Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Oct. 27 is first public meeting on downtown’s future.
Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke’s Department of Planning, Building, and Development is currently in the process of updating the Downtown Plan. Public meetings to gather input will be held on Oct. 27 and Nov. 28 at the City Market Building beginning at 6 p.m.
The department is looking for input and ideas from citizens to help update the vision for the downtown area for the next 20 years. The plan will seek to address the rise of downtown living and the importance of public spaces and amenities. It will also focus on successful small businesses, major employers, and other initiatives that help establish downtown Roanoke as a reg
Thursday, January 8, 2009
For $55,181.00 the EOC (Emergency Operations Center, Room 159) where briefings and joint meetings are held can be transformed to accommodate televised Council briefings. This option had zero support especially when Councilman Dave Trinkle quoted the production fees and noted the poor acoustics and lighting that would require correction.
Trinkle said if there was the occasional briefing “that one of [Council] thought was vitally important to have on TV” it could be done at the “closed captioning” cost of $420 for 3 hours. However, regularly scheduled televised briefings would cost over a thousand dollars a month.
The briefings could be substituted for the monthly televised Planning Commission meetings at only the cost of a computer if held in Council Chambers. This option would require a vote by the Cable Committee.
It was pointed out that if Council sat at the dais it would not be conducive to having relaxed joint meetings as is often the case. If a table was used the podium would have to be moved but the podium is hard-wired for microphones and computer hookup. In addition there would be a substantial cost for microphones for the tables.
Trinkle then brought up prioritizing time, which included the possibility that Roanoke County may want to televise their Planning Commission meetings. Trinkle said, “soon we would run out of time” and if we started the briefings and another locality wanted the time “our briefings would be the first to go.” Additionally, unscheduled “intermittent” briefings would require a 2-week notice to RVTV. The definition of “intermittent” may come into question at some point.
Councilman Court Rosen suggested streaming or taping the briefings for webcasts. However, the quality of video and especially sound as it relates to background noise may not be overcome easily. City Manager, Darlene Burcham, was unsure if RVTV would allow it on their broadcast but it might be possible to put it on the City’s website. “Someone on an hourly basis could come in to produce it,” said Burcham. Council will confer with the Planning Commission and Burcham will look into producing a webcast.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Roanoke City Politics