Knox-box rapid entry systems
WRABA would like to make you aware of a security feature that could save unnecessary expense in the case of a fire, medical emergency or fire alarm call. This device could save lives! It is called a KNOX-BOX Rapid Entry System. This system provides secure, non-destructive emergency access to commercial and residential properties 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To date more then 8,000 fire departments and government agencies use KNOX-BOX equipment for safe and secure rapid entry.
What does it do? The KNOX-BOX system securely mounts to your building and acts as a lock box holding the code or keys to your property in a way in which only emergency personnel can access. It ensures time saving response to false alarms and gives firefighters or emergency personnel safe entry to your property with our force or injury. Imagine you have an emergency and the only way in is to breakdown your front doors. The expense of door replacement can be very high and is an avoidable expense.
Also imagine you or an employee are in your building with a medical emergency. You were able to reach the phone to call 911, but you are unable to get to the door and let them in. The KNOX-BOX could literally save your life!
How does it work? The KNOX-BOX is mounted on your property and can only be accessed by emergency personnel. Upon response to a call or alarm at your location, the emergency personnel access the property via the KNOX-BOX preventing extensive damage and reducing precious moments to handle the situation.
Beginning September 1, 2006, Roanoke Fire-EMS made it mandatory for all new business owners, with a new fire protection system, to purchase the KNOX-BOX Rapid Entry System.
Business Owners with existing systems that cannot have a key holder on the premises within 20 minutes will also be required to install a KNOX-BOX Raid Entry System.
Premises with locked gates that limit accessibility to buildings will be required to purchase KNOX-BOX Rapid Entry System.
Please contact the Roanoke City Fire Marshal’s Office at (540) 853-2795 or the Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office (540)777-8732 for more information and to order your KNOX-BOX Rapid Entry System.....
7th Annual Roanoke Greek Festival September 14, 15 & 16 2012
Submitted by Pete Simopolus, Festival Chair
The 7th Annual Roanoke Greek Festival will be held on September 14th, 15th and 16th. The event is hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and will take place on the church grounds located at 30 Huntington Boulevard rain or shine. Although taking place in Roanoke, the festival boasts a regional draw with supporters from Blacksburg, Lynchburg, Harrisonburg and other nearby communities.
Several months ago, we had the honor of being voted Southwestern Virginia's Best Food Festival by Virginia Living Magazine. Our festival is a cultural event that shares our well-known cuisine such as souvlaki, gyro, pastichio, moussaka, dolmades, spanakopita, tiropita, baklava and other delicious pastries. We also feature our Greek drinks including wine, beer and coffee.
Roanoke County Projects Update
Submitted by Megan Cronise, Roanoke County Planning Department
Spring Beauty arrives at Plantation and Williamson Roads
Spring is almost here and with its arrival Friendship Retirement Community, in partnership with WRABA, will spruce up the northeast and northwest sides of the intersection of Williamson Road and Plantation Road. WRABA planted several trees and bushes in this location in 1999, and new bushes and plants will supplement the mature stock currently in place. “Landscaping Planted By” signs will also be installed as part of the project which falls under VDOT’s Comprehensive Roadside Management Program. One of the requirements of the program is a public hearing with the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, which was held February 28th, 2012. At that meeting the Board endorsed the project. WRABA, through a bid process, has awarded the planting and maintenance to Richard’s Landscaping.
Delegate wants sales tax to apply to motor fuels
The 5 percent general sales tax would be partially offset by reducing the fuel tax by 5 cents per gallon.
RICHMOND - It's a long shot, but at least one state lawmaker is trying to head off the impending re-tolling of tunnels in his area by raising taxes on gasoline sales statewide.
Del. Kenny Alexander, D-Norfolk, has submitted legislation that would apply the state's 5 percent general sales tax to motor fuels, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in new funding for Virginia's overburdened transportation infrastructure.
If passed, Alexander says, his measure could provide an alternative means of financing the planned expansion of the Midtown Tunnel and rehabilitation of the Downtown Tunnel. That project is now slated to be funded by the reimposition of tolls on the two Elizabeth River crossings later this year.
Alexander's proposal, HB892, is unlikely to get traction in the current political climate. Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell and the Republican-led General Assembly have consistently opposed any new taxes for transportation.
If tolls are imposed on the two tunnels, Alexander said he at least wants motorists to have the option of paying them in cash.
To that end, he has introduced another measure, HB889, that would enable drivers to pay the tolls without the use of automated or electronic devices.
Current plans call for collecting the tolls only via the electronic E-ZPass system, eliminating the need for toll booths.
Cash or E-ZPass, the tolls will impose a burdensome cost on his constituents, Alexander said.
The tunnel project is being undertaken by a public-private partnership. The toll for cars during peak hours will start at $1.84 and could be increased up to 3.5 percent a year for 58 years.
For many area residents, the tunnels are essential for getting to jobs, medical services and government offices, Alexander said.
"Hampton Roads is one community," he said. "To toll those roads, to me, is problematic because we're so interdependent."
Alexander's funding proposal would generate an estimated $800 million a year by imposing the 5 percent general sales tax on motor fuels. He would partially offset that by reducing the current fuel tax from 17.5 cents to 12.5 cents per gallon, reducing revenue by $250 million a year.
The remaining $550 million in new revenue would be dedicated to highway construction and distributed according to this formula: 38 percent to Northern Virginia, 31 percent to Hampton Roads and 31 percent to the rest of the state.
The bill also authorizes the issuance of $5 billion in bonds to be repaid from the net new revenue.
Another lawmaker, Del. Algie Howell, D-Norfolk, has introduced a bill, HB393, to raise the existing fuel tax by 10 cents per gallon.An identical bill from Howell last year was killed in committee.