Local Government Archive

Elizabeth City gets grant to build playground for disabled

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. A swing that accommodates a wheelchair and a slide with rollers to control speed are among the equipment that could be part of a new playground planned for roughly 1,000 disabled children in Pasquotank County. The facility will be the first of its kind in the region.

Chesapeake seeks a work-around for noncompliant businesses

CHESAPEAKE Businesses that opened in the city without appropriate permits or zoning may catch a break if a council member gets his way.

Competition is thin for next month's elections

RICHMOND All 140 seats of the Virginia General Assembly are up for election next month, but many voters won't have much of a choice at the ballot box on Election Day. Less than half of the contests will have more than one candidate, and only a small percentage of contested races are expected to be close.

Norfolk to adjust timing of 60 traffic lights

NORFOLK Faster commutes. Less pollution from your vehicle. Motorists around Norfolk - and Mother Nature - will be so pleased. The city of Norfolk will receive up to $600,000 in state and federal money to "retime" about 60 of Norfolk's 311 traffic signals over the next three years.

Check for $250K left with Portsmouth's finance department took 3 years to get to state

PORTSMOUTH Former Portsmouth Economic Development Director Patrick Small says that department was wrongly targeted regarding the city's three-year failure to return $250,000 to the state.

Suffolk's new city manager takes oath of office Monday

SUFFOLK Patrick Roberts will take his oath of office as Suffolk’s new city manager Monday afternoon. The 44-year-old Portsmouth native was unanimously appointed by the City Council last month. Roberts had served since May as interim city manager. Previously he was deputy city manager for seven years.

Controversial ex-Norfolk official fired from city of Richmond job

Sharon McDonald, Norfolk's former commissioner of the revenue, was fired as revenue administrator for the city of Richmond, according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch report.
McDonald was hired at the beginning of the year as part of a team that Mayor Dwight Jones said was assembled to turn around Richmond's financial management.

Virginia Beach council rejects proposal to move money away from light rail

VIRGINIA BEACH The City Council snubbed a proposal Tuesday night from Councilman John Moss to move money dedicated for light-rail plans to plug a projected budget hole. Moss's resolution never came to a vote because no one stepped up at the meeting in support of rerouting $10 million in light-rail money to help cover the city's $33 million budget shortfall next year.

State prosecutors: Not enough evidence to charge Va. Beach councilman John Uhrin

 VIRGINIA BEACH The Virginia Beach commonwealth's attorney announced Tuesday that prosecutors don't have sufficient evidence to charge Councilman John Uhrin with conflict-of-interest violations, but a federal investigation into Uhrin's votes on the Cavalier Hotel project continues.

Norfolk's Colley Avenue named finalist for "Great Places" award

NORFOLK Calling all lovers of Ghent: This is your chance to show it. Colley Avenue, the commercial corridor in the heart of Ghent, is one of five finalists for the American Planning Association's Great Places in America "People's Choice" award. Norfolk Planning Director George Homewood got the news Tuesday afternoon.

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