Steppin’ Out 2010 was a tremendous success. Congratulations to the organizers, Downtown Blacksburg Inc, for a great community event. We saw many friends that we had not seen all year. The weather was perfect. The vendors offered unique items and were friendly and fun to visit.

Hats off to all the volunteers. I know we had many council members out there working and it shows the level of support from this council.

Indoor Recreation Facility Study – The Kick Off meeting for the Indoor Recreational Needs Assessment was held on Tuesday. The meeting included participation from Department Heads, Parks and Recreation Department staff, Leslie Hager-Smith from Town Council (council representative on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board) and Recreation Advisory Board Chairman Larry Mitchell. The study should be completed in early 2011. This study will help establish the community need for improved indoor recreation facilities, determine programs to be included, evaluate the feasibility of new and renovated facilities and develop a plan for financing construction.

Please look for notices of future meetings.

Mine Rescue Conference – 35 Mine Rescue Teams from throughout the East Coast were in Blacksburg this week for the annual Mine Rescue Conference held at the Community Center. Approximately 1000 participants were involved in the 4 day event. The conference rented the entire Community Center and most of the Municipal Park for the week. This conference helps fill hotels and restaurants between Summer Orientation at Virginia Tech and Steppin’ Out. The Parks and Recreation Department has been hosting this event for the last 20 years.

I had the chance to go by and view the activities. I was impressed with the competitions and the teams involved from several different states.

Lee Street Sidewalk – The Lee Street sidewalk extension is complete. The project connected the sidewalk from Draper Road to the Tech Bookstore driveway entrance. This project, constructed by Town public works crews, was funded through 2010 Revenue Sharing funds awarded to the Town last year.

North Main Street Project – The project is making great progress. However, once students arrive, we know it will be messy for a while. The end product will be worth the hassle, but we aren’t being naïve about the traffic.

Please remember that businesses are open along North Main. Shop and support our local businesses in this area.

For more information, please visit our web site here.

Our regular council meeting is tomorrow night. Here is the agenda.