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Work is underway at three signalized intersections to improve pedestrian safety

Posted March 1, 2024

~This project is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to improve safety for people who walk and roll~

RICHMOND, Va. –   The Department of Public Works (DPW) is upgrading intersections at Iron Bridge Road and Belmont Road, Cary Street at 9th Street and Cary Street at 10th Street.  These upgrades use low-cost, systemic, quick build improvements that provide proven immediate safety benefits through changing the built environment. 

Improvements include:

  • High visibility crosswalks
  • Pedestrian median refuges 
  • Accessible ramps, and 
  • Pedestrian countdown signals at locations currently without them 

Weather permitting, work will be completed in late April.

Please continue giving our construction workers extra space and slow down when you see orange cones in the work zones.

This $299,852 project is funded through the Central Virginia Transportation Authority and is part of a larger 10.5 million investment in improving the safety of people who walk and roll across streets in Richmond.

For more information on the Department of Public Works, please visit us online at www.rva.gov/public-works or send an email to AskPublicWorks@rva.gov

We’re Social! For updates on DPW-related projects, activities and events visit us on X @DPW_RichmondVA

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The City of Richmond Department of Public Works (DPW) is one of only 195 currently accredited public works agencies in the United States. DPW’s portfolio comprises a wide array of services to include leaf collection; street, sidewalk and alley maintenance; trash collection; recycling; grass cutting;  graffiti removal; parking enforcement; urban forestry; street signs; traffic signals and pavement markings and civil engineering. In addition, DPW maintains upkeep on most city buildings; issues permits for working in the city’s right-of-way; manages the RVA Bike Share program and maintains the fleet of city vehicles. DPW’s operating budget comes from the general fund of the City of Richmond.  For more information about DPW services, click here or call 3-1-1

City launches utility box beautification program

For Immediate Release

February 29, 2024

Contact:
Petula Burks

Office: 804-646-6311

Cell:     804-389-7157

 

~Transforming utility boxes into canvases to beautify the city and showcase original art~

RICHMOND, Va. As part of a pilot program to wrap 10 utility boxes along the Broad Street corridor, the city unveiled the first utility box artwork installation this morning at the corner of 9th and Broad streets. The first design replicates a postcard highlighting points of interest in the vicinity.

This program represents a creative use of public space in the downtown central business district and along the Broad Street Corridor. The program will highlight historically significant people, structures, and culture with creative depictions by transforming utility boxes, also known as a traffic signal cabinet, into vibrant works of art.

Additional installations have been designed and will soon grace other utility boxes along Broad Street.  In this initial phase, artwork will be designed by graphic artists employed with the City of Richmond. Designs will feature themes germane to the area of the utility box.

We’re Social! For updates on city related projects, activities and events visit us on Facebook or Instagram @rvagov.

 

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The City of Richmond Department of Public Works (DPW) is one of only 195 currently accredited public works agencies in the United States. DPW’s portfolio comprises a wide array of services to include leaf collection; street, sidewalk and alley maintenance; trash collection; recycling; grass cutting; graffiti removal; parking enforcement; urban forestry; street signs; traffic signals and pavement markings and civil engineering. In addition, DPW maintains upkeep on most city buildings; issues permits for working in the city’s right-of-way; manages the RVA Bike Share program and maintains the fleet of city vehicles. DPW’s operating budget comes from the general fund of the City of Richmond.  For more information about DPW services, click here or call 3-1-1

City kicks-off annual Citywide Neighborhood Clean-Up Program Saturday, March 16

Posted February 28, 2024

~ The program provides residents with two planned opportunities to dispose bulk and brush items ~

RICHMOND, Va. – With spring cleaning right around the corner, the Department of Public Works (DPW) will kick-off the city’s annual Neighborhood Clean-Up Program on Saturday, March 16 for residents in the Bellevue/Ginter Park and Washington Park neighborhoods. The citywide clean-up program offers residents in each of the designated 15 neighborhood zones across city with free curbside bulk and brush pickups between March 16 and November 2.

Residents can use the DPW Service Finder to verify clean-Up dates for their neighborhood.

Program details for 2024:

  • The program is operational on select Saturdays, March 16 through November 2 (see the specific schedule with dates and locations below)
  • All clean-ups are from 8 a.m. until Noon (rain or shine)
    • Residents should place items out Friday evening
  • DPW crews will collection items curbside and in alleys (wherever trash is normally placed to be collected)

Examples of acceptable items include:

  • Furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Tires (four per household) 
  • Appliances and
  • Brush (all brush must be cut into four-foot lengths and bundled)

Items NOT collected include:

    • Electronics
    • Construction debris
    • Hazardous waste items and
    • Broken glass

Neighborhood Clean-Up Schedule

Zone

Neighborhood

1st Cycle

2nd Cycle

 

 

 

 

Zone 1

Bellevue/Ginter Park/and Washington Park

March 16, 2024

July 13, 2024

 

 

 

 

Zone 2

Northside/Highland Park

March 23, 20234

July 20, 2024

 

 

 

 

Zone 3

Church Hill/Fulton

April 6, 2024

July 27, 2024

 

 

 

 

Zone 4

Newtowne/Carver/Jackson Ward

April 13, 2024

August 3, 2024

 

 

 

 

Zone 5

The Fan/Shaffer

April 20, 2024

August 10, 2024

 

 

 

 

Zone 6

Museum District

April 27, 2024

August 17, 2024

 

 

 

 

Zone 7

Maymont/Byrd/Oregon Hill/Carillon

May 4, 2024

August 24, 2024

 

 

 

 

Zone 8

Bellemeade

May 11, 2024

September 7, 2024

 

 

 

 

Zone 9

Westover Hills/Forest Hill/and          Woodland Heights

May 18, 2024

September 14, 2024

 

 

 

 

Zone 10

Broad Rock/Brookbury

June 1, 2024

September 21, 2024

 

 

 

 

Zone 11

Worthington Farms

June 8, 2024

September 28, 2024

 

 

 

 

Zone 12

Westover Gardens

June 15, 2024

October 5, 2024

 

 

 

 

Zone 13

Stratford Hills/Willow Oaks

June 22, 2024

October 19, 2024

 

 

 

 

Zone 14

Windsor Farms/University of Richmond/Far West End

June 29, 2024

October 26, 2024

 

 

 

 

Zone 15

Stony Point

July 6, 2024

November 2, 2024

In addition to Neighborhood Clean-Up Program, residents can also place bulk and brush items out for collection during the bi-weekly bulk and brush collection which coincides with the recycling schedule.

For information on how to organize an “adopt” a street, intersection, park, gateway (almost anywhere), or to get volunteer opportunities for “Keep Richmond Beautiful” clean-up events, contact DPW’s Clean City Commission representatives at AskPublicWorks@rva.gov or call 804-646-8325. Together, we can all help keep Richmond clean.

For more information, go to https://www.rva.gov/public-works/neighborhoodcleanups or email us at AskPublicWorks@rva.gov or call 804-646-8325.

We’re Social! For updates on DPW-related projects, activities and events visit us on Twitter @DPW_RichmondVA

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The City of Richmond Department of Public Works (DPW) is one of only 195 currently accredited public works agencies in the United States. DPW’s portfolio comprises a wide array of services to include leaf collection; street, sidewalk and alley maintenance; trash collection; recycling; grass cutting;  graffiti removal; parking enforcement; urban forestry; street signs; traffic signals and pavement markings and civil engineering. In addition, DPW maintains upkeep on most city buildings; issues permits for working in the city’s right-of-way; manages the RVA Bike Share program and maintains the fleet of city vehicles. DPW’s operating budget comes from the general fund of the City of Richmond.  For more information about DPW services, click here or call 3-1-1.

City of Richmond Makes Progress on Meal Tax Review

City of Richmond Makes Progress on Meal Tax Review 

Announces Penalties and Interest Freeze for Cases Under Review

Today the City of Richmond announced a penalties and interest freeze (PIF) as part of its review of the collection and application of payment for Meals Taxes.

While the city strives to review all meals tax accounts, the cases that will take priority are those that are currently delinquent. The objective of the Department of Finance’s review is to ensure tax collections are being conducted accurately and in accordance with the applicable tax laws and regulations.

Meals Tax accounts with existing delinquencies as of March 1, 2024, will receive notice by mail that their account is under review. The review will be conducted by the Department of Finance’s Payment Allocation Review Committee and the results communicated to each business owner. The Department of Finance’s goal is to complete this review process by July 1, 2024. However, if the Department is not able to complete an account review by July 1st, a new review timeline will be communicated directly to the business owner. So that no business receives additional costs due to this review period, penalties and interest will be frozen for cases under review.

However, businesses must continue to collect and remit their monthly meals tax payments per state and city law. The city cannot commit to waive penalty and interest on future late payments.

Business owners who have additional questions are invited to file a request with the Department of Finance by submitting a Meals Tax Inquiry Form available at https://www.rva.gov/finance/forms. You can also email your request to mealstax@rva.gov. If you chose to email, do not include personal identifiable information because email is not always secure.

The goal of the city is to work collaboratively with business owners to achieve an accurate result, therefore, please note the following: 

  • Until the city has completed its transition to a new collection system (RVA Pay), the review will be a manual process performed by the Department of Finance which will take time.
  • Each case is different, and therefore, outcomes are determined case-by-case. During the review, we may request access to relevant financial records, receipts, and other related documentation.
  • If you receive a delinquent notice while your account is under review, please contact mealstax@rva.gov for further information.

We are committed to ensuring minimal disruption to businesses daily operations during this process. Should there be a specific concern, please do not hesitate to contact mealstax@rva.gov. Additionally, to receive updates or notifications, businesses should make sure the Department of Finance has your current contact information.

“The City of Richmond is hard at work to ensure restaurants have the ability to thrive in the City of Richmond,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “While this is just the start, we remain committed to creating a more efficient and customer friendly environment for all. The Department of Finance has made progress and resolved several businesses’ cases and is committed to implementing a better collections system, reviewing delinquent accounts, and opening new communications channels with restaurant owners.”

ONGOING EFFORTS

  • Collaborative Communications: Identify and communicate with businesses as part of the city’s review of the collection and application of payment for Meals Taxes.

  • Business Café’s: The city plans to host a series of Business Cafés that will include subject matter experts to answer questions in real-time and assist businesses with other immediate issues.
  • Career Fair: Apply for vacant positions within the Department of Finance on Thursday, March 7, 2024, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Bon Secours Training.
  • Implement RVA Pay: Transition from the previous payment and collection system to a modern automated system called RVA Pay. Implementation of this system will allow businesses and residents to view their accounts, make payments, and get billing information in real time. Converting to this system will remove many of the manual and time intensive processes the city currently has to administer taxes.

CHANGES MADE

  • Established a secure website for appeals form submission:
  • Established a Meals Tax email address for businesses to communicate concerns to the Department of Finance: 
  • Established a Payment Allocation Review Committee to evaluate cases. 
  • Changed hours for the City Hall Finance Office (1st floor) to allow additional time for manual review of cases. The City Hall Finance Office will be closed on Wednesdays at noon beginning February 28, 2024.

This modified schedule will help the department address pending items, perform important work related to RVA Pay, and focus on improving customer satisfaction. The modified hours will allow the staff to concentrate on addressing tax issues, which will help ensure better communication and timely and accurate billing.

Please note the Southside Plaza location (4100 Hull Street) and the East District Initiative (701 North 25th Street) remain open.

 

 

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