Roanoke Municipal Airport will now be known as Roanoke Municipal Enloe Airport in honor of the late Page Enloe, after Roanoke City Council unanimously approved the name change at Monday's council meeting.
Enloe was instrumental in a number of improvements and upgrades at the facility over the years, a fact pointed out by Jerrell May in a letter to Sid Hare supporting the airport name change.
Hare has been instrumental in pushing for the name change for the airport since Enloe's death in April.
"I think it is very fitting to name the airport for him. He was involved in virtually every aspect of the airport and its operation," May wrote. "It is really great that the mayor and city council are moving to take this action."
May is a former superintendent of Roanoke City Schools and pilot who owned a plane and a hangar at the airport for many years.
The airport was originally constructed in 1952 and spans a strip of land that connects LaFayette Highway and Chestnut Street on the south side of Roanoke.
Trash problems and solutions
The city's ongoing litter problem was a central topic of conversation at Monday's council meeting.
Trash continues to pile up in several areas, and it's an issue the city has had difficulty combating due to a lack of community service workers.
Councilmember Smokey Cole said the city needs to work with the local court system to get more people into the community service program. According to Mayor Mike Fisher, offenders sentenced to community service pay $12 per hour sentenced to buy out that sentence instead of having to perform the work.
Cole suggested raising that rate to create a deterrent to that buyout, which would then put more people into the community service program.
"If they're paying it off then it's too cheap," he said.
The city has also set up cameras at locations where litter is particularly problematic. That effort has produced one citation, which resulted in a $500 fine for the guilty party.
The mayor, citing that fine as an example, reiterated that anyone caught littering will be fully prosecuted for that offense.
Also to help address the litter problem, Councilmember Tammi Holley announced that the city will move forward with its C.A.R.E (Clean Around Roanoke's Environment) event scheduled for Aug. 22.
Holley called on members of the community to get out on that Saturday and clean up around their neighborhoods. The city will supply trash bags and place roll-off dumpsters at three locations around town to facilitate the cleanup effort.
The dumpster locations will be in the empty lot across from the recreation center on West Point Street, at the former National Guard Armory on LaFayette Highway and in the empty lot at the corner of Chestnut Street and Country Club Road near the airport.
The dumpsters are not for household trash or for tires, but any other trash picked up during the C.A.R.E. event can be placed in those receptacles.
Safety precautions for election day
With municipal elections set for Aug. 25, City Clerk Pat Truitt said the city will take every precaution to make sure the voting stations at the Handley High School gym are safe from the spread of coronavirus.
Truitt said all of the voting equipment and the room will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized the night before the election, and poll workers will maintain a high level of sanitation throughout the day.
Voters are encouraged to wear masks while inside the polling place, but Truitt said that the city cannot and will not prevent someone from coming in and voting if they are not wearing a mask.
Truitt and Councilmember Bronwyn Bishop both encouraged citizens to complete the 2020 census. Truitt pointed out that city hall has a computer designated specifically for the public to fill out its census forms. Anyone who does not have access to a computer can go by city hall and fill out the form online for free.
In two separate official actions the city:
- Passed an ordinance officially rezoning the house at 1335 Main St. for business use. The council agreed to make this zoning change at its last meeting in July to accommodate owner Tom Waldrep's request, but this action made the change official. Waldrep sought the change in order to turn the property into a bed and breakfast and meeting center.
- Passed a resolution naming several items in the maintenance department as surplus property. The items - two pole saws, a chainsaw and a non-operable pickup truck - are in various states of disrepair and are no longer used by city workers. The items will be sold on the website Govdeals.com.