The Agenda: Local government briefs for 5.4.20

Industry reps sought for ‘Relauch Chesterfield’ initiative

An initiative called “Relaunch Chesterfield” is being established to work in conjunction with Gov. Ralph Northam’s COVID-19 Business Task Force recommendations for relaunching Virginia’s economy.

Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, Chamber RVA Chesterfield Cabinet and Chesterfield County are behind the initiative, which aims to provide a framework of issues for businesses and elected officials to consider as reopening plans are made.

The framework will be developed with business leaders representing industries including health and safety, retail, restaurants, hospitality, arts and entertainment, and education and daycare. Representatives for each industry workgroup are sought and can apply here.

Votes on revised budget, Wegmans project on Hanover agenda

Site plan for the Wegmans Distribution center. (Submitted)

Hanover supervisors meet Wednesday at 3 p.m. Full agenda here. Business includes adoption of the fiscal year 2021 budget plan, which has been revised in light of the economic downturn with a $266 million general fund that’s 3 percent less than previously proposed.

Also on the agenda are public hearings related to Air Park Associates LP’s rezoning request for the proposed Wegmans Food Markets distribution facility. The $175 million project proposed for 220 acres just east of the county airport was previously scheduled to go to hearing in March but were delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Planning Commission endorsed the project in February.

Goochland board meets Tuesday

Goochland supervisors meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. Business includes readopting ordinances to allow for continuity of government operations during the pandemic, delay penalty and interest for 30 days on real estate and personal property taxes due June 5, and amend County Code to delay imposition of service district tax from 2020 to 2021. Full agenda here.

City Council holds special meeting Monday

Richmond City Council meets in special session Monday at 3:30 p.m. Business includes a public necessity declaration to amend City Code and the zoning ordinance to classify licensed outpatient opioid treatment facilities as medical clinics or to otherwise permit such facilities in additional zoning districts.

Council also will vote on requests to the U.S. Congress for enactment of legislation to supplement and modify the CARES Act for additional federal aid. Full agenda available here.

City still accepting applications for small business disaster loan program

About $410,000 of a $1 million disaster loan program for small businesses in Richmond had been awarded to 21 businesses in the city as of Tuesday. That’s out of 63 applications received, about a third of which have been approved for funding thus far.

The Richmond Economic Development Authority is administering the program, which is intended to help small businesses in the city cover payroll while state-mandated, coronavirus-related social distancing has severely cut into local companies’ revenue.

The Richmond Small Business Disaster Loan Program (COVID-19) was rolled out in early April. The maximum loan amount for the program is six months of current employee wages or $20,000, whichever is less. Loan payments will be disbursed over six months. Repayment of the loans will be deferred for six months, followed by 48 months of no-interest payments.

The application for the program is available here. Small businesses interested in applying should fill out the application and provide the required documentation via email. Funding is limited and applications will be considered in the order they are received.

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