Sewer line project ‘in the works’ for Roanoke

The Roanoke Town Council approved Superintendent Philip Hibbert’s request for funds to replace the sewer line on Western Avenue during their July 21 meeting.

Hibbert said he responded to a sewer issue on Western Avenue on July 7.

He said he spent the last two weeks researching the issue and meeting with contractors, and he intends to use the funds to,

“Replace the old six-inch line that is on Western now.”

Council’s approval will allow funds not to exceed $50,000 from the sewer fund to be allocated for the project.

“We’re going to get you taken care of,” Hibbert promised residents of Western Avenue. “Right now I want to get the sewer fixed that’s underneath the road.”

As far as a timeline for the project, Hibbert said, “It will happen here soon … I don’t know the exact timeline yet but it’s in the works.”

The council also passed Ordinance 2020-05, which amended the Official Zoning Map of the Town of Roanoke.

The ordinance changed property located at 9029 and 9061 N. U.S.-24E from agricultural to general business property.

According to the ordinance, “Council now determined that this proposed rezoning … achieves the most desirable use of the property involved and encourages responsible development and growth; and the proposed zoning will conserve and enhance property values throughout the area.”

The council also heard presentation from Rob Miller, president of Huntington County Redevelopment Commission.

The presentation detailed an Economic Development Plan (EDP) for a proposed Economic Development Area on 900 North.

The plan states it will “guide economic growth and improve quality of life for residents … through investments consistent with the Huntington County Comprehensive Plan 2040.”

In other business, the council also approved overtime to be paid for Hibbert’s staff, approving nine-hour days to be paid three days per week until the department is caught up with clearing brush.