City Council Recap - February 25, 2019

Highlights

The council began with the recognition that Councilwoman Tremmel would be unable to attend the meeting, and Councilman Hilbert would be arriving late.

A moment of silence was given for the passing of Ronald C. Lewis the first African American fire chief of Richmond, from 1978 to 1994.

Capt. Michael Snawder, the Watch Commander Richmond Police Department, was awarded for

his exemplary work as the most recent Precinct Commander of the Richmond Police Department - Richmond 2nd Police Precinct.

Councilman Jones presented the award, and thanked Capt. Snawder’s work to keep neighborhoods safe and clean, as well as their being less people loitering the streets or doing “extracurricular activities.” Councilman Jones even recalled Capt. Snawder answering his phone at interesting times, including when the Captain was vacationing in the mountains.

Councilwoman Robertson discussed how Capt. Snawder is all over her district. He had integrity, and she is grateful. She recognizes him as a strong police presence.

Councilwoman Gray remarks on how whenever she called upon him, he was immediately responsive. She even jokingly said how she is mad he left her area.

Councilman Agelasto reflected on Sector 2-11, and the huge improvement of the area. He also remarked on how every person under Capt. Snawder also work collectively, and that clearly there is a deep bench on the team.

Councilman Agelasto then mentioned some written letters he had received from individuals, which prompted them to share their opinion on the new townhouses being built in their neighborhood and region.

William Samuels showed unhappiness with the materials used to build the homes, as he assumed mostly stone, brick, and cement would be used, but was disappointed to find vinyl being a possible option, due to its weak foundation and nature. As such, he asked the council members to defer approval.

Another individual, Janice Lovejoy, shared a similar sentiment. In addition, she also voiced her concerns over how traffic safety will be impacted given the new townhouses, as there have many accidents due to the danger of the intersection and the lack of a pedestrian crosswalk.

In response to these worries, the attorney Preston Loy spoke to address these concerns. He referenced a traffic study that looked at the area in question, and the study concluded that the new establishments does not hurt the safety of the area.

In regards to the materials used for the homes, he clarified that to keep the touwnhouses within a certain budget, the homeowner is allowed to choose from a variety of materials, including cement and brick, but vinyl will still be offered if the homeowner chooses so.

Councilwoman Gray and Councilman Agelasto were satisfied with Attorney Loy’s statements, although they both heavily emphasized worry over the traffic area and hope for greater safety for the future.

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