Roanoke Council has new president

The Roanoke Town Council elected Dave Meitzler as president on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Meitzler takes the place of Ryan Carroll, who will step down from the council in December as he moves outside of town limits. Carroll requested to relinquish his duties as president for the remainder of his term.

Meitzler was elected to the town council in 2019. He is president of the Roanoke Park Board and secretary and former president of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department. He also volunteers throughout the town.

The TAB reported in October 2019 that Meitzler said after his election he would “help foster Roanoke’s continued growth and development.”

Meitzler said, after being appointed, “I’m going to do the best I can. We are a council, so we’re all going to have to do this together and communicate. Just be patient, we will get things done.”

Council moved to approve the 2021 budget, which allotted a total of $1,781,835 in the rainy day, general, local road and street, motor vehicle highway, cumulative fire special, park and cumulative capital IMP funds. And, an additional $256,000 in CEDIT, LLECE, TIF and LOIT funds.

Council and Clerk-Treasurer Sarah Milton agreed that Roanoke’s Town Hall will reopen on Monday, Oct. 19. Face coverings will be suggested but not mandatory to enter the building. One person will be allowed in the clerk’s office at a time. Six-foot social distancing will be mandatory.

Persons who have a fever, cough or sore throat, or who have been out of the country in the last 14 days should not visit town hall. To pay utility payments the clerk requests residents use the online bill pay at discover roanoke.org, use the drop box at town hall or mail in their payments.

In department updates, the fire department “dropped a bug” in the ear of council requesting progress to be made for a new fire station; the police department requested permission to spend a $3,000 donation to purchase new laser radar detectors; the parks department reported that the old pavilion has been torn down and a new pavilion is on its way; and the superintendent requested funds not to exceed $2,500 for additional striping around the town. Councilman Pat Scher reported that he is working on advertising for bids for the town’s garbage pickup, as the current contract expires at the end of the year.

Councilwoman Pam Parker reported that the town’s Trick-or-Treat hours will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The next meeting of the Roanoke Town Council will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m.