Wednesday, August 12, 2009

City Council Invites Nominations for 2009 Citizen of the Year and Other City Updates

The Council of the City of Roanoke invites nominations for the 2009 Citizen of the Year. Information describing the criteria and a nomination form is available and may be submitted on the City of Roanoke’s web page at, or in the City Clerk’s Office, Room 456, Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Avenue, S. W., between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Nominees must be City residents. Deadline for nominations is Friday, September 25, 2009.

Governor Appoints Mike Crockett, E-911 Manager to Board

Governor Tim Kaine has appointed Mike Crockett, the city’s E-911 Manager, to the Virginia Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board on behalf of Virginia Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO).

Volunteers Assist with Marking Storm Drains

Recently, by working in conjunction with the city’s Volunteer Coordinator and Family Services of the Roanoke Valley (FSRV), the Office of Environmental Management successfully completed the marking of 44 storm sewer drains with “No Dumping, Drains to Roanoke River” in the neighborhood north of Jamison Avenue. With this project, FSRV was able to complete its goal of providing hands-on community service support experience to eight of its youth, while also helping the city meet its goal of providing public environmental education and involvement, as well as pollution prevention.

Work on the new Police Academy Building Progressing

Work on the new Police Academy Building is progressing as all foundation work has been completed, roughly 30 percent of the masonry work has been laid, and a good portion of the ground floor slab has been poured. Steel framing to support the first floor of the office/classroom portion of the building has been erected and the contractor intends to pour that slab this week. And, about half of the exterior underground utility work has already been installed. Overall, work on the project is 25 percent complete. Substantial completion of the project is scheduled for early 2010.

Update on Construction of New Melrose Fire Station

Work on the new Melrose Fire Station, located at Orange Avenue and 20th Street, is making good progress. The grading work required for the earth pad has been completed, all foundations have been installed, and roughly 30 percent of the masonry back-up walls have been erected. The structural steel columns and associated framing required for the roof above the four apparatus bays have also been erected. The project is scheduled for substantial completion in late winter-early spring 2010.

World Changers Annual Housing Repair Summer Project a Success

On July 18, the city welcomed World Changers for its seventh consecutive annual housing repair summer project.  Administered locally by Rebuilding Together Roanoke through a CDBG-funded agreement with the city, the project brings together some 350 youth and adult volunteers from across the nation to participate in this community service.  During its project week, July 20-24, World Changers painted, repaired roofs and made other exterior improvements to 24 homes of low- and moderate-income city residents.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Politics, Roanoke City Politics



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