Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Help Wanted: 200 Richmond Election Officers needed to work Nov. 6 Election Day

WHAT - The Richmond Office of the General Registrar is looking for 200 Election Officers to serve during the upcoming election on November 6, 2018. Election Officers are critical to ensuring that elections are conducted in a fair and impartial manner so that the outcome reflects the will of the citizens of Richmond.

Dedicated individuals that are registered to vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia, who take pride in their work, are patient, and enjoy working with people are invited and encouraged to apply to serve as a Richmond Election Officer. Election Officers are paid for their service, starting at $130.00 for their work for the day.

Duties on Election Day may include:

·         Arranging a voting location (polling place)
·         Greeting and helping manage the flow of voters
·         Setting up voting equipment and preparing voting location/polling place for voting
·         Helping determine if voters are qualified to vote and process them in the voter pollbook
·         Admit voters to voting machines
·         Tallying results
·         Packing up supplies
·         Reporting to voting location/polling place (the time can vary, but never later than 5:15 a.m.) and staying until done (this can sometimes be as late as 9/10 p.m.)

All new Election Officers must complete a basic training class that will be held in September and October. Election Officers completing basic training will be paid $15.00.

Applications can be obtained from the Richmond Office of the General Registrar, located in Richmond City Hall; 900 East Broad St., Room 105 (1st fl.); Richmond, VA. Individuals can also apply online at https://apps.elections.virginia.gov/OnlineForms/OfficerofElection.  A brochure with more information is available at http://www.richmondgov.com/Registrar/index.aspx.

CONTACT    For more information, please contact: Richmond Office of the General Registrar, at 804.646.5950, or by visiting the Richmond Office of General Registrar, located in Richmond City Hall; 900 East Broad Street, Room 105; Richmond, VA. or individuals can apply online at https://apps.elections.virginia.gov/OnlineForms/OfficerofElection

Monday, August 20, 2018

Grayland Avenue Bike Lane Improvement Project

Enhancements to improve bicyclists’ mobility and safety

The City of Richmond Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin work in early September on the Grayland Avenue Bike Lane Improvement Project. The project, which runs between South Robinson and South Harrison streets, includes pavement markings and signage for bike lanes that allow cyclists to travel westbound on Grayland Avenue in a contraflow lane – a bike lane that goes in the opposite direction on a one-way street. DPW Director Bobby Vincent says, “DPW continues to underscore the vision of Richmond as a multimodal city. This project is another step in that direction.” Construction is expected to last two months, weather and other outside factors permitting. Access will be maintained at all times along Grayland Avenue for residents and emergency vehicles.

The bike lane project will improve bicyclists’ mobility and safety by providing a separated buffered westbound bike lane that will greatly increase the level of comfort for bicyclists. Additional parking on Grayland Avenue will be provided immediately adjacent to the new bike lane. Motorists should park in the designated parking spaces, not in the traditional parking location against the north curb where the new bike lane will be.

The City will work diligently to minimize adverse impacts on businesses and residents. Studies have shown that overall, this project will lower instances of speeding and make it safer for all users on Grayland Avenue.

This $250,000 project is funded through the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Revenue Sharing Program.

For more information about this and other City of Richmond Bike Lane Projects, please visit us online at http://www.richmondgov.com/BikePed/index.aspx or email us at AskDPW@RichmondGov.com

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

City Launches First Mobile Payment Option

The City of Richmond is launching PassportParking®, a mobile parking application that allows motorists to pay for their parking through their smartphones. It is the first mobile payment option offered by the city.

With signs pointing toward a steady increase in tourism growth in the Richmond region, the city is again upgrading its parking operations to keep up with the demand of tourists and its residents in high-traffic downtown areas.

“The PassportParking® app will offer our residents and guests flexibility and convenience here in our city,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “This technology aligns with our transportation initiatives and will allow people the freedom spend more time enjoying Richmond’s great restaurants, shops and businesses and less time worrying about the meter.”

Users can download the app then set up an account and get a four-digit pin number. Signs indicating parking zones have been placed throughout parking areas. Motorists enter the zone, their car and the length of time they are parking and the payment method. Once the system confirms the transaction, the parking session begins.

To watch a brief tutorial, visit: https://youtu.be/YiYuVK44424

The app is available for more than 1,500 on-street parking spaces primarily in the downtown area. The city has 567 single-space meters and 191 pay stations. Traditional payment methods are still available for those who choose to use them, but the PassportParking app is a convenient alternative. It enables parkers to monitor and extend parking sessions remotely, sends alerts and notifications about parking sessions, provides payment history and e-mails receipts at the end of each parking session.

The app is powered by the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, Passport, It is free to download through the App Store or Google Play. Users also can manage their parking at ppprk.com. In the Commonwealth, the app is also accessible in Virginia Beach, Lynchburg, the College of William & Mary and at Northern Virginia Community College.

For more information on city services, visit Richmondgov.com. To request service, visit RVA311.com.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

City to Conduct Citizens’ Survey Across Richmond’s Nine Districts

The City of Richmond will conduct a random, citywide survey of residents to assess services currently being provided by the city. The survey, which was last administered in 2014, will provide reliable data to the city administration that will help guide its budgeting process, improve delivery of services and enhance overall operations. 

ETC Institute, one of the nation's leading firms in the field of local government research, is preparing and conducting the survey.

In the coming weeks, ETC Institute will mail approximately 13,500 surveys using the United States Postal Service. A minimum of 150 completed surveys from each of the City of Richmond’s nine districts are required to validate the results. Residents across Richmond have been randomly selected to complete the survey, and individual survey submissions will remain anonymous and confidential.

Residents will have the opportunity to complete the mailed form or submit their responses online within a 10-day time period.
 If needed, telephone follow-up surveys will be conducted to obtain the minimum number of completed surveys for each district. The survey will also be made available in Spanish.

For more information, please contact Beth D' Arcy, Executive Staff Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer, at (804) 646-2043, or