Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

October 2002

             Guest Speaker, The Honorable Paul Fraim, Mayor of the City of Norfolk

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, October 14, 2002, 7:00 pm, Stuart Center, 411 Virginia Avenue. Use cafeteria entrance at school parking lot.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be October 21, 2002, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the November issue is Tuesday, October 29, 2002.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - The Honorable Paul Fraim, Mayor of the City of Norfolk, will speak

President’s Notes ‘n’ Stuff
Craig Reilly

October is here, bringing us cooler days, children in school and recently a little bit more precipitation than we have been receiving. But, alas, it hasn’t been enough and we are now under “Limited Water Restrictions.” The most important issues for the areas under the water restriction are:

              You may water newly seeded or aerated lawns for 30 days
              You may water plants, trees, and shrubs
              You can wash your cars at Commercial Washes
              You may not water grassy areas of lawns (exception above)

The restrictions also apply to well water usage so - EVERYONE Please Do Your Part to Conserve Water! There are other Restrictions listed in Governor Warner’s Executive Order 33 that Norfolk is now under so be sure to check with Public Works - Department of Utilities - 664-6700 if in doubt. There is also information available online at

This is also the last issue of the newsletter that will be sent out before Election Day in November. MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR NOVEMBER 5TH and be sure to go to the polls and vote. There are important Bond referendums being decided and it is important that you get to the polls and make your wishes known. The referendum receiving the most exposure is the Transportation Issue, but Equally important is the Referendum Funding for Education. Our Guest Speaker this month is our own Ward Two Councilman and City Mayor Paul Fraim. So if you have ANY questions about either of the Bond Referendums, jot them down. Then be sure to bring them with you to our next meeting. I’m sure Mayor Fraim will touch on these items as well as other topics that are of interest to our members.

Front Porch Art Walk
Sunday, October 13

The Dog Park Turns 1
Buffy Masten

We are nearing the first anniversary for the opening of the dog park. A picnic celebration is planned for Saturday, October 19, 2002, in the area adjacent to the dog park. We hope everyone, dog owners or not, will come by, have lunch and enjoy the afternoon. The picnic will start at noon. Bring blankets, chairs, balls and even shade tents if needed. The rain date will be on Saturday, October 26, 2002. We will have boxed lunches & sodas available. The boxed lunches will need to be purchased ahead of time and are as follows:

Lunch #1 $7.25
Chunky White Meat Chicken Salad (with broccoli & mushrooms), Wedge of Brie with Grapes, Crusty French Bread with Butter and Chocolate Brownie Cookie.

Lunch #2 $5.95 ($5.50 with substitution of chips for salad)
Large Sandwich on French Bread (roast beef, turkey, ham with cheese), Red-skinned Potato salad, Piece of Fruit, Large Cookie

Lunch #3 $6.95
Two Small Sandwiches (any combination of roast beef, turkey or ham with cheese), Red Skinned Potato Salad, Fresh Fruit Cup and Chocolate Brownie Cookie

Lunch #4 $7.45
Grilled Vegetable Wrap (zucchini, portabella, eggplant and tomato), Red-Skinned Potato Salad, Fresh Fruit cup and Large Cookie.

These boxes will be catered by "The Brown Bag Lunch Co." and all prices are based on groups of ten or more. Please call me at 622-6635 to order and pay. Condiments, cutlery and napkins are included with all lunches. Beverages will be sold for an extra charge. All orders must be received by Wednesday, October 16, 2002. We encourage a $10.00 donation per person for the lunch, with the extra going into the dog park fund.

We are currently trying to erect a covered kiosk-type bulletin board. If there is anyone with building skills who would like to assist, please notify me. We are also seeking donations to help with the purchase of plants to landscape around the dog park fences. We hope that everyone is enjoying the lights in the dog park. The light in the middle of the park was placed there without our consultation and, according to the city, it cannot be moved. Hopefully we can landscape around it to make it appear less conspicuous.

Mayor Fraim October’s Speaker
Andy Wallach

Norfolk’s mayor, and council member for Ward 2, which includes Colonial Place/Riverview, Paul D. Fraim will speak at the next Civic League meeting. Mr. Fraim, a Norfolk native, has been on the City Council since 1986 and Mayor since 1994. The Mayor will address the upcoming transportation referendum and the direct election of mayor (the mayor is currently chosen by the City Council). Mayor Fraim will also take questions from the audience. So come on the 14th and find out the Mayor’s thoughts on the issues that concern you most such as: Funding for the Colonial Place bulkhead; Llewellyn Avenue/development of the Decker-Abiouness property; City partnering with the League to ensure community involvement in new development projects; impact of the new ODU Village on existing businesses; building of new convention center and the Nauticus expansion.

If You Are Interested In The Future Of Our Neighborhood…
Michael Fitzgibbon

The phrase used as the headline here is a phrase that was adopted as our theme for the community meeting we are planning for this winter. The planning group met again on September 17 to check progress for the Charette we will hold to determine what the community vision is for Colonial Place and Riverview. A detailed set of minutes of the meeting is available on the website at

The group agreed to a design for this meeting where we will present a history of the neighborhood, facts about Colonial Place and Riverview today and allow participants (those who attend will be demonstrating that they are interested in the future of our neighborhood) an opportunity to exchange their views about key topics of interest in smaller break-out groups. Participants could rotate to as many as three different topic groups. Topics proposed include:

              1. Public Safety
              2. Schools
              3. Property Values
              4. Traffic/Transportation
              5. Business Districts
              6. Community Activities
              7. City Services
              8. Land Development/Zoning/Land Use.

If there are other topics you would like included, please contact Michael Fitzgibbon at 628-8338 or

The Charette will last from 8:30 am until about 2:30 pm and will be held on a Saturday. The planning group has selected January 18 or 25 or February 1 or 8, 2003, as potential dates. We will investigate other activities in Hampton Roads to try to avoid conflicts. We will announce a date after the October 29, 2002, meeting.

Calling all volunteers! Bulb planting day
Kathy Stark

On October 26, 2002, we will begin planting narcissus bulbs at the following three locations: Virginia and Mayflower Avenues, Delaware Avenue circle and in front of the Parks and Recreation sign at Delaware and Llewellyn Avenues. We are also planning on planting pansies at the Llewellyn location. Come meet your friends and neighbors at the Virginia Avenue location at 9:00 am on the 26th for planting and fun. Call me at 640-8938 if you have any questions.

What's up at
Jeanne Ullian

"Creating Our Future" now has its own web page. Short reports on this grass-roots effort to direct the future of our neighborhoods will continue to be printed in the newsletter, but look to the web page for the full text of meeting minutes and related information. If you can't make the meetings, this is one way to remain informed. There is a link off the Home Page and an alphabetical entry in the Site Index under "Creating Our Future." If you would like to learn more about our neighborhood cicerone, Norman Pollock, I recommend several pages on our Web site authored by him. Look in the alphabetical Site Index for: Evolution of an Urban Neighborhood; History, Civic League; and History, Detailed.

Don't miss out on one of the best weekends in our neighborhoods-October 12-13. Pictures from last year's Art Walk, River Raft Up, and McDonald's BBQ have been reloaded to encourage your participation in these events. See the link off the Home Page.

Pictures documenting the landscaping of the Historic District signs have also been added. (There are ten photos so find something else to do while they load if you are not hooked up with cable.) Look for the Landscaping Historic District Signs link on the Home Page.

An Elected Mayor? Part 2
Kathy Stark

When over 80% of Norfolk voters said yes to electing our mayor two years ago, we were voting for a shift in power. I'd be willing to bet that many of us did not realize that voting yes to electing our mayor two years ago included the strong possibility of a shift in the number of council members or ward boundaries now.

Council members narrowed the options under consideration for a directly elected mayor at their September retreat. The options they are now considering are:

* A seven-member council with a mayor, four small wards, and two superwards. This would result in the elimination of one ward while preserving the two superwards.
* An eight-member council with a mayor and seven council members This option would leave all ward boundaries intact; with five wards and two superwards.

The seven-member council scenario would result in one of our current council members losing his or her seat and shift ward boundaries. When the wards were created in 1992 they were divided based on representation by population. Some questions you may want to ask are these: What are the changes in population that have occurred since then? Are the numbers of Norfolk residents in each of the existing five wards relatively equal in number? How would the boundaries be reconfigured? And remember, any reorganization of the ward system must be approved by the Justice Department.

The eight member council scenario would require the addition of another council member. It also creates the possibility of a 4-4 tie vote on issues. One question you may want to ask is this: Is it a good idea to increase the numbers of representatives for Norfolk residents, when the numbers of residents in Norfolk have declined substantially since the ward system was implemented? The General Assembly recently reduced the number of Norfolk's delegates to that body due to the city's population decline.

Adding another council member means increasing the cost of local government by adding another salary to the city's payroll. Of course, compared to the city's multi-million dollar budget, that cost in dollars would be comparatively small. But there are other costs to consider. It would also mean that residents will have to enlist the support of four council members in addition to the mayor when they bring any issue before that body to be voted on. Right now, four council votes constitute a majority.

We need to discuss the potential repercussions of changing the boundaries or leaving them the same.

No matter which option is chosen, one thing is certain - it will shape our city's future. And there will probably be challenges to both scenarios, although they may come in different forms. That's why it's so important for residents and our leaders to have an open, inclusive discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of each before a final decision is made.

Meet Patrick Russell
Jeanne Ullian

Patrick Russell has lived in our neighborhood for a little over two years. He moved here with his family from Henderson, Nevada where he attended a modern, suburban school, lived in a ranch home complete with swimming pool, and skied behind the family boat with no threat of Stinging Nettles. Patrick turned sixteen in September. By the time you read this newsletter most of his worldly goods will be en route to England-his next home as a member of a Navy family. The big, old house overlooking the Lafayette River that he has called home will be occupied by a new set of renters. So-why get to know a neighbor who is leaving?

Did you help fill the dumpster on Mayflower the year Patrick helped monitor that location? Have you explored the Community Garden behind Fellinis recently? Did you notice the pergola that now marks its entrance? Did you see the rain barrels that are capturing water from the roof of the garden shed? Did you see the three new beds at the Post Office end? These garden projects are part of Patrick's quest to become an Eagle Scout. Patrick also helped correct the scans of the twenty-page document, Evolution of an Urban Neighborhood" that is loaded on the CPRV Web site.

Patrick didn't just live in Colonial Place. He participated in the neighborhood and became part of it. His legacy will live on for years to come in the Community Garden and on the CPRV Web site. Wouldn't it be nice if someone as involved in the community moved into Patrick's house when he leaves!

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