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
City Employees Mowing
Roanoke City employees have not received a raise since 2008 – not even to combat cost-of-living increases.
At city council’s meeting Monday to adopt the fiscal year 2012 budget a stipend for city employees was announced by Mayor David Bowers.
The recommendation will be for a $1000 stipend to be received by all employees on June 22, 2011. Council is expected to approve the stipend at their June meeting
The city’s work force has been reduced by 10% explained Director of Finance Ann Shawver. She was confident that “we have council support to do that … it will be a nice ‘thank you’ to all the employees for their hard work.”
Mayor David Bowers reiterated the sentiment that all employees were doing more with less and are well deserving of the one-time stipend. Bowers hoped the economy would allow raises for city employees in the next fiscal year.
The stipend if approved by council will be evenly distributed to all employees regardless of their pay grade. The requirement is that they be employed for a full year and on board by June 1, 2010.
Council members will not receive the stipend nor will council appointed officers, constitutional officers, elected officers and the two assistant city managers.
“Whether someone is making $60,000 or $30,000 they will get the $1000,” said Shawver.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Finance, Politics, Roanoke City Politics
Tags: budget, city_council, economy