Water Rate Issues Resonate For Fifth District Candidates

The Times Dispatch asked the 5th District City Council candidates some questions. Here’s one:

Outside of citywide concerns about schools and basic services, what is the biggest issue facing your district? How do you hope to address it?
Agelasto: We need to create good-paying jobs that are accessible to all our neighborhoods. The city can help cultivate many small entrepreneurial businesses in areas like Hull Street. Carytown has over 4,000 jobs. Let’s spread that success to other areas rather than relying on incentives to corporations.
Magruder: I plan to address the increasing water rates by first requiring the disclosure of the PILOT fee and seeking a possible legal challenge to it. I’ll also seek reductions in the base service charge for unmetered homes as it’s heavily regressive to the poor.
Sawyer: Water utility rates. City of Richmond residents pay more than surrounding counties. In 2013, we saw an increase of $1.63 per CCF of water to $3.21. Waste water changed from $2.59 per CCF to $5.82. We must reduce the service charge in line with other communities and raise the CPU of water.

Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow

This Wednesday is a red Wednesday, which means trash and recycling pickup. Ideally, rolling recycling containers are stored and deployed in the back alleys along with trash cans. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night. This is a good time to clear the sidewalks for Halloween trick-or-treaters.

If you have not done so already, don’t forget to sign up for your Recycling Perks.
In order to take your recycling to the next level, read this: 10 ways to improve your recycling.

Click here for Halloween recycling tips.

In recycling news, Ontario cardboard recycling facility goes up in flames, while Harrisburg, PA comes up with a cool way to use recycled colored glass.

Coyote Meeting On Wednesday

Rescheduled from a previous date, there is a meeting this Wednesday for residents of central Richmond neighborhoods who are experiencing coyotes.

It takes place at the Patrick Henry School on Semmes Ave., starting at 6:30 pm. Dept Game & Inland Fisheries is hosting.

From FaceBook event page:

Join a community conversation on coyotes living in the City of Richmond. Wildlife experts will have lots of information on coyote ecology and behavior, wildlife regulations, and how to best deal with wildlife in our back yards.
Please share, with neighborhood groups, associations, and neighbors along the river and near the James River Park System. We want your questions and feedback!


VCU Lecture Wednesday: “Design in the Southern City Now: Negotiating Cultural Memory in the Age of the Urban Renaissance”

From announcement:

VCU L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs: Gulak Lecture Featuring Sara Zewede, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7:00p.m., VCU University Student Commons
The countdown has begun! The fourth annual Gulak Lecture is only weeks away. This year, we are excited to welcome our guest speaker, Sara Zewede, a leading expert in landscape architecture and design. She will discuss “Design in the Southern City Now: Negotiating Cultural Memory in the Age of the Urban Renaissance.” She writes and lectures on the discourses of landscape architecture and urbanism and its interface with culture and history. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged.

Police Investigating Railroad Track Death

The Times Dispatch has an article on a man found dead on the railroad tracks near the Lee Bridge yesterday afternoon

Richmond police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found late yesterday afternoon on CSX railroad tracks near Tredegar Street under the Lee Bridge.
CSX Transportation employees notified Richmond police at 4:51 p.m. of a body on the tracks in the 100 block of Tredegar Street, said Richmond police spokesman James Mercante.
No foul play is suspected but the investigation is continuing.
The man’s body, that of a white male, was taken to the state Medical Examiner’s Office for identification and determination of cause of death.