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Notices of Public Hearing Matters for Monday, April 20, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

Pursuant to instruction of the Council or provisions of Resolution No. 25523 adopted by the Council of the City of Roanoke on Monday, April 6, 1981, the following matters were advertised for public hearing on Monday, April 20, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as they may be heard, in the Council Chamber located on the Fourth Floor of the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Avenue, S. W., Roanoke, Virginia 24011:

1. Receive the views of citizens regarding appointment of Roanoke City School Board Trustees. The candidates are Mark K. Cathey, Charles L. Downs, Jr., The Reverend Timothy P. Harvey, Mary Beth Nash, Stedman A. Payne, Jr., Susan R. Reese, Laura Day Rottenborn, and Richard "Dick" M. Willis, Jr.

2. Proposal to sell certain fee and easement interests and rights in certain properties owned by the City of Roanoke, Virginia to the Commonwealth of Virginia, acting through its Department of Transportation (VDOT), in connection with roadway improvement to the I-581 and Valley View Boulevard Interchange in Roanoke, Virginia. The specific City-owned properties in which VDOT seeks to acquire certain rights, interests, and easements are: Roanoke Official Tax Map No. 2360102, 0 Southside Rte. 581, N. W., Roanoke, Virginia; Roanoke Official Tax Map No. 2240104, O Court Street, N. W., Roanoke, Virginia; and Roanoke Official Tax Map No. 2250102, 2020 Oakland Boulevard, N. W., Roanoke, Virginia.

3. Proposal to lease an approximately 0.858 acre parcel of City-owned property located at 2839 Peters Creek Road, N. W., Roanoke, Virginia, designated as Roanoke Official Tax Map No. 6410104, to Magic Star Auto Sales, Inc., to be used to operate an automobile dealership business, for an initial term of one year, subject to four additional one year term renewals upon mutual agreement of the parties, commencing May 1, 2015.

4. An application by the City of Roanoke to vacate Crystal Spring Park and to release the public's right to use Crystal Spring Park on a portion of real property owned by the Western Virginia Water Authority, such real property located at 2012 Jefferson Street, S. E., and designated as Official Tax Map No. 4060502. (Matter was moved to the May 11, 2015, Planning Commission Meeting.)

5. An application by the Western Virginia Water Authority and Carilion Clinic Properties, LLC, to rezone three portions of the property located at 2012 Jefferson Street, S. E., bearing Official Tax No. 4060502. The application is to rezone a 2.0379 acre portion of the property in the northwest corner adjoining Jefferson Street, S. E. , from ROS, Recreation and Open Space District, to INPUD, Institutional Planned Unit Development District. The proposed uses of that portion of the property are hospital; medical clinic laboratory, dental, medical, or optical laboratory, testing and research, health and fitness center; and parking off-site. The application is also to rezone a 0.2518 acre portion of the property in the northwest corner adjoining Jefferson Street, S. E., from ROS to IN, Institutional District. The proposed use of that portion of the property is utility distribution. The application is also to rezone a 0.4453 portion of the property in the northwest corner adjoining Jefferson Street, S. E., from ROS to I-2., Heavy Industrial District. The proposed use of that portion of the property is utility treatment. The land use categories permitted in the INPUD include residential; accommodations and group living; commercial; assembly and entertainment; public, institutional and community facilities; transportation; utility; agricultural; and accessory; with a maximum density of one dwelling unit per 1,800 square feet of lot area. The land use categories permitted in the IN District include accommodations and group living, commercial; assembly and entertainment, public institutional and community facilities, transportation, utility; agricultural; and accessory. The land use categories permitted in the I-2 District include commercial; industrial, warehousing and distribution; public, institutional and community facilities, transportation; utility; agricultural; and accessory. The comprehensive plan designates the property for Parks and Resource Management Plan 3. (Matter was moved to the May 11, 2015, Planning Commission Meeting.)

Citizens shall have the opportunity to be heard and express their opinions on the abovementioned public hearing matters.

If you are a person with a disability who needs accommodations, please contact the City Clerk's Office, (540) 853-2541, by Thursday, April 16, 2015.

Notices of Public Hearing Matters for Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

Pursuant to instruction of the Council or provisions of Resolution No. 25523 adopted by the Council of the City of Roanoke on Monday, April 6, 1981, the following matters were advertised for public hearing on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as they may be heard, in the Council Chamber located on the Fourth Floor of the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Avenue, S. W., Roanoke, Virginia 24011:

1. Receive comments on the CIty's Recommended 2015-2016 City Budget.

2. Receive comments on the City's Recommended 2015-2016 HUD Funds Budget.

3. Receive comments on the City's proposal to increase the tax rate on real property and improvements and to consider amending Section 32-16, Levied; Rate, of Division I, Generally, of Article II, Real Estate Taxes Generally, of Chapter 32, Taxation, Code of the City of Roanoke (1979), as amended, to increase the City’s real estate tax rate on all real property and improvements not otherwise exempt from taxation, from the rate of one dollar and nineteen cents ($1.19) on every one hundred dollars ($100.00) of the fair market value of such property, to a rate to be determined by City Council and not to exceed one dollar and twenty-three cents ($1.23) on every one hundred dollars ($100.00) of the fair market value of such property; and to increase the City’s tax rate on buildings that qualify for the special rate for certain energy-efficient buildings pursuant to Division 9, Tax Rate for Certain Energy-Efficient Buildings, of Chapter 32, Taxation, of the Code of the City of Roanoke (1979), as amended, from one dollar and seven cents ($1.07) on every one hundred dollars ($100.00) of the fair market value of such buildings that qualify for such special rate, to a rate determined by City Council and not to exceed one dollar and eleven cents ($1.11) on every one hundred dollars ($100.00) of the fair market value of buildings that qualify for such special rate.A tax rate of $1.23 on every one hundred dollars ($100.00) of the fair market value of such property would constitute an increase of 3.4% over the current tax rate of $1.19 on every one hundred dollars ($100.00) of the fair market value of such property. A tax rate of $1.11 on every one hundred dollars ($100.00) of the fair market value of such buildings that qualify for the special rate for certain energy-efficient buildings would constitute an increase of 3.7 % over the current tax rate of $1.07 on every one hundred dollars ($100.00) of the fair market value of such buildings. Individual property taxes may, however, increase at percentage rates greater than or less than these percentages if the maximum increases of the tax rates to $1.23 and $1.11, respectively, are made. The proposed ordinance is available for examination by the public in the Office of the City Clerk, Room 456, Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Avenue, S. W., Roanoke, Virginia 24011.

4. Receive comments on the City's proposal to amend Section 20-28, Tax imposed, of Article II, Vehicle Licenses, of Chapter 20, Motor Vehicles and Traffic, Code of the City of Roanoke (1979), as amended (“City Code”), to increase the applicable vehicle license tax rates on categories of motor vehicles, trailers, and semitrailers operating within the City of Roanoke, as authorized by Section 46.2-752 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, in amounts to be determined by City Council but in no event shall the proposed increase for each category exceed the lesser of (i) a $13.00 increase over the applicable tax rate for such category, or (ii) the maximum applicable tax rate permitted and authorized by state law for such category. A complete copy of the proposed ordinance amending Section 20-28 of the City Code is available for examination by the public on and after April 16, 2015, in the Office of the City Clerk, Room 456, Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Avenue, S.W., Roanoke, Virginia 24011.

5. Receive comments on the proposed increase of the tax rate on the tax on prepared food and beverage to an amount not to exceed seven percent (7%), effective July 1, 2015. The current tax rate for prepared food and beverage is five percent (5%). Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Section 58.1-3007, Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, that the City Council of the City of Roanoke will hold a public hearing at a special meeting to be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015, commencing at 7:20 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, in the Council Chamber, 4th Floor, Room 450, Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Avenue, S.W., Roanoke, Virginia, to consider amending Section 32-284, Levy of tax; amount, of Article XIV, Tax on Prepared Food and Beverage, of Chapter 32, Taxation, Code of the City of Roanoke (1979), as amended, to increase the tax rate on the purchase of all food and beverages sold in the city in or from a restaurant, whether prepared in such restaurant or not and whether consumed on the premises or not, or by a caterer regardless of place of delivery, from the rate of five percent (5%) of the amount paid for such food and beverages, to a rate to be determined by City Council and not to exceed seven percent (7%) of the amount paid for such food and beverages.

6. Receive comments on the City's proposal to establish and collect fees for the collection of solid waste in an amount not to exceed seven dollars ($7.00) per month, commencing September 1, 2015, and calculated and charged either (i) per property or (ii) per number of trash containers at a property. Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Roanoke will hold a public hearing at a special meeting to be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015, commencing at 7:25 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, in the Council Chamber, 4th Floor, Room 450, Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Avenue, S.W., Roanoke, Virginia, to consider amending Section 14.1-5, Fees for Collection, of Article I, In General, of Chapter 14.1, Solid Waste Management, of the Code of the City of Roanoke (1979), as amended, to charge a fee for the removal and disposition of solid waste, at a rate to be determined by City Council but not to exceed seven dollars ($7.00) per month as set forth above, and to provide for the collection of such fee by either the City of Roanoke or by a third party pursuant to a contract with the City. This proposal will not affect the current fees established and being charged to customers for use of a sealed compactor within a Sealed Compactor Zone within the Central Business District.

Citizens shall have the opportunity to be heard and express their opinions on the abovementioned public hearing matters.

If you are a person with a disability who needs accommodations, please contact the City Clerk's Office, (540) 853-2541, by 12:00 noon on Monday, April 20, 2015.

Agendas and Meetings

Notice of Intent to comply with Americans With Disabilities Act. Special assistance is available for disabled persons addressing City Council. Efforts will be made to provide adaptations or accommodations based on individual needs of qualified individuals with disabilities, provided that reasonable advance notification has been received by the City Clerk's Office. For assistance, please contact the City Clerk's Office, 215 Church Avenue, S.W., Suite 456, Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, or call 853-2541.
  • Regular meetings of the Roanoke City Council will convene on the first Monday of each month at 9:00 a.m., to conduct formal meetings, work sessions or closed meetings, and thereafter, City Council shall take up the regular agenda at 2:00 p.m., in the City Council Chamber, fourth floor, Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Avenue, S. W.
  • Regular meetings of the Roanoke City Council will convene on the third Monday of each month, at 2:00 p.m., City Council shall take up the regular agenda, and thereafter, at 7:00 p.m., City Council shall take up matters on public hearings in the City Council Chamber, fourth floor, Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Avenue, S. W.
  • Special meetings may be held, or meeting times may be altered with prior notification to the public.
  • The deadline for placing an item on the City Council agenda is 5:00 p.m., on the Tuesday preceding the Monday Council meeting.

Regular meetings of the Council are formal proceedings. City Council meetings are televised live and replayed at various times by RVTV Channel 3. All comments are recorded on tape. An agenda is provided for the convenience of the public and the Council. Council reserves the right to alter the agenda at any time without prior notice.

GUIDELINES FOR CITIZEN PARTICIPATION

The Roanoke City Council aims to provide a high quality of service, in a safe and secure environment. In order to achieve this, the following behavior will not be accepted.
  • Behavior which is disruptive and interferes with the process, function, and enjoyment of the meeting;
  • Harassment or the threat of violence toward City Council, staff, or members of the public; and
  • Use of mobile communication devices while in Council Chambers.

Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

If you wish to address the Council:
Any person wishing to address Council will be required to call the City Clerk's Office prior to the Monday Council meeting, or register with the staff assistant at the entrance to the Council Chamber prior to commencement of the Council meeting. Once the Council meeting has convened, there will be no further registration of speakers, except for public hearing matters. If you would like your comments to be made a part of the record, please file a copy with the City Clerk.

A spokesperson may be named to present a group position, with others in agreement being recognized by standing. Council will try to hear everyone who wishes to speak on a subject, but occasionally discussion is limited because of time. On any single agenda item, one to four speakers will be allotted five minutes each and five or more speakers will be allotted three minutes each.

When you are called upon to speak, you are requested to:
1. Come to the speaker's podium.
2. State your name, address, the party that you represent and direct questions to the Mayor.
3. Address your remarks to the Mayor and Members of Council and not to the audience.
4. File all written statements, along with other documentation, with the City Clerk.

Persons appearing before Council will not be allowed to:
1. Campaign for public office.
2. Promote private business ventures.
3. Engage in personal attacks.
4. Debate among the audience.
5. Use profanity or abusive language.
6. Jeer, cheer, or applaud, except during ceremonial matters.

Thank you for taking time to participate in your City Council meeting. The Mayor and Members of Council invite and encourage you to attend whenever possible because good government depends on the interest and involvement of citizens.