RADFORD – The Radford City Council is expected to take its final vote in favor of increasing the city’s tobacco tax rate to 40 cents per pack
The current rate of 15 cents per pack has remained the same since the city first levied a tobacco tax more than a decade ago. The Virginia General Assembly recently passed a measure to allow localities to levy up to a 40-cent per pack tax. The first vote on the ordinance to raise the tax rate, which was taken at the council’s May 10 meeting, was unanimous in favor of doing so.
Monday’s meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the city council chambers, located at 10 Robertson St. in Radford. The agenda is as follows:
Citizen comments (Please limit comments to 3 minutes or less)
Council response: Council members limit comments to one minute or less
- Ordinance 1751-Tobacco and Cigarette Tax Increase
- Pavement Maintenance Program
- Award Contract
- Appropriation Ordinance 1726.33-$126,356 Pavement Maintenance Program
- School Board Budget Amendment
- Schedule a Public Hearing
City Manager Comments
Council Member Comments
Closed Session: Discussion, consideration, or interviews of prospective candidates for employment; assignment, appointment, promotion, performance, demotion, salaries, disciplining, or resignation of specific public officers, appointees, or employees of any public body; and evaluation of performance of departments, under Virginia Code Section 2.2-3711 (A) Council’s next meeting is scheduled for June 14, 2021 at 7 p.m.
In other city news:
Request for Proposals: East Main Street sidewalk improvements
The City of Radford is seeking expressions of interest from consulting engineering firms who wish to be considered to provide professional engineering services for The City of Radford East Main Street sidewalk improvements, transportation alternatives project. The project is funded through a Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) grant.
This project shall be developed utilizing VDOT policies and FHWA guidelines. In addition, the project design shall meet or exceed current American Association of State Highway and Transportation Official (AASHTO) standards. The estimated cost of the proposed project is approximately $477,000. Design and construction of the project is anticipated to take approximately three and a half years.
Boards and commissions openings
The City of Radford is seeking citizen representatives to serve on various boards and commissions. For more information on a particular board or commission, visit the “Boards & Commissions” section of the city’s website, www.radfordva.gov. Anyone who is interested in serving on a particular board or commission is encouraged to submit a resume and a brief letter of interest by June 12, 2021, to City of Radford, Attn: City Clerk, 10 Robertson St., Radford, VA 24141
Openings are available on the following boards and commissions:
Agency on Aging, New River College Board, Economic Development Authority, Library Board, Library Board (teen rep), Recreation Commission, Social Services Board, Building Code Board of Appeals, City/University Joint Advisory Commission (City Rep), City/University Joint Advisory Commission (Business Rep), City/University Joint Advisory Commission (Real Estate Rep), Tourism Commission, New River Valley Resource Authority (alternate), and Beatification Commission.