May 22

Roanoke Recap – May 22, 2020

Posted on May 22, 2020 at 9:47 AM by Melinda Mayo

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Reminder: City offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, for the Memorial Day holiday  

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Changes for Memorial Day Week

As a result of the Memorial Day holiday on May 25, all residential/commercial solid waste collection (including, recycling, bulk, and brush) will be delayed one day. Read more here

Signal Equipment, Timing Improvements Completed for Downtown

Have you noticed anything new when walking or driving downtown? The City’s traffic engineers and technicians recently completed signal equipment and signal timing improvements in downtown Roanoke.  These changes are intended to improve traffic flow, minimize traffic delays, and make crossing the street easier by providing a leading green pedestrian signal. Staff would like to hear from the public about the downtown signal re-timing project. To contact them, send an email or call 540-853-2676.  Learn more at

Public Pools to Be Closed for the 2020 Summer Season

This week the City announced that Fallon Park and Washington Park public pools will be closed for the 2020 summer season (May-August). This decision was based on ongoing limitations associated with COVID-19, as well as financial constraints. Click here for more information.

City Cancels 2020 'Fireworks on the Fourth' Celebration

The City of Roanoke has cancelled its 2020 "Fireworks on the Fourth" celebration. By making this decision, Roanoke joins many other communities in our area that are cancelling events out of an abundance of caution, and in light of COVID-19 concerns associated with large gatherings. The City is hopeful that 2021 will see a return of the fireworks celebration.

May 08

Roanoke Recap – May 8, 2020

Posted on May 8, 2020 at 9:34 AM by Melinda Mayo

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Roanoke Releases Plans for Recovery

This week the City announced “Roanoke Star City Strong:  Response-Recovery-Resiliency,” a framework for its plans to move from responding to COVID-19 to supporting the community’s economic recovery and ensuring its resiliency against similar threats in the future. Read the announcement here. Information regarding the City of Roanoke’s Recovery Effort can be found at this link

City Partners with Roanoke EDA, TAP to Benefit Small Businesses

Roanoke has established a plan to assist City-based small businesses facing challenges as the result of the COVID 19 pandemic. Through a partnership with the Roanoke Economic Development Authority and Total Action for Progress, Business Seed Capital, Inc. (BSCI) loans up to $3,000 each will be available to offset costs associated with employees, rent, leases, and utilities. Find out more here

Apply for Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Funds

The City of Roanoke has been awarded supplemental funds through the CARES Act. These funds are known as CDBG-CV and are to be used for the direct response, preparation, and recovery of COVID-19 in our community.  The City is seeking applications from qualified private or public non-profits or governmental agencies for CDBG-CV funding for the fiscal period beginning July 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2021. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m., Sunday, May 17, 2020.  Guidelines for applications can be found here.

Nominations Invited for Star City Shout-Out

The City is looking for ways to engage the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. To recognize and celebrate local people who are doing extraordinary things during this time, staff has launched “Star City Shout-Out” on the City’s Facebook page. Each Thursday, we will post a Star City Shout-Out for someone who has done something amazing to help the community. To submit a nomination, send an email to the Community Engagement Office.

Apr 24

Roanoke Recap - April 24, 2020

Posted on April 24, 2020 at 11:09 AM by Melinda Mayo

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Valley Metro Extends Fare Free Service Through May 8

Effective Thursday, April 23, Valley Metro is extending suspension of fare collections on all Valley Metro transit services until Friday, May 8. During this period of fare free transit service due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, passengers are asked to adhere to the established guidelines. Read more here

Roanoke Joins ‘Light It Blue’ Campaign

On April 15-19, the City of Roanoke began its participation in “Light It Blue,” an international campaign where buildings and monuments are illuminated in blue light to show support for essential workers during the COVID-19 response. Working with Carilion Clinic, Poe and Cronk, and the owners of the Wells Fargo Tower, the City thanked our local heroes by lighting the Roanoke Star, Berglund Center, and Wells Fargo Tower. In response to positive feedback from our community, the City will extend its campaign through the end of April. Photos of these locations are posted here.

Animal Licensing Available Online

The City Treasurer’s Office recently announced online licensing for dogs is available to citizens. Using the PetData website, dog owners may register multiple dogs at the same time, and easily upload required documents. The site also allows you to manage animal records from home without having to call or come by the City Treasurer’s Office. Payments for licenses also can be made online. More information can be found on the City Treasurer’s website.

2020 Census is Important to Our Community

Why is it is important for everyone to complete the 2020 Census? Your response helps to direct Federal funds to our community for schools, roads, and other public services. According to the latest data, the City of Roanoke is at a 50% response rate for the 2020 Census. If you have yet not responded, please take time to participate online, by phone, or by mail. It's quick and easy—the 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete. Click this link to learn more.

Updates on COVID-19, City Services, Resources

Up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, as well as changes to City services and links to community resources and businesses assistance, can be found here