May 07

Roanoke Recap – May 7, 2021

Posted on May 7, 2021 at 10:15 AM by Melinda Mayo

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Roanoke Conducts Website Survey

We Need Your Input!  The City of Roanoke is in the process of redesigning its website to make it more user-friendly and efficient. To help us understand how Roanoke’s community members currently use the website and what features are desired, a short online survey will be conducted starting May 3, 2021, and ending on May 17, 2021.  To participate in the survey, click on this link.  Survey results must be submitted by May 17, at 5 p.m.

City to Celebrate 'Kids to Parks Day' May 15

This year, Roanoke Parks and Recreation will celebrate National "Kids to Parks Day" with a scavenger hunt like no other! This hunt can be completed in any City of Roanoke playground on Saturday, May 15, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Not only will this have kids getting active, learning about their parks, and expressing their creativity, they’ll also have a chance to win some prizes! More information can be found at this link or on the PlayRoanoke website.

City Invests in Future and Saves $0.539 million

On April 27, 2021, the City of Roanoke successfully sold $64.165 million in General Obligation and Refunding Bonds, of which $22.05 million was for new capital projects, $33.24 million was to take out an existing bond anticipation note, and $8.875 million was to refund existing debt to realize savings associated with lower interest rates.  The cost of borrowing the funds was approximately 1.6%, which is a historically low interest rate. By refunding existing debt, the City will reduce its annual debt service thereby saving $539,000 over the life of the debt. More information is available here

Roanoke Recognized as 2021 Bright Spot Community 

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading announced last week it has named Roanoke, Virginia and its Star City Reads initiative a 2021 Bright Spot Community for its responses to the COVID-19 crisis last year. Specifically, CLGR is highlighting communities that developed exemplary or innovative responses to the COVID crisis. In particular, the Campaign is recognizing communities like Roanoke for crafting solutions that seem especially effective, replication-worthy and/or deserving of being sustained during the post-COVID period. Read more here.





Roanoke Recognized as 2021 Bright Spot Community

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading announced last week it has named Roanoke, Virginia and its Star City Reads initiative a 2021 Bright Spot Community for its responses to the COVID-19 crisis last year. Specifically, CLGR is highlighting communities that developed exemplary or innovative responses to the COVID crisis. In particular, the Campaign is recognizing communities like Roanoke for crafting solutions that seem especially effective, replication-worthy and/or deserving of being sustained during the post-COVID period. Read more here.

Roanoke Recognized as 2021 Bright Spot Community

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading announced last week it has named Roanoke, Virginia and its Star City Reads initiative a 2021 Bright Spot Community for its responses to the COVID-19 crisis last year. Specifically, CLGR is highlighting communities that developed exemplary or innovative responses to the COVID crisis. In particular, the Campaign is recognizing communities like Roanoke for crafting solutions that seem especially effective, replication-worthy and/or deserving of being sustained during the post-COVID period. Read more here.

Apr 23

Roanoke Recap - April 23, 2021

Posted on April 23, 2021 at 11:49 AM by Melinda Mayo

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Clean Streets

Catchy Jingles Capture Spirit of Roanoke Cigarette Butt Campaign

The City of Roanoke’s Stormwater Utility, Clean Valley Council, Downtown Roanoke Inc., the Roanoke Arts Commission, Keep Virginia Beautiful, and the Solid Waste Management Division announced the winners of the Clean Streets Jingle Competition. Five winning jingles were announced online at this year’s virtual Earth Day celebration. Find out more about the campaign by clicking here. Hear all the jingles and learn about their creators at this link.

Grier Named Roanoke’s Deputy City Manager

At the April 19 City Council meeting, City Manager Bob Cowell announced that Clarence G. Grier has been named Deputy City Manager for the City of Roanoke.  Following the retirement of Deputy City Manager Sherman Stovall in June 2021, Grier will assume the responsibility of managing and directing City departments, public safety agencies, and programs based on general direction and policy of the City Manager and City Council. Read more here

E-911 Center Announces 2021 Telecommunicator of the Year

On April 12, the E-911 Center announced that Daniel Hobbes has been selected as the 2021 Telecommunicator of the Year. Because COVID-19 restrictions limited the ability to recognize the winner of the award in 2020, the E-911 Center also recognized Kala Gilbert as the 2020 Telecommunicator of the Year.  Both Dan and Kala received a plaque and special recognition from the E-911 staff. In addition, Michelle Tringali received a Service and Dedication award, recognizing her work in the E-911 Center. This recognition was part of the celebration of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 11-17. Public safety communications officers in the City’s E-911 Center were honored throughout the week.

Telecommunicators Pic

Apr 09

Roanoke Recap – April 9, 2021

Posted on April 9, 2021 at 11:18 AM by Melinda Mayo

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Roanoke Announces 2021 Neighborhood Partnership Awards Winners

At the April 5, 2021 City Council meeting, City officials recognized the winners of the 2021 Neighborhood Partnership Awards Program, honoring the outstanding contributions, excellence, and accomplishments achieved by neighborhood organizations and civic individuals who have partnered with City departments, schools, nonprofits, businesses, institutions, and others. To read about each of these award winners and their work, click this link

City to Observe National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 

The City of Roanoke will celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 11-17, 2021, to honor the men and women who serve as public safety communications officers in its E-911 Center.  The City will recognize its dispatchers with various forms of appreciation throughout the entire week. To read more, click here

Roanoke Partners with Local Agencies to Bring Awareness to Child Abuse Prevention Month

The City of Roanoke’s Human/Social Services Department is partnering with Children's Trust, Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare, Total Action for Progress (TAP), Prevent Child Abuse Virginia, and the Virginia Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention to create awareness that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. More information is available here

Budget Committee Provides Update to Council, Citizens

The City's Budget Committee presented an update on April 5, during City Council briefings. Staff provided a general overview on FY21, as well as a preliminary overview of FY22 operating budgets. They also highlighted potential fee and tax updates for FY22.  In addition, the presentation included discussion of the American Rescue Plan and sought approval to alter the budget adoption calendar. To view the update on Facebook, click here. The presentation begins at 2:42:30.  To view the PowerPoint slides for this update, click here. This information is also posted with other budget-related materials on the City's website at this link.