Tuesday, March 24, 2020

A statement from Richmond City Council Regarding COVID-19



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Tuesday, 24 March 2020

A statement from Richmond City Council
Regarding COVID-19

Richmond, Virginia – “Thank you Richmond residents for your strength and fortitude as our city works together to respond to this unprecedented world health pandemic, COVID-19, and the ever evolving associated challenges.

During this time, Richmond City Council remains committed to the continued provision of oversight, legislative action, and policies, critical to the continued operation and delivery of essential city services to help ensure the health, well-being and safety of all residents.

In light of the current situational context, Richmond City Council is currently working to delineate processes and procedures for holding electronic public meetings, and will share the meeting schedule and method for public involvement once finalized.

For your safety, please observe the cautionary measures prescribed by public health authorities, and know that Richmond City Council anticipates adopting in mid-April an ordinance extending the filing deadline for applications and certifications for tax relief for the elderly and the permanently and totally disabled to mid-May.

While critical Richmond Government services continue to be delivered, nothing about the current event is business as usual and some services will understandably be affected by efforts to help protect our communities. 

As we advance through this new normal together with changes in our daily lives and routines, thank you for your patience and understanding as Richmond endeavors to persevere.

Richmond City Council also thanks those working diligently and tirelessly behind the scenes and on the front lines, who rarely get the credit they deserve, as our community continues to navigate responsibility through this now and in the weeks ahead.

As always, Richmond residents are invited and encouraged to communicate thoughts, ideas and questions they have directly to the individual Councilmembers representing them. Please find the following helpful link for contact information, if needed: http://www.richmondgov.com/CityCouncil/contacts.aspx

And, for updated local developments, Richmond City Council encourages residents to follow reputable sources of information related to Coronavirus/COVID-19 and, in order to help maintain consistency and continuity, directs everyone to visit www.richmondgov.com/covid19.”

http://richmondvacitycouncil.blogspot.com/2020/03/a-statement-from-richmond-city-council.html


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Monday, March 23, 2020

Canceled: Richmond City Council Formal Meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled


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Monday, 23 March 2020

Canceled: Richmond City Council Formal Meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled

WHAT           Richmond, Virginia In taking a leadership role on behalf of Richmond residents and with the upmost caution and responsibility with regard to the Governor’s statewide ban on gatherings of more than 10 persons and today’s announcement by the Mayor of a city employee testing positive for COVID-19, Richmond City Council has canceled its Formal Meeting scheduled for tonight. This meeting will not take place and proposed legislation on the docket will be rescheduled for a future date.

WHEN           Canceled: Monday, March 23, 2020
                    6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

WHERE         Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, 2rd Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219

As always, Richmond residents are invited and encouraged to communicate thoughts, ideas, and questions they have regarding legislation directly to the individual Councilmember representing them.


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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Canceled: Councilmember Hilbert has canceled his upcoming scheduled meeting for the Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District


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Saturday, 21 March 2020

Canceled: Councilmember Hilbert has canceled his upcoming scheduled meeting for the Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District

WHAT           Richmond, Virginia Councilmember Chris A. Hilbert, Richmond City Council, Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District, has canceled his upcoming scheduled meeting (Thursday, March 26, 2019) for the Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District. This meeting will not be held.

WHEN           Canceled: Thursday, March 26, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.                   

WHERE         Richmond Public Library - North Avenue Branch
2901 North Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

CONTACT    For more information, please contact Councilmember Chris A. Hilbert at 804.646.6055 (office tel) or chris.hilbert@richmondgov.com (email).

     Councilmember Hilbert personally holds individual meetings throughout the year that include his goals and accomplishments, topical agendas, and special guests. The meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District residents are invited and encouraged to attend. Meeting dates, times, locations, agendas, and special guests are subject to change.


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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Richmond City Council providing residents opportunity to email public comments regarding pending legislation


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Thursday, 19 March 2020

Richmond City Council providing residents opportunity to email public comments regarding pending legislation

WHAT   Richmond, Virginia In response to the ongoing evolving circumstances related to COVID-19, Richmond City Council is providing residents the opportunity to email any public comments they may have regarding pending legislative items scheduled for its upcoming Formal Meeting - to CityClerksOffice@richmondgov.com by Noon on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Residents are asked to please include their full name with comments, which will be provided to Council, published with Council meeting minutes, and used regarding any continued legislation.

The upcoming Richmond City Council Formal Meeting is being held on Monday, March 23, 2020 (6:00 p.m. - until) and will include public hearings on legislation included on Council’s agenda, available at: https://richmondva.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=732218&GUID=698CF179-C3C2-42D6-AA4C-B5030F669FAC&Options=info&Search=

As always, Richmond residents are invited and encouraged to communicate any thoughts, ideas, and questions they have regarding legislation directly to the individual Councilmember representing them.




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Updated: Richmond City Council schedule for establishing the Fiscal Year 2021 Richmond Government Budget


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Thursday, 19 March 2020

Updated: Richmond City Council schedule for establishing the Fiscal Year 2021 Richmond Government Budget

First three Council Budget Work Sessions canceled

WHAT   Richmond, Virginia - Richmond City Council has canceled its first three scheduled Council Budget Work Session meetings, as noted below, regarding its annual Richmond Government Budget Establishment/Public Meeting process to work on the Fiscal Year 2021 Richmond Government Budget, which begins July 1, 2020.

                In weighing the many compelling and competing budgetary needs, Richmond residents are invited and encouraged to communicate their thoughts, ideas, and questions directly to the individual Councilmember representing them.

                 Council's Richmond Government Budget Establishment/Public Meeting schedule, which is subject to updates, is as follows:

Richmond City Council Office of the Council Chief of Staff - Working DRAFT
Fiscal Year 2021 Richmond Government Budget Establishment/Public Meetings Schedule

Held in Richmond City Council Chambers; Richmond City Hall; 900 E. Broad Street, 2nd Floor; Richmond, Virginia 23219

NOTE: Schedule subject to changes/updates.
                      
Fri., Mar. 6, 2020; 3 p.m.
Council Special Meeting: DEADLINE: Mayor submits to Richmond City Council a proposed Richmond Govt. Budget

Canceled    Mon., Mar. 23, 2020; 1-3 p.m.; Council Budget Work Session 1

Canceled    Mon., Mar. 30, 2020; 1-3 p.m.; Council Budget Work Session 2

Canceled    Mon., Apr. 6, 2020; 1-3 p.m.; Council Budget Work Session 3

Mon., Apr. 13 2020; 1-3 p.m.    
Council Budget Work Session 4

Mon., Apr. 13, 2020; 6-8 p.m.   
Council Budget Public Hearing Fiscal Year 2021 Richmond Government Budget

Mon., Apr. 20, 2020; 1-3 p.m.   
Council Budget Work Session 5

Wed., Apr. 22, 2020; 1-3 p.m.   
Council Amendment Work Session 1

Mon., Apr. 27, 2020; 1-3 p.m.   
Council Amendment Work Session 2

Wed., Apr. 29, 2020; 1-3 p.m.   
Council Amendment Work Session 3

Mon., May 4, 2020; TBA  
Council Special Mtng. - Budget Amendments Intro.

Mon., May 11, 2020; 6-8 p.m.  
Council Budget Public Hearing
Richmond City Council Establishes Official
Fiscal Year 2021 Richmond Government Budget
Richmond Government Budget includes amendments; Operating Budget: General Fund, Special Funds, Enterprise Funds, Internal Service Funds, Federal, and State funds; Richmond Capital Improvement Plan; and, funds provided to Richmond Public Schools.

Fri., May 15, 2020 
DEADLINE: Council must adopt Schools budget by May 15, or within 30 days of
receipt of state school funding estimates to localities (whichever later), per
Virginia Code of Laws: Title 22.1. Education; Chapter 8. Article 1; §22.1-93

Sun., May 31, 2020
DEADLINE: Council must establish Richmond Govt. Budget by May 31 each year, per Richmond City Charter: Chapter 6. Budgets; §6.11

Wed., July 1, 2020
Fiscal Year 2021 Richmond Government Budget begins

CONTACT INFO
Helpful individual Councilmember contact information is as follows:

Richmond West End 1st Voter District
Councilmember Andreas D. Addison
804.646.5935 (office tel); andreas.addison@richmondgov.com (email)

Richmond North Central 2nd Voter District
Councilmember Kimberly B. Gray
804.646.6532 (office tel); kimberly.gray@richmondgov.com (email)

Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District
Councilmember Chris A. Hilbert (Council Vice President)   
804.646.6055 (office tel); chris.hilbert@richmondgov.com (email)

Richmond Southwest 4th Voter District
Councilmember Kristen Nye Larson
804.646.5646 (office tel); kristen.larson@richmondgov.com (email) 

Richmond Central 5th Voter District
Councilmember Stephanie A. Lynch
804.646.5724 (office tel); stephanie.lynch@richmondgov.com (email)

Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District
Councilmember Ellen F. Robertson
804.646.7964 (office tel); ellen.robertson@richmondgov.com (email)

Richmond East End 7th Voter District
Councilmember Cynthia I. Newbille (Council President)
804.646.3012 (office tel); cynthia.newbille@richmondgov.com (email)

Richmond Southside 8th Voter District
Councilmember Reva M. Trammell
804.646.6591 (office tel); 804.240.5050 (mobile tel); reva.trammell@richmondgov.com (email)

Richmond South Central 9th Voter District
Councilmember Michael J. Jones
804.646.2779 (office tel); michael.jones@richmondgov.com (email) 

FIND YOUR DISTRICT
The following helpful links can be used by residents, if needed, to further assist in identifying their particular Richmond Voter District:
·        Richmond Real Estate Property Search Database  https://apps.richmondgov.com/applications/propertysearch/Search.aspx
(note: when correct address is identified, use the Government tab to display Government Voter Districts for that location) and

OVERVIEW - Richmond Government Budget
Establishing the annual Richmond Government Budget represents Richmond City Council’s most fundamental responsibility as the Governing Body of Richmond and serves as the foundation and ultimate act of its policy making and stewardship over our local government on behalf of all Richmond residents.
                      
     As Richmond residents, we pool our resources in order to own and operate our local government and decide what public services we want to invest in; the priority (investment levels) for these services; and, how we pay for them.
                      
     Examples of some of the services we invest in include the management and delivery of such things as clean, safe water; streets, sidewalks, parks, laws and law enforcement, firefighting, emergency services/rescue; trash and sewage removal; and, our children’s education. Together, we own, operate, use, and benefit from these services on a daily basis. Funding for these services comes from state, local and federal sources, including fees and taxes.  
                      
     In order to set the investment levels we want for these services, Council establishes an official annual Richmond Government Budget in May of each year for the upcoming Fiscal Year.
                      
     The Richmond Government Budget is based on a Fiscal Year that runs July 1 to June 30 annually and includes the Richmond General Fund, Richmond Capital Improvement Plan, Richmond Special Funds, Richmond Enterprise Funds, Richmond Internal Service Funds, the City Government contribution to Richmond Public Schools, and additional state, federal, and other funds provided to Richmond Public Schools.
                      
     The Richmond Government Budget is typically amended annually. Thus, every year a draft proposed Budget is submitted to Richmond City Council by the Mayor. Council then reviews, analyzes, and amends it to establish the official Richmond Government Budget based on the priorities of Richmond residents.
                      

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Monday, March 16, 2020

City of Richmond to close March 17 – March 20, essential services continue


City of Richmond to close March 17 – March 20, essential services continue

Richmond, VA — The City of Richmond will be closed to the public from Tuesday, March 17 to Friday, March 20. Essential personnel must report on time, and essential city services will continue.

Please check the dedicated city webpage for updated information on city services: www.richmondgov.com/covid19.

City of Richmond recommends limiting on-site service in establishments that serve food and drink within city limits; proposes amnesty on penalties and interest for most local taxes


City of Richmond recommends limiting on-site service in establishments that serve food and drink within city limits; proposes amnesty on penalties and interest for most local taxes
City also proposes postponement of application deadline for elderly tax relief program

Richmond, VA In the interest of public health and safety, the administration of Mayor Levar Stoney recommends that all restaurants, bars and other establishments that serve food and drink within city limits eliminate bar seating, move tables at least six feet apart and limit their on-site service to 50 percent of their normal capacity.

If 50 percent of capacity exceeds the CDC-recommended limit of 50 people gathered, establishments should limit their service to 50 or fewer patrons.

The recommendation does not affect any restaurant’s capacity to offer carryout and delivery.

In order to support the residents and businesses of Richmond, the administration will introduce on March 23 an ordinance outlining a city amnesty program for all penalties and interest on most local taxes due between March 13 and June 30, 2020. This proposed program will exclude personal property taxes on vehicles, motor vehicle license taxes, and vehicle license fees, as required by ordinance.

The city is also exploring options for a program to issue small, no-interest loans to support small businesses. More information on this will be provided at a later date.

“This measure is taken in an abundance of caution and in the interest of the health of restaurant patrons and staff. I understand that this action will take a toll on small businesses. That’s why we’re providing tax relief and exploring loan program options to support this valued community,” said Mayor Stoney.

“I urge you to keep ordering takeout and delivery and consider buying gift-cards for future use.”

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City also proposes postponement of application deadline for Richmond Real Estate Tax Abatements for Seniors and People with Disabilities

At a Richmond City Council Special Meeting being held on March 16, the Stoney administration will introduce legislation to extend the deadline to apply for 2020 Richmond Real Estate Tax Abatements for Seniors and People with Disabilities from March 31 to April 30. The program is designed to serve approved low- and moderate-income Richmonders. This year, more seniors are eligible to participate than likely ever before. 

If passed by Richmond City Council, the legislation will allow more time for interested parties to apply, which is appropriate due to the logistical challenges caused by the coronavirus to seniors and those living with disabilities.

Please continue to visit the Richmond Coronavirus/COVID-19 consolidated update web page, at www.richmondgov.com/covid19, for related information updates.