Monday, February 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
House Bill 1582 reflects an incomplete understanding of weapons qualification practices within our military and is an unwarranted expansion in the number of people allowed to carry handguns in the Commonwealth. It would do nothing to protect the safety of our citizens.
It would allow any person 18 years of age or older and on active military duty or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard who has completed basic training to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
VERY GENEROUS PERFORMANCE AGREEMENT
A $9 million incentive over 15 years to create a unique retail shopping experience is now an insecure deal for IMD developer Bland Painter. A yearly dollar for dollar match of the tax revenue up to $600,000 is what the agreement with IMD contains. They have received $525,000 for 2008 and the current fiscal year’s tax incentive for IMD has yet to be determined.
The Director of Finance, Ann Shawver suggested considering “an entity that already exists in the Roanoke valley.” Ideally she agreed with City Manager, Darlene Burcham that the original intent was to “look for new activity not currently located within the city.”
Shawver very carefully conveyed that the “generous performance agreement” did impact the city’s budget and as a consequence it effects the funding of the schools.
Burcham stated clearly that the default of the agreement between the city and IMD would not impact the city’s budget in any way. IMD will have to search for a substitute for Ukrops. Burcham assured residents and council that economic development would help all they could but stressed that these are lean times. Companies are “just maintaining” what they already have and are not expanding into new markets said Burcham.
Painter, sole propriator of IMD is on the hook and will be responsible for finding someone else to lease the building. The agreement with the city will be in default. This could be financially devastating for Painter.
Council member Gwen Mason was concerned about Walgreens where she and Vice-Mayor Lea just completed a ribbon cutting Saturday at the Ukrops site. She wondered what impact the loss of Ukrops would have on Walgreens.
Burcham said it was “premature for that kind of judgement.” It’s too early to calculate if it would have any impact on Walgreens business.
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Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Business, Roanoke City Politics
Tags: city_council, economy