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.

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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

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)

Monday, October 2, 2017

RVA Businesses Open During Pulse Bus Rapid Transit Construction!

The City of Richmond is encouraging all community members to continue supporting local businesses during the construction of the Pulse bus rapid transit (BRT) system along Broad Street, highlighted by this Facebook video. Set to a moving montage of iconic downtown businesses and activities, the video drives home the city’s message that “RVA is open for business.”

“RVA is an incredible place to live, work and play,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “The diversity and vibrancy of our local businesses and communities are what distinguishes Richmond from other cities our size. From our restaurants, breweries and coffee shops to our bike stores, music venues, fashion boutiques and museums, our town has a lot to offer to residents and visitors alike. The Pulse video celebrates our homegrown character.”

The Pulse is a BRT system named for its location running through the heart of the city. BRT systems are known to offer higher-quality and higher-capacity services that let more people move along a corridor without the hassle of cars and parking. Richmond’s Pulse BRT will serve a 7.6-mile route along Broad Street and Main Street, from Rocketts Landing downtown to Willow Lawn in Henrico County.

The video is part of the city’s ongoing business support initiative, which aims to engage and help promote continued community support for the areas affected by the Pulse BRT construction.

“The Pulse BRT project will bring major benefits to all types of people looking to take advantage of the city’s many exciting destinations — and it will help with residents’ everyday commutes as well. In the meantime, while the Pulse is under construction, we encourage everyone to support their favorite local establishments,” said Stoney.

For more information about Pulse BRT, visit PulseRVA.com, the city’s official project website.