Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Oct. 27 is first public meeting on downtown’s future.
Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke’s Department of Planning, Building, and Development is currently in the process of updating the Downtown Plan. Public meetings to gather input will be held on Oct. 27 and Nov. 28 at the City Market Building beginning at 6 p.m.
The department is looking for input and ideas from citizens to help update the vision for the downtown area for the next 20 years. The plan will seek to address the rise of downtown living and the importance of public spaces and amenities. It will also focus on successful small businesses, major employers, and other initiatives that help establish downtown Roanoke as a reg
Virginia Uranium retains four lobbyist groups in matters relating to legislation, regulation, studies and policies for potential mining of uranium ore in Virginia. Virginia has a moratorium on mining uranium and there is a highly lucrative deposit near Chatham just out of their reach.
Hence the trip offered to any legislator willing to visit France where they mine uranium ore safely they claim. It was labeled an educational trip – a little money spent on “educating” legislators could go a long way when a vote comes up on rescinding the moratorium.
Senator John Watkins, Senator Frank Wagner and Delegate Onzlee Ware all members of the Uranium Mining Sub-Committee of the Virginia Commission on Coal and Energy visited Bessine, France. The trip entirely paid for by Virginia Uranium Inc. This put Virginia Uranium as the second largest gift giver at $27,488 for 2010. The disclosures were released on Virginia Public Access Project Thursday.
The top gift giver was the American Turkish Friendship Association with the third largest being Dominion Power – not a surprise. The ATFA was recognized in the gallery of this General Assembly session. There is a large Turkish population in Northern Virginia.
The City of Virginia Beach announced Tuesday the results of a study concluding that a heavy rain could result in water containing radiation flowing into Lake Gaston. The flow could contaminate the drinking water of Virginia Beach and Norfolk.
The guests of VUI’s trip to France and members of the Uranium Mining subcommittee met December 8 to review Requests for Proposal for study of the effects of mining the uranium deposit. According to the Agenda this was the first meeting that Delegate Onzlee Ware had attended. Meetings date back to November 2008 with one meeting in Chatham June 22, 2010. Both Wagner and Watkins attended that meeting following their return from France on Jun 18.
I found some interesting conflicting information needing confirmation that may take awhile so stay tuned.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, State Politics
Tags: environment, legislators, Onzlee_Ware, study