

Community Invited to East End Library Reopening

WHO:         Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                  Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council - 7th District
                  Harriet Coalter, Director, Richmond Public Library
                  Dr. Brenda Drew, Vice-Chairman, Richmond Public Library Board of Trustees
                  Veronica Holloway, East End Library Community Services Manager
                  Dr. Sandra Mobley, East End Library Advisory Council

WHAT:      Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the newly renovated East End Library

WHEN:     Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:   1200 North 25th Street
                    Richmond, VA


Mayor Dwight C. Jones invites the community to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated East End Library on Tuesday, October 29 at 4:30 p.m. The East End Library is the sixth branch library to be renovated through the “Building a Better Richmond” fund of the City’s Capital Improvement Plan.

To celebrate the reopening, Richmond Public Library is forgiving overdue fines on books and materials returned to the East End Library from October 29 – November 2, 2013.

Notice for Absentee Voting Applicants

The City of Richmond advises absentee ballot applicants of technical difficulties with receiving faxed applications from 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 24 until 3 p.m. on Friday, October 25. During that 25 hour period, the fax machine was inoperable and the Office of the General Registrar did not receive faxes. Persons attempting to send faxes during that time frame may not have received notification that the fax was not received.

The Office of the General Registrar believes the delayed faxes were all recovered. However, the City advises anyone who faxed an Absentee Application to the local registrar on October 24 or October 25 to check on-line at or with the local registrar’s office to verify that your application has been received.

The deadline for filing absentee ballot applications by mail for the upcoming election is Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at 5 p.m. eastern standard time. The deadline to apply and vote absentee in person is Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 5 p.m.

For questions about voter registration, absentee voting and elections, please contact the office of the local registrar at (804) 646-5950.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Regional CERT Training Exercise Scheduled for October 26

The Central Virginia Emergency Management Alliance will host a Regional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Exercise on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The City of Richmond Office of Emergency Management will oversee the training. Approximately 90 volunteers will be participating from localities including the cities of Richmond and Colonial Heights and the counties of Chesterfield, Henrico, Dinwiddie and Louisa.

The exercise will give CERT members, who are all volunteers trained in emergency response, an opportunity to test their skills, including search and rescue, fire suppression (simulator), triage, medical treatment, patient transportation and structural cribbing, learned during their original training sessions. The exercise will be held at the Hickory Hill Community Center, 3000 East Belt Boulevard from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises like these, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. If you are interested in becoming a CERT member, call (804) 646-2504 and check for upcoming CERT training classes.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Shred Identity Theft

Chesterfield, Henrico, Prince George County, and Richmond Police, and Dinwiddie and Hanover Counties Sheriff's Offices have joined forces with the Central Virginia Crime Prevention Association and Shred-it to offer residents this free Crime Prevention Month program.

When: Saturday, October 26
Where: Richmond Police Veterans' Hospital (VAMC Medical Center - Rear entrance)
(1201 Broad Rock Blvd.)
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Call Office Kimberly Cheatham-McClarin at 646-6754 for more information.

Public Notice: City of Richmond FY 2013-2015 Consolidated Plan Amendment & FY 2013-2014 Annual Action Plan Amendment

The City of Richmond is extending the public review and comment period for its proposed amended 2013-15 Consolidated Plan budget and its proposed amended 2013-14 Annual Action Plan budget that began on September 27, 2013 and will be extended to November 25, 2013.  

The Plans will serve as a comprehensive planning document discussing Richmond’s community development and housing needs with particular emphasis on the provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment, assisting and preventing homelessness, assisting special needs community, and the expansion of economic opportunities, particularly for low and moderate income persons.  The four HUD entitlement programs for which the City of Richmond receives funds are: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).  The HOPWA funds are allocated to the City to administer for the Richmond-Petersburg MSA.  

Comments, written and verbal, may be provided to Mr. Daniel Mouer at the Richmond Department of Economic and Community Development, 1500 E. Main Street, Room 400, Richmond, VA 23219, (804) 646-7025, In addition, the previous public hearing for these documents that was to be held by Richmond City Council on October 28, 2013 has been changed to November 25, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers located in City Hall, 900 E. Broad Street. 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 1-800-828-1120

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

City & LISC Bring Artspace Projects to Richmond for October 24 Public Meeting

Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the City of Richmond have invited Artspace Projects, Inc., America’s leading nonprofit developer of affordable spaces for artists and creative workers, to Richmond to conduct a Community Needs and Use Assessment with artists and community members. The outcome of the visit will help determine the community’s specific needs in terms of space and amenities, affordability and location preferences for multi-use, affordable and sustainable facilities for artists.

The public is invited to attend a free informational meeting regarding a potential new arts oriented development in Richmond on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 7 p.m. at the Plant Zero Poetry Slam Stage, 400 Hull Street.

Those who attend the meeting will have the chance to share their thoughts and provide feedback about any future project and its affect on Richmond’s art and business communities. Ideas and suggestions gathered at the meeting will be used by Artspace to gauge community support for the project. Artspace will then deliver a feasibility assessment which Virginia LISC and the City will use to recommend next steps.

“Richmond is quickly becoming the Commonwealth’s arts capital with more than 50 art galleries, tremendous success with events such as First Fridays and the Richmond Mural Project, and home to one of the top public art schools in the country,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “I encourage all residents to participate in this public meeting as we continue to grow Richmond by design.”

“Richmond is home to a thriving arts community who could make great use of a space like this. The opportunity is now,” said Virginia LISC Executive Director, Candice Streett. “We know that the Richmond art community is ready for this.”

“Artspace is thrilled to be working in Richmond. As a cultural destination, Richmond is one of America’s great success stories. But for many Richmond artists, finding affordable space has become increasingly difficult,” said Wendy Holmes, Senior Vice President of Consulting and Strategic Partnerships at Artspace.

About Artspace Projects, Inc.—The mission of Artspace Projects, Inc. is to create, foster and preserve affordable space for artists and art organizations. The organization pursues this mission through development projects, assessment management activities, consulting services and community-building activities that serve artists and art organizations of all of the disciplines, cultures and economic circumstances. By creating this space, Artspace supports the continued professional growth of artists and enhances the cultural and economic vitality of the surrounding community.

About Virginia LISC-- Virginia LISC believes in helping neighbors build strong communities. By providing grants, working capital, development funds and technical support to nonprofit developers and localities, Virginia LISC has created opportunities for dozens of neighborhoods to received strategic real estate investments, providing families with access to better housing, childcare and employment choices. For more information about Virginia LISC, visit the website at Virginia LISC is the Virginia office of the national Local Initiatives Support Corporation nonprofit, which works in community development across the country. LISC consults with community development organizations to ensure that they form appropriate business plans, create solid financing strategies and secure the right human and capital resources before new projects are launched.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Virginia Capital Trail Reaches Another Milestone — Great Shiplock Park Trailhead Completed

Ceremony Also Highlights Revitalization of Chapel Island and Advancement of Riverfront Plan

WHAT: Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Virginia Capital Trail western trailhead at Great Shiplock Park and revitalization of Chapel Island

WHO: Mayor Dwight C. Jones, City of Richmond
Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council, 7th District
Charles Donato, Board of Directors Chairman, Virginia Capital Trail Foundation
Dr. Norman Merrifield, Director, Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities

WHEN: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 2 p.m. 
WHERE: Great Shiplock Park 
2603 Dock Street
Richmond, VA 23223

The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and the City of Richmond jointly announce a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Virginia Capital Trail western trailhead at Great Shiplock Park. The ceremony will also highlight the revitalization of Chapel Island, to include the addition of a non-motorized boat launch, a half-mile trail, and significantly-enhanced access to the 5.6 acres of riverfront parkland. Tours of both Great Shiplock Park and Chapel Island will be available after the ceremony.

Parking will not be available at Great Shiplock Park. Parking is available along both sides of Pear Street, and at the parking lots for the River Lofts at Tobacco Row along Dock Street.

Monday, October 7, 2013

City of Richmond Employees To Be Recognized For Outstanding Achievements

WHAT:           City of Richmond Inaugural RISE! Achievement Awards

WHO:             Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                        Chief Administrative Officer Byron Marshall
City of Richmond Employee RISE! Achievement Award Recipients

WHERE:        John Marshall Hotel, Virginia Ballroom
                        101 North 5th Street
                        Richmond, VA 23219

WHEN:          Monday, October 7, 2013 at 3 p.m.


The purpose of the City of Richmond Employee Recognition Program (City Administrative Regulation 7.8) is to provide a framework for regularly demonstrating general appreciation of City employees and for rewarding exemplary service and commitment to the success of the organization.

The RISE! program is a structured and multi-level citywide program that celebrates the most outstanding contributions of City employees in the following six award categories:
·         Community Service
·         Exceptional Customer Service
·         Outstanding Leadership / Individual Accomplishment
·         Safety / Heroism
·         Team Merit / Process Improvement
·         Wellness / Healthy Living / Sustainability