The Richmond City Council considered two ordinances that would allow the keeping of chickens on residential lots.
Feb 28. City administration represented to city council that there would be a limit on the number of permits.
Feb 28. Inquiry questioning the limit was sent the city administration.
Mar 19. City administration represented to Land Use committee that there would be a limit on the number of permits.
Mar 20. City administration stated that the possibility of a limit had been dropped by January 28.
It appears the administration is claimed it did not intend to impose a limit rather than admit it was mistaken in thinking it could impose a limit.
Details: 2013-017 review.pdf
….Preservationists are girding themselves for another fight over the site….residents have reported seeing the project’s developers and Peter Chapman, the city’s deputy chief administrative officer for economic development, meeting in Libby Hill Park…. styleweekly.com
Richmond’s city administration is reviewing nearly $1 million spent in the past three years for repairs to the city’s troubled juvenile detention center…Committee also delayed action on a measure that would give council members more authority over contracts and change orders…”very strong opposition” to the proposal from businesses…council members have no idea how much money is being spent on change orders… timesdispatch.com
Works of art by dozens of local children that have lined the median along Monument Avenue since last week will have to come down by Monday after Richmond city officials determined the permit for the display was issued in error…. timesdispatch.com
….Richmond authorities now agree with Chesterfield police that the Oct. 18 slaying occurred just inside the city, near the Chesterfield line…..But Richmond police said they are not raising their 2011 tally of homicides. That is because authorities have subtracted another killing — the stabbing of Ramoan Cody Tolliver — and reclassified it as a case of self-defense….Barry and Richmond police Maj. Steve Drew said the decision to add one homicide to the books and subtract another was an unrelated coincidence…. timesdispatch.com
Why wait months to agree with Chesterfield?
March 15, 2012
VIA EMAIL TO: Bruce.Tyler@Richmondgov.com
The Honorable Bruce Tyler
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
Re: 2nd Street Connector Information
Dear Honorable Council Member,
The proposed 2nd Street connector would cause a major change in the character of the area. I think it is very important to fully understand the proposal and the various factors involved. Read the rest of this entry »
BB&T has withdrawn its interest in a $500,000 economic development grant the City Council was set to vote on later this month…. timesdispatch.comtimesdispatch.com
Councilors Robertson and Tyler vote to approve grant. cityhallreview.com
Is it correct that “the city offered the company a $500,000 grant”? cityhallreview.com
To: City Council
Sent: Friday, March 16, 2012 4:05 AM
Subject: Council – Ordinance 2012-25 – City grant to BB&T
Dear Honorable Councilors,
Is it correct that “the city offered the company a $500,000 grant”? People in the administration and the company discussed the idea of a grant and prepared a proposed agreement. By the terms of the agreement, it is contingent on city council approval: “f. Effective Date of the Agreement. The effective date of this Agreement shall be the date upon which it has been fully executed by the parties following approval by City Council”.
The company knew it did not have a grant agreement. The company stayed anyway.
After the fact, the administration and the company submitted an unsigned agreement to council for consideration.
Isn’t the proper response obvious? Just say “no”.
While well-intentioned, the Sunshine Review evaluation is simplistic and misleading. First, the evaluation is limited to website content, puts form over substance and gives credit regardless of the quality of content. Second, it does not evaluate the transparency of the political process. All cities should maintain the top rating in the Sunshine Review.
Example: The Sunshine Review cites Anderson County, South Carolina, as a model in the “Meetings” category which includes a recommendation that minutes should be posted on-line . Anderson County minutes contain a verbatim transcript of the meeting. The City of Richmond minutes usually omit all councilor comments on matters deliberated.
….Chesterfield County, the city of Richmond and Richmond Public Schools were honored with Sunny Awards by the Alexandria-based Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency…. timesdispatch.com
Richmond region homicides in 2011
Locality-by-locality details of homicides in 2011.
Richmond not counting as homicides two bodies found in New York
…Police have said they believe the couple arrived at some point at Town & Country Apartments in South Richmond….Inside an apartment at the complex, police found red stains, a stun gun, a roll of duct tape and a bleach bottle….The two bodies were found March 9 in the trunk of the missing rental car in Brooklyn….
Richmond, Chesterfield can’t agree on who should count homicide victim
….Chesterfield police discovered that Ambrister’s remains were actually on Richmond’s side of the line….[Richmond Maj. Steve Drew]: “we just need to sit down with Chesterfield and have a conversation. At the end of the day, if (the location is in) the city, it’s in the city.”
[What is there to discuss? CHR]
Richmond-region homicides dip in 2011
….news that homicides are declining holds true in most areas nationwide….younger generation is shrinking due to the aging of the population, and older people are less likely to be offenders or victims of violent crime….