Friday, January 13, 2017
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the nominations of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense and Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State after participating in their confirmation hearings this week:
“I will support the nomination of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense. In his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, he demonstrated a clear-eyed view of our current national security environment and a deep appreciation for the challenges facing U.S. servicemembers and their families. I believe he is well-prepar
Local Storm Drain Backup
Don’ t be surprised if your water bill, real estate tax bill, or by some other means you get charged for the “impervious” surface your dwelling takes up. You would get a credit for having a “rain barrel.” If you are a resident with no more than a house with 2000 sq. ft. your rainwater runoff will cost you $4-$5 a month.
Businesses could be paying $400 a month for their building and parking lots. The charge would need to be enough to fund $60 million over a 10 year period. No one not even non-profits would be exempt from the charge. The policy on credits is yet to be determined. Councilman David Trinkle picked up on the list of localities and amount (ENU) they charged. The lowest ENU charge was $2.70 a month.
Engineer Phil Shermer and City Manager, Darlene Burcham suggested a separate Stormwater Fund. Burcham said that the public would be more accepting of the charge if they saw immidiate results. Targeting localities prone to stornwater flooding throughout the city would come first. Burcham said that issuing debt was not the way to go but advocated for a PAYGO (pay as you go) cash approach.
Shermer said there will be consequences if the City does not implement a stormwater quality improvement strategy. This is coming with a federal environmental stormwater quality mandate. The city’s infrastructure “is decaying,” said Shermer.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Community, Roanoke City Politics
Tags: city_council, environment