The Petersburg City Council has voted unanimously to raise the rates for water and wastewater services by 13.4 %. The current rate in Petersburg is just under $55 for typical monthly residential use. With the increase, it will go up to just over $62 for both water and wastewater services.
John Ogle began his career in broadcast journalism while still in high school. In nearly 50 years on the radio he has worked as a news anchor for the ABC, NBC, and Mutual networks and as News Director of radio stations in Richmond, Miami, Washington, and New York City. After ten years as News Director of WCXR, Alexandria, John returned to Richmond in 1993 and organized The Richmond Times Dispatch Broadcast News Service. In its 12 year history, the network’s programming was heard on 20 radio stations across Virginia. John retired from the Times Dispatch at the end of 2004 but is still heard daily as a freelance Correspondent on WCVE Public Radio and on the ABC Radio Network.
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Transportation Network Company (TNC) drivers no longer need a special vehicle registration from the DMV to drive for Uber or Lyft in Virginia. A change in state law took effect at the end of last month.
DMV’s Brandy Brubaker explained what else has changed. “These vehicles no longer have to display the DMV issued black and yellow year decals on their license plates for out of state drivers that’s the decal in the vehicle’s window.”
The GRTC Transit Board of Directors has voted unanimously to drop its current para-transit provider, MV Contract Transportation, seven months before the expiration of its current contract.
The Hanover County School Board met last night (4/4) and heard comments from a standing room only crowd on a proposal from the school system’s staff to adopt a new 10 point grading scale similar to SAT scoring.
The school system’s Chris Whitley explained that under the 10 point version recommended last night, “The A’s go from 90 to a hundred, B’s from 80 to 89, C from 70 to 79, D’s from 65 to 69 anything below a 65 is considered failing. We recommended this version because it strikes a balance between rigor and equity.”
Petersburg City Council took action last night (4/4) to provide an ad hoc committee, considering how to deal with the city’s water and wastewater treatment issues, with details of two bids to privatize operations.
The Highpoint Collective, LLC, is located at what used to be the Sea Dream Leather building at 3300 W. Broad in Scott’s Addition. It includes offices and studio work spaces for new and growing businesses.
The Highpoint is the brain child of small business owner David Morrison, taxidermist Robert Olson, and jewelry designer Clair Accardo. They bought the structure, built in 1900, five years ago, replaced the roof, and began making steady improvements.
Late in 2015, as opioid addiction reached epidemic proportions, the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority took over the Rubicon treatment facility near Highland Park in the city. Now extensive renovation is underway to create a first class, much needed, treatment facility.
There are two companies interested in the privatization of the Petersburg water system. Aqua Virginia, made a presentation yesterday (4/2), Virginia American Water will do the same at the end of the month.
Aqua Virginia President John Aulbach said there were very thoughtful questions. “Showing the concerns of the residents who understand the proposal that we have submitted, the portions that we could speak about publicly,” said Aulbach.
There will be a town hall meeting at the Pearson’s Corner Elementary School in Hanover tonight (4/2) to talk about the county’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget and public projects.
Supervisor Chair Angela Kelly-Wiecek said she has this annual meeting because she thinks the public should have every opportunity to learn all it can about the way their tax dollars are spent. “An opportunity for them to ask questions in a conversational format where I can give them information. I can answer their questions one on one,” said Kelly-Wiecek.
VCU researchers found that three months after graduating from an intensive job skills internship program, 90% of autistic high school students had well paying part-time jobs and a year later, 87% were still working.
Dr. Paul Wehman chairs the VCU rehabilitation research division. He said, “With the right intervention and help and support from skilled employment specialists, these young men and women really show their gifts and they become more and confident. They don’t make mistakes, they come to work at a 98% rate.”