December 1st Council Meeting Agenda – Briefings – Legisture

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Monday’s briefings will be held at 10:00 AM and include: Flood Wall on Reserve Avenue (Corp of Engineers) Washington Park Master Plan Walnut Avenue Bridge/Bridge Projects At 12:00 noon luncheon – legislators, City and School Legislative agendas will be discussed with Delegates Fralin and Ware, Senator Edwards, and Congressman Goodlatte. The 2:00 regular session items […]

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When the medicine IS the disease!

Monday, November 24, 2008

The bailout of financial industry has now reached the ridiculous. Genworth, a GE owned insurance company headquartered in Richmond, bought a Minnesota Savings and Loan. This would appear to make no sense, buying a small S+L far from your operations center, and not in your industry, or sphere of expertise. Ah, but that purchase allows […]

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Tax Relief/Legislative Package – Nov. 17th Council

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Vice-Mayor Sherman Lea and Councilman Court Rosen introduced a resolution to increase the limits to qualify for real estate tax relief both for the disabled and seniors 65 and over. .The income maximum was raised from $34,000 to $42,000. The maximum net worth was raised from $125,000 to $160,000. Net worth does not include home […]

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Local Attorneys Vie for Virginia Attorney General

Saturday, November 22, 2008

So far Roanoke has John Brownlee who stepped down as a US Attorney to vie for the Republican nomination for Virginia’s Attorney General in 2009. For the Democratic ticket we have John Fishwick who gained notoriety representing Scott Hoover against the Virginia Lottery claiming the Lottery allowed the sale of scratch tickets where all top […]

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Video – 2008 Citizen of the Year

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Estelle McCadden, 82, was honored for her commitment to Roanoke’s neighborhoods at a reception for Roanoke City volunteers on November 19th. Estelle has been a neighborhood advocate and activist, and currently serves as the President of her neighborhood’s organization, the Melrose-Rugby Neighborhood Forum, Inc. which she co-founded in the early 1990’s. She also helped to […]

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Walgreen’s at Ivy Market – Door One, Two, or Three

Saturday, November 22, 2008

For over an hour Monday afternoon Roanoke City Council bantered about three options relating to the time extension for the Ivy Market Walgreen’s..Vice-Mayor Sherman Lea exhibits the confusion of all as Brian Townsend trys to explain..On October 23, Council tabled the resolution in order to better assess consequences the developer would undergo should the April […]

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Roanoke City says Citizen’s Don’t Need to Know

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Roanoke City Legislative Package includes a request to permit governing bodies to discuss in closed meetings the granting of economic development incentives for projects which already have been announced publicly. This is contrary to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). . Megan Rhyne, Director for the Virginia Coalition for Open Government (VCOG), said that, […]

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2008 Roanoke Citizen of the Year

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A surprise announcement was made by Mayor Bowers this evening at a reception honoring volunteers who serve on Authorities, Boards, Commissions and Committees. In addition to Estelle McCadden being named “Citizen of the Year” she also receive a Key to the City. Estelle McCadden2008 Citizen of the Year . At 82 Estelle is a neighborhood […]

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A Poem – Fall Expectations

Sunday, November 16, 2008

With leaf rake in handI set out to the yardTo gather the leavesThat had blown from afar.A wind sent leaves swirlingUntamed by my effortMoments of calmBrought false hope and some comfort. Waiting whirlwindsTeased and laughed all the whileTo dash my expectationsOf neatly stacked piles. I accepted the futilityOf gathering every oneSo with new-found wisdomI gently […]

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7,000 Government Jobs – Transition

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Hate your job? Out of work? Tired of scanning Monster.com for something better? Try cracking open the newest page-turner from the federal government, the 210-page “United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions.” Inside what’s more commonly known as the Plum Book, you’ll find a listing of more than 7,000 top government jobs that are likely […]

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Provision Added – Countryside Golf Club

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A provision was added to the operating agreement between the City and Meadowbrook Golf Group, Inc. At the October 23rd City Council meeting an Ordinance was adopted to extend Meadowbrook’s operation of Countryside Golf Club for a period of one year. The agreement was effective on November 1, 2008. The modification was as a result […]

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Council Meeting Agenda – Nov. 17th

Saturday, November 15, 2008

2:00 PM SessionCenter in the Square to get Council commitment of $2.5 million toward the $25 million renovations that includes the Science Museum and Harrison Museum.School roof repairs and replacement – $2.5 million request from 2009 future VPSA Funds. IMD Performance Agreement (Walgreens at Ivy Market) extension to April 30, 2009. Consequences added for Phase […]

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