Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mayor’s “no” vote harks back to Victory Stadium

Increased costs for the demolition of the Reserve Avenue National Guard Armory and the Parks and Recreation building required a second change order. The original low bid of $175,000 to CST Environmental Acquisition, LP increased to $250,000. The increase was partly due to the discovery of more asbestos than anticipated and included some addition masonry removal work.  

On this vote with Vice-Mayor Sherman Lea absent Mayor David Bowers was the sole “no” vote. When asked later Bowers said, “the situation is obviously in transition … I would have kept Victory Stadium and the National Guard Armory.” He said that he foresees a time when his vote changes – that will come with realization of the vision of “what goes there.”


"Glory Pipes," by Stephen Fairfield of St. David, Arizona

Other business:

Art in Roanoke project selections and locations: 

• Vic Thomas Park – “Decommission Lamp Pole Project” by All Creations, Matt Rink of Redding, Conn., and Bland Hoke of Wilson, Wyo.
• Fire Station #7 – “Big Dog,” by Ann Glover of Roanoke
• South Roanoke Village – “Jelly Bean,” by John Clement of Brooklyn, N.Y.
• Williamson Road Library – “Star Burst,” by Tom Holmes of Greeley, Penn.
• Campbell Avenue and Third Street – “Connect,” by Erika Strecker of Lexington, Ky.
• SunTrust Plaza – “Glory Pipes,” by Stephen Fairfield of St. David, Ariz. (pictured left)
• Lick Run Greenway trailhead near Valley View Mall – “Happy Wanderers,” by Charlie Brouwer of Willis, Va. (contract extended from the first AIR installation, since this piece was recently moved)

There are two new locations for AIR this year, which were added to bring attention to the new Vic Thomas Park, currently in the final stages of development along a new portion of the Roanoke River Greenway; and to SunTrust Plaza, which is being redeveloped behind the newly renovated Market Garage. A selection panel of citizens and city representatives reviewed 156 entries from 66 artists to narrow the show down to the above  works.

 Revised solid waste and brush pickup schedule: Manager Skip Deck gave an overview of changes in the physically challenged service. For these households trash is not required to be moved to the curb. The service will continue until September 1 at which time applicants must resubmit a city-supplied application along with a form completed by a physician. To continue service reapplication is required every 12 months.  

Bulk trash and brush pickup will change from every week to every other week. Brush pickup will occur on paper recycling week and other bulk items on glass and aluminum can recycling week.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Politics, Roanoke City Politics

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