What’s going on across from Countryside Park?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

What's going on across from Countryside Park?

Bulldozing, backhoes are moving dirt and toppling trees on what was once Roanoke airport property between Ranch Road and Portland Avenue in Northwest City. A small parking lot is expected to relieve parking that neighbors now see as a parking problem with the Countryside Park and trails being so popular from visitors outside the neighborhoods. […]

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Roanoke City Market Building support quacks like a subsidy

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Roanoke City Market Building support quacks like a subsidy

“The City of Roanoke is contractually obligated to provide a financial support to the Market Building should it be necessary,” said Assistant City Manager Sherman Stovall. In 2007 estimated revenues from the rental of the city-owned Market Building was $286,500 with a General Fund supplement of $35,000 that covered total operating expenses of $321,500. The […]

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Roanoke City citizens don’t vote for the city manager

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Roanoke City citizens don't vote for the city manager

Roanoke city council is showing its city manager, Chris Morrill, a lot of love lately by showering him with power meant for elected officials. City council members claiming to be Democrats, Independent Democrats or “Democrats In Name Only” keep giving more power to Mr. Morrill. Are not Democrats suppose to be the ethical “checks and […]

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Just how much money is enough to “bring Roanokers downtown”

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Just how much money is enough to

UPDATE below from twitter conversation: The Roanoke Times in a Thursday online and paper editorial has jumped on the happy train band wagon again telling city leaders to “go for” the over budget $1.2 million Market Square redo. The city will take $500,000 from the streetscapes fund to make up the shortfall. Cost to transform Market […]

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Roanoke moves toward enhancing neighborhood parks

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Roanoke moves toward enhancing neighborhood parks

There has been a shift in Roanoke City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan  – from closing down neighborhood recreation centers to enhancing them. A similar strategy came about with the Library Master Plan. Land was purchased for a “super” library on Peters Creek Road. That project has been abandon. The 11-acre parcel on Peters Creek […]

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Pay raise should help councilman’s warrant in debt

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pay raise should help councilman's warrant in debt

Councilman Dave Trinkle had another ordinance in the wings that would have raised Roanoke City Council members pay by 10% instead of 28.5%. It didn’t see the light of day. The motion before council continued from their last discussion was open and had to be put to a vote. The 28.5% pay raise for council […]

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An infusion of projected revenue balances the city’s budget

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

An infusion of projected revenue balances the city's budget

It came out of nowhere – a surprise increase of over $1 million of projected revenue to balance the 2014 fiscal year budget and fund the items that exceeded the budget at the April 1 “fools day” budget briefing. The total budget for 2014 is now $260 million – a 2.8%, $7.1 million increase over […]

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Mayor Bowers’ fiscal cliff for RCPS comes to fruition

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Mayor Bowers' fiscal cliff for RCPS comes to fruition

Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan rolls over for passenger rail /Mayor Bowers’ fiscal cliff for Roanoke City Public Schools comes to fruition In January Mayor Bowers and Vice Mayor Court Rosen had a bit of a tiff. Bowers saw a fiscal cliff looming for RCPS and the arts. Rosen on the other hand was confident that […]

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No smelly trash on downtown sidewalks and budget moves forward

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

No smelly trash on downtown sidewalks and budget moves forward

Unsightly smelly bags of trash waiting for pickup downtown by city trucks may be a thing of the past soon. Skip Decker, Manager of the Solid Waste Management Department said after 10 years they have finally found a place for a trash compactor in the Downtown Central Business District. “It’s not visually appealing when trash […]

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A good way to endear yourself to the media

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A good way to endear yourself to the media

Was that nails on chalkboard I heard as I read Vice Mayor Court Rosen’s commentary in The Roanoke Times? Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us sinners and media types at the hour of our death. Amen. “Information regarding city government in the media is often brief and covers the most controversial issues. I […]

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Revised library plan will invest in neighborhood branches

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Revised library plan will invest in neighborhood branches

Say good-bye to the 30,000 square foot “super branch” and hello to your new and improved neighborhood library branch. The 11-acre parcel on Peters Creek Road near the Cove Road intersection was purchased by former city manager Darlene Burcham for $795,000 in October of 2009. It was to serve the northwest area as a “super […]

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Countryside golf course bank loan gets refinanced – quietly

Friday, January 13, 2012

Countryside golf course bank loan gets refinanced - quietly

Isn’t if interesting how council members were jumping up and down about the monthly payment on the $4 million of Countryside Golf Course debt two years ago. Not only did the payments on the 6.25% 15 year loan continue all this time without a peep from a city council member but quietly it is now being “refinanced.” […]

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