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MAY 17, 2021 MEETING (VIA ZOOM)

Link to the recording of the meeting can be found here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/LOkdt6_1gMlW6bPjKwA6h-KSE2a2Akgx8unxb9tTOWlErH9OGEJJtYdFxGUZVajV.Hs3HI8z6vkdmFg2l

PASSCODE: i$uC$@r8

  • Joy Rogers opened the meeting around 7:02PM
  • Lt. Naoroz gave a crime update for the sector. Crime is down compared to last year (which was a historically low year). There has been a decrease in package theft but unfortunately an increase in violent crimes. There have also been two robberies in the nearby area.
  • Amy Robins and Stephanie Lynch gave updates on the 5th District: the sidewalks are coming and the project will begin in late spring/early summer; a bike survey is also coming (bike lane barriers have been a huge advantage to car speeds in Southside, so keep that in mind as you complete the survey), May 24 City Council officially votes on the budget, Stephanie’s district meeting will be held on Thursday, May 20 at 6pm and details for the Zoom link can be found on her Facebook page.
  • Betsy Carr gave an update on the General Assembly meetings and she will be walking through our neighborhood going door to door in the next few weeks.
  • State Senator Ghazala Hashmi provided an additional General Assembly update. The Senate is planning to meeting in late July/early August to discuss allocation of federal money. Schools are being pushed as a top priority. She can be contacted via social media.
  • Colette McEachin, the current Commonwealth’s Attorney for Richmond has been in office for 18 months and discussed her campaign plan to Restore, Rehabilitate and Reform Richmond.
  • Tom Barbour, the challenger for Commonwealth’s Attorney for Richmond spoke about his campaign. He can be contacted by visiting tomrvaca.com.
  • William Burnett, candidate for Richmond Sheriff has been with the Richmond Police for over 28 years and discussed his plans, if elected to office. He can be reached through his Facebook page.
  • A Dominion representative was unable to make the meeting to discuss plans to move power lines underground. Information will be emailed to those on the mailing list in the next couple weeks.
  • Our next meeting will be held (hopefully in person) on September 16, 2021. More details to come.

March 29, 2021 Meeting (Zoom)

The full meeting recording can be accessed here: 

Highlights of the meeting are summarized below:

Joy Rogers, President, introduced the Board members and opened the meeting (via Zoom) at 7pm.

Parke Richeson, Executive Director of Maymont gave an update on the park hours which have now been extended until 7pm through October. She also discussed updates on programming and events to look forward to this spring and summer. 

Stephanie Lynch provided an update on vaccinations. The City is currently in Phase 1b which includes 65+, essential workers, and the service industry. She discussed the way for neighbors to preregister. 3 senior housing complexes in our district have now been fully vaccinated. She announced that Phase 2 of the sidewalk project in our neighborhood has been included in the FY 2022 budget $430,000). She reminded neighbors of the additional speed traps on Harrison/Colorado and mentioned that photo speed ticketing was coming. March 18 is her District Town Hall at 6pm and would provide a place to ask questions. 

Justin Patterson gave the Treasurer’s Report. The civic league spent $197.30 so with a balance from last meeting of $4,005.08, we currently have a balance of $3,807.75. Neighbors are encouraged to pay membership dues to Justin at 1805 Greenville.

Officer Naoroz gave a crime update on precinct. Overall, year to date there is a 9% reduction in criminal activity (122 last year to 103 this year). COVID has skewed some crime statistics but overall the district is doing well. He reminded neighbors to lock their car doors.

Jackie and Cassi were special guests representing the Pump House Park project. They provided a history of the group, which started in 2017 and their goal of working to keep it standing. They were enthusiastic to add new members and explained ways to get involved by volunteering. 

Mike Jones was also a guest speaker and gave a brief background about himself and his reason for wanting to run for the House of Delegates seat. 

Betsy Carr gave an overview of the General Assembly session and some highlights on the bills she personally championed this past session.

Joy concluded the meeting and announced our next meeting date will take place in May (details of location to come).

JANUARY 25, 2021 VIRTUAL MEETING

  • The January 25 Board meeting was held via Zoom. A recording of the meeting is in the link above and a summary of topics covered.
  • The Board members were introduced
  • The new conservation easement on Kansas Avenue between Greenville and Carter now has official signage
  • Maymont Glow took place in December and provided a nice socially-distanced event for many
  • David Naoroz provided the neighborhood crime report for the precinct
  • There was a significant reduction in crime for 2020 and we beat last year’s numbers.
  • He reminded neighbors to lock their car doors as car theft is common
  • Betsy Carr presented a brief report on the House of Delegates session. The session is virtual and that is going well. Her number is 804-986-6852 and her email is delegate.carr@betsycarr.org if anyone would like to contact her.
  • Amy Robins provided an update on recent and upcoming events in the 5th district. A summary of topics covered is listed below:
  • Utility relief has been extended – additional information is on Facebook
  • Dominion loan forgiveness
  • The Mayor releases his budget on March 5
  • For COVID testing information, please call 804-205-3501
  • There will be a Zoom call with Stephanie on February 25
  • Stephanie Lynch’s contact information is: 804-646-5724 / stephanie.lynch@richmondgov.com
  • Amy’s contact information is: amy.robins@richmondgov.com
  • The Civic League Treasurer’s report was provided by Treasurer, Justin Patterson. The balance at the end of December was $4,005.80.
  • Dues can be paid to Justin at 1805 Greenville
  • Voting for the 2020 Board member positions took place and the results are as follows:
  • Joy Whitney was voted in as the new Civic League President for 2020
  • Emily Messer was voted in as the new Civic League Vice President for 2020
  • Mark Brandon and Ida Mitchell were voted in as Co-Community Liasons for 2020
  • Leah Hopper, Secretary and Justin Patterson, Treasurer remain in their positions for 2020.

NOVEMBER 16, 2020 VIRTUAL MEETING

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The meeting can be viewed by clicking on the link above. Highlights include:

  • Treasurer’s Report: $3,885.08
  • Due collection was suspended in 2020 and will resume in 2021.
  • Geese report: 186 domestic geese were relocated in October, 20 remain.
  • Lt. David Naoroz provided the precinct crime report. To date, this year there have been 540 crimes. To give it some context, last year was an all-time low of 622 for the full year. He reminded us to be cognizant of package deliveries and to remember to lock car and house doors.
  • Delegate Betsy Carr reported that there is an upcoming special General Assembly session and they will be meeting virtually.
  • New School Board representative Stephanie Rizzi introduced herself. She can be contacted at stephanierizzi4sb@gmail.com until she enters her new office in January.
  • Joy Rogers reported that there are 398 houses and 1 church in our official neighborhood.
  • Benjamin Lamont provided a report on the sidewalks. Phase 1 construction will begin in mid-late summer. Phase 1 will include sidewalks on Kansas from Texas to Hampton and on Meadow from New York to Dakota. The dead trees on Kansas will be removed as part of this process.
  • The neighborhood is encouraged to decorate your block with Christmas bows. You can be reimbursed if you bring a receipt for the purchased bows to the Treasurer.
  • There will be a playground report and update on December 9 at 6PM.
  • Stephanie Lynch provided a District update. 130 senior bags were distributed since our last meeting, an infrastructure walk was conducted and she encouraged everyone to use the 311 app to report potholes, sidewalk issues, etc. She made everyone aware of the new additional speeding fine on Colorado/Harrison. The budget session starts in March. December 3 will be Stephanie’s holiday fellowship which will be held virtually this year.

September 21, 2020 Virtual Meeting

The Civic League September meeting was a virtual Zoom meeting which you can view above. Highlights include:

  • 311 app update
  • Elias Franz’s tree project at the Amelia Street School
  • Guest Andrew Grigsby discussing his non-profit Veridiant which helps homeowners find energy savings (andrew.grigsby@veridiant.org or go to veridiant.org for more information)
  • Lt. David Naoroz introduced himself as he is new to our sector and precinct but not the City
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Stephanie Lynch gave her councilperson report which included topics such as 311, GRTC route changes, elderly tax relief program, polling location and absentee voting updates
  • Betsy Carr gave House of Delegate report on the budget which should be public and circulated to the public soon

MEETING MINUTES JANUARY 20, 2020

I. Mark Brandon called the meeting to order at 7:05PM. 31 neighbors were in attendance.

II. Justin [last name?] was voted in as the new Treasurer to replace outgoing Treasurer Davis Barry.

III. Joy gave the Treasurer’s report:

  1. Beginning Balance: $4,527.15 ($704.98 stipend)
  2. Deposits: $20.00
  3. Withdrawals: $83.52
  4. End Balance: $4,463.63 ($705.00 stipend)

IV. Parke Richeson with Maymont advertised the African American experience exhibit. For additional information or to see the flyer, please email info@maymontcivicleague.org or visit Maymont Park.

V. Allison Andrews spoke on behalf of the Monroe Park Conservancy. She spoke about the Friends of Monroe Park organization which is an organization that is fully self-funded and has many projects that they would like to do. She encouraged donations to that group and also encouraged the group to visit the park to see all of the features in it. The Portal will be in Monroe Park through March and hours can be found on sharedstudios.com/Richmond

VI. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mark read a Martin Luther King, Jr. quote and neighbor Jennifer Edwards said a prayer.

VII. Jennifer Mullins with the Navy Hill Development Team gave an update on the Navy Hill project. Her presentation included the new map of the mixed-use development showing the current plans and potential tenants. There is a bill currently in the House of Delegates involving a proposed sale tax for that area. Currently, City Council has held its last public comment and they have reviewed third party consultant reports. City Council will vote on the project on February 24.

VIII. Neighbor Ida Cheatam is celebrating her 100th birthday and the group voted to donate towards her birthday party on February 1.

IX. Chris Liesfield reported back to the group regarding his property covering parts of Greenville and Carter. He is now going to donate the land to a conservation easement and with the exception of his house which will be built on Carter Street, the rest of the property will not be developed. Former Councilman Parker was there on behalf of the conservatory to answer questions. Chris is planning to purchase parts of the west side Carter Street alleyway from the City so that the entire property can be donated to the conservatory.

X. Neighbor Leslie spoke up against the Navy Hill project and encouraged opposed neighbors to sign her petition.

XI. Stephanie Lynch and Amy Robbins spoke about the Navy Hill project and mentioned the tremendous amount of pressure Councilmen have experienced regarding this proposed project.

XII. Todd Woodson of the Oregon Hill Civic League spoke to the group about his work with the Monroe Park tree ordinance. The canopy of trees is a protected asset and his group is working to have it be restored.

XIII. The meeting adjourned at 9:08PM.

MEETING MINUTES NOVEMBER 18, 2019

I. Mark called the meeting to order and introduced the Board members present.

II. Lt. Woo presented a neighborhood police report:

  • Property crime is down 38%
  • The leading crime is larceny – especially from sheds and vehicles
  • There are no major crimes to date
  • He encouraged neighbors to keep sending videos of crimes
  • He mentioned the gunfire reports and the police are trying to track these down; they have mostly been in Forest Hill
  • There is a special program, Light Up the Night which focuses on neighbors keeping on porch lights during dark hours (consider changing to 500 lumens)
  • Lt. Woo is on NextDoor if you need to contact him

III. Lori Markum gave an update on the 1901 Georgia property

  • If the single family home has a 25 foot setback on both Kansas and Greenville, that only leaves 20 feet to build
  • The proposal is a 16 foot setback off of Kansas (9 foot setback reduction)
    • The Board of Zoning Appeals meets on January 2
  • The proposed house is less modern with no rooftop deck. It is more of a farmhouse/craftsman style home.

IV. Greenville/Carter rezoning has to go through the Planning Commission

  • Chris Leesfeld and wife, Jodie are requesting the City to vacate part of the end of the road on Greenville as well as the west alley Carter Street
  • They will live on a lot there and develop the other 4 lots.
  • Concerns about sewage and future development were brought up.
  • Sewer from the end on Carter would cause potential issue and each house would have a grinder pump.
  • Questions were raised about how to mitigate and avoid wetlands and how to get back to original grade.
  • Mark and Chris will plan an organized walk there as a site visit.
  • A public comment will take place at the Planning Commission meeting and then at the City Council meeting.
  • For additional information, please contact a Board member or email info@maymontcivicleague.org for a map.

V. The Greater Byrd Park Geese Management Task Force reported on their plan to limit the goose population in the Byrd Park area. There is a summary report that is available to neighbors upon request (info@maymontcivicleague.org).

VI. Stephanie Lynch, City Council member-elect spoke on several upcoming events and her plans in office.

  • The first week in January there will be an open community member forum/listening session forum for Navy Hill. This will be in collaboration with other civic leagues around the City.
  • Her goal is to provide objective, non-biased education about the Navy Hill project including the VCU study and Davenport study that have been done.
  • She will be at Albert Hill on Wednesday, November 20 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.
  • She can be contacted at: stephanie.lynch@richmondgov.com; electstephanielynch@gmail.com; and 703-945-4619.
  • Amy Robins will stay on with Stephanie and can be contacted at amy.robins@richmondgov.com or 804-646-5724.
  • There will be a Holiday/Farewell/Welcome Party at the Randolph Community Center on Thursday, December 12 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.
  • A cleanup will be coming up for parts of Harrison and a date is TBD.

VII. The next meeting will be January 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm.

MEETING MINUTES SEPTEMBER 16, 2019

September 16, 2019 – 7:00PM (48 neighbors and friends of the neighborhood in attendance)

I. Mark Brandon, President, introduced the Board.

II. Parke Richeson gave an update on Maymont. Currently, the park is working on an exhibit to tell the story of Maymont during the Jim Crow era.

III. An update on the geese in Byrd Park will be presented in the November meeting.

IV. The tax abatement program was summarized. For more information or assistance on applying, please contact the Maymont Civic League Board and we would be happy to assist.

V. The Maymont Civic League gave approval on getting a P.O. Box. More details to come.

VI. Lt. Woo presented his neighborhood report: crime has continued to decrease. Car thefts are the biggest issue (3 thefts in Texas Beach parking lot cameras have been installed). Texas Beach looks good overall. The Richmond Police has been working with VCU to educate students. He reminded the neighborhood to call in any report.

VII. Amy Robins presented a report on behalf of our City Council member, Parker Agelasto. She reminded the neighborhood of the RVA 311 app for problems around the City, especially regarding potholes. She informed the neighborhood of several important dates: October 24 – Navy Hill report at St. Andrews; September 25 – City Council candidate forum at Richmond City Democratic Committee building. She mentioned the City’s tax abatement for personal property tax program and said they are fixing the brochures and should be circulated around Thanksgiving time. The City’s lead paint program is not getting much attention from City residents so please contact Parker’s office for information on how to qualify for this program as well.

VIII. The Maymont sidewalk issue is being resolved as there were concerns about disruption of the trees on Pennsylvania.

IX. Crystal with RRHA discussed Project Homes and Habitat for Humanity houses in the neighborhood. 18 homes in Phase 1 are almost complete. There will be a dedication for a home on Kansas Street in November and it would be nice to see a neighborhood presence. 16 homes will be part of Phase 2. There are many volunteer opportunities which can be found on the Habitat for Humanity website (or checking the Maymont Civic League Facebook page).

X. Three City Council candidates shared their backgrounds, platforms, and their reasons for running for the 5th District City Council seats. These included Mamie Taylor, Robin Mines, and Thad Williamson.

X. A proposal was presented to the neighbors by Lori Markum about the property on 1901 Georgia (corner of Kansas and Georgia). The builders are requesting a special exception to the setback rule because of several unique features of the property (corner lot, empty lot behind it). The plans show blueprints for a modern house and many neighbors expressed concerns about the aesthetics. Direct neighbors expressed concerns about the height of the proposed house. There will be a meeting on October 3 with the City and the neighborhood’s opinion will be taken into consideration. Neighbors brought up points about this exception becoming a slippery slope of exemptions while others expressed concerns with never allowing exceptions becoming an issue in the future. The neighbors were unable to come to a full agreement on the issue.

XI. Two more City Council candidates shared their backgrounds, platforms, and their reasons for running for the 5th District City Council seats. These two included Jer’Mykeal McCoy and Stephanie Lynch.

XII. The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:00PM.

MEETING MINUTES MAY 20, 2019

27 neighbors and community members were in attendance.

Mark Brandon, President, introduced the Board.

The Treasurer reported $4,202.94 in the account.

Mark Brandon reported that the Byrd Park geese task force has a report on their findings and the report is now available.

Parke Richeson, Maymont Executive Director reported the following: 
– Maymont was voted many “bests” in Virginia Living magazine
– This school year, 9,000+ students visited Maymont
– 180 Girl Scouts participated in environmental education
– 147 schools were hosted (47% Title 1)
– There are many upcoming events at the park (June 8 – Vintage Market and Mimosas at Maymont; June 9 – Carriages by Candlelight; Music at Maymont outdoor concerts on June 21, July 13, July 20, and September 20; June 22 – Bumble Bee Jamboree; August 10 – 11 – Jazz Festival)

Parker Agelasto notified the group of the special election that will be held in November for his City Council seat. His last day will be November 30. He reported on the following: 
– The FY 2020 budget was adopted by City Council. Schools and roads make up the biggest items along with salary increases for City employees and starting salaries for police officers. The real estate tax rate will remain the same. 
– Progress is continuing for the houses on Kansas Street.
– Texas Beach traffic and parking are becoming issues as the weather gets warmer. Be vigilant and lock your doors. 
– June 8 is the neighborhood cleanup.

Dr. Ghazala Hashmi, candidate for Virginia Senate and Thad Williamson, candidate for City Council spoke to the group about their backgrounds and campaigns and answered questions.

Neighborhood issues brought up: groundhogs and cats.

The neighbors shared interest in a block party to coincide with National Night Out on August 6. The block party will take place near the skate park. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the planning committee should talk to Joy Rogers.

The meeting concluded. The next meeting will be held on September 16. 

Meeting Minutes March 18, 2019

22 neighbors and visitors were in attendance.

Mark Brandon, President, opened the meeting by introducing Lt. Woo, our neighborhood police officer. Lt. Woo reported the following:
– Crime is low and there has been a 64% decrease in crime
– Police officers are unable to see everything posted on NextDoor, please be aware of this.
– An Internet security system which will notify police through a new app will be up and running soon (more to come in the future)
= Texas Beach continues to have a police presence

Park Richeson, Executive Director of Maymont gave a report on Maymont:
– Last quarter 25 educators for project-based learning were educated at Maymont
– 625 students attended Girls Day and STEM Day at Maymont
– 3050 City kids have been educated at Maymont, many are Title 1
– Upcoming activities at Maymont include: Spring Break (first week in April), Family Easter on April 20, Herbs Galore on April 27, Beer and Wine Classic, Mother’s Day Tea on May 11, Music at Maymont will include Trampled by Turtles (June 21), Carbon Leaf (July 13), and others which will be announced in the future
– August 10 – 11 is the Jazz Festival

Betsy Carr, our House of Delegates representative provided an overview of the most recent session.

Mark reported the following:
– 911 texting will soon be available in Richmond
– New bus routes allow our neighborhood to go straight to Carytown – everyone was encouraged to take it for a ride.

Joy Rogers, Vice President, gave a playground update.

A Randolph neighbor attended to deliver flyers for the Randolph Farmer’s Market which is starting back up on May 7 and will be held each Tuesday from 3:00pm – 6:30pm in Randolph Park.