As the dust settled from the Blacksburg High School Gym and the snow began to melt, we focused on some other functions of town government. Actually, town government never slowed down, just my writing!

As reported in the Roanoke Times, Blacksburg is inspecting roofs in all town facilities. We do not expect any problems, but we want to err on the side of caution.

Blacksburg VPI Sanitation Authority Receives E4 Designation – The Town’s Sanitation Authority received notice of their designation as an Extraordinary Environmental Enterprise (E4) this week. The Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP) is a program started by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to encourage businesses and government agencies to develop environmental management systems and pollution prevention programs at their facilities. The E4 level is for those facilities with a fully implemented Environmental Management System that has been audited and verified by a third party. E4 facilities must have a commitment to continuous and sustainable environmental progress as well as a program for community involvement. There are only 21 operations in the State which have achieved the E4 designation. Of those, seven are public and the remainder are private. The Blacksburg-VPI Sanitation Authority is the only public wastewater treatment facility to have this designation in Virginia, according to the DEQ website. It is a significant achievement and speaks to the level of commitment of the community and the authority to environmental stewardship.

College Avenue Extension Road Closures – The sidewalk and road will be closed periodically over the next two weeks to allow for the renovations to the building located at 312 North Main Street (Chipotle Restaurant). All closures have been coordinated with Town Engineers. Please contact Randy Formica, 961-1126 with any questions.

Community Center Assists BHS Teams – The Parks and Recreation Department has assisted Blacksburg High School following the gym roof collapse by providing gym space at the Community Center for basketball practice. The Town may also assist with space for the After-Prom party and the tennis team will be practicing in the gym until the snow melts off the municipal tennis courts.

Vice Mayor Anderson and Council Member Newcomb continue their work on putting together a group to review the historic district ordinance. As we make progress on this measure, notices will be sent out.

All this work continues under the cloud of uncertainty of state revenues as we wait to see how much of the state budget will be balanced at the expense of local government. As I drove back from Williamsburg yesterday, and played avoid the potholes on interstate, it brought home to me the seriousness of our financial situation and question the direction we are currently heading. But, enough editorializing. We will have to wait on see.

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