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
Monday, November 16, 2009
Countryside Tennis Building
Nov. 16 Update: At the 7:00 PM Council meeting Brian Townsend confirmed that the tennis building was not included in the contract being negotiated with Meadowbrook.
Nov. 15: Roanoke’s municipal golf course has a tennis building on it. The Countryside Golf Course tennis building that sits close to Highland Farm Road and William Fleming High School has been vacant since the former tenant Mike Johnson got the runaround when trying to renew his lease a few years ago.
Johnson leased it from Meadowbrook but when the time came for him to renew his lease (during the chaos of the year to year lease renewals since 2005) the city waffled too long. Johnson gave up and the city gave up $22,000 a year. I understand that this amount was reduced for 2007 when Johnson found out that Meadowbrook was only paying the city $17,500 a year.
Since 2007 the building has been vacant. It needs repair as even Johnson admitted.
At Monday’s 2:00 council meeting Blue Ridge Junior Tennis League will ask council if they can use it for their tennis program. Accompanying their request is a petition signed by 75 members of Blue Ridge.
In an email assistant manager, Brian Townsend said that the current five-year contract being negotiated focuses on the golf course only. I take it that this means it is up to city council to determine if they will dip into the City’s Facility Maintenance Fund to repair the city-owned tennis building.
Townsend further elaborated on the building’s condition saying, “I toured the building earlier this week with city staff, evidence of issues with roof condition and rain/water infiltration. No indication on usability of the other building systems (HVAC, lights, etc.) as electricity was turned off.
[It] would take more investigation to determine if the building was usable for the purposes desired…and what costs would have to be incurred to make it that way.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Community, Roanoke City Politics
Tags: budget, city_council, Countryside, tennis