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Did you know there are historic markers throughout the City commemorating Lynchburg’s rich African American history? According to the brochure, Historic Markers of Lynchburg, “These markers reflect the accomplishments of African Americans in the fields of education, the arts and social activism. Of particular interest are markers on the three blocks of Pierce Street, from 12th to 15th Streets, which is also designated as the “Pierce Street Renaissance Street Renaissance Historic District” where there are more markers concentrated than any other town or city in Virginia.”
Here are just a few of the stories behind those markers!
One of the largest issues in local sewer systems is the buildup of fats, oils, and grease in sewer pipes. When these ingredients are poured down the drain, they solidify in the sewer pipes, mixing with non-flushable items (like wet wipes and shop rags) and create “fatbergs” that block the sewer lines and cause costly and unsafe overflows into backyards, forests, and streams.
Recently, there have been changes made to the three-member Lynchburg Electoral Board. Patricia Bower, Electoral Board Chair, retired at the end of her term on December 31, 2020. Carolyn Sherayko, who previously served as the General Registrar and retired from that position in 2015, was appointed by the Circuit Court to replace Bower.
The Lakeside Drive Bridge Over Blackwater Creek Project remains on schedule with final completion set for spring 2023. Work outside of existing roadways consists of installation of storm drainage, construction of bridge substructure, erection of retaining walls and minor grading operations. This work will continue with no impacts to roadways or traffic for the next several months. As a reminder, local trails through the project site remain closed to the public, and citizens are asked to not enter the jobsite due to ongoing construction and safety concerns.
The Lynchburg Fire Department was notified on Monday, February 22 by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) that it has achieved full international accreditation. The Commission issued its approval during its virtual commissioner’s meeting.
The accreditation process includes a review of 12 areas of the department including: standards of cover, response/benchmarks and strategies, paramedics/first aid, strategic plan, public education, fire prevention, fire investigation, apparatus maintenance, personnel training, human resources, safety equipment and external relations.
We’re rolling out 2021 with a revamped City Source! We will continue with our monthly publication in the News and Advance providing you with the latest City information you need to know and will have this expanded blog style version available to read further on what interests you! You can also subscribe to receive the City Source directly to your email inbox.
The City of Lynchburg is teaming up with the Virginia Department of Health, Centra and other community partners to provide information about the COVID-19 vaccine. Please visit www.lynchburgva.gov/covid-19-vaccination. This page will be updated regularly as new information is received.
Lynchburg utility disconnections will resume in March after a year-long suspension. If your account is delinquent, you still have time to take advantage of the CARES Utility Relief Funds to receive assistance because the deadline has been extended. Funds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Every effort will be made to ensure the distribution of this assistance will be as equitable as possible. You may complete the application online at www.lynchburgva.gov/CARES. The application can also be printed and returned by mail or left in the drop-off box in front of City Hall, 900 Church Street. (NOTE: City Hall is still closed to the public.) Lastly, you may submit the information by calling (434) 455-3840 during the business hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Old City Cemetery is incredibly excited about being named one of ten honorees in the Virginia Association of Museums' (VAM) annual Top-Ten Endangered Artifacts Competition!
The beloved "Angel Statue" and grave of two-year-old Emmett Jefferson is in desperate need of conservation through cleaning and stabilizing. The once white marble is now covered in mildew, and the entire monument is leaning and threatening to topple onto the adjacent ledger stone. $1000, the top-prize in VAM's competition, could go a long way in helping protect this special landmark at OCC. That is where you come in!
Chase the Chill was held on Thursday, January 7. A local group of dedicated knitters spent the past year creating more than 800 toasty warm scarves, hats, blankets and more for anyone in need. Knitted items were placed at the Human Services building and Park View Mission. Thank you for your kindness!
Lynchburg Municipal Offices will be CLOSED on Monday, February 15.
Trash will be collected following the NORMAL schedule.
Concord Turnpike Convenience Center is open Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Call Citizens First Info Center at 856-CITY(2489) for more information.
For the past several months, a number of refuse collection customers have experienced issues with their trash pickup. The following is an update from the City of Lynchburg’s Director of Public Works, Gaynelle Hart about the issues of trash collection and how the department intends to address these issues.
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