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Roanoke seeing some delays in construction

Road construction delays in Roanoke were addressed during the Tuesday, Nov. 16, Roanoke Town Council meeting.

A citizen asked the council why there hadn’t been progress at the construction sites of Main and Vine streets and at Nancyk Crossing and Branson Blvd. He also expressed concern about cars and bigger vehicles like buses not following the posted detours that allow only one-way traffic on a small section of Vine Street.

Superintendent of Operations Aaron Popplewell explained that they had to move a hydrant on Main and Vine streets and the workers found a water leak.
“To make sure that water leak was not under the new concrete that was going to be poured, we had to search and make sure there wasn’t one there,” Popplewell said.

He went on to say that the construction workers were waiting until the work was done on Main and Vine streets before they finished the other project. Popplewell spoke with the workers and as of the time of the meeting, he said they were now planning to start working on the concrete “weather permitting.”
During his department report, Popplewell said that the state did an inspection of the wastewater plant.

“Everything looked good,” he said. “They weren’t huge fans of the lift station, but they know we are in the process of trying to replace that.”

Popplewell also presented the contract for the purchase of the old AEP lot. The council moved to purchase the lot in the amount of $14,000 from County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) funds.

In unrelated business, President Dave Meitzler said that, as of Monday, Nov. 15, the Roanoke Public Library now has access to an on-demand streaming service called hoopla. This service allows individuals with library cards access to audiobooks, ebooks, movies, music, comics and TV shows through the app.

To learn more about this new service, Meitzler said individuals may go to the library or visit

In other business:
• Pam Kessie, of the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce, announced that the dates for Christmas in the Village are Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4. Businesses will be open at 5 p.m. on Friday for shopping and a lighted Christmas parade is slated to take place at 7 p.m.
• Larry Davis, with PHP Insurance, discussed the details of insurance renewal for town employees. The council agreed to look over the plan more and give a decision at the next council meeting.