The City Council Agenda for Monday, June 4th 2007

Yes - I'm reading it again. Someone has to go into geek-mode to keep you all informed.

So what I'm seeing so far is this: An update on the Mayor's Monument (aka The Curse of Roanoke) in Elmwood Park, as it is slated for revitalization this year. An update on the Amphitheater Study, which is nearly a moot point as the Lake will have it's own comparable up and running long before we do.

Unless the city really hangs itself on the line, and pushes for something more than what we have heard about before - it will be just another amphitheater - similar to the one at the lake. Woo.

Then there will be a quick update on the Aviation Drive - Thirlane Rd. project.

All of this at the 9am meeting.

At the 2pm meeting - well, not much really. Which makes it a great time for anyone with the time and availability to go before the City Council, and respectfully request they remove their collective head from that dark, stinky nether-region it seems to have embedded itself in.

Otherwise, not much to report - which is nothing uncommon with the Council.

Remember folks - the elections are coming up soon enough. Or not soon enough - depending on how you view things.

Oh - I need to revise my numbers from the parking issue the other day - Collectively taken, all the city parking garages on weekends contain less than 1000 cars overall. Taken to the 1k level, at 2 bucks a car - thats $2,000 a weekend. $2,000 a weekend to pay for a 7.2 million dollar parking garage being built for those buying into the Condo/apartments being build at places like the Campbell Garage Lofts, The Peerless Candy Co., and similar ventures down that end of town.

And if you think I'm kidding about that - check this from our City CEO.. uh.. Manager: "Roanoke City Manager Darlene Burcham said she has warned council members for three years that the rate increase would be needed to pay for a parking garage between Campbell and Salem avenues. The garage is needed to serve new living spaces under construction downtown, she said.

That influx of full-time residents, Burcham said, "is key to the long-term success of downtown."

Oh I could say soooo much more, but I will hold my tongue for the moment.

The lawn is calling me.. I must mow.

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