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Nov 30

Roanoke Recap November 30, 2022

Posted on November 30, 2022 at 1:24 PM by Carol Corbin

Restoration of historic neighborhood entrance earns Kegley Preservation Award

This spring a concerned resident brought to the city’s attention damage to the NW Rugby Pillars. Price Francisco built these pillars for the Rugby Land Co. in 1916, which served as the gate way to the Rugby-Melrose Neighborhood. Over a 100 years later theses pillars are still cherished by residents.

The City of Roanoke was able to obtain the services of Kelly Francisco Stone Masonry to make the repairs to the damaged stone wall. Kelly is the great grandchild of the original creator and is 4th generation of stone mason’s in the Francisco family.

historical restoration award

This fall, the City of Roanoke and the Melrose-Rugby Neighborhood Forum won the Kegley Preservation Award for the historic restoration of this historic neighborhood entrance by the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation.

Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board Holds Public Hearing on December 1st

eeab meetingThe Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at 6:30 PM at the Melrose Library.

A goal identified in the city’s 2040 plan is to ensure equity in our policies as they relate to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, and any other characteristic upon which people are discriminated against, oppressed, or disadvantaged. 

Interwoven equity is the idea that decision making and policy making are based on principles of equity and are examined for bias and potential unintended consequences for any specific group of people. 

The number one priority identified to achieve the goals and vision of the 2040 plan is trust.

Help us create a more equitable Roanoke! Because the policies we create today are a path to a better tomorrow.

Annual Public Works Snow Training Day 

The City of Roanoke Stormwater division recently participated in the Annual Public Works Snow Training Day to prepare for the upcoming snow season. Training was provided for experienced operators and new employees. Videos of the driving courses will be coming soon! ??

stormwater snow season training

Fire Prevention Art Contest Banquet 

Roanoke Fire/EMS hosted the 17th Annual Fire Prevention Art Contest banquet. This banquet celebrates the wonderful artwork and the kids who created it.

art contest

Virginia Department of Corrections Holds Conference in City of Roanoke

Chief Roman was honored to welcome the Virginia Department of Corrections 2022 Statewide Dialogue Practitioner Development Program Conference to Roanoke on November 29th. Virginia DOC personnel from across the Commonwealth are at the Hotel Roanoke for the three-day conference.

DOC Conference 22

Travel by Train

amtrak getawayThe City of Roanoke makes the list for 5 train trips for car-free weekends on! Check out more on the revival of passenger rail and how it is spurring more weekend getaways at: