Wednesday, November 21, 2007
UPDATE: Listen to message from Roanoke City Planning Department – moving the stake(s) 10 feet:
The RED Line is Where The Three Stakes Converge
The BLUE Line had NO Stakes – Should Follow the Tree Line
It was a very, very long Council Meeting that I attended Monday. I went not only to present the pictures of the Trane Property that was staked off but to also support the Wasena Park group wanting to save the beautiful trees that will be cut down along the banks of the Roanoke River. This is part of the flood project being conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers. I went down to Wasena Park Sunday afternoon. I am SO jealous. The huge trees were showing their colors in all their splendor. The sun shown through them like a kaleidoscope. Take a moment to view the video. How I wish we had a park like that. It made me even more determined to hang onto this golf course. We all saw what the Countryside property means to the City and it did not include a “real” park. It was row upon row of houses, retail, and through traffic.
The “bench cut” to accommodate the flood reduction program at Wasena Park takes out Wiley Drive and will leave a permanent scar. It also prevents the disabled and our older citizens from reaching the Roanoke River picnic area. At least Council promised to revisit the aesthetics and the access when the engineers complete their work.
After 2 hours I finally got to speak. Mayor Harris left so he did not hear the “public comments”. I had pictures printed of the stakes that you see on the blog. I included a picture of the map above because pictures of stakes did not tell you anything unless you could put them together in an overview. Council did look at them and then they ended up with Ms. Burcham.
In short I pointed out that this property line DOES interfere with play according to Meadowbrook management. That is unless Trane opens it’s doors so golfers can play through. This conjures up scenes from the movie “Caddyshack” doesn’t it?
The bottom line is – according to Ms. Burcham, the City Manager, Meadowbrook had blessed the previously measured property lines. However, I explained that the stakes were far from what had been initially measured out according to Steve Smith, the golf course manager and golf pro, and would require the impossible task of reconfiguring number 3 fairway. I say impossible because there is barely anything left of number 3 now. I am very glad I went to the meeting because Ms. Burcham was unaware that the stakes had been planted and had not seen them.
Here comes another “whoa Nellie” as Ms. Burcham was none too pleased that I brought it to the Council’s attention before she became aware of it. I was very forgiving and said that I believed the stakes were just placed last week so it would be understandable that the City Administration may not have seen them yet. However, after the meeting when I approached her to reassure her that the stakes were recent I got the “ice box” and “no lookie in the eyes” shut out demeanor that has defined Ms. Burcham these many years. She gave me the pictures back without looking up .. “here you probably want these back … we’ll go out and take a look”. I just hate that, just really hate that, smile, @:D
SEE WASENA PARK – Turn on your speakers:
Posted By Valerie Garner