Today marks one month since I was sworn in at the formal Oath of Office Ceremony for Norfolk City Council that was held at the Peter G. Decker Jr. Half Moone Center. It has been a good, fun and fast month. I attended three city council meetings and we are now in recess until August 28. Throughout August, I will attend civic leagues, meet with department leadership throughout the city, tour local businesses and do lots of reading.
What issues have I heard about during my travels in the last month? Neighborhood safety and neighborhood infrastructure, the experience of small business working with the city when starting up, water, home construction, neighborhood redevelopment, lack of food shopping options in some neighborhoods, and the Elizabeth River Project have been some of the topics coming my way just to name a few. It is amazing to see the diversity of opportunities and concerns throughout the city. I also have been impressed at the passion and love our residents have for Norfolk. People love Norfolk and I am hearing of more and more young families wanting to move to Norfolk, buy houses and enjoy the vibrant and diverse nature of our community.
I want to mention two ribbon cuttings I attended for new businesses in Ward 2 – All Academics Plus (tutoring services for children in elementary, middle and high school) and Board & Brush (a do it yourself wood sign art studio). Also, I attended the retirement celebration of Mr. George Banks. Mr. Banks is a living legend in the Berkley community and in Norfolk. He has done incredible work over the years and I would say he “retires” in name only. He will always give back to the community and be active. A few other items of note include my tour of the Y on Granby, attending the St. Paul’s planning meetings, and seeing a great presentation on the Elizabeth River Project at the Roland Park Civic League. I biked around the neighborhoods to see where constituents have asked questions about a topic or concern. Riding a bike and walking around gives you a very different perspective than just driving.
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. I look forward to spending time with my family at two family weddings in August. Below are some fun pictures from the month. Of course, I have to include a picture of my puppy, Grady!