Thursday, September 27, 2018

City Leaf Collection Program Enhanced for Upcoming Season


The City of Richmond’s annual Leaf Collection Program begins October 1.  This season’s program offers several options for leaf pick-up and disposal.  Vacuum service, which begins Nov. 1 can be requested through the RVA311.com customer service portal.  There also will now be an option to have the $30 vacuum service fee included on customer utility bills. 

On October 1, residents can call 3-1-1 or 646-LEAF for schedule information or for updates in the event inclement weather causes delays. Residents may also send e-mail inquiries to Leafprogram@richmondgov.com.

For more information on the leaf program, such as where residents can dispose of loose leaves on their own or how elderly or disabled city residents may be able to get assistance raking leaves, visit
http://www.richmondgov.com/PublicWorks/Leafcollection.aspx 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Mayor Stoney Commends Passage of First-Ever Public Art Master Plan


On Monday, Richmond City Council unanimously approved the city’s first-ever Public Art Master Plan, a 145-page document expanding avenues to fund public or publicly displayed art and providing a clear vision for art in Richmond over the next decade.

“I am grateful to City Council for approving this important Public Art Master Plan,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “This plan will provide more ways to further enrich Richmond with art and to expand options for funding public art in our city.” 

Public Art Commission chairwoman Sarah Cunningham said the final approval is a positive step forward for the city. “Public art is one of the most tangible ways the story of a city is told. Long after everyone has forgotten technical legislative battles, public art provides a lasting legacy for the greatness of what happened here or what can and will happen in this great city. We are grateful to everyone who participated in making this happen.” 

The Public Art Master Plan defines goals and priorities for Richmond's public art program, expands the definition of public art to include a much wider array of media and projects (both permanent and temporary), identifies new strategic partnerships and expanded opportunities for artists and enables the PAC to pursue additional outside funding in further efforts to reach all parts of the city.

“This thorough, deliberate and comprehensive plan supports and features art as an essential ingredient of our thriving city, and at a perfect time during Richmond’s national emergence as a creative capital in the United States,” said Mark Olinger, Richmond’s Director of Planning and Development Review under which the Public Art Commission operates.

Development of Richmond’s Public Art Master Plan began three years ago when the city selected the nationally known consulting team of Gail Goldman and Gretchen Freeman to work with the commission to create a custom-tailored plan for the city.

The team gathered input through numerous stakeholder and public meetings, public surveys and proactive engagement with city staff and PAC members to assemble the plan, which was approved previously by the PAC and then by the Planning Commission this past June.

For more information, click here to read the plan.


Monday, September 24, 2018

RCSO to Host Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Domestic Violence Symposium


Bringing awareness to domestic violence and sexual assault one step at a time.


The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Saint Paul’s Baptist Church for its first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. This initiative is to help bring awareness to domestic violence and sexual assault. 

This event will be on Saturday, October 6 at 8:30 a.m. at the Saint Paul’s Baptist Church located at 700 East Belt Blvd. Richmond, VA 23224.

The event will feature workshops, vendors and a speaker who will share their personal experience with domestic violence.

The walk will begin at Saint Paul’s Baptist Church. We are encouraging the public to participant by attending, walking or sponsoring a walker. To register as a participant or to sponsor a walker please visit the registration link below

Click here to register.

The proceeds from this event will benefit the YWCA Domestic Violence Program. 

If you have questions about this event, please contact Alexis Carey, at (804) 514-2782 or alexis.carey@richmondgov.com.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mayor Introduces Legislation to Establish Motorized Dockless Scooter and Bicycle Pilot Program


Mayor Levar M. Stoney today announced he will submit legislation to City Council for its September 24 meeting establishing a regulatory framework for the operation and use of motorized dockless scooters and bikes in the city. 
“I support innovative transportation options for Richmonders – such as the previously established RVA Bike Share Program that helps residents ‘go the last mile,’” said Mayor Stoney. 
“Dockless scooters are a unique addition to Richmond’s transportation options. However, just as with any mode of transportation – whether car, bus, or bicycle – proper safety and operation guidelines are a must.”  
A Motorized Dockless Scooter and Bicycle Share Pilot Program will be introduced to City Council on September 24 that, if approved by City Council, would allow dockless scooters to legally operate in the City of Richmond’s right-of-way as an extension of the public transportation system.
This permit program will:
  • Require a non-refundable application fee of $1,500 for scooter companies and an annual permit fee, which will be based on the number of scooters; 
  • Require dockless scooter companies to provide customer service during all hours of scooter operation;
  • Educate riders on legal parking requirements. Scooters must be parked standing upright and outside the path of travel on sidewalks. Upon notification, improperly parked scooters are required to be removed by the company in a timely manner; and, 
  • Establish necessary safety practices (e.g. promoting the use of a helmet) and features (such as front and rear lights).
After one year, the Department of Public Works will review and evaluate both the permit program and application process.
“Richmond will do this the right way,” said Mayor Stoney. “We will implement a legal and appropriate dockless scooter and bicycle program with proper safety regulations to protect scooter users, pedestrians, and other citizens.” 
 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

City Schedules Strom Debris Pick-up


As a result of the recent weather that the City of Richmond has experienced, beginning today and over the next two weeks (through October 2), the Department of Public Works (DPW) will be picking up storm debris.  Residents who would like storm debris to be picked up are asked to place it at their property line for pick-up.  This service is being offered in addition to regular trash pick-up, which will continue on regular trash collection days.  

For questions, visit RVA311.com or call 311 or (804) 646-7000.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

City-wide Open House Dates Announced for Richmond’s Master Plan Update


Beginning September 20, Richmonders will have an opportunity to share their vision for Richmond’s future at upcoming open houses held throughout the city. 

“The Richmond 300 Master Plan impacts housing, zoning, transportation and recreational assets,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “Providing a vision for the Master Plan update is an important first step. These open house events will help ensure every Richmonder has a say in how the city grows, and I encourage everyone to make an effort to attend.”
Richmond 300 Open House details are as follows:
  • East End: Thurs. Sept. 20, 6 - 8:30 p.m., MLK Middle School, 1000 Mosby St.
  • Downtown: Fri. Sept. 21, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., City Hall Lobby, 900 E. Broad St.
  • South Side: Sat. Sept. 22, 9:30 a.m. – noon, South Side Community Service Center, 4100 Hull St. Rd.
  • Bellemeade: Tues. Sept. 25, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Bellemeade Community Center, 1800 Lynhaven Ave.
  • North Side: Wed. Sept. 26, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Hotchkiss Community Center, 701 E. Brookland Park Blvd.
  • Huguenot: Thurs. Sept. 27, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Huguenot High School, 7945 Forest Hill Ave.
  • West End: Sat. Sept 29, 9:30 a.m. - noon, Thomas Jefferson High, 4100 W. Grace St.
Citizens are able to attend any location. Additionally, Richmonders can provide input online beginning September 17 by visiting the Richmond 300 website. Children are welcome to attend the open houses. Spanish-language translators will be available. If participants have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in the open house, email richmond300@richmondgov.com by September 14 to arrange accommodations. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters can be provided upon request.
To prepare for the Richmond 300 Open Houses, please read the Insights Report. Also, explore the newly-developed interactive maps which provide context and data on Richmond’s current conditions.
For more information about the Master Plan update, please visit Richmond300.com. 

For interviews, media may contact Tasha Chambers at tasha@jsallc.com or (804) 298-1018. For more information on the Master Plan update, contact Maritza Pechin, Richmond 300 project manager, at (804) 646-6348 or maritza.pechin@richmondgov.com.