I thought it might be interesting to have a weekly wrap up of town activities which may be of interest. I will also list some of the activities coming up that you might want to know about. We will give it a try and see what happens. And, in the interest of full disclosure, some of this information will be directly lifted from other town information, written by others.

Harding Avenue Elementary Safe Routes to School – A public open house on the School Travel Plan will be held on Monday evening, November 16, 2009 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Harding Elementary, Theater 2. The open house will complete the public input process for this school travel plan. For further information please contact Adele Schirmer, Director, Engineering and GIS Department.

Erosion and Sediment Control Educational Session – Town Engineers and Inspectors will be hosting an educational session on Thursday afternoon, November 19, 2009 in the Recreation Center regarding recent changes in the Town’s Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance, and Storm Water Management. This session will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.. This program will be open to everyone, however the first hour will be geared to contractors, owners and responsible land disturbers and the second hour will be geared to design engineers. This program is being offered as part of the implementation of recommendations by the Town Council’s Storm Water Management Task Force to improve storm water quality and erosion and sediment control practices associated with land development. For further information please contact Randy Formica, Town Engineer.

Our hats off to Virginia Tech as they were honored for Sustainability Practices. The College Sustainability Report Card for the 2010 year gave transportation a “A” for the third year in a row. University programs include carpools, bike, bus and walk; fare-free boarding for Blacksburg Transit; discounted Smart Way Bus passes and most recently U Car Share. (As an aside, I have tried U Car Share and it is an easy to use program)

The town partners with the university on some of these ventures and we are proud to be part of these services supplied to the citizens of Blacksburg.

This leads right into the Christiansburg Bus Service. We are also very proud to partner with the Town of Christiansburg to help them provide bus service to their citizens. The ribbon cutting and the grand kick off of the service will be Monday, November 23 at 8:30 at the NRV Mall food court entrance. For more information on these routes please visit our website at http://www.btransit.org or call 540.961.1185.

At our council meeting on November 10, we did hold our public hearing for the change to the Historic Architecture Review Board’s powers dealing with demolition and will probably act on this in December. I have had a couple of follow up emails and questions which have been helpful in my review of the ordinance.

At our work session tomorrow there will be an update of the Christiansburg bus service, a discussion of the Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation, and a review of our 2010 Legislative agenda. In our legislative requests, we ask the state to help the town, sometimes by doing something and sometimes by no doing anything!! On Wednesday we will meet with state legislators at the Montgomery County Government Center to give each locality a chance to present their requests. The County has hosted this event for several years and we appreciate that they take the lead in this important meeting. Just one more way the three governments work together.

Here is a copy of our work session agenda.

Now that this is done, feed back would be appreciated. Too long? Not the right information? Let me know.