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March 18, 2024 Meeting Minutes

Maymont Civic League Meeting 

Maymont Westover Building

7pm

Information sent out ahead of the meeting via email:

PLEASE NOTE NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: maymontcivicleaguerva@gmail.com

Maymont Civic League Meeting this Monday March 18, 2024 

7:00PM at 1000 Westover Road – the Maymont office building by the Children’s farm. You can drive in the gates and park in the children’s farm parking lot. Our agenda will include updates from the City on infrastructure, as well as the 3rd police precinct.

We have some neighborhood things to discuss: the Weekly Wednesday Walks are back! Music at Maymont is coming soon, and we will talk about tickets and how it works. 

As always there will be cookies. See you there!!!

Our next meeting will be May 20, 2024 at 7pm.

Meeting Attendees:

Leah Hopper (Vice President), Jan Hatchard (Membership Coordinator), Kirk Millikan (Secretary), Gloria Bouldin, Mark Brandon, Elise Corliss, Robert Halsey, Toni Halsey, Art Hatchard, Mary Anne Hensley, Arenzo Jefferson Jr., Stephanie Lynch (5th District Councilmember), Anne Mace, Lieutenant Marvin Marsh (City of Richmond Police Department), Hugo Mendoza, Emily Morris, Ethan Smith, Kelsey Thayer, Lee Williams

Meeting Notes:

  • Updates from 3rd Police Precinct, Lieutenant Marvin Marsh:
    • 2 major crimes reported in the last 28 days in/adjacent to Maymont neighborhood:
      • A shooting took place in the 1800 block of Carter Street; this was an isolated incident with no threat to the community; no crime scene was located in the vicinity and the investigation is still on-going. 
      • A domestic aggravated assault took place in the 1700 block of Colorado Avenue.
    • Motor vehicle thefts in our neighborhood are down; Kias and Hyundais are still being targeted in the Randolph and Fan neighborhoods.
    • The Richmond Police Department’s Motor Vehicle Theft Task Force is now on patrol two nights a week (Wednesday nights and Friday nights, which are the most common nights for vehicle thefts) to deter theft and break-ins.
    • Steering wheel locks have been distributed by RPD recently.
    • A neighbor said they have heard gunshots from the Texas Beach area recently. Stephanie Lynch said it is likely coming from across the river along Riverside Drive.
  • Updates from 5th District Councilmember Stephanie Lynch:
    • Good news: Funding for Riverview Park playground is anticipated this year and should be in the mayor’s budget. The goal in the 5th District is for every neighborhood to have a playground within walking distance.
      • A neighbor recommended that an inclusive playground that could accommodate wheelchair users would be nice.
    • Richmond Department of Public Works is continuing work on the neighborhood sidewalk projects.
    • Stephanie mentioned her legislation to extend the property tax bill due date to 45 days.
    • Stephanie mentioned her legislation for seniors to retroactively enroll in the senior relief tax credit program.
    • Stephanie mentioned her legislation for residents to look at all tax bills together to see what your balance is across all city taxes.
    • Stephanie gave a shout out to Lee and Joy for helping with distributing senior bags recently.
  • Neighborhood updates from the Civic League Board:
    • Weekly neighborhood walks will restart next wednesday March 27th at 7pm at the corner of Greenville Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue. The walks are an opportunity to meet neighbors. Families and dogs are welcome.
    • Music at Maymont concerts are coming up this summer and fall.
      • The Maymont Civic League receives 20 tickets per concert from Maymont. 
      • Requests for tickets can be sent to maymontcivicleaguerva@gmail.com. We will do our best to make sure people can attend at least one concert, but it might not be your first choice depending on demand. 
      • Two tickets can be requested per household.
      • Neighbors must be a Maymont Civic League member to be eligible for tickets.
    • Maymont Civic League Membership – memberships will be annual, with all memberships expiring on December 31st each year. Yearly membership is $10/household. Contact maymontcivicleaguerva@gmail.com to pay membership dues.
    • Garden Glow at Maymont – let the Civic League board know if you have any input to provide Maymont ahead of this year’s event in the fall.
    • Upcoming Maymont events that will bring more traffic to the neighborhood:
      • Family Easter at Maymont on Saturday March 30th
      • Herbs Galore on Saturday April 27th
  • Open discussion:
    • Neighbor asked if there is any plan to put in a parking lot in Sundial Park with the big tree taken down last year. Parke Richeson (Maymont Executive Director) was not in attendance to provide an answer. 
    • Neighbor asked if there is interest in a neighborhood yard sale; could hold it at Sundial Park with a small registration fee given to the Civic League. The board will look into this.
    • Neighbor mentioned that it would be great to do more for National Night Out in the summer. They were impressed by what Lois Harrison-Jones Elementary School had for National Night Out (fire trucks, bounce house, ice cream truck). We will discuss National Night Out details at our next meeting in May. 
    • Neighbor asked if there could be a hybrid format for Civic League meetings going forward. The board will see if this is feasible. If you are unable to make a meeting, feel free to email any neighborhood concerns or questions to maymontcivicleaguerva@gmail.com prior to the meeting, and the concerns or questions will be brought up. 
    • Neighbor asked that for Maymont’s Jazz Festival, maybe there could be parking passes given to neighbors and towing could take place for cars without parking passes. This can be discussed with Maymont in the future.
    • Neighbor mentioned that several trees below power lines have been cut down in the neighborhood recently on Colorado Avenue and Greenville Avenue. Stephanie Lynch said that Dominion Power likely cut down the trees without coordination with Richmond’s Department of Public Works.
    • Neighbor recommended that folks attend Stephanie Lynch’s 5th District town hall meetings to learn more information and meet with many employees from City of Richmond, such as their utilities department. Stephanie said to contact her for anyone you would like to see at future town halls.

Meeting adjourned at 7:50pm

January 22, 2024 Meeting Minutes

Maymont Civic League Meeting 

Maymont Westover Building

7pm

Information sent out ahead of the meeting via email:

Meeting time and location: 7pm at 1000 Westover…. the Maymont office building by the Children’s farm. You can drive in the gates and park in the children’s farm parking lot. 

Please join us for the first meeting of 2024!

Our agenda will include updates from the City on infrastructure: what’s going on with the Texas Beach bridge, as well from the 3rd police precinct. We have some neighborhood things to discuss: we are switching to a Gmail email system, which should be more user friendly, as well as a new website platform. As always there will be cookies, and more to discuss about Garden Glow, and upcoming events. 

See you there!!! Our next meeting will be March 18 at 7pm 

Meeting Attendees:

Joy Rogers (President), Leah Hopper (Vice President), Gayle Goldberg (Treasurer), Kirk Millikan (Secretary), Mark Brandon, James Browne, Carla Childs (City of Richmond Department of Public Works), Elise Corliss, Joe Goldberg, Robert Halsey, Toni Halsey, Arenzo Jefferson Jr., Elisabeth Linka (Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office), Allen McCown (City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities), Hugo Mendoza, Burton Morris, Emily Morris, Elizabeth Reed, Susan Rischewski, Amy Robins (5th District Councilmember Liaison), Clara Russell, Maudene Sherman, Ethan Smith, Hannah Stewart

Meeting Notes:

  • Treasurer’s Report from Gayle: no dues collected in December; $256 spent in December with $150 in donations to FeedMore and the rest spent on the New Year’s Day gathering.
  • We will be updating the email distribution from MailChimp to Gmail, and the new email address will be MaymontcivicleagueRVA@gmail.com.
  • The Maymont Civic League website will be moved to WordPress to reduce annual costs.
  • Update from Elizabeth Linka, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Richmond:
    • USPS town hall will be planned in February or March to address mail delivery and package thefts; USPS has declined to participate.
  • Updates from Carla Childs, City of Richmond Department of Public Works:
    • The City is working towards its goal of installing 200 speed humps across the city (156 currently installed)
    • The City is working with the Richmond Police Department to install photo enforcement in school zones.
    • There are currently 2,900 open requests for concrete sidewalk repair and 600+ requests for brick sidewalk repair. 
    • Regarding Maymont neighborhood sidewalks: 
    • Phase 1 was completed in September 2023.
    • Currently moving into Phase 2, which will install sidewalks on the south side of Colorado Avenue (from Hampton to Georgia and from Greenville to Carter); also will include installing curb ramps on Pennsylvania Avenue but no sidewalk work is planned on Pennsylvania Avenue. 4 trees will be removed on Colorado Avenue, all of which are growing into power lines and need to be removed anyway.
      • Phase 2 sidewalk plans are at 90% completion.
    • Neighbor asked how to submit requests for sidewalk repair. Ms. Childs said they should be submitted through 311. The response time could be up to 6 months.
    • Neighbor asked about planting new trees as part of sidewalk Phase 2. Ms. Childs said she would look into that.
    • Neighbor asked about the City cleaning new curb ramp areas that collect debris and ice. Ms. Childs recommended submitting a 311 ticket for that work.
  • Updates from Allen McCown, City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities:
    • The repair work for the Texas Beach pedestrian bridge is at 90% design.
    • A new temporary access road down to the bridge will be needed in order to complete repairs.
    • The goal is to bid and start the project by summer 2024.
    • Significant coordination with CSX that will take time.
    • The goal is for North Bank Trail to remain open as much as possible during construction. The construction duration is to be determined.
    • There are currently two James River Park System park rangers for education and monitoring of parks without a police presence. Aimee Bushman, Park Ranger Supervisor, can come speak to us in the future if desired.
  • Updates from Amy Robins, 5th District Councilmember Liaison
    • City administration has agreed to let seniors into elderly tax relief program with payment plans.
    • Stephanie is going to introduce a plan to retroactively let seniors access the tax relief program.
    • Currently there is a 14 day time period to respond to owed taxes, and this will most likely be moved to a 30 day period because it can be hard for residents to plan for unexpected property tax bills).
    • The Riverview Park playground is on the radar of City of Richmond administration for Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) funding.
    • Homelessness in the city is on the rise with an increasing eviction docket.
    • Funding has been added for the resource center at the new homeless shelter on Chamberlayne Avenue.
    • There will be repaving of asphalt alleys throughout the city (not converting gravel alleys to asphalt but repairing and repaving asphalt alleys).
    • Traffic calming is the biggest issue that folks reach out to Amy and Stephanie’s office for.
    • Fox Elementary School is planning to reopen in the Fan in 2025. The Colorado Avenue speed humps will not be removed when Fox Elementary School is relocated.
    • Neighbor said that there is a water leak in the alley between the 1500 block of Meadow Street and the 1500 block of Hampton Street. It has been leaking for at least two months, and the alley has turned into a sheet of ice with the recent cold temperatures. 
    • Neighbor asked if seniors have to apply every year for the tax relief program. Amy said that seniors have to recertify every year to confirm the number of people in their household, any changes to income, etc. Stephanie is trying to move recertification from every year to every two years.
  • Joy asked if any neighbors would be interested in being on an event committee to coordinate neighborhood concerns with Maymont prior to Maymont’s events. Anyone interested should email maymontcivicleaguerva@gmail.com.Neighbor reported seeing someone driving around with a recorded dog barking on exterior speaker, flushing a herd of deer on Kansas

Meeting adjourned at 7:55pm