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‘Don’t expect grass mowing in medians, parks anytime soon’

From the RTD:

Grass in medians and parks around Richmond is approaching a foot tall and higher, and city officials are telling residents they should not expect it to be cut anytime soon.

“We’re woefully behind,” said deputy chief administrator John Buturla, citing budget cuts that will be in effect until the new fiscal year starts in July. “We ask people to be patient. Between now and July 1, we’re really going to be in a critical situation.”

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Playgrounds, lawns around city buildings and Richmond Public Schools facilities will receive somewhat more attention. But Bobby Vincent, the department’s deputy director, said there’s no way he can meet what he referred to as an “acceptable public perception.”

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Buturla noted that rain over the past week has not helped the situation. But he attributed the problem to the council’s decision last year to cut $9 million in funding for vacant positions across city departments to increase the Richmond Public Schools’ operating budget. That included $2.7 million cut from public works, which had historically been used to hire temporary seasonal help to assist with grounds maintenance.

 

That’s left the city with 21 employees cutting grass, less than half the number of workers typically assigned, according to Vincent.

 

“(The City Council) took bold steps in order to provide funding for schools,” Buturla said. “We understand that. We’re living within our means.”

 

Vincent said the situation should improve in July, when additional funds will become available with the beginning of the new fiscal year, for which the City Council already agreed to provide a $300,000 boost to the department.

 

Original Article: http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_a26af651-9a1d-524c-a963-7ba8dacccb33.html

 

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Councilman Agelasto takes on ED role at Land Conservancy

From the RTD:

The Capital Region Land Conservancy has hired Richmond City Councilman Parker C. Agelasto as its new executive director.

The conservancy works to protect natural and historic land in the region through conservation easements and other land protection tools. The city’s 280-acre James River Park is among the conservation easements the group holds.

More here: http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_98c2781e-cf0e-5d1d-92b4-986bd294b18b.html

Community Day at RCC and Registration for Tackle / Flag Football and Cheerleading!

Upcoming events at the Randolph Community Center:

  • Sign up deadline for tackle / flag football and cheerleading is August 31, 2015!
  • Community Day is Saturday, August 1, 2015!

Flag Football

Maymont files applications for two new buildings, a welcome plaza, and various site improvements

The attached letters (see below) were sent to the Randolph Neighborhood Association by Councilman Agelasto and Mr. Jeff Eastman (Senior Planner, Planning and Preservation Division).

These items are scheduled to be considered by the Urban Design Committee at their meeting on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 10:00am in the 5th floor conference room of City Hall, 900 E. Broad Street. The UDC recommendation will be forwarded to the City Planning Commission for inclusion on the agenda of their May 18, 2015 meeting.

See Style Weekly’s overview of the plans here: http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/polishing-maymont-new-improvements-on-the-way/Content?oid=2182575

Files:

UDC #15-12 public notice

UDC #15-13 public notice

RPD walk through makes for good press

The RPD did a neighborhood walk through in the Randolph community on Tuesday, February 24 to talk to neighborhood residents about safety tips and strengthen community connections. While the walk through was only announced six hours prior on Randolph’s NextDoor website, the nice weather allowed for some good pictures in an RTD article published two days later.

Article Link: http://www.richmond.com/news/article_35f91b96-c7d0-5a21-ab59-ed93f23e3c1f.html

Full Article: Community policing a key focus of new Richmond chief – Richmond.com: News

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Mamie Taylor to host 5th District (School Board) meeting on 1/31/15

From Mamie Taylor, 5th District School Board Representative,

Our first 5th District Community Meeting for 2015 has been scheduled:

When: Saturday January 31, 2015
Where: 2nd Baptist Church- 1400 Idlewood Avenue, RVA. 23220
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Topics of discussion: The Academic Improvement Plan, Proposed Bell Schedule changes, and the Budget. There will also be an open topics period during the last 20 minutes to share any school related concerns or updates not on the agenda.

Food will be served…

I look forward to seeing you all then.

Mamie Taylor- 5th District School Board Trustee

Update on Idlewood Roundabout

From Councilman Agelasto / City Council Liaison Ida Jones on 1/26/15:

The roundabout proposal to provide westbound traffic along Idlewood Avenue between Oregon Hill and Randolph was approved by the Planning Commission. The project is slated to begin construction this Spring. The City Traffic Engineering Division is aware of the need to limit road closings.

After the water main break at S. Harrison Street, Cumberland Avenue, and Parkwood Avenue that has closed the streets for several weeks (slated to reopen February 2), many people have seen the need to provide additional traffic connectivity to areas south of the Downtown Expressway.

GRTC Bus Rapid Transit public meetings announced

From the GRTC:

The GRTC Bus Rapid Transit Project team will present a status update, startup activities and long range timeline for the Project at public meetings, conducted on an informal basis.  Members of the public may discuss their concerns with Project team members.

GRTC BRT Project will serve a 7.6 mile route from Rocketts Landing to Willow Lawn.  Overall cost of the Project will be supported by a $24.9M TIGER grant from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation with matching funds from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the City of Richmond and Henrico County.  Phase I engineering and design activities are underway with on-the-street operation scheduled to start in October 2017.

Public meetings will be held from 6 – 8 pm on the follow dates with a presentation at 7 pm.

1. Monday, January 26, 2015, Main Street Station, 1500 East Main Street

2. Tuesday, January 27, 2015, Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), 2300 West Broad Street

Anyone who is unable to attend one of these meetings, may submit his comments to:

Stephen McNally

Director, Engineering and Construction

GRTC Transit System

301 East Belt Boulevard

Richmond, VA 23224

804-358-3871

e-mail:  brt@ridegrtc.com

Idlewood roundabout plans enter final stages

A brief update from Thomas Flynn, The City of Richmond’s Transportation Engineer, on 12/1/2014:
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” . . . . the final design approval for the roundabout was issued by the UDC [Urban Design Committee] and CPC [City Planning Commission].  We now can formally proceed with the right-of-way acquisition – small parcel from St. Andrews and memorandum of understanding for use of property from RMTA, then get VDOT approval so we can proceed to construction bid this, say, February.”

November Randolph Neighborhood Association (RNA) meeting highlights

1. Mr. Sean Miller, VP of Operations for the Boys and Girls Club, discussed the pending sale of 1301 Winder Street, expressing his desire to see this building benefit the Randolph community. He indicated that various entities have inquired about the property, including VCU. However, this option is not currently being considered. Rev. Michael Moore of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church was present and indicated that his congregation is currently exploring the purchase of the property. This is one possible location they’ve considered as they seek to expand their ministry efforts in the Randolph neighborhood. Councilman Agelasto and Mr. Thad Williamson (the director of the Office of Community Wealth Building) were also present, suggesting possible uses similar to that of the Neighborhood Resource Center of Greater Fulton.

2. Councilman Agelasto and 5th District liaison, Ida Jones provided updates regarding the Idlewood roundabout, the 5th District Holiday Party (Wednesday, December 10, 6:30 pm at the VA War Memorial), and the construction of a new entrance at Maymont. Regarding the roundabout, the project’s current plans have been sent back to the UDC due to some small design changes. It will need to go before the planning commission one last time to receive final approval. Sidewalk improvements along Idlewood near the roundabout have been included in the final plan.

3. On behalf the Johannas Design Group, Mrs. Johannas, came to answer questions about Tribeca: Phase 2. Mrs. Johannas explained why the project is likely to attract owner-occupants and addressed parking concerns. She also indicated that construction is slated to start in December 2014. Because the project did not require rezoning, it did not have to go before the planning commission.

4. Mr. Larry Davis of Randolph Community Center introduced himself as the new program director. Mr. Davis runs the “outside of school” program where kids are introduced to the arts, receive help with their homework, have access to the gym, and participate in healthy lifestyle initiatives.

5. Officer Marshall of the RPD gave updates regarding crime (an overall decrease from last year) and reminded neighbors to be cautious about leaving items in their cars and leaving packages on their porch.

6. Officer Felton of VCU indicated that their has been 4 evictions in the Randolph neighborhood and that they are working on several more. One of these evictions led to a sizable confiscation of drugs. Residents were thankful for these efforts.

7. Tito Luna of VCU introduced residents to the office of Institutional Equity and Community Engagement. They are looking to do a survey on VCU’s impact on the surrounding community.  Dr. Peyton McCoy, the RNA’s VCU liaison, will be reaching out to residents with more information.

8. RVA Clean Sweep plans to clean Grayland Avenue on Dec 6 in light of all of the leaves. Be sure to sign up for the event on Nextdoor!