The agenda: briefs from local governments for 4.6.20
Applications begin this week for the city’s small business disaster loan program
Creation of the Richmond Economic Development Authority Richmond Small Business Disaster Loan Program (COVID-19), which will provide emergency loans of up to $ 20,000 to small businesses within city limits.
The program aims to provide relief to small businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will be used to pay employee salaries, allowing small local businesses to continue operating and keep employees on their payroll.
The maximum loan amount for the program is six months of current employee salary or $ 20,000, whichever is less. Loan payments will be made over six months. Loan repayments will be deferred for six months, followed by 48 months of interest-free payments.
The application for the program is available here. Small businesses interested in applying should complete the application and provide the required documentation via email. City provides COVID-19 updates here. Funding is limited and applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.
Chesterfield revises budget and holds meetings this week
The County of Chesterfield has released its revised budget proposal for fiscal 2021. The new budget is $ 50 million lower than the previous proposal, due to the expected decrease in property, property, sales and tax revenues. accommodation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A 2% merit pay raise for employees is removed and county-wide operations are reduced by $ 13.7 million, among other adjustments. The new proposal can be viewed here.
The county will use Facebook Live to broadcast new community meetings scheduled on the budget for April 9 and 13 at 7 p.m. ET. Citizens can participate via the department’s Facebook page.
The Facebook Live sessions will follow a presentation on budget revisions to county supervisors on April 8. This meeting will be broadcast live on the county website. The agenda for the 6 p.m. meeting is available here.
The call of the industrial park on the Hanover agenda
Hanover supervisors meet at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. the appeal of the Chickahominy Falls Association for an approved site plan for an adjacent industrial park across Cedar Lane from residential development. The appeal, filed at the end of 2019, prompted revisions to the plan that were presented in January, and the commission postponed action on the 90-day appeal.
In a note to the board for this week’s meeting, county staff said the plan now includes a requested truck driveway on Route 1 and that an agreement has been reached between developer Scannell Properties and the neighborhood association that effectively resolves the call.
Council will also vote on the proposed tax rates and fees for the 2020 calendar year. The only rate change is an increase in the District Recycling Services tax rate from $ 28 to $ 32 due to an increase in the associated direct costs. County staff plan to make recommendations for further rate adjustments in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Full meeting agenda here.
Goochland holds budget hearings on Tuesday
Goochland supervisors meet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Business on the agenda includes public hearings on the proposed budget, tax rate and fee schedules for fiscal 2021. Other previously scheduled hearings are postponed to the June 2 board meeting. Full agenda here.
Henrico reschedules planning committee, BZA meetings
Henrico County has rescheduled upcoming Planning Commission and Zoning Appeal Board meetings in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
The planning committee will meet on April 14 at 2 p.m., with the rezoning and provisional use permit requests that were initially scheduled on the committee’s agenda on April 9. The items include an application by SXCW Properties II LLC to rezone 6 acres on the west side of Staples Mill Road north of its intersection with Parham Road for a car wash and fuel facility. Full agenda here.
The Planning Commission postponed its April 1 meeting for development and subdivision plans. Actions on the items on this agenda have been postponed.
The Zoning Appeal Board will meet on April 23 at 9 a.m. The agenda will include items carried over from the canceled board meeting on April 2.
Henrico seeks nominations for the annual “Clean Business” real estate awards
The Keep Henrico Beautiful committee accepts nominations for its Land Lover and Clean Business 2020 awards. The annual awards recognize residential and commercial properties that are beautifully appointed, well-maintained, and litter-free.
Applicants for a Land Lover or Clean Business award must participate in an ongoing recycling program, such as composting, curbside pickup, or drop-off service. All applicants are encouraged to follow best practices for water quality and soil health.
The committee will select one residential property in each of the five master districts and one commercial property to represent the entire county. Business owners can offer their own properties as well as others. Application forms will be accepted online and at [email protected] until April 30.
City launches ‘RVAStrong’ resource and donation website
The City of Richmond has launched RVAStrong, a website with resources for those affected by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The site also includes opportunities for Richmond residents to donate to local causes.
Visitors to the interactive site can explore causes such as housing stability, food security, or families and neighborhoods, and access a page with links to donations and volunteer opportunities. Visitors can also sign up to receive public information emails containing updates and links to city resources, among other site features.
The information on the site is being developed into a printable resource that will be distributed to those who do not have Internet access. A Spanish version of RVAStrong is under development. The city will continue to update the COVID-19 page on its website with news and information on city services.
Richmond to donate $ 500,000 to city family relief fund
The City of Richmond is contributing $ 500,000 to the Robins Foundation Family Crisis Fund to provide relief payments to families in the city. The fund is intended to help families with children who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Robins Initiative includes a foundation investment of $ 500,000 and will provide eligible families with a one-time payment of $ 500. The city’s Office of Community Wealth Building will facilitate the disbursement of city funds to eligible families, working with Enrichmond as a non-profit organization coordinating with the foundation. More information about the fund is available here.
Information on how to qualify for assistance is available here and calling the Office of Community Wealth Building at 646-6464.