Ice Cream Social – June 20th

For our June 20th meeting, we are planning to forgo the actual meeting and invite all of our neighbors in Wards Corner to an informal ice cream social at the North Shore Playground honoring first responders. The event will start at our normal meeting time, 6:30pm. We should have plenty of daylight to work with that evening.

We hope you can join us for the fun!

Enhanced Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Facility Public Input Findings

Parks & Recreation and Norfolk Public Library recently hosted virtual and in-person public input meetings for an enhanced Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center with a library component. Check out the findings! The March 24 in-person public meeting can be viewed here.

NPL Strategic Plan Survey

The Norfolk Public Library’s mission is to provide equal opportunity access to information, high quality book and multimedia materials, programs, exhibits, and on-line resources to meet the needs of our diverse community for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and intellectual stimulation. To fulfill its mission, the Library employs a knowledgeable, well-trained staff committed to excellent service and civility. The Strategic Directions are a list of ways that the Library seeks to fulfill its mission.

City staff are asking for your assessment on the success of these Strategic Directions. Please take the survey here.

April Means Pothole Repairs

Spring is here and after the winter weather we’ve had, potholes become more frequent. Potholes get reported to the Department of Public Works Streets & Bridges. Crews are dispatched to inspect potholes in the order they’re received. Crews will temporarily patch the pothole to make it safe and complete the permanent repair within the next couple of days, weather permitting.

If you see a pothole, report it through the MyNorfolk app or online portal. Be sure to include a description of the pothole and the nearest street location to help Public Works Streets & Bridges crews make the repair as soon as possible.

The city also keeps track of how many potholes are repaired. You can check it out in the Work Order (Streets & Bridges) dataset in the Open Data Portal.

Area Code will be Required for Local Dialing

Starting April 9, calls must include the area code plus the seven digit telephone number for all local calls. To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the State Corporation Commission approved the addition of a new area code, 948, to the geographic region served by the 757 area code. Telephone service providers will issue new numbers with the 948 area code in our service area. Calls to this area code will not incur a long distance charge.

Granby Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project Update

Upcoming traffic pattern changes

The City of Norfolk’s Department of Transit is a year into the Granby Street Bridge Rehabilitation
Project in 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.

Beginning Monday, March 28, the southbound lanes on Granby Street Bridge will close to accommodate
rehabilitation work on that portion of the bridge. Northbound traffic over the Granby Street Bridge will
shift to the far two right northbound lanes. The inside left northbound lane on the bridge will then be closed and switched to carry all southbound traffic.

Further, the inside left turn lane on Willow Wood Drive will close to accommodate the single southbound lane crossing over the Granby Street Bridge.

This traffic pattern will be in place through late August. Four portable message signs warning of the
upcoming traffic pattern changes were installed two weeks prior to the southbound bridge closure.

The contractor will coordinate with Norfolk police for assistance on site during this traffic pattern shift.

Norfolk Master Gardner 2022 Plant Sale

The Norfolk Master Gardeners will hold their plant sale this year at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens.

  • 31 March, Thursday 1-7 PM
  • 1 April, Friday 10 AM to 5 PM

Hermitage address is 7637 North Shore Drive, off of Hampton Blvd.

There will be lots of native plants, southern favorites, trees, shrubs, cut flowers, herbs, and indoor plants.

They will have favorite garden related books and white elephant items for sale too.

Special Waste Collection Event

Saturday, April 9th, 9am – 12noon @ Southside STEM Academy

Flood Awareness Week: March 13-19

Do you know your flood risk?

Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster, but only 3% of Virginians have flood insurance. It is estimated that 1 inch of water in a home can cause upwards of $25,000 in damages.

Virginia Flood Awareness Week encourages residents to learn about their flood risk and protect the life they’ve built with flood insurance.

Our Flood Risk Learning Center is just one tool to help you understand your property’s flood risk. This interactive website shows personalized flood risk depicted on a photo of your property, rather than on a map.

💻 norfolk.floodriskcenter.com

🔍 Search for a specific address

🏠 See potential flood levels pictorially on that property

💲 Receive customized interpretations of flood risk and steps to mitigate flood impacts or lower your insurance premiums

ARPA Funding Community Engagement Results

Since November 2021, city staff solicited input from residents on priorities for the $154 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. Residents provided comments in-person, online, and at drop boxes located at recreation centers and libraries. The results of this community engagement are now available to the public through the ARPA Public Engagement Results resource guide. 

This detailed report of all public comments received was provided to City Council on Saturday, March 5.

How can you access the guide?

  • It will be emailed directly to residents who provided an email address at sign-in at one of the ARPA public meetings.
  • Online
  • At libraries beginning the week of March 14.

What’s next?

Your feedback was used to create a community-based City Manager’s recommendation for City Council consideration, which they are now reviewing and amending. Prior to adoption, a public hearing will be held for additional comment. More information on the public hearing will be provided as it becomes available. Norfolk’s ARPA webpage.