#RVACouncil 5.14.2018


Tomorrow night is the night RVA Council will vote on the FY19-20 budget. They didn't remove anything from the mayor's proposed budget; however, they added stuff.... none of which was for schools. Le sigh. Be sure to scroll down because I pulled out the proposed amendment pages to the General Fund and Capital Improvement Program below so you aren't having to dig through a million and five pages of documents. 

Notable continuances are the sale of land to Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School. They are waiting for an amendment to sell the property directly to the school instead of having RRHA be used as an intermediary. Also the Stone Brewing amendments to Phase 2 that would allow for the demolition of the existing building and construction of a new building has been continued to later in May. 

OH! We have a scheduled appearance from Chuck Richardson during citizen comment to talk about Council rules so I assume he is about to school council on the residency requirement for city employees. The current proposed legislation would remove the residency requirement for all positions EXCEPT CAO, Chief of Police, and Chief of Fire and Emergency Services. As recently reported, less than half of the top administrators live in Richmond. OPINION STATEMENT: Personally, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE all city employees to live in Richmond because they WANT to live in Richmond because it is way better than the counties. It doesn't make sense to me to have a rule on the books that is waived at the whim of council. It isn't fair to the employees in the city when rules are applied subjectively and may be cause for concern to outstanding employees seeking promotions. I say, get rid of the residency requirement and focus on addressing the issues of why people don't want to live in the city. Whether it be due to affordability of housing, concerns over crime, worries about the schools.... Council needs to put their effort into improving Richmond. Not deliberating whether or not they should waive a rule for individual employees that holds them hostage to the city limits. 

Annnnyyyyway...... check it all out and see y'all tomorrow! 


4PM: Informal City Council

6PM: Formal City Council

CIty Hall, 900 E Broad Street, 2nd Floor, Council Chambers

Antenna Ch. 57, Cable Ch. 24

City Council Agenda

City Council Live Stream

City Council Meeting Attendance Tips

Board Appointments and Reappointments

  • Capital Area Alcohol Safety Action Program Policy Advisory Board- William W. Muse
  • Richmond Public Library Board- Kevin Butterfield
  • Sister Cities Commission- Marcus Squires
  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund Oversight Board- Martin D. Wegbreit
  • Richmond Regional Planning District commission- Nolen Willis Blackwood

Awards and Recognition

  • Richmond Older Residents Month
  • Richmond Safe Boating Week
  • Richmond Department of Public Works, Division of Transportation Engineering
  • Richmond Emergency Medical Services Week
  • The Honorable Oliver W. Hill Sr. Day

Citizen Comment Period

  • Chuck Richardson- New City Council Rules
  • Charles Johnson- Appreciation for Blackwell Community Improvements and a Request for Increased Policing of Specific Community Areas
  • Bishop G.A. Robinson Jr- Assisting Disabled citizens with Safety Issues
  • Carl Otto- Rockets Community History
  • Ashley Kistler- Public Art Commission

Consent Agenda

  • ORD 2018-128: Amend uses and allocations of Council District funds for the 1st district to allow for the purpose of providing for rental of office space used by the Council Member in representation of the First District
  • ORD 2018-129: Accept $2.7M from HUD Office of Lead hazard Control for a Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program for grants to Richmond City Health District and ElderHomes Corporation (DBA Project: Homes)
  • ORD 2018-130: Transfer $50K to the Department of Economic and Community Development's Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program
  • ORD 2018-131: Authorize a Memorandum of Agreement between FCC, the VA Dept. of Historic Resources, and City of Richmond for an E911 self-support communications tower at 1201 North 28th St
  • RES 2018-R035: Reimburse Andreas Addison $360 for a subscription to SurveyMoney
  • ORD 2018-110: Amend City Code concerning residency requirements so it only applies to CAP, Chief of Fire and Emergency Services, and the Chief of Police
  • RES 2017-R092: Establish a City Council policy that will appoint a current City retiree to the Board of Trustees of the Richmond Retirement System
  • RES 2018-R034: Rezone certain properties in the West Cary Street area bound by W. Main St., Cumberland St., South Belvidere St., and South Cherry St. from B-3 General Business District to the UB-2 Urban Business District and the B-6 Mixed-Use business District

Budget Related Papers

#RVACouncil will take public hearing and vote on the FY19-20 budget including their amendments. There are way more papers than this but these are the "big ticket" pages that show what RVA Council is proposing as changes to the Mayor's budget.

RVA Council's General Fund Amendments to the Budget

RVA Council's Capital Improvement Program Amendments


  • ORD 2017-242: Amend Shops at Stratford Hills Community Unit Plan (continued to June 11th)
  • ORD 2018-044: Establish a Human Rights Commission (continued to May 29th)
  • ORD 2018-118 through ORD 2018-125: Acquire/sell property across from Creighton Court to Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School (continued to May 29th) 
  • ORD 2018-101 and ORD 2018-126: Amend Stone Brewery Cooperation Agreement to allow for demolition of an existing structure and construction of a new building (continued to May 29th)