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Posted on: September 25, 2018

Wiley Drive Bridge Temporarily Closed to Vehicular Traffic

The City of Roanoke wants citizens to know that the heavy rainfall over the past weekend has created additional damage to the upper low-water bridge on Wiley Drive. The bridge is closed to vehicular traffic until repairs are completed. Currently, pedestri...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 20, 2018

VML Recognizes Roanoke with Highest Go Green Virginia Award

The City of Roanoke has received the Virginia Municipal League’s highest environmental award, the Go Green Virginia Platinum Certification. This program reviews the city's sustainability program and the scores are based on performance for energy efficienc...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 17, 2018

Red Cross Shelter at Berglund Center to Close on Tuesday

A shutdown of the regional Red Cross shelter at Berglund Center is being coordinated. As of the latest report, there are 16 clients in shelter.  The Red Cross policy is that once a shelter is activated with clients, they must give a 24-hour notic...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 17, 2018

Solid Waste Collection On Schedule Today

Solid Waste Collection for the City of Roanoke will be on-schedule today, Monday, Sept. 17.

Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 16, 2018

National Weather Service Issues Flash Flood Warning for Roanoke

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a Flash Flood Warning until 8:30 a.m. EDT Monday for the following areas: Roanoke County in west central Virginia, the City of Danville in south central Virginia,the City of Salem in west central Virgi...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 15, 2018

City Offers Important Safety Information to Address Impact of Tropical Storm Florence

The latest video briefing from the National Weather Service on the expected impacts from Tropical Storm Florence within our county warning area can be found at the link below.https://youtu.be/gpJDdRf5vwoFlorence was located in South Carolina this morning,...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 15, 2018

Emergency Officials Urge Residents in Floodplain Areas to Prepare

If you live within a floodplain throughout the Roanoke Valley, emergency officials urge you to take action now ahead of the rain and prepare in anticipation of flash flooding. If you do not have somewhere to go, the American Red Cross Shelter is up and op...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Roanoke Kicks Off Welcoming Week with Soccer Party

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On Friday, Sept. 14, the City of Roanoke and local partners are hosting the first of seven Welcoming Week events: a free soccer party. The party will take place between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. at Star City Soccer's indoor facility located at 3624 Aerial Way Dr...

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Welcoming Roanoke Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 13, 2018

City Declares Local State of Emergency in Response to Threat from Hurricane Florence

Roanoke City Manager Bob Cowell has declared a local state of emergency to exist within the City of Roanoke pursuant to Section 44-146.21(a), Code of Virginia (1950), as amended and in accordance with the City of Roanoke 2016 Emergency Operations Plan. Ci...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 4, 2018

City of Roanoke Joins Waze Connected Citizens Program

Two-Way Data Share Hopes to Ease Congestion and Better Inform Infrastructure

The City of Roanoke announces a data-sharing partnership with Waze, a navigation platform creating community on and off the road. Designed as a two-way data sharing program of pub...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: September 4, 2018

Roanoke Prepares for Inaugural Welcoming Week Celebrations

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Roanoke, VA – For the first time, the City of Roanoke and local partners are hosting a series of free community events to participate in Welcoming America’s national Welcoming Week campaign between Sept. 14 and Sept. 23.

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Posted on: August 29, 2018

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Altered for Labor Day Week

City offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor 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 Trash and Recycling News
Posted on: August 28, 2018

Regional Commission Seeks Citizen Input for Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is conducting a Regional Commission Hazard Mitigation Plan Survey to be used in updating the existing hazard mitigation plan, and assure region-wide safety and adequate preparation for the protection of the...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: August 24, 2018

Escalator in Market Pedestrian Walkway Bridge Temporarily Out of Service

The escalator in the Market Square Pedestrian Walkway Bridge that provides access from the first floor of the walkway to second floor is currently out of service. Repairs are underway, and it is anticipated service will be restored sometime next week.

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: August 24, 2018

Roanoke Chosen to Participate in National Initiatives

The City of Roanoke has been chosen to participate in two national initiatives to address the vitality of our city and health outcomes for our citizens. These pilot programs are designed to help local leaders build healthy, thriving communities for their ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: August 16, 2018

How to Safely Use the New Roundabouts on Colonial Ave.

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New roundabout traffic patterns have been implemented at two intersections beside Virginia Western Community College as part of the Colonial Ave. Improvement Project. Roundabouts are used to improve traffic flow, but it is important that all drivers under...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: August 13, 2018

Comprehensive Plan Open House Meetings Begin on Aug. 14

Roanoke, VA -- Every 20 years, City planners gather feedback from the community and develop a new Comprehensive Plan. This document helps guide policy decisions and future investments in the City. Planners are currently working on a new plan for 2040. The...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: August 10, 2018

Main Street Lane Closure Update

ROANOKE, VA – Beginning Monday, August 13, 2018, Western Virginia Water Authority will be conducting water main upgrades along Main Street SW. This work will require lane closures along Main Street during the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Two way t...

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Roanoke Street Closing Updates
Posted on: August 7, 2018

Annual Fall Green Academy Registration Opens

Registration for the 8th Annual 2018 Green Academy Fall Session is now open. This popular free educational series begins on Sept. 13 and runs on Thursday evenings through Oct. 11. Each meeting begins with a light meal followed by presentations from local ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: August 4, 2018

Williamson Road Branch Library Temporarily Closed Due to Power Outage

The Williamson Road Branch Library is temporarily closed for the remainder of the day due to a power outage in the Williamson Road area. The library branch will reopen on Monday morning, Aug. 6, at 10 a.m.


Roanoke General City News
Posted on: August 2, 2018

City Issues RFQ for Art for New Melrose Branch Library

The City of Roanoke has issued a Request for Qualifications for the design and fabrication of artwork to be displayed on the plaza of the new Melrose Branch Library at 2502 Melrose Ave. NW.  Artists or teams of artists who would like to be consid...

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Roanoke Arts and Culture News
Posted on: July 24, 2018

Moonshot Moment Reading Rocket to Stop in Roanoke

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On Tuesday, July 31, the Moonshot Moment Reading Rocket (bus) from Indian River County, Fla. will make a stop in Roanoke to present the national “Voices: A Community Tapestry of Stories” project. The Rocket will be at the Elmwood Park Art Walk, located at...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: July 16, 2018

Clean Sweep Neighborhood Clean-Up a Success

Roanoke, VA – On Saturday, July 14, the first city-sponsored neighborhood clean-up event titled “Clean Sweep” took place in the neighborhoods within the Melrose-Orange-Loudon-Rugby sections of the City of Roanoke.  The boundaries of the area clea...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: July 16, 2018

City, VA811 Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony for Shared Facility

Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke and Virginia811 (VA811) held a groundbreaking ceremony today for a new Emergency Communications Center that will house the city’s E-911 Center and the VA811 Call Center. Located at 1830 Blue Hills Circle (in the Roanoke C...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: July 6, 2018

City, DPOR to Host Fair Housing Seminar

The City of Roanoke’s Fair Housing Board and the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) will host a Fair Housing Seminar in Jefferson Center‘s Fitzpatrick Hall, 541 Luck Ave. on July 19 from 10 a.m. to 1...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: July 3, 2018

Melrose Clean Sweep Event Planned for July 14

The city’s first Clean Sweep neighborhood cleanup will be held on Saturday, July 14, in the Melrose-Rugby and Melrose-Loudon neighborhoods. The cleanup will begin at 8 a.m. and end at Noon. Residents in those neighborhoods will be asked to place...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: June 28, 2018

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Altered for Week of July 4

Roanoke, VA – City offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday.  As a result, solid waste collection for Wednesday and Thursday routes will be delayed by one day.  The following schedule will b...

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Roanoke Trash and Recycling News
Posted on: June 28, 2018

‘Tenth Year of Public Art’ Celebration to Conclude with Newly Commissioned Art

The City of Roanoke and the Roanoke Arts Commission announce the selection of Stephen Fairfield of St. David, Ariz., to create a special work of art celebrating 10 years of public art in Roanoke. The piece, titled Global Harmony, will be placed in Entranc...

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A color rendering of Global Harmony Roanoke Arts and Culture News
Posted on: June 22, 2018

Special Meeting to Be Held for Stockholder of the Greater Roanoke Transit Company

Roanoke, VA -- The Secretary of the Greater Roanoke Transit Company has called a Special Meeting of the Stockholder on Monday, July 2, at 2:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter following the completion of the City Council Session, in the Council Chamber, Room 4...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: June 8, 2018

PHHS National Art Honor Society Students Create Mural for City of Roanoke’s Public Art Collection

Roanoke, VA – On Friday, June 8, the City of Roanoke unveiled a new mural on the first floor of the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building. Titled “Be the Change,” the mural was designed and fabricated by the students of the Patri...

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Roanoke Arts and Culture News
Posted on: June 7, 2018

Roanoke Receives 4th Consecutive Pacesetter Honors from National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Roanoke, VA – The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR) announced today that it will recognize Roanoke’s Star City Reads initiative with Pacesetter Honors for its work in 2017. Roanoke also received Pacesetter Honors for its efforts in 2014, 2015, and 20...

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More Information About Star City Reads Initiative Roanoke General City News
Posted on: June 7, 2018

Important Changes Made to Roanoke’s Single-Stream Recycling Program

Roanoke, VA -- Due to recent changes in the recycling market, higher standards have been implemented nationally for recycling. As a result, the City of Roanoke’s recycling vendor, Recycling Disposal Solutions (RDS), is no longer accepting Plastics #3 thro...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: June 4, 2018

City Invites RFPs for Land Bank Entity Formation

Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke is seeking existing or proposed non-profit entities to submit Requests For Proposals to become the city's Land Bank Entity.  Sealed proposals will be received on or before 2 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2018, in the...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: June 4, 2018

New Economic Analysis of the Arts and Cultural Industry in the City of Roanoke Released

Roanoke, VA – Wayne Strickland, Executive Director of the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission (RVARC) presented a report entitled, “Economic Analysis of the Arts and Cultural Industry” to Roanoke City Council today, ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: May 23, 2018

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Altered for Memorial Day Week

Roanoke, VA – City offices will be closed on Monday, May 28, for the Memorial Day holiday.   As a result, the following schedule will be in effect for collection of trash, bulk, brush and single-stream recycling for that week.

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: May 9, 2018

Meeting Scheduled for Melrose-Orange Target Area Stakeholders

Roanoke, VA – The next scheduled meeting of the stakeholders of Melrose-Orange Target Area (MOTA) will be on Monday, May 14, beginning at 6 p.m. at Goodwill Industries of the Valleys on Melrose Avenue. Residents, businesses, and property owners ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: May 7, 2018

Garden City Recreation Center Reopens

Roanoke, VA -- Power has been restored to the Garden City Recreation Center.  As a result, the Center is open and back in operation, with Parks and Recreation programming and e-branch library service resuming today, Monday, May 7.

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: May 3, 2018

Colonial Avenue Corridor Improvement Project Construction to Begin May 8

Roanoke, VA – Construction work for the Colonial Avenue Corridor Improvement Project, between Virginia Western Community College and Fishburn Park Elementary School, is scheduled to begin on May 8.  As a result, traffic changes will occ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: May 1, 2018

People’s Choice Recipients Announced for Inlet Art Project

Roanoke, VA – Almost 3,500 citizens voted on Facebook and in person at the Grandin Road Earth Day Celebration to select the Inlet Art Project artists and their work to receive the People's Choice Awards:

  • First Place and $200 goes to Ned Savage fo...
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Roanoke Arts and Culture News
Posted on: April 25, 2018

Raleigh Court Branch Library Reopened

Roanoke, VA -- Power to the Raleigh Court area has been restored sooner than expected. As a result, the Raleigh Court Branch Library is open to the public for the remainder of its normal business hours today, Wednesday, April 25. The library branch will r...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: April 18, 2018

Public Invited to Vote for Inlet Art to Receive People’s Choice Award

Roanoke, VA – As part the Inlet Art Project, five artists have painted stormdrain inlets around the city. During the week of April 21-27 the public will have a chance to vote for their favorite stormdrain inlet artwork through the City of Roanok...

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Roanoke Arts and Culture News
Posted on: April 13, 2018

Special Meeting of Roanoke City Council Called

Roanoke, VA -- Mayor Sherman Lea has called a Special Meeting of Roanoke City Council to be held on Monday, April 16, 2018, at 1 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, in the Council Chamber, Room 450, 4th Floor, Noel C. Taylor Municipal ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: April 3, 2018

City to Hold Stakeholder Meeting for Melrose-Orange Target Area

Roanoke, VA – The next scheduled meeting of the stakeholders of Melrose-Orange Target Area (MOTA) will be held on Monday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at Goodwill Industries of the Valleys on Melrose Avenue.  Residents, businesses, and property o...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: April 2, 2018

City to Observe National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke will celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week on April 8-14 to honor the men and women who serve as public safety communications officers. The City will recognize its dispatchers with various form...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: April 2, 2018

Gainsboro Branch Library Closed Temporarily

Roanoke, VA – Due to a power outage in the Gainsboro neighborhood this afternoon, the Gainsboro Branch Library will be closed for the remainder of the day. The library branch will open on Tuesday for normal business hours starting at 10 a.m.

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: March 26, 2018

Chronic Homelessness in Roanoke Region Reduced, Marks Fifth Consecutive Year of Decrease

Roanoke, VA – The 2018 Point in Time (PIT) count was conducted on Jan. 24 with all individuals experiencing homelessness in the region counted and voluntarily surveyed. This year’s total count was 317, a slight increase of 18.7 percent...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: March 7, 2018

Freedom First to Sponsor Upcoming Career and Lifestyle Fair

Roanoke, VA - The City of Roanoke, County of Roanoke, County of Botetourt, and City of Salem offices of Economic Development, in collaboration with sponsors Freedom First Credit Union, Roanoke Valley SHRM, WDBJ7 and Workforce Unlimited, will hold the 2018...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: March 5, 2018

City Manager Launches New Blog to Engage Citizens

Roanoke, VA – City  Manager Bob Cowell invites citizens to connect with him through a new blog.  Every week, he will communicate his ideas related to the city's initiatives,  opportunities, and challenges, and share insights on ...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: March 2, 2018

Localities, Solar United Neighbors Launch Greater Roanoke Solar Co-op

Roanoke, VA – Localities in the Roanoke area, along with Solar United Neighbors, have formed the Greater Roanoke Solar Co-Op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. The Co-Op is co-sponsored by th...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: February 23, 2018

City Seeking Public Input for Future of Parks and Recreation

Roanoke, VA – Roanoke’s Parks and Recreation Department is creating a new Master Plan. As part of the process, the department will hold four public meetings to invite feedback from citizens on what they feel would benefit the city in r...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: February 14, 2018

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Altered for Holiday Week

Roanoke, VA – City offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19, for Presidents' Day.  As a result, residential/commercial collection of trash, brush, bulk, and “A” week single-stream recycling during that week will be ...

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Roanoke Trash and Recycling News
Posted on: February 5, 2018

Roanoke Wins National Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award

Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke’s Public Works Department has received the Salt Institute’s 2017 Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award. The department is among the 85 transportation facilities across the United States and Canada being recognized for e...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: February 5, 2018

City Council Revises Date of Record for Solid Waste Fee Billing

Roanoke, VA – At its meeting today, Roanoke City Council revised the date of record for the Solid Waste Fee billings from July 1, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018.  The initial billing was done based on the property owner of record as of July 1, 2017, the be...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: February 1, 2018

Roanoke County, City to Partner in New Planning Study

Roanoke, VA – Roanoke County is beginning work on two new planning studies focused on commercial corridors in the Hollins and Oak Grove areas. Much like the 419 Town Center project, the purpose of the new planning studies is to reimagine what th...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: January 29, 2018

Artists Chosen for Inlet Art Project

Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke's Stormwater Division and the Roanoke Arts Commission have chosen five artists to enhance six stormdrains as part of an environmental education program. The project seeks to transform six stormdrains around the ...

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Roanoke Arts and Culture News
Posted on: January 22, 2018

Interagency Advisory Council on Homelessness to Coordinate Point-in-Time Count

Roanoke, VA – The Blue Ridge Interagency Advisory Council on Homelessness (BRICH), comprised of representatives from jurisdictions and agencies across the Roanoke Valley, will coordinate the annual point-in-time (PIT) count on Jan. 24-25. The po...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: January 12, 2018

Workshop to Focus on Helping Business Owners Sell to the Government

ROANOKE, VA – The Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity (SBSD), the City of Roanoke Department of Economic Development, Roanoke County Economic Development and Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) have teamed u...

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Roanoke General City News
Posted on: January 12, 2018

Property Owners to Receive Bills for Solid Waste Collection Fee Soon

Roanoke, VA – The City Treasurer’s Office will mail bills today for the first installment of the Solid Waste Collection Fee to property owners that receive solid waste collection services from the city.  A mailer with information about the fee an...

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Roanoke General City News