Wednesday, March 28, 2018

City Expands On-Street Parking Time to Encourage Turnover

The Central Business District (CBD) continues to experience economic growth and expansion as residents and businesses locate in the area. This expansion has increased the need for parking turnover. Beginning April 2, 2018, time restrictions will expand from 2 hours to 3 hours in order to give patrons an opportunity to visit the numerous businesses on the commercial corridor. In order to enhance turnover, parking enforcement will expand from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (where applicable) on Broad Street from 4th to Belvidere Streets, which will reduce the amount of time long-term parkers occupy on-street spaces intended to support retail use.    

Road patterns have been adjusted in several areas in the CBD, including former parking spaces now serving as travel lanes. In addition, the City will enhance enforcement of the safety zones, which include parking in front of fire hydrants, travel lanes, handicap ramps, crosswalks and corner clearances.  

In support of innovation and added convenience, the City will be launching a new Mobile Payment App by mid-May 2018. This will allow parkers to pay for parking and extend parking time via their mobile devices.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Richmond City Council Appoints its New Clerk

Richmond City Council, during its scheduled Formal Meeting last night, appointed Ms. Candice Reid as its new Clerk to head the Richmond City Council Office of the City Clerk. Her service begins today.

In that position, Ms. Reid will serve as the Clerk of Richmond City Council which is responsible for keeping the journal of its proceedings and filing and maintaining the original draft of all its ordinances.

Additional duties of the Clerk include providing administrative support to Richmond City Council, providing oversight of the Clerk staff, and serving as custodian of the corporate seal of the City of Richmond.

Ms. Reid earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University and has nearly a decade of state and local government experience.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Reid had been serving as the Interim Clerk since October, and served as Deputy Clerk since February 2014. She also previously served as the Director of the Virginia Office of the Governor Office of Restoration of Rights from 2012 to 2014, and as its Assistant Director from 2009 to 2012.

Richmond City Council is delighted with her promotion and congratulates Ms. Reid on her appointment. Council thanks her for her dedication and looks forward to her continued service on behalf of Council and Richmond residents.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

RPD to Host Places of Worship Safety & Awareness Forum

The Richmond Police Department will host a Places of Worship Safety & Awareness Forum on
Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m., Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 West Graham Road.
Registration is available here.

Topics will include:
Violence in Places of Worship 
Addressing Potential Threats in Places of Worship Active Shooter
How to Start a Security Ministry  

For more information contact Officer Kimberly Cheatham-McClarin:
Office (804) 646-6754

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds

On or about March 26, 2018 the City of Richmond will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of the Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program (LBPHC) is authorized by Section 1011 of the Residential Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 (Title X of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992, 42 U.S.C. 4852) and funding is provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31), approved May 5, 2017.  The Health Homes Supplemental funding is authorized under Section 502 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970 (12 U.S.C. 1701z-2), Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended for the following multi-year program/project March 1, 2018 through February 28, 2021:

RVA Lead Based Paint Hazard Control program, for the purpose of reducing lead based paint hazards in low and moderate income households with lead poisoned children or residential units with children under the age of six and or expecting mothers with lead based paint hazards who are also low and moderate incomes.  Healthy homes funds will be used to address asthma triggers and trip and fall hazards in residential units that also have lead based paint hazards. 

Funds may also be used to address vacant rental units that have lead based paint hazards that will be marketed to low and moderate income households with children under the age of six or expecting mothers. The target are is encompasses all of the City of Richmond and will be carried out by the City Of Richmond, Project:HOMES Inc and the Richmond City Health District. 

The City of Richmond, VA is requesting the release of $2,310,314 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant, $400,000 in Healthy Homes Supplemental, $200,000 Community Development Block Grant match, $100,000 in City General fund match, for March 1, 2018 through February 28, 2021.

To view the full document in English, click here.

To view the document in Spanish, click here.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Mayor Stoney Appoints Senior Policy Advisor

Mayor Levar M. Stoney today is pleased to announce that community advocate and educator Osita Iroegbu is joining the administration as a Senior Policy Advisor. A Richmond native who currently lives in South Richmond, Iroegbu will be responsible for advancing the mayor’s priorities in community engagement, diversity and inclusion.

“I’m excited to have Osita join our team,” said Mayor Stoney. “Her years of experience and engagement in the Richmond community as an educator, journalist and advocate for social justice make her the right person for the important job of helping everyone in our city share in the vision of One Richmond.”

The mayor’s new advisor welcomes the challenge. “I’m eager to work with Mayor Stoney and his team to achieve greater progress for residents in every part of my hometown,” said Iroegbu, who grew up in Richmond’s Hillside public housing neighborhood. “I look forward to engaging our diverse communities and helping to ensure their voices are included in policy efforts as we collectively work to move our city forward.”

A first generation Nigerian-American, Iroegbu was named as a 2017 Governor’s Fellow in the Virginia Children’s Cabinet and a 2017 Initiatives of Change/Hope in the Cities Community Trustbuilding Fellow.

She is a former reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where she covered education, government and public safety and focused on underserved communities in the Greater Richmond region. She also served as an instructor and assistant director of university relations at Virginia State University, and managed public relations at the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority from 2010 to 2014. 

Iroegbu is currently a member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia’s Next Generation Steering Committee, which works to mobilize and support young social justice activists and emerging community leaders within the Commonwealth, and is part of Initiatives of Change’s facilitator cohort designed to support the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort aimed at fostering narrative change and relationship building for sustained racial equity in Richmond.

She is founder of the Little Princesses Mentoring Program, which links young girls in at-risk communities with positive college mentors and enrichment experiences in higher education, and co-founder of the African Community Network of Greater Richmond, a non-profit organization aimed at providing, resources and advocacy to local African immigrant families and building multicultural unity.

Iroegbu earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Delaware and a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Media Art and Text doctoral program.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mayor Stoney Kicks-off Voter Registration Push at Richmond Public High Schools

This morning, Mayor Levar Stoney kicked-off the first of a series of visits to Richmond public high schools to promote voter registration among young adults by speaking with students at Armstrong High School, Franklin Military Academy and the Richmond Alternative School.

“We are getting in front of our young people and letting them know it is vital their voices are heard in our democracy,” said Mayor Stoney. “By registering, and getting others to register to vote, it is our hope Richmond Public Schools students will feel empowered and included in the decision-making process that will determine their futures.”

The​ ​City​ ​of​ ​Richmond,​ ​in​ ​collaboration​ ​with​ ​Inspire​ ​U.S.,​ ​is also ​launching ​the​ ​Mayor’s​ ​Voter Registration​ ​Award​ ​for​ ​high​ ​school​ ​students​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​city.​ ​The​ ​award​ ​is​ ​intended​ ​to recognize​ ​and​ ​commemorate​ ​the​ ​efforts​ ​of​ ​the​ ​next​ ​generation​ ​of​ ​leaders​ ​to​ ​educate,​ ​engage and​ ​inform​ ​their​ ​fellow​ ​students​ ​about​ ​how​ ​to​ ​get​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​the​ ​voting​ ​process. The​ ​award​ ​will be​ ​presented​ ​to​ ​schools​ ​who​ ​register​ ​​65%​ ​of​ ​their​ ​eligible​ ​senior​ ​class​.  
"Inspire U.S. is delighted to be partnering with the Mayor and Richmond Public Schools,” said Ian Baxter, Regional Manager for Inspire Virginia. “As a Richmond Public Schools alum, I am excited to help students use their voices to express their political beliefs and become lifelong engaged citizens and voters."

The mayor will visit John Marshall High School and Open High School on March 28.

To register to vote, click here.

For more information on Inspire U.S., please contact ​​​​ ​or​ call ​(804) 617-9900.  

Monday, March 5, 2018

City’s Department of Finance Offering “Tax Relief for the Elderly and Disabled” Program

The city’s Department of Finance is still accepting applications for the Tax Relief for the Elderly and Disabled Program. The program opened on January 8, 2018 and the application deadline is April 2, 2018. 
The tax relief program provides assistance to Richmond’s qualifying elderly and disabled homeowners through their real estate taxes. Citizens who participate in the program have their annual real estate tax bills reduced by 30% and 100%, depending upon their household income. Citizens must own and reside in their home, be 65 or older or permanently and totally disabled, earn less than $50,000 annually and have assets (net worth) of less than $200,000. Taxpayers must provide proof of income and assets. A list of necessary documents can be found on the application.
Applications are located on the City of Richmond website, at city libraries and from the city’s Finance Department payment locations. Assistance in completing applications or re-certifications is also being offered throughout the city. Perspective applicants and existing participants may visit the following locations for any help that may be needed: 

The East End Initiative Building
701 N. 25th St.
every Thursday through March 29 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Huguenot High School 
Building #26 located at 7945 Forest Hill Ave.
every Tuesday through March 27 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

5th Street Baptist Church 
One Stop Resource Center located at 2800 3rd Ave.
every Wednesday through March 28 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Bellemeade Community Center
1800 Lynnhaven Ave. 
every Friday through March 30 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Assistance at City Hall (Room 100) will be available during normal business days and hours. 
More information about the Tax Relief for the Elderly and Disabled Program is available by calling (804) 646-6015 or by visiting the Finance Department webpage.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Work Getting Underway for the Franklin Street Cycle Track Project

Messer Contracting, LLC will start construction on the Franklin Street Cycle Track Project on Monday, March 19. The project runs 15 blocks along Franklin Street from North Pine Street to North 9th Street. Construction is expected to last approximately two months, depending on weather. 

The project consists of installation of buffered bike lanes, shared bike lanes and flexible delineator posts on the existing asphalt pavement. This project will be beneficial, as it will create an easier and safer means of bicycle travel along the corridor.