Water rates on the rise in Roanoke

Water rates in Roanoke will be going up, the result of action taken by the Roanoke Town Council at its Tuesday, April 16, meeting.

It was the second reading for the ordinance, which raises rates by 30 percent with an additional increase to come in early 2014, and it passed unanimously.

President Dave Tucker said that the restrooms in the Town Hall had been vandalized. Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner will soon move her office into the Town Hall's new location in the former Town Court building, and with the Police Department and public library already moved out of the building. Tucker and council agreed that the current Town Hall building should be locked because of the lack of supervision there.

Councilman John Stoeckley stated that if this inconvenienced any citizens in need of a meeting place, they could use the meeting room at the new Roanoke Public Library, located at 314 N. Main St. Stoeckley said the room seats 10 to 15 with chairs available for 28.

In other business:

Utility Department employee Eric Parker requested funds to purchase two new aeration blowers. Council authorized Parker the use of a total not to exceed $5,500.

Chad Taylor, chief of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department, announced that there were three applicants to the department and that two of them were full-time medics. Council voted to accept all three applicants.