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The Ginter Park Residents Association Weekly Gazette is our way of  bringing the most timely information to you – neighborhood news, city news, legislative updates, local business news.  Please do send comments and suggestions to communications@ginterpark.org  about the Gazette and our communications. We are here to benefit you.

Neighborhood News

Neighborhood-wide Clean-up, Saturday, March 12, 8:00 am to Noon  https://www.rva.gov/public-works/neighborhoodcleanups

https://www.wric.com/community/annual-neighborhood-clean-up-starts-march-12

Clean-ups are scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon (rain or shine) on selected Saturdays from March through November. (at press time, still awaiting a return call from City regardining potentially inclement weather March 12) 

  • Please see the Neighborhood Clean-Up Program MAP and Schedule with locations around the city.
  • Press Release with program information and dates listed by zones for the Annual Neighborhood Clean-Up Program for 2022

We take everything  – furniture, mattresses, tires (four per household), and appliances. All brush must be cut into four foot lengths and bundled.

Unacceptable items include:

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

For more information, please call 804-646-8325 for more information or go to the Clean City Commission webpage.

Art for the Journey Leadership Certification Training, a Ginter Park Presbyterian Church Announcement

Art for the Journey/Opening Minds through Art is leading a Facilitator Certification Training at GPPC next week. We’d love for you to come!
March 17, 2022, 3:00pm – 4:00pm and/or
March 18, 2022, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
RSVP for one or both days by emailing jamie@artforthejourney.org

March is Red Cross Month
Give the Gift that Means Something!

Ginter Park Presbyterian Church
3601 Seminary Avenue
Thursday, March 24, 2022, Noon to 5:00 pm

GPRA will co-host a Blood Drive, Thursday, March 24, 2022, noon to 5:00 pm, at the Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, located at 3601 Seminary Avenue in Ginter Park.

Call to schedule your appointment at this location today. 1-800-733-3767, or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter GINTER to schedule an appointment.

The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health by giving blood or platelets during March, Red Cross Month

GPRA Membership Campaign, March through April 30:

Together, We Can Do More! 

  • Our 2022 Goal is 500 Members!  Today, we are at 265.  Bellevue is at 500, headed toward 600–let’s see some friendly competitive spirit! 
  • Annual Household Membership just $35; pay conveniently on this website.  Go to the Membership tab on the Menu, then JOIN.  Open a Membership Account, and our MembershipWorks software will automatically notify you when it’s renewal time. Join now, and renewal is due June 1, 2023.
  • Members receive invitations to Members-Only Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Holiday Gala 2022, an elegant evening event.
  • Adopt a Tree, and GPRA will pay 50% of the City fee, $25, for each tree.
  • Enjoy and take pride in the GPRA Beautification Team’s continued enhancement and care of the garden beds along our Brook Road and Chamberlayne corridors. Your Membership dues make this possible!
  • Be engaged and informed.  Don’t miss a thing!  Your dues help with the costs of our communications tools, which are among the most robust among local civic associations.

Introducing, The Schoolhouse on Hawthorne and the Ginter Park Pool –  Lewis Ginter Recreation Center Renames Building and Pool

The source for the following news is an LGRA Newsletter to members.

Wedding Here!
The Schoolhouse on Hawthorne – An active marketing plan is underway to reach thewanna-be-wed peeps

  • For marketing purposes, we have named our building The Schoolhouse on Hawthorne, and pool is called Ginter Park Pool. The Schoolhouse name is a nod to our history of housing many schools over our long history
  • There is a great deal of confusion between Lewis Ginter Recreation Association and Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, therefore we will still operate as LGRA, but use these names to market the pool and building
  • Our FABULOUS new logo was created by our own Claire Deane
  • As a member, you are offered a discount on weekend rates for weddings and other events
  • If you refer grooms/brides who books and pays a deposit, as a member you will receive a $200 referral fee, and hopefully an invite to the wedding
  • More details to follow, please contact Courtney for more information swim@lgrapool.com

The Ginter Park Pool also announces that March is the month to renew memberships in the pool; so, visit their website, https://www.lgrapool.com/about

LGRA is also seeking Lifeguards:

Calling all LIFEGUARDS

Ginter Park is now hiring for the 2022 Summer season

If you are 15 or older, join our team, training is FREE
LGRA offers end of the season bonuses to sweeten the deal

INTEREST MEETING! WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 AT 5:30 
With Swim Metro, pizza and paperwork!
Please RSVP to Courtney Swim@lgrapool.com

GPRA General Membership Meeting, Tuesday, April 12

We will host an in-person General Membership Meeting, Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 PM, at Early Hall at Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Road. Come and meet the 2022 Board and hear a General Assembly Legislative update from Del. Jeffrey Bourne, Association updates, and more.  Come, visit your neighbors, meet some that you have not met before. Light refreshments provided.

Thank You to UPSem President Blount and his team for graciously allowing GPRA to utilize their space for our meetings. 

Questions?  Email Susan, communications@ginterpark.org

Richmond Coalition of Civic Associations Survey

GPRA is a member of the city-wide, Richmond Coalition of Civic Associations, which will be sending a Survey to the GPRA Board soon to learn about our neighborhood’s priorities.  So, the GPRA Board would like to hear from you.  Tell us the top 5 items that are priority concerns for you.  Here are some examples, but this is not an all-inclusive list, and we want to hear your concerns.  

Sidewalk repairs?

Streets/alleys paving?

Traffic safety within neighborhood?

Crime/public safety?

Education-RPS funding; condition of schools; quality of education; RPS leadership and school board performance?

wastewater management, sewage infrastructure?

City services: trash, lead collection, recycling, tree and green space maintenance?

Utilities?

Codes issues?

Zoning:  Special Use Permits, accessory dwellings, other development within our neighborhood?

City development/redevelopment, the Richmond 300 Plan?

City budget and finance?

Property taxes?

Public transit?

Tell us what’s on your mind:  email president@ginterpark.org

City News

From the Desk of Councilor, Ann-Frances Lambert, District 3

Important Information for Seniors

The City of Richmond’s Department of Finance currently has two exemption options available for citizens who are either:

  • Age 65 or older
  • Permanently and totally disabled

Both of these exemptions apply only to real estate taxes. Qualification for any of these exemption programs is based on the income and net worth of the property owner, plus the income of others living in the household.

Only one of these exemption options may be selected, not both.

Real estate tax assistance takes two forms in the City of Richmond:

  • Tax Relief: The tax relief program offers those who qualify for the program partial or full tax exemption from real estate taxes in the city of Richmond.
  • Tax Freeze: The tax freeze program offers those who qualify an exemption from the increase in real estate taxes from the date you first apply and qualify for this exemption.

Additionally, the City of Richmond’s Assessor’s Office offers tax exemption for disabled veterans or surviving spouses. For more information on this program please click here.

Please SHARE this information with your Seasoned Neighbors who may not be online to read this newsletter.

For Application, click here

City Council Voter Redistricting

Redistricting is legally required every 10 years after the latest census data is released to ensure localities’ districts are evenly sized by population so that each resident’s vote carries a similar weight.

The city’s population over the past decade increased by 11%, from 204,000 to 226,600, according to last year’s census data, so each district needs about 25,000 residents to make them equal. Based on the national head count, the city needs to adjust four of its nine council districts: the 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th.

 Those changes are specifically needed because populations in the 2nd, 6th and 7th districts exceed the ideal population size by more than 5%, while the 3rd District falls below it by 11%.

Redistricting Public Meetings:

Scheduled meetings for public involvement, awareness, and input include the following:

  • Monday, March 7, 2022, beginning at 5:00 pm

Richmond City Council Special Meeting. The meeting will be held to introduce two resolutions related to redistrcting and expedited consideration. The meeting will also include a review of the proposed richmond Decennial Voter District

Demonstration Map 2C.

  • Monday, April 11, 2022; 6:00-8:00 pm

Richmond City Council Formal Meeting

Public hearing on proposed plan or plans (public comment continues)

  • Monday, April 25, 2022; 6:00-8:00 pm

Richmond City Council Formal Meeting

– Final day for public comment (56 days of public comment)

– Final public hearing and adoption of final redistricting plan

– Publish notice of final redistricting plan

  • Thursday, May 26, 2022

Adopted Redistricting plan takes effect  (no meeting)

For More Information, click here.

Richmond City Budget Fiscal Year 2023

Mayor Levar Stoney released his budget on Friday March 4th. Please click here to see his budget presentation. To see the full budget, please click here. What did you like? What do you think we can do without? I (Councilor Lambert) want to hear from you on this budget proposal so please shoot me an email and cc my liaison Kiya Stokes to share your thoughts.

To see a calendar of upcoming budget meetings, please click here.

Public Safety Concerns? 

Public Safety Committee Meeting

The next Public Safety Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday March 22nd at 12pm.

 What Happened to the Civilian Review Board?

Dr. William Pelfrey presented his research and recommendations on a Civilian Review Board at the February 28th Informal City Council Meeting. To see Dr. Pelfrey’s presentation, please click here. The presentation begins at the 52:45 mark. As City Council is weighing the recommendations of the CRB task force and Dr. Pelfrey, I want to hear from you. Please email me and cc your thoughts to my liaison, Kiya Stokes.

Want to reeive Councilor Lambert’s District 3 Newsletters?  clicking here