Monthly Archives: March 2014

Four Eco-Friendly Tips for Washing Your Car

Lots of Americans love to keep their cars clean, especially if they have a classic that they are proud to own and show off. Because of that, some eight million cars are washed at car washes every day and, according to the US Census Bureau, Americans spend a whopping $58 billion at car washes each year.

While that might help keep neighborhoods looking nice, washing cars can make waterways not so nice. Fortunately, there are lots of great green car care tips for car owners who want to keep their ride sparkling without damaging waterways

Go Professional

Commercial car wash facilities are greener than you might think! Commercial car washes send dirty water into the sanitary sewer system not the storm drains. This prevents the road muck from your undercarriage from polluting local waterways. And while you might think that commercial car washes use a lot of water, many actually recycle some of the wash water for reuse. So save yourself the work and go for a professional cleaning in the name of being green

Prep

Blasting the hose as hard as you can at bugs and debris that build up on your car might be the easiest way to get it ready for soap. Heck, it might even be kind of fun. However, it wastes water and is unnecessary. By scraping away bugs or dirt clumps beforehand, you will be able to wash your car without using as much water, making a little bit of prep work a great green car care idea

Check Your Soap

Car washing soap comes in all different varieties. Choose one that is biodegradable, phosphate-free and water-based. Doing so will prevent harmful chemicals from entering the environment and polluting soil and waterways

Get Off the Driveway

Runoff from washing cars is a significant cause of water pollution and is relatively easy to minimize. By moving your car to a natural permeable surface (grass, dirt, or gravel), runoff will soak into the ground and natural microbes will act as a filter to remove some of the compounds from the wash water. This helps reduce the amount of dangerous pollutants that enter storm drains and flow to local rivers and streams

Dry Wash

Though sponges, buckets, and hoses are part of the tradition of cleaning cars, you don’t always need them. There are a number of great waterless car wash products that are eco-friendly and help you go green. In a perfect world, cars would never get dirty and drivers would never have to worry about taking the time out of their day to wash off dirt and grime

But, the world isn’t perfect, and washing the car is a regular chore for many Americans. Thankfully, there are lots of helpful green car care tips that allow drivers to keep their car clean without wasting water or harming the environment

Our Community Yard Sale is May 17

The Civic League is sponsoring our firet annual community-wide yard sale on Saturday, May 17, from 8 AM until 3 PM. We have 22 yard sales in our neighborhood that day!

We’ll post a map of sale locations on this page, so bookmark and check back this week.

New Development Services Center Provides Customer Convenience

On Monday, March 24, 2014 the Norfolk Development Services Center will open its doors at Norfolk City Hall, 4th floor 810 Union Street in Norfolk. Norfolk customers will now be able to access the following services in one convenient location

Trade permits including:
• Building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, elevator, and sign
• Residential and commercial plan review
• Water and sewer taps
• Business license zoning review
• Answers to additional zoning questions and more!

“Our customers asked and we delivered,” said George Homewood, Director of Planning and Community Enrichment. “The Development Services Center offers personal, convenient service for our most frequently requested transactions.”

The Development Services Center is a product of the City of Norfolk’s Smart Processing Initiative, which looks at processes and technology to improve efficiency and provide better customer service.

*Please note that while permitting services currently located at the Granby Municipal Building will be relocating to the Development Services Center, all Inspectors, Code Enforcement, and Department of Utilities’ Engineers will remain at Granby

City of Norfolk Yard Sale Regulations

Sales & Permit Information

In the City of Norfolk, you are required to get a permit to have a yard sale, also known as a garage sale. No more than two people who live at different addresses are allowed to have a yard sale at the same location and proper identification must be presented at the time of purchase. You may not have more than two yards sales at the same location in any calendar year.

Periodic yard or garage sales held exclusively on church or synagogue property are exempt from obtaining a yard sale permit. It shall be unlawful for any fraternal or civic organization to conduct a yard or garage sale in any residential zones. (Norfolk City Code, § 38-106 & 109)

A yard sale can be held for up to three consecutive days and may not be held before noon on Sundays.

No advertising of your yard sale are permitted on any street, sidewalk, or any other public right of way in the city, however, one sign less than 12 square feet may be displayed at the site where the yard sale is being held.

If inclement weather rains out your yard sale, call the Commissioner of the Revenue on the very next business day to setup new dates. Note that in order to get new dates, rain must occurred on all days that are listed on your original yard sale permit.

We apologize for any inconvenience but we are unable to accept credit card payments for these transactions when applying in person.

What You Need

We are proud to offer the capability for you to apply for, and receive a yard sale permit through the mail. To do so, you must follow these guidelines:

  • You will need some form of Identification to apply in person. The address on the application must match the address on the ID
  • Your application must be postmarked four business days before the date which your yard sale is to take place
  • Mail your application to the following address:

    Personal Property Team

    c/o Yard Sale Administrator

    P.O. Box 2260

    Norfolk, VA. 23501-2260

  • To purchase a permit in person you may visit our office at:

    Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office

    810 Union St,

    Norfolk, VA. 23510

  • To purchase a permit online please visit http://eservices.norfolk.gov/yardsale
  • The $5 yard sale permit fee must be included with your application in the form of a check or money order. Please make check payable to the Norfolk City Treasurer
  • The restriction of two yard sales per calendar year will still apply
  • The name of the applicant must match the name of the resident at the proposed location. If the name does not match, the application will not be approved
  • You must have the permit in your possession in order to conduct the sale

Application

Associated Fees

There is a $5 fee associated with the application for a yard or garage sale. Make checks payable to the Norfolk City Treasurer.

Convenience Fee – Payment services on this site offer a convenient and secure option to pay for Yard Sale Permits. To use the online payment service, PayPal will charge you a convenience fee of 2.2% plus a 30 cents transaction fee. The City of Norfolk does NOT receive any part of this fee.

Payment Receipt – Customers are responsible for printing and retaining the confirmation of any payment. The time and date of payments, as indicated on the confirmation, will be the date of payment.

Issuance of PermitsPAYMENT IN ADVANCE IS A REQUIREMENT FOR APPLYING ONLINE. Once the application and the payment have been made, the application must be processed and approved before the Yard Sale permit can be printed. If there are no problems with the submitted information, you should receive your printing instructions by email, within three working days.

IF YOU REQUIRE YOUR PERMIT SOONER, PLEASE VISIT THE COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE IN NORFOLK CITY HALL, 810 UNION STREET, FOR SAME DAY SERVICE.

REGULATIONS GOVERNING YARD/GARAGE SALES

In accordance with City of Norfolk Ordinance No 29139 the following regulations shall govern the conducting of Yard/Garage Sales.

  1. No sales shall be conducted without obtaining a permit from the Commissioner  of the Revenue of the City of Norfolk.
  2. No more than two persons residing at different addresses are allowed to conduct a yard/garage sale at a common site in any residential zone
  3. No  fraternal or civic organization shall be permitted to conduct yard/garage sales in any residential zone.
  4. If  the listed applicant is not the owner of the property, then appropriate documentation will need to be provided to the Commissioner of Revenue. Documentation examples are: Your lease; a Utility Bill showing your name at the address; an approval Letter (on letterhead paper) from the Property Manager, etc.
  5. No more than two yard/garage sale permits shall be issued for any one location during a calendar year.
  6. No sale shall be conducted for more than three 3 consecutive days.
  7. No sale shall be conducted prior to twelve noon on a Sunday.
  8. No sign advertising the sale shall be displayed on any street, sidewalk or  other public right of way.
  9. One sign may be displayed on the premises where the sale is conducted if the area of the sign does not exceed twelve square feet.
  10. Violation of the provision of the Ordinance may result in a fine of not less than  twenty five dollars nor more than one hundred dollars.
  11. In order to get new dates due to inclement weather it must rain all days  listed on permit and you must notify the Yard Sale Division immediately  the next working day from last date listed on current permit.

 

Sidewalk Crews

Special Projects Crew Improves Norfolk’s Streets and Sidewalks

The Special Projects Crew of the Department of Public Works’ Operations Division is a five member team that works to ensure that city streets and sidewalks are safe and accessible for residents.

On average, the crew completes three to four projects a week. The Special Projects Crew’s work consists of installing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) handicap ramps, as well as making repairs to sidewalks and driveways

One of the Special Projects Crew’s recent ADA ramp installation projects is located on Longdale Drive. Like many other crews in the Department of Public Works, the Special Projects Crew truly exemplifies what it means to be a team

These crews take great pride in their work and value the importance of providing residents with improved city infrastructure

Norfolk Recreation, Parks and Open Space Update

Norfolk’s Northside Park has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country. From March 7 to March 31, customers at Macy’s Military Circle Mall can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Northside Park. To further spread the love, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.

Northside Park is one of more than 550 parks nationwide that will benefit from Macy’s “Heart Your Park” this spring. In partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of community parks, recreation and conservation, Macy’s stores across the country have each selected a local park or green space in their community to support through the program. Donations will go toward making improvements, such as maintaining trails, playgrounds, and ball fields, and everything in between.

“We are thrilled to partner with Macy’s and NRPA for ‘Heart Your Park’ this spring,” said Darrell Crittendon, Director of Norfolk Recreation, Parks & Open Space. “Through this wonderful program and donations by Macy’s customers, we are excited about the increased awareness and additional funding for Northside Park. This park is one of the city’s signature parks, a great asset to the community, and we greatly appreciate Macy’s support.”

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