Roanoke council gets variety of updates

The Roanoke Town Council received updates on a variety of topics at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Supervisor of Operations Phil Hibbert reported that the new water main had been installed on Fifth Street. The process of jumping service over to it was set to begin this week, he noted.

Hibbert stated that the cost of the project was going to be much lower than anticipated. Bercot-Gibson Construction performed the work and had initially quoted Hibbert a price of around $80,000.

On Seventh Street, Hibbert stated that new curbs and approaches were set to go in on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

During the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department report, firefighter Ryan Carroll and Fire Chief Brandon Taylor presented quotes for water softeners to council. The department representatives and the board both expressed their approval with a quote from DeWeese Soft Water & Appliance. The quote was for an industrial softener that would be used to fill fire trucks, plus a residential softener that would be used at the fire station. The quote totaled $12,750, before sales tax.

Council moved to approve the purchase of the softeners, provided the town had enough CEDIT funds remaining at the end of the year. Taylor and Carroll remarked that the fire department would be willing to chip in money toward the purchase.

Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner requested an update on when the fire department’s new fire truck was going to be delivered. Taylor acknowledged that the truck’s builder, Summit Fire Apparatus, was running behind on completing the truck, but noted that the company had installed $30,000 in upgrades on the truck for free as a show of gratitude to the town for its patience. Taylor said he believed the truck would be completed and delivered by the Roanoke Fall Festival, which runs from Sept. 6 to 8.

In other business:

The board learned that the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development’s continuing order of enforcement for 775 Seminary St. had expired on July 11. By consensus, council resolved to have Council President Dave Tucker file a new complaint with DCD about the property, which was found to be in violation of 23 town and state building codes when the order was first issued in June 2016.

Council granted TJ Unger permission to hold a 5K race in town on Aug. 18. The race will start at 8 a.m.