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Posted on: August 14, 2020

COVID19 Recovery Task Force - Help For Families With Children Learning Virtually

UWRV Smart2Start Program

Recognizing that families will be impacted on how to help their children learn virtually due to COVID-19, the City of Roanoke has created a task force to collaborate with a variety of local organizations that would be able to host programs to assist famil...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

Low Water Bridges Closed

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Greenway alert: The low water bridges on Wiley Dr. are covered with water and closed. They will likely be closed through the weekend with more rain in the forecast. The City of Roanoke will begin clean up efforts as soon as the water recedes. We hope that...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 13, 2020

Citizens Must Register in Advance to Speak at August 17 Virtual City Council Meeting

Roanoke City Council will hold its regular meeting at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, using electronic communication means, without the public present in the Council Chamber. Citizens may register to speak at the City Council sessions by calli...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 12, 2020

Upcoming Weekend Street Closures

ROANOKE, VA - On Sunday, August 16th, there will be a street closed from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM due to the "Night of Worship" event. The following streets will be closed to through traffic:

"Night of Worship" (Sunday, 8/9/20) 5pm - 10pm

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Roanoke Street Closing Updates
Posted on: August 12, 2020

Campbell Ave Street Closure

*POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER*

ROANOKE, VA – On Sunday, August 16, Campbell Ave between 1st and 2nd St will be closed. This street closure is required to allow rooftop access to the 302 Campbell Ave building. The closure will begin at 7:00 a.m. and w...

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Roanoke Street Closing Updates
Posted on: August 12, 2020

Liberty Road NE Closure

*Rescheduled

ROANOKE, VA – Beginning on Friday  Monday, August 14  17, Liberty Rd between Williamson Rd and Kennedy St will be closed. This road closure is required to allow for milling and paving of Liberty Rd. Liberty Rd shoul...

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Roanoke Street Closing Updates
Posted on: August 6, 2020

City, VA811 Hold Dedication, Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Shared Facility

The City of Roanoke and Virginia 811 (VA811) held a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony today for a new Communications Center that houses the city’s E-911 Center and the VA811 Contact Center. Located at 1830 Blue Hills Circle (in the Roanoke ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 6, 2020

Absentee Ballot Applications Mailed to Registered Voters

The City Registrar’s Office has learned that many registered voters recently received a mailer containing an absentee ballot application. The mailer did not originate from the Roanoke City Registrar’s Office. It originated from an orga...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 5, 2020

Defined Contribution Board of the City of Roanoke to Hold Quarterly Meeting

The Defined Contribution Board, as appointed by City Council and established under Chapter 22.3, Section 22.3-78 of City Code, which administers the defined contribution plan components of the City of Roanoke Pension Plan and the City’s IRC &...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: August 4, 2020

Calling All Artists: 'Color Your Corner' Contest Seeking Entries to Promote Pedestrian Safety

Here’s your chance to get some street-art cred. As part of the newly launched “Every Corner is a Crosswalk” pedestrian safety campaign, the City of Roanoke is seeking entries for the “Color Your Corner” pe...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Citizens Must Register in Advance to Speak at August 3 Virtual City Council Meeting

Roanoke City Council will hold its regular meeting at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, using electronic communication means, without the public present in the Council Chamber. Citizens may register to speak at the City Council session by calling the City C...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: July 28, 2020

City of Roanoke Launches Financial Empowerment Center

The City of Roanoke, in partnership with the national Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) and Freedom First Enterprises, announced today the grand opening of Roanoke’s Financial Empowerment Center (FEC), offering professional, one-o...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Roanoke Parks and Recreation Introduce Junior Ranger Program

Roanoke, VA- Beginning Monday, July 27, area youth can learn about their city and local Parks and Recreation Department through the PLAY Roanoke Junior Ranger Program. Participants will learn about Roanoke and become stewards of its natural resources thro...

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Posted on: July 20, 2020

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Pacesetter Honors Announced

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading  has announced  that it is recognizing Roanoke’s Star City Reads initiative as a Pacesetter Finalist for its work in 2019. “We applaud the civic leaders and local funders whose tim...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: July 14, 2020

City of Roanoke Launches “Every Corner is a Crosswalk” Pedestrian Safety Campaign

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The goal is to reduce vehicle crashes involving pedestrians;Virtual kickoff event planned for Friday, July 17

More people venturing out as the economy reopens means more summertime pedestrians on the city’s sidewalks and streets. But that also in...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: July 13, 2020

Campbell Avenue to Remain Closed Until Saturday Evening

Campbell Avenue will remain closed, between 2nd Street and 3rd Street, until 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 18.  This closure will enable the safe viewing of the recently completed street mural.  The City has worked closely with the Roanoke Ar...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: July 13, 2020

Roanoke Public Library Advisory Board to Hold Monthly Meeting in July

MEETING OF THE ROANOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD

THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2020, 08:30 A.M.

PARTICIPATION BY ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PURSUANT TO

AMENDMENT 28 TO HB 29 (STATE BUDGET,CHAPTER 1283, LAWS OF 2020, SECTION 401.01 (g), SECTION 2.2-3708.2 (A), CODE O...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: July 8, 2020

DMV Select Adjusted Hours Starting Thursday, July 9, 2020

DMV Select located in the City of Roanoke Municipal Building will adjust operating hours starting Thursday, July 9, 2020.  

The City Treasurer’s Office has seen an overwhelming amount of customers utilizing DMV Select services since reop...

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Posted on: July 3, 2020

City Proclaims 2020 'The Year of Color, Light, and Motion' in Honor of Gillespie

The Taubman Museum of Art is hosting a special exhibit – Celestial Centennial: The Art and Legacy of Dorothy Gillespie – in honor of the 100th anniversary of the renowned artist’s Roanoke birth. The exhibit was funded in part...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: July 2, 2020

City Begins Next Phase for Limited Re-opening of Facilities

On Monday, July 6, the City of Roanoke will begin the next phase of the limited re-opening of municipal facilities to the public, in accordance with its re-opening plan, as follows: The Municipal Building will be open to the general public from 8 a.m. to ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 30, 2020

City Updates Progress Report for Hazard Mitigation Plan

The City of Roanoke has updated its hazard mitigation progress report found in the Roanoke Valley–Alleghany Regional Commission’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Hazard Mitigation Plan can be found here. The City’s report is loca...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 29, 2020

DMV Select Hours to Resume Wednesday at Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building

On Wednesday, July 1, DMV Select services will resume in the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building located at 215 Church Ave. SW.  Below is information citizens need to know before coming into the building: 

  • DMV Select Services will be availa...
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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Star City Strong Recovery Fund Task Force Meets for First Time

The Star City Strong Recovery Fund Task Force met today for the first time since its creation by Roanoke City Council on June 15.  Co-chaired by the Mayor and Vice-Mayor, the Task Force consists of 36 citizen members and receives staff support fr...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Valley Metro to Resume Collecting Transit Fare on July 1

Effective Wednesday, July 1, Valley Metro will resume collecting transit fare on all Valley Metro transit services. All transit fare passes will be available for sale at the Campbell Court Transfer Center. The Valley Metro Administrative Building located ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 18, 2020

City Municipal Offices to Close in Observance of Juneteenth

In light of the significance of Juneteenth and the recent statement by the Governor to recognize this day as an official Holiday, following consultation with the Mayor and City Council, City municipal offices will be closed tomorrow, Friday, June 19. &...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 16, 2020

Council to Form Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board

At the 2 p.m. City Council meeting on June 15, Roanoke City Council unanimously requested an ordinance be prepared to establish the Roanoke Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board.  The idea for this Board came about during the development of the C...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 15, 2020

Roanoke Public Library Advisory Board to Hold Monthly Meeting in June

MEETING OF THE ROANOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD

THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2020, 08:30 A.M.

PARTICIPATION BY ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PURSUANT TO

AMENDMENT 28 TO HB 29 (STATE BUDGET,CHAPTER 1283, LAWS OF 2020, SECTION 401.01 (g), SECTION 2.2-3708.2 (A), CODE O...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Citizens Must Register in Advance to Speak at June 15 Virtual City Council Meetings

In continued compliance with Executive Orders 51 and 65 issued by Governor Northam and applicable law, and the continued  closure of parts of the Municipal Building to the public by the City Manager,  Roanoke City Council will hold its r...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Parks and Recreation to Participate in 2020 USDA Summer Food Service Program

Roanoke Parks and Recreation will participate in the 2020 USDA Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability; there w...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Valley Metro to Hold Open House Meeting for Transit Center

The Greater Roanoke Transit Company (GRTC) - Valley Metro will hold an Open House Meeting to review information on the Transit  Center on Thursday, June 18, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., at Campbell Court, 17 Campbell Ave. S.W., 2nd Floor.  The m...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 10, 2020

City of Roanoke Collaborates With Community Partners to Map Hottest Places in Region

City staff and community members will hit the streets of Roanoke this summer to collect data about the distribution of heat, as part of a regional effort to map where people are most at risk during extreme heat waves. Roanoke will partner with Clean Valle...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Parks and Recreation Offers Summer PLAY Enrichment Program

The Parks and Recreation Department is offering its Summer PLAY enrichment program from July 6 until Aug. 14. This all-day camp is for children who have completed Kindergarten through fifth grade and provides activities in art, sports, fitness and wellnes...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 3, 2020

Repairs to Escalator in Market Pedestrian Walkway Bridge Completed

Repairs to the escalator in the Market Pedestrian Walkway Bridge have been completed.  The escalator has been restored to normal operation and is now available for public use.

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Roanoke News
Posted on: June 3, 2020

City Establishes Star City Strong Recovery Fund Task Force, Invites Applications

At its June 1 meeting, Roanoke City Council established a Task Force to make recommendation to Council regarding the use of the Star City Strong Recovery Fund. This fund has been established to provide financial resources to support the community&rsqu...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 28, 2020

City Moves Forward with Conceptual Design for Transit Transfer Station

The City of Roanoke’s Capital Improvement Program includes funding for the construction of a new Transit Transfer Center for the operation of the Greater Roanoke Transit Company (GRTC)—Valley Metro. The current Transfer Center, located...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 28, 2020

Escalator in Market Pedestrian Walkway Bridge Temporarily Closed for Repairs

One of the escalators in the Pedestrian Walkway Bridge will be temporarily closed for repairs effective immediately. The City anticipates repairs will be completed sometime next week. Pedestrians needing access to the walkway bridge are asked to use the e...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 28, 2020

Citizens Must Register in Advance to Speak at June 1 Virtual City Council Meeting

In continued compliance with Executive Orders Number 51, 55 and 61 issued by Governor Ralph Northam prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people, Roanoke City Council will hold its regular meeting at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 1, using electronic communicati...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 26, 2020

City Invests in Future and Saves $1.4 million

The City of Roanoke successfully sold $35.96 million in General Obligation and Refunding Bonds, of which $16.8 million was for new capital projects and $19.1 was to refund existing debt, to realize savings associated with lower interest rates. The cost of...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 22, 2020

City Asks Residents to Report Flood Damage

In response to this week’s flooding event, the City of Roanoke has established a Damage Assessment Hotline and Damage Assessment Form for community members to report flood-related damages to homes and businesses. Citizens may call 540-853-1529 o...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 22, 2020

City Determines Some Evacuated Areas Safe for Residents to Return

During this week’s heavy rain, the City encouraged residents in the Cravens Creek Road neighborhood, as well as the Arbutus, Arbor, and Piedmont neighborhoods to evacuate their homes as a precaution, in case of flooding. With the water levels re...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 21, 2020

City Cancels 2020 Independence Evening Fireworks Celebration

Due to COVID-19 and current guidelines for physical distancing at mass gatherings, the City of Roanoke has made the difficult decision to cancel its 2020 Independence Evening Fireworks Celebration. By making this decision, Roanoke joins many other communi...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 20, 2020

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Changes for Memorial Day Week

City offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, for the Memorial Day holiday.   As a result, the following schedule will be in effect for collection of trash, bulk, brush, and “A” week single-stream recycling during that week.

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 20, 2020

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 ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 20, 2020

City Cautions Residents About Potential Flooding Conditions

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has updated their forecast, which indicates Roanoke may receive some significant flooding tonight and through the morning hours tomorrow. Roanoke has the potential to receive 1 to 4 inches of rain overnight, and ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 20, 2020

Public Pools to Be Closed for the 2020 Summer Season

The City of Roanoke announces 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 fiscal constraints. City pools are ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Roanoke Public Library Advisory Board to Hold Monthly Meeting

MEETING OF THE ROANOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020, 08:30 A.M.

PARTICIPATION BY ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PURUSANT TO

AMENDMENT 28 TO HB 29 (STATE BUDGET,CHAPTER 1283, LAWS OF 2020, SECTION 401.01 (g), SECTION 2.2-3708.2 (A), CODE OF...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 14, 2020

Citizens Must Register in Advance to Speak at May 18 Virtual City Council Meetings

In continued compliance with Executive Orders Number 51, 55 and 61 issued by Governor Ralph Northam prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people, Roanoke City Council will hold its regular meetings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, May 18, using electronic...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 13, 2020

Valley Metro Extends Fare Free Service Through May 31

Valley Metro will be extending suspension of fare collections on all Valley Metro transit services until Sunday, May 31. During this period of fare free transit service due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, passengers are asked to adhere to the following:

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 8, 2020

Notice of Public Comment Period

CITY OF ROANOKE, VIRGINIA

NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

ADOPTION OF PROPOSED RESOLUTION BY ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL 

TO AMEND CITIZEN COMMENT PERIODS AND NOTIFICATION OF CITIZEN 

COMMENT PERIODS UNDER THE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN 

DU...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 7, 2020

Defined Contribution Board of the City of Roanoke to Hold Quarterly Meeting

The City of Roanoke Defined Contribution Board, as appointed by City Council and established under Chapter 22.3, Section 22.3-78 of City Code, which administers the defined contribution plan components of the City of Roanoke Pension Plan and the City&...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 7, 2020

Roanoke Neighborhood Advocates to Hold May Meeting Virtually

Citizens Must Register in Advance to Speak at May 13 Virtual Roanoke Neighborhood Advocate’s Meeting

In continued compliance with Executive Orders Number 51 and 55 issued by Governor Ralph Northam prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people, Ro...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 6, 2020

City of Roanoke Partners with Roanoke EDA, TAP to Benefit Roanoke Small Businesses

 COVID-19 Relief Loan Fund offers loans up to $3,000 with deferred payment

The City of Roanoke has announced a plan to assist City-based small businesses facing challenges as the result of the COVID 19 pandemic. Through a partnership with the Roan...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 6, 2020

City Releases Plans for Recovery

The City of Roanoke today released 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 agains...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 6, 2020

City Shares Guidelines for Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Program

City of Roanoke

CDBG-CV PROPOSAL GUIDELINES

FY 2020-2021

These instructions are being provided to assist in the submission of proposals in response to the City of Roanoke’s Request for Proposals (RFP) for federal funds involving the Community Devel...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 6, 2020

Valley Metro Extends Fare Free Service Through May 15

Valley Metro will be extending suspension of fare collections on all Valley Metro transit services until Friday, May 15. During this period of fare free transit service due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, passengers are asked to adhere to the following:

  • If you a...
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Roanoke News
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Pension Investment Committee of the City of Roanoke Pension Plan to Hold Quarterly Meeting

The Pension Investment Committee, as appointed by the Board of Trustees of the City of Roanoke Pension Plan, which administers the City of Roanoke Pension Plan for employees of the City, will hold its regular quarterly meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Paved Greenway Closure in City of Roanoke to Extend to Coincide with Governor’s Phase I Reopening

The paved greenways in the City of Roanoke will remain closed until the Governor lifts the Stay At Home Order, anticipated to occur as part of the Phase I Reopening described in his Forward Virginia Blueprint. This is an extension of the original closure ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

City Council to Cancel May 4 Morning Briefings, Hold 2 p.m. Meeting

In continued compliance with Executive Orders Number 51 and 55 issued by Governor Ralph Northam prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people, Roanoke City Council will hold its regular meeting at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 4, using electronic communication me...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

City Manager Extends Closure of Municipal Facilities

Roanoke City Manager Bob Cowell has extended the closure of City of Roanoke municipal facilities to the general public until June 10, in alignment with Governor Northam’s Temporary Stay-At-Home Order (Executive Order 55), due to the novel corona...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 28, 2020

PLAY Roanoke to Host ‘Great Roanoke Camp In’ in May

Roanoke, VA—Roanoke Parks and Recreation (PLAY Roanoke) will host a virtual camping adventure called “The Great Roanoke Camp In” this May. This event will be accessible to everyone, with participants invited to camp in their ...

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Posted on: April 27, 2020

Roanoke Valley Resource Authority to Reopen Transfer Stations

The Roanoke Valley Resource Authority (RVRA) has announced that effective Friday, May 1, the Tinker Creek Transfer Station and the Salem Transfer Station will resume accepting waste from its residential customers residing in the City of Roanoke, County of...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 23, 2020

Valley Metro Extends Fare Free Service Through May 8

Effective Thursday, April 23, Valley Metro will be 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 adh...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 16, 2020

Citizens Must Register in Advance to Speak at April 20 Virtual City Council Meeting

In continued compliance with Executive Orders Number 51 and 55 issued by Governor Ralph Northam prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people, Roanoke City Council will hold its regular meeting at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 20, using electronic communication...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 14, 2020

Traffic Alert: Franklin Road SW

On Wednesday and Thursday, April 15 and 16, drivers may encounter momentary delays due to construction while travelling the corridor along Franklin Road, SW (between the 2900 and 3600 blocks) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   For reference, this is the are...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 13, 2020

Notice of Public Comment Period for Amendment to 5 Year Consolidated Plan

NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

CITY OF ROANOKE

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO 2019-2020 ANNUAL UPDATE TO THE 

5 YEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN

Notice is hereby given that on Monday, April 20, 2020, the City Council of Roanoke, Virginia, will meet in open session to ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 10, 2020

City of Roanoke Defined Contributions Board to Hold Special Meeting

The City of Roanoke Defined Contribution Board, which administers the Defined Contribution Plan for employees of the City, will hold a special meeting of the Board at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, located at 215 ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 10, 2020

New Website Makes Animal Licensing Available Online

The City Treasurer’s Office announces that online licensing for dogs is now 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 ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 9, 2020

City Extends Business and Personal Property Tax Deadlines

In response to challenges residents and businesses may experience in paying taxes during the COVID-19 health crisis, the City is offering temporary tax relief by extending the deadline for Business and Personal Property Tax payments by one month. Original...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 8, 2020

Comment Period Open to Review the City's PCB TMDL Action Plan

The City of Roanoke is required under the Municipal Stormwater Sewer System (MS4) Permit to create a TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) to reduce pollutant loads in impaired water bodies. This PCB TMDL Action Plan outlines the actions the City of Roanoke wil...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 7, 2020

Valley Metro Announces Passenger Limits

Effective Thursday, April 9, Valley Metro will limit the number of passengers on buses to a maximum of nine passengers at any one time. This is an additional precaution in order to further encourage social distancing while using transit, and to follow Dep...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 3, 2020

Citizens May Register to Speak or Leave a Voicemail regarding the Fiscal Year 2020 - 2021 Budget

Under Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order Number Fifty-One, Fifty Five and Sixty-One gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Roanoke City Council will hold public hearings on the City of Roanoke Recommended Fiscal Year 2020 - 2021...

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Roanoke City Council News
Posted on: April 3, 2020

Citizens May Register to Speak at Virtual City Council Meetings

Under Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order Number Fifty-One and Executive Order Number Fifty Five, gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Roanoke City Council will hold its regular meeting at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 6, using elect...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 1, 2020

Escalators in Market Pedestrian Walkway Bridge to Temporarily Close for Repairs

The escalators in the Pedestrian Walkway Bridge will be temporarily closed for repairs starting Thursday morning, April 2, and will remain closed until Friday afternoon, April 3.  Pedestrians needing access to the walkway bridge are asked to use ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 26, 2020

City Manager Calls Special Meeting of City Council

City Manager Bob Cowell has called a Special Meeting of Roanoke City Council to address issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The meeting will be held on Friday, March 27, at 2 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. Participation by the Mayor and ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Valley Metro Announces Temporary Suspension of Fare Collections

In order to encourage the practice of social distancing while using transit, Valley Metro will be suspending fare collections on all Valley Metro transit services beginning Friday, March 27, until Friday, April 24 (subject to change). Seven-day and 31-day...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Roanoke Selected as Finalist for 2020 All-America City Awards

The City of Roanoke is once again a finalist for the All-America City Award. On March 17, the National Civic League announced the finalists of the 2020 All-America City Award, which includes Roanoke and 21 other cities across the Country. This year&rs...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 17, 2020

City Treasurer DMV Select Location to Close Temporarily

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has announced that all Virginia DMV Customer Service Centers will close beginning March 18 until April 2. As a result of this action, the DMV Select location in the City Treasurer’s Office will also clos...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Roanoke Valley Resource Authority Info Alert

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, and in order protect employees, customers, and the general public, the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority has announced effective Monday, March 23, the Tinker Creek Transfer Station and Salem Transfer Sta...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Roman Appointed as New Roanoke Police Chief

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After a Nation-wide search that resulted in panel interviews with five outstanding finalists, the City of Roanoke has appointed Samuel Roman, Jr. to join us as the next Chief of the Roanoke Police Department. Roman currently serves as the Police Chief in ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Governments Declare Local Emergencies in Response to Public Health Concerns Related to Coronavirus

Effective March 12, Governor Ralph S. Northam declared under the Executive Order that a State of Emergency exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia due to the potential spread of COVID-19, a communicable disease and public health threat.  In respon...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 12, 2020

City Response to Corona Virus

Out of an abundance of caution for public health, the City of Roanoke is urging residents and visitors to educate themselves regarding Coronavirus COVID-19.  The City of Roanoke is working closely with our neighboring jurisdictions, the CDC, the ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 4, 2020

Robertson to Serve as Assistant City Manager for Community Development

W. Brent Robertson has been named Assistant City Manager for Community Development, replacing Brian Townsend upon his retirement at the end of June 2020. A national search was conducted and Robertson was one of more than 100 applicants who applied for the...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 26, 2020

Consider Becoming a Citizen Science Monitor

A public information session will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Raleigh Court Branch Library, located at 2112 Grandin Rd SW, to share details about the Citizen Science Water Monitoring Program and how you can volunteer to be invo...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 21, 2020

Be a Stormwater Inlet Artist

The City of Roanoke’s Stormwater Utility, along with the Roanoke Arts Commission, invites artists to submit ideas for stormwater inlet art. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Stormwater inlet art draws attention to storm dr...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 20, 2020

City to Host Public Works Job Fair

The City of Roanoke will host a Public Works Job Fair on March 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Berglund Center, located at 710 Williamson Road. The event will be free and open to public. City departments and divisions participating in the Job Fair include Stormwat...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 18, 2020

Escalator in Market Pedestrian Walkway Bridge Temporarily Out of Service

The top escalator in the Market Pedestrian Walkway Bridge is currently out of service. Pedestrians needing access to the walkway bridge are asked to use the elevator located just past the escalators in Towers Garage until repairs are completed.

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 13, 2020

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Changes for Presidents Day Week

City offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, for the Presidents Day holiday.  As a result, the following schedule will be in effect for collection of trash, bulk, brush, and “A” week single-stream recycling during that week...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 29, 2020

Smith Named to Serve as Acting Police Chief

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Roanoke City Manager Bob Cowell has named Deputy Chief Chester R. Smith, Jr. to serve as Acting Police Chief.  Smith will fill this role upon the retirement of Police Chief Tim Jones, which is effective on Jan. 31.  Smith has served on t...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 23, 2020

Improvements on Franklin Road to Begin Next Week

Beginning the week of Jan. 27, the City of Roanoke will be installing storm drains and sidewalks along the shoulder of the southbound lane of Franklin Road SW. As a result, the area between Piccadilly Square and Hounds Chase Lane— from the 3100 ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 6, 2020

Snow Forecasted for Roanoke

The National Weather Service has forecasted snowfall for the Roanoke area on Tuesday, Jan. 7, with the possibility of 1 to 3 inches. If snow accumulates on streets, the City will respond with snow removal activities. The first priority will be to clear ma...

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