Local Government Archive

Take note! Voter registration deadline is today

If you’re not registered to vote for the Nov. 3 legislative elections, today is your last chance. Voters in Virginia's 100 House of Delegates districts and 40 Senate districts will select their representatives to make decisions about taxes, school funding, transportation and myriad other issues. Delegates are elected to two-year terms; senators serve four years.

Norfolk unveils plan for bike path network

NORFOLK Get a group of bicyclists together. Give them Sharpies and large maps of Norfolk. Ask them where they want bike lanes. Then sit back and let them draw. Norfolk city officials did this a few times and, just like that, the core framework for their bike and pedestrian plan began to take shape.

Virginia Beach police increase cameras along the Oceanfront

VIRGINIA BEACH Inside the video operations room at the Second Precinct, Master Police Officer Matt McInerney cued up live feed on a computer monitor from a new surveillance camera seven blocks away.

After fatal fire, family pushes Portsmouth for a fire station in Truxtun

PORTSMOUTH On March 7, twin babies and a 3-year-old boy died after a fire erupted in their home in Truxtun. The community, near the intersection of Portsmouth Boulevard and Deep Creek Boulevard, does not have a fire station.

Perquimans County declares 4-month ban on wind farms after complaints

HERTFORD, N.C. Perquimans County commissioners have declared a four-month moratorium on wind farms after residents opposed a project in which 60-story-tall turbines would dominate the rural vista.

Chesapeake bike path along Portsmouth Blvd. no longer going to switch at the city line

Remember the proposed bike path along Portsmouth Boulevard? The one that baffled bicyclists because it would switch to the other side of the road at the Suffolk city line?
The city changed its mind about that switch.

Member says Suffolk city-school panel should be scrapped

SUFFOLK A joint city-school advisory committee should be disbanded, one member said Thursday night. School Board member Judith Brooks-Buck said the group's relationship has been damaged. However, Linda Bouchard, the other board member on the four-person City-School Advisory Committee on Collaborative Fiscal Concerns, said the work should continue.

Chesapeake City Council seeks residents for board positions

CHESAPEAKE The City Council is asking interested residents to apply for various open board and commission positions. Applications are being accepted for the following openings: >Arboretum Advisory Board: 9 appointments (No member can also serve as an officer, director or member of Chesapeake Arboretum, Inc. or "The Friends of the Arboretum")

Suffolk council appoints new city manager

SUFFOLK It's official: After closed-door deliberations about compensation, the City Council appointed Patrick Roberts as city manager. Roberts will earn $170,811 annually, close to what he was making as interim city manager. His new salary is about 7.5 percent less than what Selena Cuffee-Glenn, the previous city manager, was earning before she left for a job in Richmond in May.

Norfolk threatens demolition for historic cigar factory as developer misses deadlines

NORFOLK Every now and again, the city plays hardball with real estate developers. With the American Cigar Company warehouse redevelopment project, the city is playing a doubleheader. The city cited developer Andy McCullough with building code violations in June, threatening to demolish the structure if his group didn't move forward with the project.

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