In today's newsletter, we preview the week ahead, including Monday's Formal Council meeting, and provide an update on the work to make the intersection at Laburnum and Hermitage safer. As always, be sure to check out the bulletin board for updated public health guidance, and more.
Upcoming City Meetings
There are a number of important City meetings being held next week, including:
City Council's Formal Meeting will take place on Monday at 6:00pm. You can view the full agenda here. Of note, Council is planning on taking a final vote on RES. 2021-R026, the comprehensive listing of Council-submitted amendments to the Richmond 300 Master Plan. Council approved an amendment to this paper back in December to ask Planning Commission to include these requests as an appendix document within the Master Plan.
The Public Safety Committee will meeton Tuesday at 1pm. You can view the full agenda here.
The Governmental Operations Committee will meet on Wednesday at 2pm. You can view the full agenda here.
The Land Use, Housing and Transportation Committee will meet on Thursday at 2pm. You can view the full agenda here.
Laburnum & Hermitage Intersection Update
While the removal of the AP Hill monument has greatly improved the intersection at Hermitage and Laburnum, we are aware of the safety and traffic flow concerns that remain. Please know work is ongoing, including crews that were out today adding markers for stop-bars and lane lines to compliment the new high visibility cross walks.
Conversations are ongoing with DPW and Councilor Ann-Frances Lambert (the intersection is split between our two districts) on next steps for a comprehensive, community-informed review of options to reconfigure the intersection long term. One option DPW has requested to be able to review is a round-about, which an old ordinance prohibits at that intersection. Councilor Lambert has initiated the drafting of the necessary legislation so one can be considered, which I fully support exploring with our City engineers and residents.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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The COVID-19 Community Level in Richmond is MEDIUM
RHHD has partnered with Diversity Thrift to host an mpox vaccination event next Wednesday, January 25, from 4 to 7 PM. Walk-ups are welcome, though appointments are encouraged through rhhd.gov/covidvaxapp
For more information on testing options, the latest CDC guidance, and vaccinations, check out the RCHD's latest weekly update here.
Richmond Connects feedback needed: Richmond Connects is an equity-centeredprocess to identify and prioritize multimodal transportation projects and programs in the City of Richmond. An initial data-driven needs analysis has identified priority investment areas throughout the City. Take a look at a map of those areas, provide comments, and consider joining a focus group. More here. The feedback window closes February 6th!
Early Voting: all Richmond votershave until February 18th to vote early in the special election that will be held on February 21st. You can find more information on the candidates here, and more information on early voting options here.
Support Binford and Fox! come out and support the Binford PTA February 4th 6-9 p.m., at The Schoolhouse on Hawthorne, 3421 Hawthorne Ave. For more information and tickets. Fox Elementary PTA will be hosting a "Parents Night Out" February 24th from 6-9pm. Check out more info below the bulletin.
Urban Forester: the City is hiring an Urban Forester! If you or someone you know wants to be a critical part of the City's work with the community to expand, protect, and preserve our urban tree canopy, this is the job! Check it out.
City & Community Resources
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