Creating a Community-Driven ARPA Funding Plan

The City of Norfolk received $154.1 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. Residents can provide their priorities to help establish a collaborative, community-driven plan through online tools and newly added drop boxes located throughout the city.

The two January public meetings have been cancelled due to the rise in COVID-19 cases.

Residents can use the online survey, the Prioritize tool or email the city at to share their priorities for ARPA funding.

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To provide residents without internet access with an opportunity to have their priorities heard, drop boxes with comment cards are available at the following locations:

  • Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library
  • Jordan- Newby Anchor Branch Library
  • Richard A. Tucker Memorial Library
  • Berkley Recreation Center
  • East Ocean View Recreation Center
  • Lambert’s Point Community Center
  • Norview Community Center
  • Huntersville Multi-Service Center

Feedback from these resources and from previous public meetings can be viewed with the new Public Engagement Dashboard, an online collection of all input provided by residents that is updated daily. All ARPA funding tools and information is available at

Resident feedback will be used to create a community-based City Manager’s recommendation for City Council consideration on ARPA funding. City Council will hold a public hearing once they have received the community-based City Manager’s Proposed Plan.

Jam’n Jamz: Fruit & Nut Tree Adoption Fair

Friends of Norfolk Environment (FONE) in conjunction with the Norfolk Master Gardeners, will provided at least one Fruit or Nut Trees to any resident of Norfolk. These are bare-rooted and not in pots.

Please pass this information along to you members, neighbors, and Norfolk friends.

DATE:   Saturday, January 29, 2022

TIME:    10:00 am -1:00 pm

PLACE:  Shelter #2 in Lafayette Park and Circle area

Looking for a new trade? Free welding training

Get real-time flooding updates with this new partnership

Real-time flooding updates just got easier thanks to Norfolk’s partnership with RISE, climate tech FloodMapp and Waze! FloodMapp is testing the integration of their flood forecast technology with Waze’s navigation app here in Norfolk.

What’s this mean for Waze users? Drivers receive pop-up icons and audio alerts to warn them of flooded streets along their route – to help avoid property and life-threatening hazards. Drivers can also confirm flooding in the app with a “thumbs up” to help validate FloodMapp’s technology and improve the accuracy of future Waze alerts.

Want to learn more about this partnership? Read the full press release:

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Helpful Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Drain and disconnect all outdoor hoses.
  • Let water drip from faucets during frigid temperatures to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as garages, attics and crawl spaces.
  • Install heat tape or heat cable on exposed water pipes or pipes located in areas where the temperature may fall below freezing.
  • Seal off vents, doors, windows and cracks.

Learn what to do if you think you have a frozen pipe.

Creating a Community-Driven ARPA Funding Plan

City staff invite you and your neighbors to join them in small group discussions about your priority’s for the city’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.

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They are hosting two community engagement and input meetings in January:

  • Thursday, January 13 (6:30 p.m.)
    Berkley Recreation Center Gym, 121 Liberty Street
  • Thursday, January 20 (6:30 p.m.)
    Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center, 7300 Newport Avenue

You can also provide comments on the use of these funds through the following:

All comments received are posted online in the city’s ARPA Public Engagement Dashboard. These tools can all be found on the City’s ARPA webpage.

MetroNet Construction

MetroNet Fiber construction is beginning. Follow the construction here:

To be notified when your address is eligible to schedule installation, see the “Signup Early!” section towards the bottom of that same page.

Time to Toss the Tree?

Place natural trees, with decorations removed, at the curb on your trash collection day. You can also drop off natural trees to Waste Management, 1176 Pineridge Road, December 28 through January 28.

Street Sweeping Delays

Street sweeping delays are expected through late January/early February. Due to national supply chain shortages for parts, the Stormwater Street Sweeping Program is experiencing delays in equipment repairs.

Street sweepers are not designed to pick up large volumes of leaves. Only streets with a curb and gutter are swept. Leaves should never be raked or blown into the street or curb line. Per City Code 41.1-4, proactively keep leaves and other debris out the curb line in front of your home.   

Need to get rid of leaves? You have a few options! 

  • Leave the leaves – rake them into your flower beds (free mulch – feeds and insulates your flower beds, and provides a winter shelter for birds, frogs, butterflies and beneficial insects) 
  • Mulch mow – mow the leaves (chop them into smaller pieces), and leave on your lawn (free fertilizer) 
  • Compost (free soil) 
  • Bag for trash day – up to twenty (20) clear bags of leaves can be set out on your regular collection day for pick up by Waste Management 

For parking enforced areas, parking enforcement will continue and posted no parking zones will be ticketed as usual. Please adhere to all No Parking signs.

For non-enforced parking areas, if a neighborhood route is unable to be completed, they will attempt to make it up the following week. If not, the missed portion will be prioritized the next month.

For more information and additional tips for leaf disposal, visit

Get Free Admission to Nauticus During Vaccine Event

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