Roanoke council will help fund library move

The Roanoke Town Council will provide $5,000 in CEDIT money to help fund a planned move by the Roanoke Public Library.

The library plans to move from its current space in the Roanoke Town Hall to a building at 315 N. Main St., also in downtown Roanoke.

The library board is seeking grants to help fund the move, library board members told the council during its meeting on Tuesday, March 6.

Council members voted during that meeting to pitch in the $5,000 in town funds.

Members of the town's beautification committee told the council that three types of trees - kinkgo, zelkova and European hornbeam - have been selected to be planted in the downtown area. The types of trees were recommended by an arborist on the basis of resiliency, root growth, size and whether or not they bear fruit.

Roanoke Fire Chief Chad Taylor told council members that one of the department's trucks needs about $3,000 in repairs. The problems were discovered over the past month, he said.

Town Marshal Jim Wood reported that synthetic drugs have been found in the Roanoke community. Wood said he has created a display to show residents how the drugs are packaged.

Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel and Chief Deputy Chris Newton spoke to the council, discussing crime in the county and presenting updates on the addition of a police dog and jail repairs and programs.