Roanoke council votes to fund sidewalk construction in Roanoke Village

The Roanoke Town Council voted to fund the construction of a sidewalk in the Roanoke Village subdivision during its meeting on Tuesday, March 5.

The sidewalk will be constructed on the south side of Hillside Avenue and run from Lowry Way to South Main Street.

Council granted Superintendent of Operations Phil Hibbert permission to spend up to $30,000 on the project, with $15,000 coming from the town’s street fund and $15,000 coming from CEDIT.

The board also voted to place a stop sign on Hillside Avenue at Lowry Way. The sign will face uphill. Councilman Ryan Carroll advocated for placing a sign there after residents voiced concerns about the speed of vehicles as they proceed downhill on Hillside, toward South Main Street.

Town Marshal Jim Wood passed along resident Jeff Van Ryn’s gratitude for the efforts of the town’s fire and police departments to save his barn after it caught on fire on Monday night, March 4. Jeremy Goff, deputy marshal with the Roanoke Police Department, noticed the fire while at the Lassus Handy Dandy gas station in town and called the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department.

The department proceeded to the site of the fire, 10385 N. U.S.-24E, but the barn collapsed minutes after the department arrived, said Fire Chief Brandon Taylor. The fire, estimated Taylor, had burned for an hour before the department’s arrival.

In addition to the loss of the barn, several farm animals perished in the fire.

Hibbert reported that AT&T had not responded to the town’s request that it foot the bill for repairs made to the fire department’s repeater atop the water tower near Roanoke Elementary School. The repeater’s performance had declined after AT&T installed equipment on the tower last February. Hibbert mentioned that a subcontractor had contacted him and indicated that he wanted to perform work for AT&T on the tower. Council responded that it did not want the worker on the tower until its grievance with AT&T had been settled.

In other business:

• Council passed Ordinance 2019-3, the town’s new animal ordinance.

• Taylor stated that a dedication ceremony for the fire department’s new fire engine would be held on Saturday, March 9, at the fire station at 10 a.m. The department’s newly acquired ladder truck will also be on display at the event.