The five candidates for three seats on City Council took part in a forum sponsored last night by the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. The candidates answered questions submitted by the people attending. Mayor Howard Myers and Deputy Mayor Sam Parham were in the audience. The Mayor said each election brings a new energy to council and meetings like this one are an important part of the process.
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The Petersburg Chamber of Commerce will host a City Council candidates Forum tonight (11/3) at Richard Bland College on Johnson Street.
There are five candidates for three open seats on Petersburg Council. Danielle Fitz-Hugh, the Chamber’s CEO, said elections are a chance for people to make the important decisions. The candidates, Fitz-Hugh said, will be asked prepared questions and the audience will be able to submit questions.
A little good news for Petersburg, the mayor announced yesterday (11/2) that efforts are underway to make sure the city’s annual Christmas Parade will happen this year.
Mayor Howard Myers said an application from a nonprofit organization to coordinate the parade is being reviewed and Petersburg’s special event committee met today to confirm the permitting process and logistics to make it happen.
Given Petersburg’s financial crunch, Myers said the parade has become a business community effort.
At a meeting with members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, Robert Lindgren, President of Randolph Macon College, made his opposition to adding a third rail for high speed trains in Ashland. There’s another issue.
Dr. Lindgren also addressed a proposal, that’s not part of the ongoing third rail study, to construct a commuter rail station in downtown Ashland.
The current proposal, he said, is a smaller version of one presented in June. Sites north and south of the town, he added, have also been talked about.
The Robert Bobb Group was hired to help Petersburg deal with its financial problems. Last night (11/1), Bobb outlined a short term plan to get the ball rolling.
Bobb told City Council that Petersburg doesn’t have the money it needs to make it through this month. It will be necessary, he said, to borrow.
He added that it isn’t rocket science saying, “...we can make this happen.”
Barb Rudolph, one of the founders of the citizen’s group Clean Sweep Petersburg, said members who were at the meeting came away “cautiously optimistic.”
The Commonwealth Transportation Board didn’t find much in the way of support for proposals to run a third rail through the middle of Ashland to accommodate high speed rail.
Ashland Mayor Jim Foley said he was pleased that the board took time for a walking tour and he reiterated that the town is opposed to a third rail.
The railroad bisects the campus of Randolph Macon College and President Robert Lindgren said, among other things, safety is an issue.
Today (11/1) begins No Shave November for law enforcement members in Prince George County. Police officers and sheriff’s deputies will be taking part in what is a national effort to raise awareness about cancer. Police Chief Keith Early said expect to encounter fuzz with fuzz.
The clean shaven rule has been suspended in support of Ralph Summerson, Fleet Manager for county public safety vehicles, and anyone else fighting cancer. Participants can donate $30. The money will go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
CSi Packaging, based in the Netherlands, will open a sales and service office in Interport Business Center on S. Laburnum Avenue in Henrico County. CSi will hire 20 people and invest about $260,000.
Barry Matherly, CEO of the Greater Richmond Partnership, said the Richmond region has become a magnet for international companies. The east coast is the largest consumer market in the world and Toney Hall, Henrico’s Deputy Director of Economic Development said foreign companies are attracted by access to it.
A medical scientific consulting firm, based in Chesterfield, has come up with a tool intended help predict one of the root problems of the opioid drug epidemic in the country.
Over the past several years a group of Richmond area scientists with world wide input, developed the Venebio Opioid Advisor.
CEO Lemm Murrelle explained that it is a mathematical algorithm that collects data from a patient’s medical records.
Venebio received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help in creation of its Opioid Advisor.
Virginia529 prePaid has been in existence now for 20 years. As college tuitions continue to rise, the program is studying options for the future.
Mary Morris is Virginia 529's CEO. She said families with contracts, and those who sign up this year, have nothing to be concerned about.
The study, she said, was undertaken from a position of strength.