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Posted on May 18, 2022 at 1:08 PM by Carol Corbin
Roanoke’s Leadership College has been designed to engage citizens in a series of interactive and engaging discussions and activities, which enables participants to enhance their knowledge of the city and how the city operates. Participants explore issues that impact their quality of life as well as that of each and every resident of the city. The interactive programs assist participants in collaborating with neighborhood organizations, community and business leaders, city officials, and city staff to improve the quality of life in their neighborhood and promote a stronger sense of belonging and community. Building upon their knowledge, skills, and commitment, participants of the Leadership College will begin to transform their neighborhood, and ultimately our city.
These 19 graduates took the time out of their busy days to learn about their government, to become resources of information to their neighbors, and hopefully to become more involved in the city in which they live. They heard from City Council about the vision and future of our city; personally, met the Directors and Managers of each city department, learning about the services they provide and how to access those services. They also had an opportunity to interact with neighbors from across our city who otherwise they might not have had the opportunity to do so.
Pictured-Adam Jackson, Adam Tate, Akouete Yemey, Alyshia Merchant, Ben Crew, Cynthia Vineyard-Brown, Dawn Erdman, Evan Maxey, Jamaal Jackson, Jay Finkle, Kathy Cohen, Lorena Wilson, Nicole Ross, Peg McGuire, Ryan Bell, Sunni Purviance, Tina Dillow, Wayne Farley.
For those interested Leadership College is held annually and is free. More information is available online at roanokeva.gov and search Leadership College.
On Friday, May 20, 2022, Roanoke Parks and Recreation (PLAY Roanoke) will hold a dedication ceremony at Washington Park honoring the late Ricky Renell Wright. At 4 p.m., City dignitaries, Department staff, and friends and family of Wright will gather to celebrate the naming of the new basketball courts in his honor. Immediately after, a 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament will take place. These events are free to the community to participate in and attend, and they are part of the Star City Safe Initiative to offer expanded services and access to public facilities to keep our youth and neighborhoods safe through programming and engagement.
May 25, 2022, from 11 AM to 1 PM, the Sheriff’s Office will be having a hot dog sale on the corner of 3rd Street and Campbell Avenue. Enjoy a lunch of 2 hot dogs, a bag of chips, and a drink for $5.
All proceeds and donations received will benefit Special Olympics Virginia.
Here at The City of Roanoke, we want to celebrate our team who keep the city moving behind the scenes. We are talking about Transportation, Solid Waste Management, Stormwater, Environmental Management, and many others! Our public works team is always ready to serve. Thank you, public works heroes, for improving our quality of life here in The City of Roanoke!
Thursday, May 12, Roanoke Stormwater conducted their annual spring cleanup at several locations along Peters Creek and Lick Run. They removed 32,000 pounds of trash & debris, including 17 tires, several shopping carts, and other bulky items. This also happens to be the weight of 5 Rhinos or 32 Grand Pianos!!! Many thanks to our amazing Stormwater staff members, who are passionate about keeping our waterways clear.
Posted on May 4, 2022 at 3:05 PM by Carol Corbin
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Come join the Youth Services Citizens Board for some fun and food while we celebrate Roanoke's youth! This event is FREE and open to middle and high school students.
The City of Roanoke was awarded a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to acquire and remove the CeeBreeze Property and create permanent open space. The city is looking for input from the neighborhood on what the future of this area should look like.
Stormwater was on site at the Lick Run Greenway on 4/27 from to hear ideas and comments. You can still submit your ideas, comments, or concerns by visiting Roanoke Stormwater's homepage: https://www.roanokeva.gov/500/Stormwater.
About the property: The property is located at 1418 10th St SW along the Lick Run Greenway. It is also located in the floodway. Because of this, FEMA prohibits any structures and impervious structures from being built onsite, even bathrooms. Due to building condition and neighborhood health concerns, the building will be removed as soon as possible, as early as April or May. This may occur prior to the public meeting. This will not affect the public comment process.
Roanoke Parks and Recreation’s dedication ceremony at Washington Park honoring the late Ricky Renell Wright has been postponed due to impending weather. The event has been rescheduled for Friday, May 20, 4 PM-8PM. Immediately after the ceremony, a 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament will take place. These events are free to the community to participate in and attend, and they are part of the Star City Safe Initiative to offer expanded services and access to public facilities to keep our youth and neighborhoods safe through programming and engagement.
The 2022 Roanoke Pedestrian Safety Campaign is happening April 18 through May 27! Our goal is to reduce speeding and improve pedestrian safety near school zones.
Star City Safe Cleanup Event Success
The Roanoke Solid Waste Management Division and the Star City Safe Initiative are teamed up to conduct a Star City Safe Cleanup event for streets located in Northwest Roanoke. On Saturday, April 30, a collection team consisting of 22 employees (5 Packer Truck crews of three, 2 Solid Waste Collection Inspectors, 4 Knuckle Boom Truck Operators, 1 Supervisor and 1 Manager) delivered a total of 17 loads to RVRA consisting of 32 tons of trash, brush, and bulk and 65 tires. A BIG SHOUTOUT goes to our Solid Waste Management team for their hard work!
Posted on April 20, 2022 at 2:29 PM by Casey Lewis
The City of Roanoke’s Economic Development Authority “EDA” announced a partnership with Freedom First offering Roanoke City licensed businesses the opportunity to apply for a business loan through the Roanoke Capital Access Fund.
In order to apply, City of Roanoke businesses must hold a current business license, must utilize accelerator and mentoring programs including the Regional Accelerator and Mentoring Program “RAMP”, the Advancement Foundation’s Gauntlet, or the Roanoke Small Business Development Center, and must be entrepreneurs, businesses and/or higher education professionals working to create opportunities and success in research, healthcare and technology.
Eligibility requirements for the Capital Access Fund can be found by clicking here.
The City of Roanoke celebrated National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week April 10-16 to honor the men and women who serve as public safety communications officers. The city recognized its dispatchers with various forms of appreciation throughout the entire week.
The center’s dispatchers handle more than 275,000 emergency and non-emergency calls each year, dispatching calls to Roanoke Police, Fire and EMS personnel to meet the needs of the public in emergencies and on a routine basis. Congress proclaimed the second week of April as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in 1991. Today, hundreds of thousands of calls placed to 911 centers across the nation are answered by telecommunicators, dispatchers and communications operators, who utilize telephones, radios and computers to provide support to law enforcement, Fire-EMS, and other government field personnel.
The Political Awareness and Involvement and Social Action Committee of the Roanoke Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta in partnership with the Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Unit for the City of Roanoke present Mothers Uplifting Mothers Women’s Group! The first group will meet from April 20th-June 1st from 6pm-7:30pm at Forest Park Academy. The program is targeted to mothers of at-risk youth; however, all mothers are encouraged to participate!
Please contact Chris Roberts at [email protected] to register.
The City of Roanoke raised the Ukraine flag at 10 AM on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at Freedom Plaza directly across from City Hall.
On Monday, April 18, Roanoke City Council announced the appointment of former Council member Anita James Price, to fill the unexpired City Council term of Robert Jeffrey Jr., effective as of April 18, 2022. Anita James Price will serve a 9-month term of office ending on December 31, 2022.
On April 18, City Manager Bob Cowell presented the Roanoke City Council with a proposed Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) General Fund Operating Budget of $324,789,000, representing an increase of 5.6% over the current year approved budget. The City Manager also presented the City’s 5-Year Capital Improvements Program (CIP) for FY23-FY27. The $163 million CIP includes funding for school buildings, bridges, parks and recreation, street paving, fire stations, library facilities, stormwater facilities, courthouse renovations, and technology upgrades.
Visit https://www.roanokeva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/17334/FY23-RECOMMENDED-BUDGET-DOCUMENT?bidId= to read the City Manager’s full budget message and the proposed budget which was presented to the City Council at their meeting on the afternoon of April 18, which may be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/RoanokeVa/videos/519276853067914/. A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for 7:00 pm on April 26. Adoption of the FY23 budget will occur on the evening of May 9.
Currently, the City of Roanoke has 20 separate voter precincts throughout the City and one (1) central absentee voter precinct at 317 Kimball Avenue, N.E., Roanoke, Virginia.
City Council approved the realignment of the Summit Hills and Lee Hi Voter Precincts to move the portion of Summit Hills Precinct located south of Shenandoah Avenue into neighboring Lee Hi Precinct. In addition, new polling places are established in Peters Creek and Summit Hills Precincts. The new polling place in Peters Creek Precinct will be located at William Fleming High School, 3649 Ferncliff Avenue, NW. The new polling place in Summit Hills Precinct will be located at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2216 Peters Creek Road.
The Council of the City of Roanoke approved these changes on April 18, 2022, and the changes will take effect on May 18, 2022.
Questions or comments regarding the proposed changes?
Please submit your questions or comments by email [email protected] or telephone (540) 853-2228.
The Roanoke Solid Waste Management Division and the Star City Safe Initiative are teaming up to host a Star City Safe Cleanup event for streets located in Northwest Roanoke. The designated cleanup area for this event from west to east, is Hershberger Road to Gainsboro Road and from north to south is Interstate 581 to Shenandoah Avenue. Please see the attached map of the collection area designated in light blue.
Residents living in the designated area are invited to toss ALL clutter, unwanted brush, and unlimited bulk items to the curb. The Solid Waste Division will be running a full fleet of trucks to collect that waste starting on Saturday morning, which means everything must be set out before 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30 in order for it be picked up. The cleanup event is from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Please do not discard the following hazardous items during the cleanup: liquid paint, motor oils, batteries, liquid pesticides, gasoline, diesel fuel, stains, or finishes. These hazardous materials can harm citizens and our employees and cause fires, explosions, or harmful chemical reactions in the solid waste trucks. To safely dispose of household hazardous materials, please call RVRA at 540-857-5050. If you have any questions or need more information about the Star City Safe Cleanup event, please call the Solid Waste Division at 540-853-2000, Option 1 or visit https://www.facebook.com/CityRKESWM.
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