Early Voting Now Open

From the Office of Elections:

The deadline to register to vote for the June 8, 2021 Primary Election is Monday, May 17, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. for in-person and 11:59 p.m. online.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail for the June 8, 2021 Primary Election is 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 28th. Due to USPS mail service delivery we recommend requesting an absentee ballot by mail earlier to allow adequate time for delivery and return.

Witness signature for absentee ballots by mail is waived for the June Primary Elections by Court Order.

Absentee voting for the June 8, 2021 Primary Elections will be held at Norfolk City Hall, 1st Floor, beginning April 23rd. Voters may park in the Union Street parking lot behind City Hall. Please use the Union Street entrance (front of the building). Absentee voting will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to our regular office hours, we will be open on Saturday, May 29th and June 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for in person absentee voting. The deadline to vote absentee in person is 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 5th.

Absentee ballots may be returned via USPS, approved delivery courier service (such as DHL, Federal Express, or UPS), or in person. A ballot drop box is available during absentee voting hours and dates listed above at 810 Union Street, First Floor, City Hall. In addition, drop boxes will be available at all polling places on Election Day, June 8th, from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Granby Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project Update

We’re roughly six months into the Granby Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project during which the bridge is undergoing extensive repairs to extend its useable life. Both the bridge deck and the support structures are being repaired to address current corrosion and deterioration issues as well as improve the bridge’s condition.

Please note that starting on Wednesday, April 21, the southbound bike lane on the Granby Street Bridge will be closed and temporarily converted into a vehicle lane. Also starting that day between 9 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., southbound Granby Street will be reduced temporarily to a single lane of traffic over the bridge until Friday, April 23.

Between Friday, April 23 and Saturday, May 8, the northbound and southbound left lanes on the Granby Street Bridge will be closed. During this time, the right northbound lane and sidewalk on the east side of the bridge will remain closed. Business and residential entrances will be maintained during the lane closures.

Starting on Saturday, May 8 until fall 2021, the entire northbound side of the bridge will be closed to facilitate bridge repairs. The following conditions can be expected until fall 2021:

  • The southbound bike lane on the Granby Street bridge will be temporarily converted into a vehicle lane. The bike lane will be restored at the end of the project in fall 2022.
  • Two lanes of traffic will remain open in the southbound direction on Granby Street.
  • Northbound traffic on Granby Street will be reduced to one lane north of 41st Street until the end of the bridge just south of Willow Wood Drive.
  • The speed limit will remain temporarily reduced to 25 MPH on northbound Granby Street, between 40th Street and Windham Road.
  • The speed limit will remain temporarily reduced to 25 MPH on southbound Granby Street, between South Arden Circle and 41st Street, and on southbound Llewellyn Avenue, between the Granby Street Bridge and 38th Street.
  • The sidewalk on the east side of the bridge will remain closed temporarily. The sidewalk on the west side of the bridge will remain open.
  • The fishing pier will remain closed temporarily.

Full closure of the southbound side of the bridge is anticipated in early 2022. Future updates will be announced on message boards along Granby Street, media alerts, norfolk.gov, Nextdoor and project update emails. To receive project update emails, send a request to olga.beltsar@norfolk.gov. For more information about the project, visit www.norfolk.gov/granbybridge.

Follow-up to Residential Stormwater Meeting

Following up on the residential stormwater meeting held on April 12th, here is a brochure from Matt Simons and some resources that Michelle put together on the information Justin Shafer shared.

Also, here is contact information for city staff that attended:

Michelle has also posted the video recording from the meeting on the city’s Stormwater Home Page if anyone missed it and would like to see the information presented.

Residential Best Management Practices (BMP) Resources

City of Norfolk, Office of Resilience, Retain Your Rain
https://www.norfolk.gov/3700/Retain-Your-Rain

https://www.norfolk.gov/3745/Home-Projects

  • Conservation Landscaping
  • Infiltration
  • Rain Barrels
  • Lawn Management
  • Pervious Pavers
  • Rain Gardens
  • Tree Planting

Bay Star Homes
https://www.norfolk.gov/2806/Bay-Star-Homes

River Star Homes
https://elizabethriver.org/river-star-homes

AskHRgreen
https://askhrgreen.org/

Media Tip sheets (search maintenance):

  • Rain Barrel Maintenance
  • Ditch and Grass Channel Maintenance
  • Infiltration Area Maintenance
  • Permeable Pavement Maintenance
  • Rain Garden Maintenance

Virginia Cooperative Extension
https://resources.ext.vt.edu/

Stormwater Management for Homeowners Fact Sheets (series of 6)
     1 – Rooftop Redirection
     2 – Rain Barrels
     3 – Permeable Pavement
     4 – Grass Swales
     5 – Rain Gardens
     6 – Buffers

Rain Garden Plants

Urban Stormwater Best Management Practices (15-part series)

Chesapeake Stormwater Network
https://chesapeakestormwater.net/training-library/stormwater-bmps/

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
http://www.stormwater.allianceforthebay.org/
Design Your Yard Online – Develop a plan to install a Rain Garden or Conservation Landscape in your yard

Roanoke Stormwater Ideabook for Single Family Homeowners

https://www.roanokeva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/347/Roanoke-Stormwater-Ideabook-for-Single-Family-Homeowners-PDF

Lynnhaven River Now
https://www.lynnhavenrivernow.org

Chesapeake Stormwater Network
Homeowner Guide For a More Bay-Friendly Property (Instructions on how to design and install several BMPs) https://chesapeakestormwater.net/2014/06/residential-stormwater-bmp-workshop/

Rebuild NPS 2030: Opportunity to participate in two virtual meetings and a survey

Norfolk Public Schools and the consulting firm, Cooperative Strategies have been working collaboratively to develop the school division’s long-range master facilities plan to rebuild and renovate Norfolk’s aging schools and facilities.

With data collected, discussions with the school division’s leadership team, and input from a steering committee, Cooperative Strategies has developed a draft master facilities plan for the City of Norfolk, which can be viewed here: Rebuild NPS 2030.

The following opportunities are available to all NPS stakeholders to provide feedback and input throughout this process: 

For more details, and to keep up with the most up-to-date information regarding this initiative, please continue to visit the Rebuild NPS 2030 webpage at https://www.npsk12.com/Page/14999.

Walk-ups now accepted at COVID-19 vaccine clinic

The FEMA-supported COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Military Circle Mall is supporting walk-ups. NO APPOINTMENT REQUIRED. The clinic is open seven days a week from 9AM to 7PM.  

Also, Hampton Roads Transit is now providing FREE paratransit to and from vaccine appointments! Call Paratransit reservations at 757-455-8010 and tell the reservationist you are requesting a trip for your COVID-19 vaccination. When you call, be sure to provide:

  • Name and address of your vaccination location
  • Vaccine appointment time 

Your arrival will be scheduled at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. Your return trip pickup time will be approximately 30 minutes after your scheduled appointment time. Questions? Call the HRT Paratransit Administration office at 757-222-6087.

Rain-Wise Yards and Landscapes Webinar

The askHRgreen.org Stormwater Education Committee will be holding a free webinar on Monday, April 12th from 12-1 pm on residential Best Management Practices (things residents can do at home to mitigate flooding in their yards.)

In partnership with City of Norfolk, Lynnhaven River Now, Elizabeth River Project, and Wetlands Watch, participants will learn about the importance of stormwater management, BMPs well-suited for Hampton Roads including conservation landscaping, and local assistance programs available to assist with BMP installation. Promotion links are provided below:

Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine Today!

Below is a special message from our friends at the Norfolk Department of Public Health:

Schedule your appointment today to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine!  Click an appointment date to schedule your vaccine appointment at the Military Circle Mall Community Vaccination Center. All Norfolk residents ages 16+ are eligible to receive the vaccine.

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Questions? Just call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682).

Norfolk Southern Road Detours

Beginning Monday, March 22 through the end of the week, Norfolk Southern will replace 3 railroad crossings along several streets in the Wards Corner area from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. The crossings were last replaced in 2011. The work requires full and directional closures with traffic detoured to signalized streets. Off-duty Norfolk Police hired by Norfolk Southern will assist with traffic control. The schedule, maps, and detour information are below. The city has established a 24-hour hotline to address construction concerns at 757-664-7220.

Monday, March 22

Granby Street southbound:

Traffic will be detoured to Admiral Taussig Boulevard to Little Creek Road and back to Granby Street. Alternate Route: Tidewater Drive 

Granby Street crossing southbound (heading towards Downtown) closure map and detour: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?hl=en&mid=1zDaH1VulB9QaBxJxyq_O40SqynU&ll=36.91643049173739%2C-76.270625&z=18

Tuesday, March 23

Granby Street northbound (heading towards Ocean View):

Traffic will be detoured to Little Creek Road to Admiral Taussig Boulevard and back to Granby Street. Alternate Route: Tidewater Drive 

Granby Street crossing northbound closure map and detour: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?hl=en&mid=1W4gu5zTSvQs6j-kE73BdhIiPu4Q&ll=36.91639599201156%2C-76.27058886441804&z=18 

Wednesday, March 24

Little Creek Road:

Traffic will be detoured to Admiral Taussig Boulevard and Granby Street, respectively. Alternate Routes: Bayview Boulevard and Thole Street 

Little Creek Road crossing closure map and detour:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?hl=en&mid=1bJOIFULJG6xPDAL97_f51WBc_iE&ll=36.9171789350947%2C-76.27065200000001&z=17 

Thursday, March 25

Thole Street:

Traffic will be detoured to Little Creek Road via Granby Street and Tidewater Drive, respectively. Alternate Route: Granby Street and Willow Wood Drive 

Thole Street crossing closure map and detour:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?hl=en&mid=1R7ZTmLPBqeg2pTdnc-bJzdsaF3Q&ll=36.91081466921791%2C-76.265037&z=15 

More COVID-19 Vaccine Information

A number of local pharmacies are providing COVID-19 vaccinations in addition to the health department.
To find one near you, visit vaccinefinder.org/search and type in your zip code.
The site does not include Norfolk Department of Public Health vaccine clinics.

You can still preregister with the Virginia Department of Health by visiting Vaccinate.Virginia.gov.
Appointment notifications can take up to eight weeks. Do not forward your email appointment confirmation.
If you attempt to schedule an appointment with a link that does not belong to you,
the appointment will be cancelled by the health department.

There are currently three FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
All three went through extensive clinical trials and are effective in reducing your chance of illness, hospitalization and death.

If you receive the vaccine in Virginia, you will automatically be removed from the state preregistration list.
If you receive the vaccine outside of Virginia or want to be removed from the preregistration list for any other reason,
call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682).

For more information on COVID-19, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov.

Green Bucket Brigade

The Green Bucket Brigade is the City of Norfolk’s newest litter task force, inviting businesses, nonprofits, government, and all residents of Norfolk to join in the fight against litter. Litter affects us all, and we are making it easy to Love Our City through the Green Bucket Brigade. It is simple: adopt your own litter kit including a green 5-gallon bucket, a litter grabber, trash bags, and KNB swag. Keep your corner clean and inspire others to do the same. Join the fight here and keep Norfolk LITTER-FREE!