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[ARCHIVED] Roanoke Recap - Sept. 18, 2020

The original item was published from September 18, 2020 11:52 AM to September 18, 2020 12:02 PM

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Gainsboro Branch Library Closed for Renovation

Ten amazing years after its renovation, the City of Roanoke will refresh the amenities available at the Gainsboro Branch Library. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 15, curbside service ceased and the bookdrop closed at the Gainsboro Branch so that work can begin. Read more here.

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E-911 Center Staff Moves to Blue Hills Communications Center

On Aug. 6, the City held a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Communications Center located at 1830 Blue Hills Circle, built to house the city’s E-911 Center and the VA811 Contact Center.  While attention to some final details for the 911 Center delayed staff from moving in immediately after the ceremony, last week the switch occurred. Our 911 staff is now at Blue Hills, operating in a work environment that enhances communication, using the most up-to-date equipment to assist citizens who call for help. This new facility will set the stage for continued growth in technology and development of the Center for decades to come.

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Council Member Osborne Resigns

Effective Sept. 16, 2020, at 5 p.m., Councilwoman Djuna Osborne resigned from Roanoke City Council.  Ms. Osborne joined Roanoke City Council on July 1, 2018, and her term was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2022.  In her resignation she explained, “Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19 I, along with each of you, have had to make significant adjustments to accommodate the needs of my family.  As a result, I am no longer in a position to meet the full obligation of my Council duties while also meeting my new obligation as a full-time stay-at-home mom and educator, along with the ongoing responsibilities of my private practice.”  Roanoke City Council held a special meeting in closed session on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, to discuss next steps in filling this vacancy. Official action resulting from this meeting will occur on Monday, Sept. 21, at City Council’s 2 p.m. session.

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