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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Changes for Thanksgiving Week

In observance of the Thanksgiving holidays, the City of Roanoke will close its offices on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27.  As a result, the Solid Waste Collection schedule for Thanksgiving week will change.

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Roanoke News
Posted on: November 17, 2020

City Announces Call for Roanoke Neighborhood Partnership Awards Nominations

The Roanoke Neighborhood Advocates (RNA) and Roanoke City Council announce the call for nominations for the 2020 Neighborhood Partnership Awards Program. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we cannot have an event in person. But the City still wants to recogni...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: November 17, 2020

City Council Recognizes 2020 Citizen of the Year

Roanoke City Council has named the Resilient Spirit of the Star City as the 2020 Citizen of the Year for the City of Roanoke. Mayor Sherman P. Lea announced this decision at the 7 p.m. City Council meeting on Nov. 16.  The Mayor recognized the ci...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: November 17, 2020

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Changes for Thanksgiving Week, Leaf Collection Begins

In observance of the Thanksgiving holidays, the City of Roanoke will close its offices on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27. As a result, the Solid Waste Collection schedule for Thanksgiving week will change.

Trash, “A” week recycling, bulk, and brush wi...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: November 16, 2020

Roanoke Public Library Advisory Board to Hold Monthly Meeting in November

MEETING OF THE ROANOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020, 08:30 A.M.

PARTICIPATION BY ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PURSUANT TO

AMENDMENT 28 TO HB 29 (STATE BUDGET,CHAPTER 1283, LAWS OF 2020, SECTION 401.01 (g), SECTION 2.2-3708.2 (A), CO...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: November 16, 2020

New COVID-19 Guidelines, Holiday Safety Information Issued

Governor Northam has issued new COVID-19 Guidelines for the State, and the CDC is sharing guidance on how to safely celebrate the holidays. To learn more, visit: www.roanokeva.gov/coronavirus..

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Roanoke News
Posted on: November 13, 2020

City to Install Downtown Christmas Lights, Decorations Next Week

The City of Roanoke will install Christmas lights and decorations in and around the Downtown area from Nov. 16 through Nov. 20, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 12 a.m.  During this time, roads will be blocked with barricades to ensure th...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: November 13, 2020

Roanoke Retains Top Digital City Status

This week, the Center for Digital Government (CDG) announced the winners of the 2020 Digital Cities Survey. Once again, the City of Roanoke was ranked in the Top 10 Digital Cities for the 75,000 to 124,999 population category. Roanoke has retained this st...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: November 12, 2020

Citizens May Participate in Nov. 16 City Council Meeting, Public Hearings By Phone, Email

Due to the recent increase and severity in COVID-19 cases in the City of Roanoke, out of an abundance of caution, the Roanoke City Council has determined that temporary changes are necessary for the upcoming City Council Meeting and Public Hearings on Nov...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: November 10, 2020

Roanoke Arts Commission Issues Call to Artists for Sculpture “Reimagining Roanoke”

The City is accepting submissions from artists now through Jan. 18, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. for freestanding sculpture responding to the theme “A New Life: Reimagining Roanoke.”  Artwork may incorporate interactive as wel...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: November 9, 2020

Notice of Remote Meeting of Hotel Roanoke Conference Center Commission

NOTICE OF REMOTE MEETING OF HOTEL ROANOKE

CONFERENCE CENTER COMMISSION

The Hotel Roanoke Conference Center Commission shall hold a meeting on Nov. 25, 2020, at 12 p.m. by electronic means. Commissioners shall participate from various remote locations via vi...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: November 6, 2020

Defined Contribution Board of the City of Roanoke to Hold Quarterly Meeting

The Defined Contribution Board, as appointed by City Council and established under Chapter 22.3, Section 22.3-78 of City Code, which administers the defined contribution plan components of the City of Roanoke Pension Plan and the City’s IRC &...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: November 3, 2020

Roanoke Valley Veterans Council to Partner With City to Honor Veterans

For the third year, Roanoke Valley Veterans Council is partnering with the City of Roanoke to plant a tree in honor of all veterans on the Friday before Veterans Day.  With assistance from Roanoke Tree Stewards and Roanoke Parks and Recreation De...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: November 3, 2020

Virginia Center for Innovative Technology, City Partner on Flood Sensors to Improve Public Safety

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As the 35th anniversary of The Flood of 1985 approaches, a unique partnership has emerged to seek flood safety improvements. The Commonwealth of Virginia, through the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), with support from the Department of Homeland Sec...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: November 2, 2020

E-911 Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

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The City of Roanoke E-911 Center is scheduled for a virtual on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve reaccreditation by verifying our professional standards. The Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program (PSCAP) is administered by the C...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: October 29, 2020

Citizens May Participate in Nov. 2 City Council Meeting By Phone, Email

Due to the recent increase and severity in COVID-19 cases in the City of Roanoke, out of an abundance of caution, the Roanoke City Council has determined that temporary changes are necessary for the upcoming City Council Meeting on Nov. 2.  Roano...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: October 23, 2020

Roanoke Encourages Energy Efficiency & Clean Energy with Special Financing Program C-PACE

On Monday, October 19th, Roanoke’s City Council approved an ordinance that enabled Commercial Property Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing in the city. C-PACE is a unique loan program specifically for energy efficiency and clean energy projects for new constr...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

City Hires RESET Coordinator

Lloyd Merchant has been hired by the Roanoke Police Department as its Rapid Engagement of Support in the Event of Trauma (RESET) Coordinator.

On Oct. 1, Mayor Sherman Lea and Roanoke Police Chief Sam Roman shared results of a recent joint operation with th...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

City Treasurer Recognized for Receiving Recertification

Evelyn Powers, Treasurer for the City of Roanoke, received her Master Governmental Treasurer recertification from the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia (TAV) and the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.  The Certifi...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: October 7, 2020

More Than $8 Million Provided to Community for COVID-19 Recovery

The City of Roanoke continues to provide financial support for the Community and its COVID-19 recovery.   Based upon an extensive community-led effort, Star City Strong Recovery Fund Task Force, the Mayor and City Council, in partnership with the...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Treasurer’s Office Recognized for Achieving Accreditation

The City of Roanoke Treasurer’s Office received its accreditation from the Treasurer’s Association of Virginia (TAV) on May 19, 2020. The Office Accreditation program is a voluntary professional certificate program overseen by the Treasurers’ Association ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Pacesetter Recipients Announced

Roanoke Recognized for Work Supporting Healthy Development

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CCLR) has announced that it is recognizing Roanoke’s Star City Reads initiative as a Pacesetter recipient for its work promoting healthy development ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: October 2, 2020

City Clerk’s Office Announces Applicants to Fill Unexpired City Council Term

In accordance with the Oct. 1, 4 p.m. deadline for submissions, the City Clerk’s Office in the City of Roanoke received Statements of Interest with regard to the unexpired City Council term of Djuna Osborne from the following citizens:

  • Diane Marie Casola
  • Ro...
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Roanoke News
Posted on: October 1, 2020

City of Roanoke Provides Response to Recent Increase in Gun Violence

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On Thursday, Oct. 1, Mayor Sherman P. Lea, Vice-Mayor Joe Cobb, Roanoke Police Chief Sam Roman, and U.S. Marshal Tom Foster held a press conference addressing a recent response to the increase in gun violence in the City of Roanoke.  

The U.S. Mar...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: September 28, 2020

HUD Awards $3.7 Million to Protect Roanoke Residents From Lead, Other Home Health and Safety Hazards

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Mid-Atlantic Region has released the following information:

On Sept. 25, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Joseph J. DeFelice announced that $3,718,733 has bee...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: September 24, 2020

City to Resume Parking Enforcement

With the recent increase in business activity in downtown and elsewhere in the City, and based upon the requests of merchants and property owners, in an effort to ensure turnover and availability of on-street parking the City of Roanoke is announcing that...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: September 24, 2020

Early Voting Resumes at Registrar’s Office

The City Registrar’s Office wants citizens to know that even though it has temporarily lost partial electrical power in its early voting building today, enough power is available for early voting to now resume. AEP is working to restore full pow...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: September 24, 2020

Registrar’s Office Temporarily Loses Electrical Power

The City Registrar’s Office wants citizens to know that it has temporarily lost electrical power in its early voting building today, Sept. 24, 2020.  As a result, citizens will not be able to do early voting at the Registrar’s...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: September 22, 2020

City Invites Applications for Vacancy on City Council

The City of Roanoke invites applications for candidates to fill the vacancy on City Council created by the recent resignation of Council Member Djuna L. Osborne. Interested individuals must submit a Statement of Interest to the City Clerk in writing via e...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: September 22, 2020

Council Issues Messages of Support to Community, Police Department

At the Sept. 21, 2020, City Council meeting, Council Member Bestpitch, on behalf of the Mayor and Council, read the following messages:

Message to Our Community

Roanoke City Council wants our citizens to know that we fully understand that they have serious ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: September 17, 2020

Notice of Remote Meeting of Hotel Roanoke Conference Center Commission

NOTICE OF REMOTE MEETING OF HOTEL ROANOKE

CONFERENCE CENTER COMMISSION

The Hotel Roanoke Conference Center Commission shall hold a meeting on September 23, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. by electronic means. Commissioners shall participate from various remote locations...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Roanoke Public Library Advisory Board to Hold Monthly Meeting in September

MEETING OF THE ROANOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 08:30 A.M.

PARTICIPATION BY ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PURSUANT TO

AMENDMENT 28 TO HB 29 (STATE BUDGET,CHAPTER 1283, LAWS OF 2020, SECTION 401.01 (g), SECTION 2.2-3708.2 (A), CODE OF...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Gainsboro Branch Library to Close 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 will cease and the bookdrop will close at the Gainsboro Branch so that work can...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: September 2, 2020

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Changes for Labor Day Week

City offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, for the Labor Day holiday.  As a result, the following schedule will be in effect for collection of trash, bulk, brush, and “B” week single-stream recycling during that week.

Resi...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: September 2, 2020

Validity of Certain Virginia DMV-Issued Credentials Extended

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has announced that customers with Driver’s Licenses, Learner’s Permits, and IDs originally expiring in August, September, and October now have 60 additional days to renew; November expiration d...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Statement of GRTC and City Regarding Central Transit Facility

Greater Roanoke Transit Company (GRTC) d/b/a Valley Metro and the City of Roanoke have determined they will not appeal the recent decision of the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).  "Though disappointed in the decision of the BZA, GRTC and City ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 28, 2020

City to Refund Parking Citations Issued in Error

On June 15, 2020, the City of Roanoke Auditing Report concerning On-Street Parking found a potential issue in which parking citations were issued in place of a warning in certain situations. In order to address the situation the City of Roanoke, in partne...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 28, 2020

City Emphasizes Disaster Preparedness, Asks Public to Share Flood Stories

Disasters Don’t Plan, But You Can!

To recognize September as National Preparedness Month, the City of Roanoke, in partnership with WDBJ-7, will be promoting Roanoke’s Prepareathon campaign by posting online resources all month long on s...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 27, 2020

Arches Project Celebrates Community Diversity on Roanoke River Greenway

Celebrating the Roanoke River Greenway as a diverse and welcoming space was a primary goal for the neighborhood and community leaders who guided the Project.

Named for the sweeping supports of Roanoke’s historic Memorial Bridge, the Arches Projec...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 21, 2020

DMV Select at Municipal Building Moving to Appointment-Only Services

Effective Tuesday, Sept. 1, walk-up service for DMV Select in the City Treasurer’s Office at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building will be discontinued, and services will be offered by appointment only.  This change is necessary to addr...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Virtual Academy Staff and Job Fair to Offer Employment Opportunities

In response to the need to support students learning virtually as schools re-open in the next few weeks, programs across the Roanoke Valley are now actively hiring additional staff to support new and expanding academic support sites. These jobs not only p...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 18, 2020

City Invites Proposals to Acquire Lee Monument

City Council has authorized the removal of the Lee Monument from Lee Plaza. Any museum, historical society, military battlefield, or government may make proposals to acquire the Lee Monument. All proposals should be in writing and sent to the City Manager...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 17, 2020

Artists to Paint Stormwater Inlets at Locations in the City to Raise Awareness

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Imagine what local artists could communicate about improving Roanoke’s water quality. The Roanoke Arts Commission and the City’s Stormwater Utility is partnering again to transfo...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 17, 2020

Roanoke Public Library Advisory Board to Hold Monthly Meeting in August

MEETING OF THE ROANOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2020, 08:30 A.M.

PARTICIPATION BY ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PURSUANT TO

AMENDMENT 28 TO HB 29 (STATE BUDGET,CHAPTER 1283, LAWS OF 2020, SECTION 401.01 (g), SECTION 2.2-3708.2 (A), CODE...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 13, 2020

Citizens Must Register in Advance to Speak at August 17 Virtual City Council Meeting

Roanoke City Council will hold its regular meeting at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, using electronic communication means, without the public present in the Council Chamber. Citizens may register to speak at the City Council sessions by calli...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 6, 2020

City, VA811 Hold Dedication, Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Shared Facility

The City of Roanoke and Virginia 811 (VA811) held a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony today for a new Communications Center that houses the city’s E-911 Center and the VA811 Contact Center. Located at 1830 Blue Hills Circle (in the Roanoke ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 6, 2020

Absentee Ballot Applications Mailed to Registered Voters

The City Registrar’s Office has learned that many registered voters recently received a mailer containing an absentee ballot application. The mailer did not originate from the Roanoke City Registrar’s Office. It originated from an orga...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 5, 2020

Defined Contribution Board of the City of Roanoke to Hold Quarterly Meeting

The Defined Contribution Board, as appointed by City Council and established under Chapter 22.3, Section 22.3-78 of City Code, which administers the defined contribution plan components of the City of Roanoke Pension Plan and the City’s IRC &...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 4, 2020

Calling All Artists: 'Color Your Corner' Contest Seeking Entries to Promote Pedestrian Safety

Here’s your chance to get some street-art cred. As part of the newly launched “Every Corner is a Crosswalk” pedestrian safety campaign, the City of Roanoke is seeking entries for the “Color Your Corner” pe...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Citizens Must Register in Advance to Speak at August 3 Virtual City Council Meeting

Roanoke City Council will hold its regular meeting at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, using electronic communication means, without the public present in the Council Chamber. Citizens may register to speak at the City Council session by calling the City C...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: July 28, 2020

City of Roanoke Launches Financial Empowerment Center

The City of Roanoke, in partnership with the national Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) and Freedom First Enterprises, announced today the grand opening of Roanoke’s Financial Empowerment Center (FEC), offering professional, one-o...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Roanoke Parks and Recreation Introduce Junior Ranger Program

Roanoke, VA- Beginning Monday, July 27, area youth can learn about their city and local Parks and Recreation Department through the PLAY Roanoke Junior Ranger Program. Participants will learn about Roanoke and become stewards of its natural resources thro...

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Posted on: July 20, 2020

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Pacesetter Honors Announced

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading  has announced  that it is recognizing Roanoke’s Star City Reads initiative as a Pacesetter Finalist for its work in 2019. “We applaud the civic leaders and local funders whose tim...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: July 14, 2020

City of Roanoke Launches “Every Corner is a Crosswalk” Pedestrian Safety Campaign

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The goal is to reduce vehicle crashes involving pedestrians;Virtual kickoff event planned for Friday, July 17

More people venturing out as the economy reopens means more summertime pedestrians on the city’s sidewalks and streets. But that also in...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: July 13, 2020

Campbell Avenue to Remain Closed Until Saturday Evening

Campbell Avenue will remain closed, between 2nd Street and 3rd Street, until 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 18.  This closure will enable the safe viewing of the recently completed street mural.  The City has worked closely with the Roanoke Ar...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: July 13, 2020

Roanoke Public Library Advisory Board to Hold Monthly Meeting in July

MEETING OF THE ROANOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD

THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2020, 08:30 A.M.

PARTICIPATION BY ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PURSUANT TO

AMENDMENT 28 TO HB 29 (STATE BUDGET,CHAPTER 1283, LAWS OF 2020, SECTION 401.01 (g), SECTION 2.2-3708.2 (A), CODE O...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: July 3, 2020

City Proclaims 2020 'The Year of Color, Light, and Motion' in Honor of Gillespie

The Taubman Museum of Art is hosting a special exhibit – Celestial Centennial: The Art and Legacy of Dorothy Gillespie – in honor of the 100th anniversary of the renowned artist’s Roanoke birth. The exhibit was funded in part...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: July 2, 2020

City Begins Next Phase for Limited Re-opening of Facilities

On Monday, July 6, the City of Roanoke will begin the next phase of the limited re-opening of municipal facilities to the public, in accordance with its re-opening plan, as follows: The Municipal Building will be open to the general public from 8 a.m. to ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 30, 2020

City Updates Progress Report for Hazard Mitigation Plan

The City of Roanoke has updated its hazard mitigation progress report found in the Roanoke Valley–Alleghany Regional Commission’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Hazard Mitigation Plan can be found here. The City’s report is loca...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 29, 2020

DMV Select Hours to Resume Wednesday at Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building

On Wednesday, July 1, DMV Select services will resume in the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building located at 215 Church Ave. SW.  Below is information citizens need to know before coming into the building: 

  • DMV Select Services will be availa...
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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Star City Strong Recovery Fund Task Force Meets for First Time

The Star City Strong Recovery Fund Task Force met today for the first time since its creation by Roanoke City Council on June 15.  Co-chaired by the Mayor and Vice-Mayor, the Task Force consists of 36 citizen members and receives staff support fr...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Valley Metro to Resume Collecting Transit Fare on July 1

Effective Wednesday, July 1, Valley Metro will resume collecting transit fare on all Valley Metro transit services. All transit fare passes will be available for sale at the Campbell Court Transfer Center. The Valley Metro Administrative Building located ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 18, 2020

City Municipal Offices to Close in Observance of Juneteenth

In light of the significance of Juneteenth and the recent statement by the Governor to recognize this day as an official Holiday, following consultation with the Mayor and City Council, City municipal offices will be closed tomorrow, Friday, June 19. &...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 16, 2020

Council to Form Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board

At the 2 p.m. City Council meeting on June 15, Roanoke City Council unanimously requested an ordinance be prepared to establish the Roanoke Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board.  The idea for this Board came about during the development of the C...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 15, 2020

Roanoke Public Library Advisory Board to Hold Monthly Meeting in June

MEETING OF THE ROANOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD

THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2020, 08:30 A.M.

PARTICIPATION BY ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PURSUANT TO

AMENDMENT 28 TO HB 29 (STATE BUDGET,CHAPTER 1283, LAWS OF 2020, SECTION 401.01 (g), SECTION 2.2-3708.2 (A), CODE O...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Citizens Must Register in Advance to Speak at June 15 Virtual City Council Meetings

In continued compliance with Executive Orders 51 and 65 issued by Governor Northam and applicable law, and the continued  closure of parts of the Municipal Building to the public by the City Manager,  Roanoke City Council will hold its r...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Parks and Recreation to Participate in 2020 USDA Summer Food Service Program

Roanoke Parks and Recreation will participate in the 2020 USDA Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability; there w...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Valley Metro to Hold Open House Meeting for Transit Center

The Greater Roanoke Transit Company (GRTC) - Valley Metro will hold an Open House Meeting to review information on the Transit  Center on Thursday, June 18, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., at Campbell Court, 17 Campbell Ave. S.W., 2nd Floor.  The m...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 10, 2020

City of Roanoke Collaborates With Community Partners to Map Hottest Places in Region

City staff and community members will hit the streets of Roanoke this summer to collect data about the distribution of heat, as part of a regional effort to map where people are most at risk during extreme heat waves. Roanoke will partner with Clean Valle...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Parks and Recreation Offers Summer PLAY Enrichment Program

The Parks and Recreation Department is offering its Summer PLAY enrichment program from July 6 until Aug. 14. This all-day camp is for children who have completed Kindergarten through fifth grade and provides activities in art, sports, fitness and wellnes...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 3, 2020

Repairs to Escalator in Market Pedestrian Walkway Bridge Completed

Repairs to the escalator in the Market Pedestrian Walkway Bridge have been completed.  The escalator has been restored to normal operation and is now available for public use.

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 3, 2020

City Establishes Star City Strong Recovery Fund Task Force, Invites Applications

At its June 1 meeting, Roanoke City Council established a Task Force to make recommendation to Council regarding the use of the Star City Strong Recovery Fund. This fund has been established to provide financial resources to support the community&rsqu...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 28, 2020

City Moves Forward with Conceptual Design for Transit Transfer Station

The City of Roanoke’s Capital Improvement Program includes funding for the construction of a new Transit Transfer Center for the operation of the Greater Roanoke Transit Company (GRTC)—Valley Metro. The current Transfer Center, located...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 28, 2020

Escalator in Market Pedestrian Walkway Bridge Temporarily Closed for Repairs

One of the escalators in the Pedestrian Walkway Bridge will be temporarily closed for repairs effective immediately. The City anticipates repairs will be completed sometime next week. Pedestrians needing access to the walkway bridge are asked to use the e...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 28, 2020

Citizens Must Register in Advance to Speak at June 1 Virtual City Council Meeting

In continued compliance with Executive Orders Number 51, 55 and 61 issued by Governor Ralph Northam prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people, Roanoke City Council will hold its regular meeting at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 1, using electronic communicati...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 26, 2020

City Invests in Future and Saves $1.4 million

The City of Roanoke successfully sold $35.96 million in General Obligation and Refunding Bonds, of which $16.8 million was for new capital projects and $19.1 was to refund existing debt, to realize savings associated with lower interest rates. The cost of...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 22, 2020

City Asks Residents to Report Flood Damage

In response to this week’s flooding event, the City of Roanoke has established a Damage Assessment Hotline and Damage Assessment Form for community members to report flood-related damages to homes and businesses. Citizens may call 540-853-1529 o...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 22, 2020

City Determines Some Evacuated Areas Safe for Residents to Return

During this week’s heavy rain, the City encouraged residents in the Cravens Creek Road neighborhood, as well as the Arbutus, Arbor, and Piedmont neighborhoods to evacuate their homes as a precaution, in case of flooding. With the water levels re...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 21, 2020

City Cancels 2020 Independence Evening Fireworks Celebration

Due to COVID-19 and current guidelines for physical distancing at mass gatherings, the City of Roanoke has made the difficult decision to cancel its 2020 Independence Evening Fireworks Celebration. By making this decision, Roanoke joins many other communi...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 20, 2020

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Changes for Memorial Day Week

City offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, for the Memorial Day holiday.   As a result, the following schedule will be in effect for collection of trash, bulk, brush, and “A” week single-stream recycling during that week.

R...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 20, 2020

Signal Equipment, Timing Improvements Completed for Downtown

Have you noticed anything new when walking or driving downtown? The City’s traffic engineers and technicians recently completed signal equipment and signal timing improvements in downtown Roanoke.  These changes are intended to improve ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 20, 2020

City Cautions Residents About Potential Flooding Conditions

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has updated their forecast, which indicates Roanoke may receive some significant flooding tonight and through the morning hours tomorrow. Roanoke has the potential to receive 1 to 4 inches of rain overnight, and ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 20, 2020

Public Pools to Be Closed for the 2020 Summer Season

The City of Roanoke announces that Fallon Park and Washington Park public pools will be closed for the 2020 summer season (May-August). This decision was based on ongoing limitations associated with COVID-19, as well as fiscal constraints. City pools are ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Roanoke Public Library Advisory Board to Hold Monthly Meeting

MEETING OF THE ROANOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020, 08:30 A.M.

PARTICIPATION BY ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PURUSANT TO

AMENDMENT 28 TO HB 29 (STATE BUDGET,CHAPTER 1283, LAWS OF 2020, SECTION 401.01 (g), SECTION 2.2-3708.2 (A), CODE OF...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 14, 2020

Citizens Must Register in Advance to Speak at May 18 Virtual City Council Meetings

In continued compliance with Executive Orders Number 51, 55 and 61 issued by Governor Ralph Northam prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people, Roanoke City Council will hold its regular meetings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, May 18, using electronic...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 13, 2020

Valley Metro Extends Fare Free Service Through May 31

Valley Metro will be extending suspension of fare collections on all Valley Metro transit services until Sunday, May 31. During this period of fare free transit service due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, passengers are asked to adhere to the following:

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 8, 2020

Notice of Public Comment Period

CITY OF ROANOKE, VIRGINIA

NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

ADOPTION OF PROPOSED RESOLUTION BY ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL 

TO AMEND CITIZEN COMMENT PERIODS AND NOTIFICATION OF CITIZEN 

COMMENT PERIODS UNDER THE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN 

DU...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 7, 2020

Defined Contribution Board of the City of Roanoke to Hold Quarterly Meeting

The City of Roanoke Defined Contribution Board, as appointed by City Council and established under Chapter 22.3, Section 22.3-78 of City Code, which administers the defined contribution plan components of the City of Roanoke Pension Plan and the City&...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 7, 2020

Roanoke Neighborhood Advocates to Hold May Meeting Virtually

Citizens Must Register in Advance to Speak at May 13 Virtual Roanoke Neighborhood Advocate’s Meeting

In continued compliance with Executive Orders Number 51 and 55 issued by Governor Ralph Northam prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people, Ro...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 6, 2020

City of Roanoke Partners with Roanoke EDA, TAP to Benefit Roanoke Small Businesses

 COVID-19 Relief Loan Fund offers loans up to $3,000 with deferred payment

The City of Roanoke has announced a plan to assist City-based small businesses facing challenges as the result of the COVID 19 pandemic. Through a partnership with the Roan...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 6, 2020

City Releases Plans for Recovery

The City of Roanoke today released Roanoke Star City Strong:  Response-Recovery-Resiliency, a framework for its plans to move from responding to COVID-19 to supporting the community’s economic recovery and ensuring its resiliency agains...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 6, 2020

City Shares Guidelines for Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Program

City of Roanoke

CDBG-CV PROPOSAL GUIDELINES

FY 2020-2021

These instructions are being provided to assist in the submission of proposals in response to the City of Roanoke’s Request for Proposals (RFP) for federal funds involving the Community Devel...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 6, 2020

Valley Metro Extends Fare Free Service Through May 15

Valley Metro will be extending suspension of fare collections on all Valley Metro transit services until Friday, May 15. During this period of fare free transit service due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, passengers are asked to adhere to the following:

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Pension Investment Committee of the City of Roanoke Pension Plan to Hold Quarterly Meeting

The Pension Investment Committee, as appointed by the Board of Trustees of the City of Roanoke Pension Plan, which administers the City of Roanoke Pension Plan for employees of the City, will hold its regular quarterly meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Paved Greenway Closure in City of Roanoke to Extend to Coincide with Governor’s Phase I Reopening

The paved greenways in the City of Roanoke will remain closed until the Governor lifts the Stay At Home Order, anticipated to occur as part of the Phase I Reopening described in his Forward Virginia Blueprint. This is an extension of the original closure ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

City Council to Cancel May 4 Morning Briefings, Hold 2 p.m. Meeting

In continued compliance with Executive Orders Number 51 and 55 issued by Governor Ralph Northam prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people, Roanoke City Council will hold its regular meeting at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 4, using electronic communication me...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

City Manager Extends Closure of Municipal Facilities

Roanoke City Manager Bob Cowell has extended the closure of City of Roanoke municipal facilities to the general public until June 10, in alignment with Governor Northam’s Temporary Stay-At-Home Order (Executive Order 55), due to the novel corona...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 28, 2020

PLAY Roanoke to Host ‘Great Roanoke Camp In’ in May

Roanoke, VA—Roanoke Parks and Recreation (PLAY Roanoke) will host a virtual camping adventure called “The Great Roanoke Camp In” this May. This event will be accessible to everyone, with participants invited to camp in their ...

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Posted on: April 27, 2020

Roanoke Valley Resource Authority to Reopen Transfer Stations

The Roanoke Valley Resource Authority (RVRA) has announced that effective Friday, May 1, the Tinker Creek Transfer Station and the Salem Transfer Station will resume accepting waste from its residential customers residing in the City of Roanoke, County of...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 23, 2020

Valley Metro Extends Fare Free Service Through May 8

Effective Thursday, April 23, Valley Metro will be extending suspension of fare collections on all Valley Metro transit services until Friday, May 8. During this period of fare free transit service due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, passengers are asked to adh...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 16, 2020

Citizens Must Register in Advance to Speak at April 20 Virtual City Council Meeting

In continued compliance with Executive Orders Number 51 and 55 issued by Governor Ralph Northam prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people, Roanoke City Council will hold its regular meeting at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 20, using electronic communication...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 14, 2020

Traffic Alert: Franklin Road SW

On Wednesday and Thursday, April 15 and 16, drivers may encounter momentary delays due to construction while travelling the corridor along Franklin Road, SW (between the 2900 and 3600 blocks) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   For reference, this is the are...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 13, 2020

Notice of Public Comment Period for Amendment to 5 Year Consolidated Plan

NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

CITY OF ROANOKE

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO 2019-2020 ANNUAL UPDATE TO THE 

5 YEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN

Notice is hereby given that on Monday, April 20, 2020, the City Council of Roanoke, Virginia, will meet in open session to ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 10, 2020

City of Roanoke Defined Contributions Board to Hold Special Meeting

The City of Roanoke Defined Contribution Board, which administers the Defined Contribution Plan for employees of the City, will hold a special meeting of the Board at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, located at 215 ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 10, 2020

New Website Makes Animal Licensing Available Online

The City Treasurer’s Office announces that online licensing for dogs is now available to citizens. Using the PetData website, dog owners may register multiple dogs at the same time, and easily upload required documents. The site also allows you ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 9, 2020

City Extends Business and Personal Property Tax Deadlines

In response to challenges residents and businesses may experience in paying taxes during the COVID-19 health crisis, the City is offering temporary tax relief by extending the deadline for Business and Personal Property Tax payments by one month. Original...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 8, 2020

Comment Period Open to Review the City's PCB TMDL Action Plan

The City of Roanoke is required under the Municipal Stormwater Sewer System (MS4) Permit to create a TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) to reduce pollutant loads in impaired water bodies. This PCB TMDL Action Plan outlines the actions the City of Roanoke wil...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 7, 2020

Valley Metro Announces Passenger Limits

Effective Thursday, April 9, Valley Metro will limit the number of passengers on buses to a maximum of nine passengers at any one time. This is an additional precaution in order to further encourage social distancing while using transit, and to follow Dep...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 3, 2020

Citizens May Register to Speak at Virtual City Council Meetings

Under Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order Number Fifty-One and Executive Order Number Fifty Five, gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Roanoke City Council will hold its regular meeting at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 6, using elect...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 1, 2020

Escalators in Market Pedestrian Walkway Bridge to Temporarily Close for Repairs

The escalators in the Pedestrian Walkway Bridge will be temporarily closed for repairs starting Thursday morning, April 2, and will remain closed until Friday afternoon, April 3.  Pedestrians needing access to the walkway bridge are asked to use ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 26, 2020

City Manager Calls Special Meeting of City Council

City Manager Bob Cowell has called a Special Meeting of Roanoke City Council to address issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The meeting will be held on Friday, March 27, at 2 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. Participation by the Mayor and ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Valley Metro Announces Temporary Suspension of Fare Collections

In order to encourage the practice of social distancing while using transit, Valley Metro will be suspending fare collections on all Valley Metro transit services beginning Friday, March 27, until Friday, April 24 (subject to change). Seven-day and 31-day...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Roanoke Selected as Finalist for 2020 All-America City Awards

The City of Roanoke is once again a finalist for the All-America City Award. On March 17, the National Civic League announced the finalists of the 2020 All-America City Award, which includes Roanoke and 21 other cities across the Country. This year&rs...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 17, 2020

City Treasurer DMV Select Location to Close Temporarily

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has announced that all Virginia DMV Customer Service Centers will close beginning March 18 until April 2. As a result of this action, the DMV Select location in the City Treasurer’s Office will also clos...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Roanoke Valley Resource Authority Info Alert

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, and in order protect employees, customers, and the general public, the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority has announced effective Monday, March 23, the Tinker Creek Transfer Station and Salem Transfer Sta...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Roman Appointed as New Roanoke Police Chief

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After a Nation-wide search that resulted in panel interviews with five outstanding finalists, the City of Roanoke has appointed Samuel Roman, Jr. to join us as the next Chief of the Roanoke Police Department. Roman currently serves as the Police Chief in ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Governments Declare Local Emergencies in Response to Public Health Concerns Related to Coronavirus

Effective March 12, Governor Ralph S. Northam declared under the Executive Order that a State of Emergency exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia due to the potential spread of COVID-19, a communicable disease and public health threat.  In respon...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 12, 2020

City Response to Corona Virus

Out of an abundance of caution for public health, the City of Roanoke is urging residents and visitors to educate themselves regarding Coronavirus COVID-19.  The City of Roanoke is working closely with our neighboring jurisdictions, the CDC, the ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 4, 2020

Robertson to Serve as Assistant City Manager for Community Development

W. Brent Robertson has been named Assistant City Manager for Community Development, replacing Brian Townsend upon his retirement at the end of June 2020. A national search was conducted and Robertson was one of more than 100 applicants who applied for the...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 26, 2020

Consider Becoming a Citizen Science Monitor

A public information session will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Raleigh Court Branch Library, located at 2112 Grandin Rd SW, to share details about the Citizen Science Water Monitoring Program and how you can volunteer to be invo...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 21, 2020

Be a Stormwater Inlet Artist

The City of Roanoke’s Stormwater Utility, along with the Roanoke Arts Commission, invites artists to submit ideas for stormwater inlet art. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Stormwater inlet art draws attention to storm dr...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 20, 2020

City to Host Public Works Job Fair

The City of Roanoke will host a Public Works Job Fair on March 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Berglund Center, located at 710 Williamson Road. The event will be free and open to public. City departments and divisions participating in the Job Fair include Stormwat...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 18, 2020

Escalator in Market Pedestrian Walkway Bridge Temporarily Out of Service

The top escalator in the Market Pedestrian Walkway Bridge is currently out of service. Pedestrians needing access to the walkway bridge are asked to use the elevator located just past the escalators in Towers Garage until repairs are completed.

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 13, 2020

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Changes for Presidents Day Week

City offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, for the Presidents Day holiday.  As a result, the following schedule will be in effect for collection of trash, bulk, brush, and “A” week single-stream recycling during that week...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 29, 2020

Smith Named to Serve as Acting Police Chief

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Roanoke City Manager Bob Cowell has named Deputy Chief Chester R. Smith, Jr. to serve as Acting Police Chief.  Smith will fill this role upon the retirement of Police Chief Tim Jones, which is effective on Jan. 31.  Smith has served on t...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 23, 2020

Improvements on Franklin Road to Begin Next Week

Beginning the week of Jan. 27, the City of Roanoke will be installing storm drains and sidewalks along the shoulder of the southbound lane of Franklin Road SW. As a result, the area between Piccadilly Square and Hounds Chase Lane— from the 3100 ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 6, 2020

Snow Forecasted for Roanoke

The National Weather Service has forecasted snowfall for the Roanoke area on Tuesday, Jan. 7, with the possibility of 1 to 3 inches. If snow accumulates on streets, the City will respond with snow removal activities. The first priority will be to clear ma...

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Roanoke News