Thursday, April 23, 2015

Roanoke City Demands More Of Your Money

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Just as the Federal Government took their hand out of our pockets for the April 15th income tax deadline, Roanoke City decided that they aren’t getting enough and want a higher share of your money as well. They apparently have the Greed Bug and are having a hard time shaking it. The next upcoming council election will put an end to that as their new proposal will effect every citizen in the city.

This evening at 7:00 pm Roanoke City is holding a meeting to discuss the various new forms of taxes that they want to make the citizens and business owners in the city pay.

They would like to see an increase in several different areas at once and allow themselves room for further future taxation as well.

The proposed taxes are a new 7 dollar tax per trash can. A landlord that has a 100 units would pay an additional $700 per month to the city for this new tax alone. We already have the highest property taxes in Western Virginia which used to be OK because it included trash pickup.

They are also interested in increasing everyones motor vehicle taxes and an increase in the meals tax again. They feel it is important to continue their growth and are not interested in any form of budget cuts. Let me make this clear, Budget Cuts are not on the table this evening for discussion although I’m sure that there will be several people that will bring it up.

The meeting again is at 7:00 pm. If you want to say a few words then show up early so you can sign up to speak. It’s in the city council chambers which is on the 4th floor of the municipal building that is to the right of the city court house. It’s real important that you come to this meeting regardless of wether you talk or not. If you show you don’t care it makes it so much easier for the next tax increase.

I know I don’t work hard all day long to turn around and give it all up to the government. Tenants will be the ultimate victim of these continual tax increases. Rents raised substantially as a result of the rain tax and this trash can tax will have much more of a dramatic impact considering the fact that it’s their trash and few landlords would be willing to pay for someone else’s trash. 

It’s time to sharpen the pencil and make some budget cuts. Trust me, they won’t have to sharpen it much. I was on the City Budget Committee and most of you would be shocked at the sheer amount of wasteful spending Roanoke City does with your money.

Monday, April 20, 2015

An Appraisers Insight This Week At REI

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This week our special guest speaker will be REI member and friend Richard Varney. Richard is a real estate appraiser and he’s going to give us his insight on the housing market in Roanoke.

What price ranges in the market are too crowded with an over supply of houses?

The importance of knowing the final after repair value (ARV) before you buy a house to flip.

Great info… Be There Or Be Square…

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sherwin Williams At REI This Week

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This week our special guest speaker will be Andrew Rutledge who is the rep for Sherwin Williams.

REI of Virginia currently has discounts on paint from Lowe’s, Home Depot and Sherwin Williams.

Your discount from Home Depot paint is 20% off if you use the phone number 540-293-2335. Lowe’s lost a lot of paint business as a result of our substantial discount offered by Home Depot. They then agreed to match the Home Depot discount but I have heard mixed results from our membership. It doesn’t seem like all of the employees in the paint departments in the various Lowe’s know about our discount match.

I am now hearing that Sherwin Williams is going to be selling their products in Lowe’s. We already have a Community Buying Group discount through Sherwin Williams but to be honest with you it’s a little complicated. There are various amounts off depending on the product. Some up to 40% off but some much less. And I’ve been told that percentage off fluctuates on a regular basis. So it is a little complicated and I’m hoping that Andrew can clear it up so we understand.

One thing that’s real important to know about is paint in our line of work. That is one of the things that we have to continuously do so overall we spend a lot of money on it in comparison to other repairs.

It’s real important to use a paint that covers in 1 coat due to the added labor costs of having to paint a place twice to get adequate coverage. Painting twice is much more expensive than a few more dollars per gallon. Also, certain colors of paint cover better than others. I always use a satin bone white which is a very light kaki color due to it’s superior color coverage compared to many other colors. It covers much better than the bright china white we use on the trim or the flat white for the ceilings.

Sherwin Williams has some great paint and often scores high on Consumer Reports studies of paint coverage vs price comparison. As does some of the Behr higher line products. The last couple years Valspar has missed the boat by a little over Behr and Sherwin Williams premium lines. I’m not sure what the latest 2015 paint coverage stats show from Consumer Reports or if they have done them yet.

Come on out to hear what Andrew has to say about their Sherwin Williams paints and why to use them. And an explanation of our discounts and what’s going on with Lowe’s.

See you there!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Roanoke City Refuses To Get Off The Gravy Train

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Property taxes have remained relatively high over the years since the recession. Depending on where in the city, property values have dropped  20 - 50 % while the city has kept the property tax rates the same.

The city was reprimanded by the state and forced to comply with state regulations which lead them to slowly lower the tax assessed values of a great deal of the city. Property taxes were never lowered anywhere near where they should have been but the slight tax decrease has lead to a situation where the city government is underfunded and can’t continue to pay for their ever increasing expansion.

Roanoke City then put the feelers out to see how the citizens felt about an increased property tax rate so the local government could still get all of the money they that they want. They see the citizens as a pool of never ending wealth that they can tap into any time they desire.

The response to their test was extremely negative. After all Roanoke City already has the highest property taxes in this part of Virginia.  They found that the people were not in favor of increasing the property tax rate.

So now the city has decided that they are going to take serious consideration to imposing a new fee requiring trash pickup to be paid for by each house. Trash pickup will no longer be included in your property taxes. This decision follows the recent rain tax that the city imposed on it’s citizens. Which was proceeded by the meals tax a few years ago.

City Manager Chris Morrill is suggesting a $60 to $84 dollar per year charge per big blue container. I hope you don’t have any multifamily houses with several trash cans. This will give the city millions more to continue their expansion. One of many other unintended results of their actions will be increases in low income housing rents which further exacerbates the homeless issues that Roanoke City is dealing with.

They are also considering raising the meals tax again and or adding an additional motor vehicle license tax. The city council is still kicking it around but all of the city councilmen and women are planning for an increase in several different areas of taxation. But want to do it incrementally so they can leave room to raise all of them again in the future for continued expansion.

They are having a public hearing on it on April 23rd but won’t have a vote on it until May. It’s important to them to do this to the citizens slowly, allowing time for you to adjust to these additional taxes before hiking them up continually throughout the future as needed.

There is a point in time where the citizens will stand up and say NO. Is Roanoke City there yet? Or do the citizens feel hopeless like they can’t do anything about it anyway so they will just go along with anything that is planned for them by the great leaders?

There are many ways to gradually decrease the size of government that don’t include firing or laying off a single government employee. The city government has ballooned to such a tremendous size that there are continually loads of jobs being refilled after employees retire or change positions. These open positions don’t have to be refilled. The currant local administration does not like this method of decreasing government as they currently have no intentions of slowing down.

Have a look below at the currant list of positions for hire by the city. How many of them would you notice was not refilled? Is it absolutely necessary to hire another Code Enforcer and Building Inspector? 21 on staff isn’t enough? I see they now have money from the new rain tax for a Stormwater Engineer. a Stormwater Cost Technician, a Stormwater Water Quality Administrator and several Stormwater Maintenance Technicians. More workers for the Human Services entitlement programs, etc, etc, etc…


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Automation Coordinator [1493] Human Services
Salary: $36,935/YR. Close Date: 4/20/2015
Plans, coordinates and facilitates the utilization of automated equipment and systems for the City of Roanoke Department of Human/Social Services.  Coordinates with other agencies to gain access to computer files, programs or software. Trains departmental staff in use of software applications and specific equipment needed by various staff units. Coordinates and schedules the implementation of additional hardware and software, working with state and city technical support staff and networking engineers. Troubleshoots to determine causes of problems and resolution. Maintains inventories of computer equipment. Performs new user security setup, including user account creation and assignment of security permissions.  Associate's degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school with major course work in computer science, business or related field; one to three years related experience and/or training in automated systems; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Requires a valid appropriate driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. A+ Certification and Network+ Certification, or equivalent, preferred, but not required.

Budget/Business Analyst [1795] Technology
Salary: $45,919/YR. Close Date: 4/15/2015
Performs work focused on analyzing business processes and proposing how to re-engineer and automate those processes most effectively utilizing a wide variety of technology solutions to maximize quality of service and cost effectiveness.  Understands project methodology and project management concepts.  Ability to understand database design and application development.  Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university in data processing; three to five years related experience and/or training in a technology-based organization or any equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience as a project leader is a plus.

Camp Counselor - Youth Development [10728-10739] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $8.98/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs related paraprofessional work as a Day Camp Supervisor for school age children (K-5th grade). Supervision over day campers and volunteers. Responsible for assisting in planning, implementing, and evaluating day camps. Provides assistance, guidance, and encouragement to individual campers during all camp programs and activities. Follows all city policies and program guidelines for day camp staff and participants. Keeps program areas safe, clean, and in good repair. Implements the risk management plan to protect partipants and staff. Any combination of education and experience equivalent to one (1) year of college with emphasis on recreation program planning and implementation. Have or willing to obtain certification in Standard First Aid and CPR. Should have some experience in a day care, day camp, or after school program environment. Summer program only (June - August) and will work approximately 30 hours per week.

Camp Supervisor - Youth Development [10740-10745] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $10.00/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs related paraprofessional work as a Day Camp Supervisor for school age children (K-5th grade). Supervision over day camp counselors, day campers and volunteers. Responsible for assisting in planning, implementing, and evaluating day camps. Responsible for maintaining accurate enrollment records and collecting enrollment payments. Assists in the recruitment and training of day camp counselors. Provides assistance, guidance, and encouragement to individual campers during all camp programs and activities. Follows all city policies ad program guidelines for day camp staff and participants. Keeps program areas safe, clean, and in good repair. Implements the risk management plan to protect participants and staff. Any combination of education and experience equivalent to two (2) years of college with emphasis on recreation program planning and impementation. Proven experience in using and teaching staff appropriate safety considerations, understanding participant expectations, and discipline in a day camp setting. Have or willing to obtain certification in Standard First Aid and CPR  Possession of valid appropriate driver's permit issued by Commonwealth of Virginia. Should have significant experience in a day care, day camp, or after school program environment. Summer program only (June - August) and will work approximately 30 hours per week.

Civil Engineer I [10711] Stormwater
Salary: $45,919 - $73,471/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs work in the planning, scheduling, survey, design construction, inspection and maintenance of a variety of projects; provide engineering services for contract management, construction projects, building use reassignment evaluations, and system maintenance. 
Prepares designs, plans, specifications and cost estimates for assigned projects in areas of
professional land survey, design, drafting, erosion and sediment control and storm water management design.  Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia Registration board for Architects and Engineers with a major in civil engineering or related field; one year professional experience and/or training in engineering work and project management preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Recognition as an Engineer-in-training in the Commonwealth of Virginia preferred.

Codes Compliance Inspector I [10357] Neighborhood Services
Salary: $14.88/HR. Close Date: 4/15/2015
Inspects for building maintenance of existing structures, Rental Certificate of Compliance program, zoning compliance, the enforcement of inoperable motor vehicles, weeds, trash and graffiti ordinances and violations.  Canvasses City building maintenance, zoning, inoperable motor vehicle, weed and trash, and graffiti violations.  Issues Certificates of Compliance through the Rental Inspection Program.  Receives, evaluates and investigates complaints involving zoning violations. Prepares monthly reports on zoning inspections. Summons violators and testifies in court. High School diploma or general education degree (GED); three to five years related experience and/or training in the building construction and appraisal of residential and complex commercial/industrial properties; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Must possess a valid appropriate driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Must obtain Virginia Certification as a Building Maintenance Inspector issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development within 12 months of employment.  Bilingual, Spanish/English speakers encouraged to apply.

Combination Inspector II [0022] Planning;Building and Development
Salary: $36,935/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Reviews building plans and inspects all new construction, additions and alterations of buildings and structures including one & two family dwellings and commercial sites for compliance with all City and State codes and ordinances.  Investigates appeals and conducts field inspections to examine special problems and specific complaints. Examines plans, specifications and materials; makes inspection of building, mechanical, plumbing and electrical system for compliance with current code requirements.  Associate's degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school with major course work in plumbing, mechanical electrical systems or related field; three to five years related experience and/or training in the installations, repair, maintenance or inspection of building, plumbing/mechanical and electrical systems; 4 years related experience in general building construction; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Virginia Certification as Combination Inspector 1& 2 Family Dwelling and Combination Inspector General in building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.  Possession of a valid appropriate drivers permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Construction Cost Technician [10710] Stormwater
Salary: $30,946/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs work in the preparation and maintenance of construction cost reports, contracts and change orders. Initiates and coordinates construction contracts, bonds, escrow agreements, consultant agreements, change orders and amendments.  Maintains miscellaneous documents as required for review by project managers and City Engineer.  Prepares and reviews project manuals to ensure appropriate documents are included prior to publications.   Associate's degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school with courses in cost accounting, engineering or related field; one to three years related experience and/or training in cost accounting related to engineering and/or construction work; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Deputy Sheriff [N/A] Sheriff
Salary: $33,126/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs protective service work in the Roanoke City Jail.  Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school.  Possession of a valid driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Vision requirements are 20/30 in the better eye corrected, 20/40 in the worse eye corrected.  Worse than 20/60 uncorrected, must correct with corrective lenses to 20/30 or greater in the better eye; or to 20/40 or greater in the worse eye.  Disqualified if uncorrected vision is 20/200 or greater in both eyes.  Must successfully complete a thorough background investigation and physical examination.  Must live within fifty (50) road miles of the Sheriff's Office.  Minimum age to apply is 21 years old.  APPLICANT MUST SUBMIT TO A DRUG SCREENING TEST AND POLYGRAPH.   Shift work including weekends and holidays.  Bilingual, Spanish/English speakers encouraged to apply.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic [T299] Fire-EMS
Salary: $11.77/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible technical and human support work providing medical care to patients using basic life support (BLS) and stabilization procedures at the accident or illness scene and during transport to medical facilities.  Not to exceed 40 hours per pay period. General knowledge of the methods, materials, practices
and techniques and equipment required for emergency medical treatment in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Possession of an appropriate valid vehicle operators license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Current valid Emergency Medical Technician certification issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Possession of a valid basic life support provider certificate for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  Successful applicants must maintain current EMT-B card and CPR card while in employment with the City of Roanoke.

Firefighter/EMT [#Not Applicable] Fire-EMS
Salary: $35,445/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs technical work providing fire suppression and human health emergency medical services, normally assigned to a 24-hour shift;   Duties are performed under emergency conditions and frequently involve considerable personal hazard. Responds to fire alarms and emergency medical calls. High school diploma or general education degree (GED); Associate degree with courses in fire science, emergency health sciences or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Possession of a valid appropriate drivers license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  MUST BE 21 YEARS OLD and submit to a drug screening test. Must possess or obtain EMT certification within twelve (12) month probationary period.  Must possess and maintain required certifications appropriate to duty assignment within the Fire/EMS department.  Bilingual, Spanish/English speakers encouraged to apply.


HAT Case Aide [9345] Human Services
Salary: $10.64/HR. Close Date: 4/13/2015
Performs human support work in providing a variety of services for agency clients.  Transports homeless individuals and families to job interviews, clinic, doctor, couseling, vocational, recreational, etc.  Assists with street outreach and answers phones when necessary. Supplies information about agency and/or community resources and facilities to neighborhood residents.  Provides supportive services to clients residing in homeless shelters.  Greets clients, instructs groups and /or individuals in homemaking and/or parenting skills as needed.  Verifies data, assists clients in making arrangements for various services.  Assists HAT Case Managers in determining client needs, monitors case progress and maintains dictation of activities.  Requires High School diploma or general education degree (GED); experience and/or training in the human services field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Possession of a valid appropriate driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Work 20 hours per week with no benefits.Work Monday - Friday 8:00am - 12:00noon.

Intake Worker - Grant-Funded [10716] Human Services
Salary: $33,126/YR. Close Date: 4/13/2015
Under the direction of the Human Services Administrator, this position will be responsible for interviewing clients who present for shelter services by operating Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) and other databases, performing data entry, searches and retrieval, obtaining client identification, determining shelter history, returning clients to official shelters.  The Intake Worker may perform shelter assignment requests and Housing Barriers Assessments as needed, check records for accuracy of information and for conformity with established program protocols; prepare travel assistance requests for clients diverted to viable housing options; prepare manifests for client transports when needed; ensure case records are compiled, reconcile and file as per department standards, and assist in preparing and arranging and organizing reception area for services and activities.  This position will also be required to maintain telephone coverage by answering phone calls in a timely manner and providing accurate information to callers. Ideal candidate will possess excellent communication skills; computer and data entry skills and the ability to interact respectfully with diverse populations. Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university with major work in sociology or related field; one to three years related experience and/or training in social services work; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Possession of a valid appropriate drivers license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Landscape Gardener [0134] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $22,938/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs skilled landscape and turf maintenance including planting, pruning, fertilizing, mulching, watering and spraying a wide variety of flowers, bulbs, hanging baskets, shrubs, trees, ground covers, perennials, ornamental grasses and other types of plant material as well as mowing, weed-eating, edging, leaf mulching, aerating, fertilizing, and seeding turf and lawn areas.  Installs and renovates landscapes and turf.  Assists in transplanting/propagating seedlings, cuttings, slips and plants in a greenhouse and/or field beds, including preparing soil as directed by supervisor.  Keeps parks, greenways and green spaces clean by removing fallen limbs, debris and trash.  Must have some knowledge of the operation of a wide variety of mowers, industry specific power equipment and vehicles.  Ability to skillfully operate and do routine daily service and maintenance on this equipment is preferred.  Must be able to learn to operate other equipment such as front-end loader, forklift, bobcat and tractor.  Must have the ability to perform word processing, record keeping and report preparation on a computer and effectively use basic office equipment including computers, calculators, copiers, cell phones and mobile radios.  Operates heavy and light equipment for snow/ice removal.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED), or related experience and/or training in horticulture, landscape maintenance or a related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Post high school and/or vocational training in horticulture or landscape maintenance preferred.  Must have minimum of a valid class B Commercial Learner’s Permit License with tanker endorsement and be able to obtain a Registered Technician Spraying License and the Fertilizer Applicator Certification within 6 months.

Lead HVAC Technician [1174] Facilities Management
Salary: $33,126-$53,002/YR. depending on experience. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs skilled technical work in the maintenance, repair, replacement, and installation of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, controls and distribution systems.  Provides technical assistance with the design of HVAC systems including installations and modifications to existing systems; and, assists in training other technicians and staff in preventative maintenance of HVAC systems.  May supervise an assigned work crew.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) with five or more years of progressively responsible experience working with complex HVAC systems and equipment including chillers, boilers, package units, VAV systems (direct digital, pneumatic and automated control systems).  Must have (6G) pipe welding certification, heavy rigging, pipe and steel fabrication experience.  Experience with sheet metal fabrication is a plus.  Must possess a Master Certification in Rigging or obtain within 12 months of employment.  Possession of a valid appropriate driver’s permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Will be required to complete a written examination and a hands-on assignment.  May be required to wear some type of respiratory protection in the performance of their duties.

Maintenance Technician I [1328] Transportation
Salary: $22,938/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs skilled landscape maintenance in the City Rights-of-Way including mowing, weed-eating, edging, planting, weeding, leaf mulching, aerating, fertilizing and seeding.  Must have knowledge of and ability to skillfully operate and do routine daily service on a wide variety of mowers and equipment, including zero turn, walk-behind and push mowers, weed-eaters, edgers and blowers.  Performs semi-skilled landscape maintenance, including pesticide spraying, minor tree and shrub pruning, brush removal, mulching and other landscape maintenance duties.  Must have the ability to perform word processing, record keeping and report preparation on a computer and effectively use basic office equipment including computers, calculators, copiers, cell phones and mobile radios.  Operates heavy and light equipment for snow removal.  Must have a minimum of a valid Class B Commercial Learner's Permit and be able to obtain a full CDL license within 6 months.  Must be able to obtain a Registered Technician Pesticide License and a Fertilizer Applicator Certification within 12 months.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one to three years related experience and/or training in horticulture or landscape maintenance, one to three years related experience and/or training in the operation of medium to heavy motorized equipment and the performance of heavy manual labor; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Maintenance Technician II [0901] Facilities Management
Salary: $25,343/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Repairs, maintains, troubleshoots, and installs commercial plumbing systems including HVAC piping systems, rainwater recovery, swimming pools and decorative fountains.  Will assist supervisor with layout sketches, material lists and time estimates.  Prefer proficient backhoe operator for installation & repair of light utility piping, ability to fit steel pipe systems and assist welder/ fabricator.  Must posess Journeyman level Plumbing License or ability to obtain within 12 months of employment. Backflow Certification preferred. High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one to three years experience and/or training in the trades area assigned; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Possession of a valid appropriate driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. May be required to wear some type of respiratory protection in the performance of their duties.

Maintenance Technician II [0995] Stormwater
Salary: $25,343/YR Close Date: Open Until Filled  [Re-Advertisement]
Operates street sweeper, backhoe, heavy front-end loader and large motor grader in leveling ground surfaces and street/construction repair.  Services and makes minor repairs and adjustments on equipment.  Operates heavy and light equipment in snow removal and assists with special events, and other emergency tasks, including some nights and weekends, as needed.  Operates dump truck, including automatic and manual transmission.  Position hours are 11:00 pm-7:30am-Mon.-Sat. Maintains accurate log sheets, checklists, and pre-trip sheets.   Class B CDL with Tanker requirements are required within 6 months of hire.     High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and two to three years related experience and/or training in trades area assigned; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Maintenance Technician III [1258] Facilities Management
Salary: $28,003/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Primary responsibility will be to frame walls, install drywall, install ceramic tile, install carpet, pour and finish concrete, install windows, install doors, install blinds, install siding, and have the ability to construct and repair office furniture on all city owned buildings.  The applicant must have the ability to read blue prints.  The applicant must participate in the work of a crew engaged in a variety of maintenance and construction activities.  Discuss job requirements and receives detailed instructions from supervisor.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) is required and three to five years experience and/or training in the trade’s area is preferred.  The applicant must possess a valid appropriate driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.   Depending on area of assignment, may require possession of a valid appropriate Class A, B or C commercial driver's license. May be required to wear some type of respiratory protection in the performance of their duties.

Maintenance Technician III [1259] Facilities Management
Salary: $28,003-$44,806/YR. depending on experience. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Repairs, maintains, and installs wiring, motors, transformers, generators, lighting, appliances, circuits, wiring and other electrical system equipment and components in compliance with electrical codes, standards and regulations.  Operates a variety of electrical testing equipment in locating and determining types of electrical malfunctions.  Studies plans, drawings, specifications, and work orders to determine work requirement and sequence of repairs and/or installations.  Repairs and maintains high voltage systems.  Working conditions include restricted movement, dirty environment, hazardous materials, lifting and carrying heavy objects. Requires a minimum of a journeyman level electrician license, knowledge of applicable electrical codes, standards, and regulations.  HVAC knowledge is a plus. May be required to wear some type of respiratory protection in the performance of their duties.

Maintenance Worker I - Seasonal [10309] Transportation
Salary: $9.10/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs routine landscape maintenance tasks within the City of Roanoke's right of ways.  Operates a variety of mowing equipment, edgers, string trimmers, leaf blowers and other small power equipment.  Work is accomplished under the direction of Maintenance Technicians.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED); one to three months related experience and/or training in landscape maintenance and performance of heavy manual work is desirable; or equivalent combination of education and experience.    Work 40 hours per week from April - November.

Maintenance Worker II - Seasonal Mowing [10749 - 10756] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $10.00/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
 Performs unskilled manual work in the completion of maintenance tasks on park properties and greenways. Typical tasks include mowing/trimming grass, cleaning shelters and restrooms, trash removal, weeding, general landscape maintenance, cleaning/maintenance of tennis and basketball courts, bench and table repairs, rough carpentry, light equipment repair and maintenance, concrete work, and related tasks. Loads and unloads materials such as soil, mulch, gravel, lumber and refuse, assists with special event set-ups, stages, tents etc. Operates and maintains various types of hand and small power tools such as blowers, weed eaters, saws, drills, etc. Operates small dump trucks, pick-up trucks & trailers and light motorized equipment such as riding and push mowers.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one to three years related experience and/or training in the operation of automotive  equipment and the performance of heavy manual labor; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Possession of valid appropriate driver's  permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia is required.

Maintenance Worker II - Seasonal [10272] Transportation
Salary: $9.52/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs semi-skilled work and manual tasks involved with landscape maintenance.  Equipment used includes riding and push mowers, weedeaters, edgers and chipper.  Makes repairs and renovations to rights-of-way, medians and grounds, including mowing, mulching, aeration, grading, seeding and sodding.  Operates dump truck and heavy and light equipment in snow removal.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one to three years related experience and/or training in landscape operations, motorized equipment and the performance of heavy manual labor; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Maintenance Worker III - Seasonal [10595] Transportation
Salary: $10.24/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs semi-skilled work and manual tasks involved with landscape maintenance in the City of Roanoke Right of Ways.  Equipment used includes tractor with sidehog attachment, riding and push mowers, weedeaters, edgers and blowers.  Makes repairs and renovations to rights-of-way, medians and grounds, including mowing, mulching, aeration, grading, seeding and sodding.  Operates dump truck and heavy and light equipment in snow removal.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one to three years related experience and/or training in landscape operations, motorized equipment and the performance of heavy manual labor; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Requires possession of a valid appropriate driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Maintenance Worker III [0952] Transportation
Salary: $21,293/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs semi-skilled work and manual tasks such as shoveling, raking and sweeping involved with street maintenance.  Equipment used includes dump truck and various hand tools.  Makes repairs and renovations to rights-of-way, medians and curbs.  Operates dump truck and heavy and light equipment.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one to three years related experience and/or training in street maintenance, driving/operating a dump truck and the performance of heavy manual labor; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Prefer possession of a valid Class B  Commercial Driver's License.

Maintenance Worker III [0958] Stormwater
Salary: $21,293/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled  [Re-Advertisement]
Performs semi-skilled work and manual tasks such as shoveling, raking and sweeping involved with street maintenance.  Equipment used includes dump truck and various hand tools.  Makes repairs and renovations to stormwater drains, storm drains and curbs.  Operates dump truck and heavy and light equipment.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one to three years related experience and/or training in storm drain, street maintenance, driving/operating a dump truck and the performance of heavy manual labor; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Prefer possession of a valid Class B  Commercial Driver's License

Maintenance Worker III [#10707] Stormwater
Salary: $21,293/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled  [Re-Advertisement]
Performs semi-skilled work and manual tasks such as shoveling, raking and sweeping involved with street maintenance.  Equipment used includes dump truck and various hand tools.  Makes repairs and renovations to stormwater drains, storm drains and curbs.  Operates dump truck and heavy and light equipment.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one to three years related experience and/or training in storm drain, street maintenance, driving/operating a dump truck and the performance of heavy manual labor; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Prefer possession of a valid Class B  Commercial Driver's License.

Paramedic [T905] Fire-EMS
Salary: $14.64/HR Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs  technical work providing fire suppression and human health emergency medical services.  Assists in maintaining equipment inventory on emergency vehicles.  Maintains vehicles in a clean and working order. High school diploma or general education degree (GED); Associate degree with courses in fire science, emergency health sciences or related field; five to ten years related experience and/or training in fire suppression, prevention and/or emergency medical service; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Possession of a valid appropriate drivers license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Must possess and maintain required certifications appropriate to duty assignment within the Fire/EMS department.  Bilingual, Spanish/English speakers encouraged to apply.  Work 36 hours per month.  Must be available to work nights and weekends.

Part Time Fire Safety Inspector [10312] Fire-EMS
Salary: $14.27/HR. Close Date: 4/8/2015
Performs responsible protective service and technical work in the fire prevention bureau.  Duties are performed under regular supervision.  General knowledge of fire prevention including inspection, hazards and elimination of dangerous conditions.  Thorough knowledge of State laws and City ordinances regarding fire prevention.  Ability to recognize existing and potential fire hazards in a wide variety of structures and installations. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent.  Considerable experience in the field of inspections and possession of fire inspector 1031 certification is desirable.  Possession of a valid appropriate driver’s permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Work between 50 - 100 hours per month, or 2 or 3 days per week dependant on work load and inspectors aptitude/training.  Bilingual, Spanish/English speakers encouraged to apply.

Police Officer [n/a] Police
Salary: $35,445/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible Police protective service work in the City of Roanoke; duty involves an element of personal danger.  Any combination of education or experience equivalent to graduation of high school. Graduation from a community college in social or police science is desirable.  Possession of a valid driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Vision requirements standard is 20/30 in the better eye corrected, 20/40 in the worse eye corrected.  Worse than 20/60 uncorrected, must correct with corrective lenses to 20/30 or greater in the better eye; or to 20/40 or greater in the worse eye.  Disqualified if uncorrected vision is 20/200 or greater in both eyes.  Applicants MUST BE 21 YEARS OLD and submit  to a drug screening test and Polygraph. Bilingual, Spanish/English speakers encouraged to apply. Shift work including weekends and holidays.  TO BEGIN THE TESTING PROCESS, SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO HUMAN RESOURCES. "Persons applying for the position of Police that are able to pass the written and agility test and successfully complete the pre-employment process, will be considered for the next available academy.

Pool Assistant Manager [10769] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $10.50 - $11.50/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible, professional specialized work as it pertains to public safety and recreational work in pool operations, supervision of aquatic staff, administrative paperwork, preventing injuries, enforcing rules, and effectively communicating with the general public. Work is performed under the general supervision of a full-time Recreation Specialist and/or Coordinator. Ability to perform rescue techniques and emergency care procedures and ability to peform all pool maintenance procedures correctly required. Minimum of two (2) years public pool experience and valid certificate in ARC Lifeguard training; standard First Aid, CPR for Professional Rescuer or equivalent preferred. Flexible schedule with approximately 40 hours per week for up to 12 weeks. Work schedule is 40 hrs, 5 - 6 days per week from late May through the end of August. Work will be daytime, some evenings and weekends.

Pool Clerk [2022 - 2026] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $9.01/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible work collecting money, accurately completing paperwork and other records, answering patrons concerns and overseeing the entire admissions and/or concession area for the swimming pools. Does related work as required. Work is performed under the supervision of the pool management and full-time recreation staff. General knowledge of basic bookkeeping procedures. Ability to utilize the city's system for keeping an accurate account of funds. Ability to communicate with the general public and other staff in a positive manner. Ability to maintain a positive attitude. Thorough knowledge of Roanoke City Parks and Recreation Department aquatic rules, regulations and policies. Flexible schedule with approximately 40 hours per week for up to 12 weeks (daytime, some evenings and weekends). Must be a least 16 years old.

Pool Coordinator [9655] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $11.00 - $11.50/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible, professional specialized work as it pertains to public safety and recreation work in pool operations, administrative paperwork, preventing injuries, enforcing rules and effectively communicating with the general public. Work is performed under the general supervision of a full-time Recreation Specialist and/or Coordinator. Work shcedule of 20 - 25 hours, 3 - 5 days per week from May through August. Minimum of 2 years pool operations experience and AFO/CPO preferred.

Pool Lifeguard [10177 - 10179 & 10182] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $9.85/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible, professional, specialized work as it pertains to public safety and recreational work in enforcing rules, regulations, and preventing injuries at aquatic fitness facilities. Performs necessary maintenance tasks in order to continually maintain a safe and healthy atmosphere. Minimum valid certification in American Red Cross Lifeguard Training or equivalent. Minimum valid certification in American Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR for Professional Rescuer or equivalent required. Flexible schedule with approximatley 40 hours per week for up to 12 weeks from late May through August (daytime, some evenings and weekends).

Recreation Assistant - After School [10615 - 10624] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $8.98/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible work in leading and facilitating youth development and recreation programs and activities with the Department's After-School PLAY program (for elementary school age children).  Requires knowledge of youth development and community activities including but not limited to: fitness and movement, art,nature study, crafts and be able to assist children with homework assignments.  Must have the ability to develop new and creative programs, build and maximize neighborhood and community relations, and utilize effective communication (both orally and in writing).  May have to collect registration documents, write receipts, make deposits and complete assignments on computer. Minimum requirements include any combination of education and experience equivalent to high school graduation and one year experience in a day-care or after-school setting as well as a possession of valid driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Certifications required upon request -ARC Standard First Aid and CPR. The program is administered during the regular school year so the position is expected to work approximately 40 weeks/work approx. 20-25 hours per week.

Recreation Center Assistant [10700 - 10703] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $8.98/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible work in facility supervision and preparation during youth, adult and senior recreation programs and facility rentals within the Community Recreation Section. Requires the knowledge and desire to work with the community, especially senior citizens. Must have the ability to build and maximize neighborhood and community relations and utilize effective communication (both orally and in writing). Duties may include collecting registration documents: light food preparation; light household cleaning; and completing assignments on computer. Minimum requirements include any combination of education and experience equivalent to high school graduation and possession of valid driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Stanadard First Aid and CPR preferred. 10 - 30 hours per week (includes days, evenings and weekends), depending upon program and rental schedules.

Recreation Instructor-Community Recreation [10639-10648] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $12.00-20.00/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible work in the organization and instruction of group enrichment programs, such as art, dance, music, self-improvement, etc.  Works under the supervision of Recreation Specialist.  Plans, promotes, and implements group programs for all ages.  Conducts research in order to develop new program ideas.  Evaluates programs for participant satisfaction and improvement of the program.  Requires strong communication skills, both oral and written.  High school diploma or GED required, supplemented by experience/certification in the various types of programs.  Possession of a valid driver’s permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Hours will vary but will require evening work; schedule is negotiated with Supervisor.  Salary based upon experience and certifications

Recreation Instructor-Fitness [10628-10637] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $12.00-20.00/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs responsible work in the organization and instruction of group fitness programs (such as Water Aerobics, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, etc.).  Works under the supervision of Recreation Specialist.  Plans, promotes, and implements group fitness programs for all ages.  Conducts research in order to develop new program ideas.  Evaluates programs for participant satisfaction and improvement of the program.  Requires strong communication skills, both oral and written.  High school diploma or GED required, supplemented by courses in group fitness instruction; certification is recommended.  Possession of a valid driver’s permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Hours will vary but will require evening work; schedule is negotiated with Supervisor.  Salary based upon experience and certifications.

Recreation Instructor - After School [10610 - 10614] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $10.00/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Responsible for planning, implementing, leading and facilitating youth development and recreation programs and activities with the  Department's After-School PLAY program (for elementary school age children). Implements the risk management plan to protect participants and staff. Assists in the recruitment and training of staff and volunteers.  Requires knowledge of youth development and community activities including but not limited to: fitness and movement, art ,nature study,crafts and be able to assist children with homework assignments. Must have the ability to develop new creative programs, build and maximize neighborhood and community relations, and utilize effective communications (both orally and in writing). Must be able to collect registration documents, write receipts, make deposits, and complete assignments on computer.  Minimum requirements include any combination of education and experience equivalent to two (2) years of college with emphasis on recreation program planning and implementation and one year experience in a day-care or after-school setting as well as possession of a valid driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Certifications required upon request-ARC Standard First Aid and CPR.  The program is administered during the regular school year so the position is expected to work approximately 40 weeks/work approx. 20-25 hours per week.

Recreation Instructor - Aquatics [10076 - 10079] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $10.00 - $20.00/HR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs professional technical work instructing aquatic programs such as swim lessons; aquatic fitness; and aquatic camps. Major responsibilities include planning, organizing , promoting, conducting and evaluating programs. Thorough knowledge of program practices and activities, appropriate certifications, and a valid driver's permit are required. Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school and experience in group leadership. Number of sessions is dependent upon program duration. Schedules are negotiated with the Aquatic Staff and may include days, evenings and weekends.

Scorekeeper [10131, 10132, 10134-10137, 10141, 10348, 10349 & 10356] Parks & Recreation
Salary: $8.76 - $10.00/HR Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs routine clerical and technical work keeping score sheets and/or time clock for youth and adult sports, including football, basketball, soccer, softball and baseball, kickball & dodgeball.  Does related work as required and work is performed under regular supervision.  Knowledge of scorekeeping and timekeeping practices and procedures including the ability to keep score in the official format for sport assigned; the ability to operate timing device for designated sport in facility assigned; and the ability to write in a legible manner. Must be familiar with and abide by the rules and bylaws of the respective sport of league.  Candidates must have good communication skills; be able to quickly evaluate information and make decisions and judgement calls easily; be able to resolve conflicts and negotiate while handling disputes or conflicts. Any combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of the 9th grade and some experience keeping sports scores and times. Must be 18 years of age or older. Typical work schedule is 24-36 wks/yr, 15-20 hrs/wk, including nights & weekends. Number of games is dependent upon program duration. Schedules are negotiated w/ the Athletic staff.

Specialized Probation Counselor [10068] Human Services
Salary: $45,919/YR. Close Date: 4/22/2015
Performs human support work in the care and direct intensive supervision, counseling and providing of therapeutic interventions to high risk adolescents and their families.  Performs pre and post dispositional assessments.  Initiates referrals to service providers and community resources to address the needs of clients and their families.  Develops treatment plans, objectives and methods of handling problems for youth and family.  Consults with probation officers concerning needs of youth and family.  Master's degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work or related field is required; Completion of all post-degree supervision for licensure is required.  Two years of post-degree experience providing counseling services to youth and families is preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Possession of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) designation and a valid driver’s license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia is required.

Technology Support Specialist I [1810] Technology
Salary: $33,126/YR. Close Date: 4/15/2015
Answers the primary help desk phone to assist with routine service requests and escalation of complex/time intensive service requests.  Quickly assesses the reported issue and provides a rapid solution or escalates to the next level of support.  Heavy emphasis on telephone support and remote computer diagnostics skills.  Maintains up-to-date knowledge of computer operating procedures and operating standards.  Initiates corrective action where required and within scope of knowledge and authority.  Maintains call status in problem request tracking system, and/or users via voice mail, e-mail, or in-person communication.  Troubleshoots problems with computer software (Operating Systems, Applications, and hardware).  Performs basic network troubleshooting for wired and wireless data networks.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) supplemented by courses or seminars on operating system software and experience with end-user computer support. Working knowledge of software such as Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, MS Office, Lotus Notes, and experience in technology diagnostics; or equivalent combination of education and experience. A+ Certification or equivalent preferred, but not required.

Telecommunicator Trainee [1022, 1039] E-911
Salary: $28,003/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Dispatches police, fire, and rescue and public works equipment and personnel usually in response to emergency situations and disseminates information to the general public and emergency services. Receives and disseminates information thru the use of computers linked to the Virginia Criminal Information Network. Employees are hired in a “trainee” capacity with promotion after one year.  Fast paced environment where attention to detail and the ability to multitask are a must. High school diploma or general education degree (GED) preferably supplemented with some work experience with Police and/or Fire and Rescue; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must become certified to operate the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Must pass police security clearance. Must undergo psychological screening and health screening. Must pass criminal history screening. Bilingual, Spanish/English speakers encouraged to apply. THIS POSITION REQUIRES 12 HOUR ROTATING SHIFTS, WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS.

PLEASE CLICK THE APPLICATION ATTACHMENTS LINK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE HIRING PROCESS FOR THIS POSITION.


Temporary Deputy Tax Clerk I [10727, 10075, 10587] Commissioner of the Revenue
Salary: $12.00 Close Date: Open Until Filled
Performs clerical work scanning property tax files and assigning to proper account/year.  Will assess personal property, audit DMV records, process bills and mail.  Handles inquiries regarding personal property on the phone and in person.  Assists taxpayers in completing forms and furnishes information.  Assists with departmental special projects as assigned.   High school diploma or general education degree (GED); one to three years related experience and/or training in general office work and dealing with the general public; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Water Quality Administrator [10757] Stormwater
Salary: $51,200 - $81,920/YR. Close Date: Open Until Filled
Plans, develops, and communicates information concerning water quality issues and current events to both the public and employees through education and the media. Responsible for compliance with all conditions of the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) action plan.  Coordinates the City’s watershed master planning efforts including floodplain management and the City’s Community Rating System (CRS) designation.  This position will continually assess and determine City compliance with federal, state and local laws dealing with water quality matters. This position will also be the lead for Stormwater communications via website, social and local media, education and outreach programs.  Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university; four to ten years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience in water quality or environmental science/environmental engineering related field.  Master’s degree in an environmental field is a plus. Residence must be within 30 minute travel time to downtown Roanoke.  Must possess a valid appropriate driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Must be a Certified Floodplain Manager or obtain certification within 1st year of employment.



 Date: 4/8/2015



Warning!!! Lead Abatement Contractor Criminal Extortion

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Commentary:

Watch out for this guy named Donnie Eakin with D.E. Eakin & Sons. He drives a white truck and is in his 60’s. He has sandy long hair, a beer gut and a handlebar mustache. This guy has been driving around Roanoke looking for houses that are getting worked on. He stopped one of our members and told them that their contractor was doing the lead work wrong and implied that he will be calling OSHA on them if our member doesn’t pay him $4,500 to tent the entire house and do the job himself.

He went on to say that he is the ONLY person in Roanoke certified to paint a house and demanded that he gets the work or they go to jail. Then said you’re in the “hot zone.”

He pointed down the street to a house and said that guy refused to use his services and he got a 30K fine from the EPA. He then pointed at another house the other direction and said that guy refused my services and he got a 100K fine. The EPA lead fines in Roanoke ARE real and they ARE happening.

Our members contractor was doing the work correctly as he knows what to do and is certified for lead encapsulation. He had the proper containment zone, posted signs, tarped area, lead suits, respirator, water bucket to step out of the outdoor containment zone, etc.

FYI, you have to be certified to do any work to the inside or the outside of a house if you are disturbing the surface. That includes painting, sheetrock or plaster work, windows, siding, etc. But you don’t have to have a lead abatement certification. The only thing that is required is your RRP certification. Which is a 1 day class on encapsulation of lead rather than removal of it.

The Obama Administration has allowed the EPA to set the fine to $36,000 per day of the violation existing. This is nationwide. OSHA is enforcing it since the EPA doesn’t have the manpower. I have confirmed that this guy HAS turned in SEVERAL people to OSHA when they denied his extortion. Whenever OSHA gets a call they investigate it.

Extortion is a crime. The definition of extortion is “the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats.” That’s EXACTLY what this guy is doing.

I contacted our friends with the city, Ann Weaver and Marla Robertson, of Lead Safe Roanoke, and they are very concerned about it.  They are aware of him and this is one of several complaints. A meeting will be set up with OSHA to inform them of what this guy is doing. Ann and Marla do not like this and will be doing everything in their power to stop it.

I am working on seeing if he can be brought up on criminal extortion charges. Roanoke Cities legal department will be involved in this matter as well.

In the mean time, make sure you are using contractors that are certified and that they are doing things correctly so you don’t have to worry about this guy.

This is something that you need to take seriously. It’s not only this guy but city Code Enforcer Kim Asbury has turned in landlords to OSHA to try to get them fined.

In one of the cases I know the details of, all of the children in the house were tested for lead. Fortunately for the landlord they came back negative. If they came back positive, it doesn’t matter if it was their Chinese painted toys or a previous residence where they got it. It stays in your system.

You as the currant landlord would be blamed for it and you would have some very serious consequences as a result. Much worse than the 36K per day fine. Don’t think that it can’t happen to you because it can. AND IT IS HAPPENING IN ROANOKE NOW.

Monday, April 6, 2015

This Week Jamie Bailey on Downpayment Assistance

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This week we have one of our favorite speakers that always draws a big crowd. We will have our very own, member and friend, Jamie Bailey who will be talking about down-payment assistance.

There are programs available from Roanoke City and individual development accounts with TAP that can be taken advantage of which will cover down-payments.

Come and learn how to make things easy on your buyers or tenant buyers so they can purchase your house.

We’ll see you there!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Homelessness - A Roanoke City Low Income Landlords Perspective

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I wrote another commentary for the Roanoke Times. It is listed below. This article regards what I see to be one of the primary reasons for homelessness in the city. A lack of affordable housing. We are currently in the submission process for the article and it hasn’t been published yet. So far, everything I have sent them they have included in the paper so I expect it will be granted for submission.

That was a fantastic article written by Kevin Kittredge, Mark Powell and Amy Morgan along with the participation input from Duane Howard, John McDonagal and Mark Petersen, regarding Southeast Roanoke being beyond it’s saturation point with homeless services.

I’ve never met a person that has said that the Mission doesn't do good work. However there is NO REASON that the Mission can't spread out it's services and offer them in other places of need. Or change their model to something that works towards getting every single person who walks through their doors into permanent housing. Especially with the massive amount of money, donations and volunteer labor that they get.

The mass shelter based housing model the Rescue Mission uses has been characterized across the country as only "managing the problem" rather than ending it like the modern methods do. I lived within a couple blocks of the Mission for several years and know for a fact that many of the same homeless people have been there at the mission for 25 plus years.

Methods such as homelessness prevention, rapid rehousing and availability of affordable housing are key to ending homelessness.

I am a low income landlord and have several properties in the city and around the Rescue Mission. I have a unique understanding of what causes homelessness as a result of the line of work I’m involved with. I would like to discuss my perspective of a contributing factor towards the reasons for homelessness that hasn’t been covered at length regarding this issue.

Multifamily housing is essential for low income people but is still too expensive for our lowest income population. For our lowest income population, all it takes is a situation like their car breaking down and the next thing they know they can’t pay rent and are in need of shelter.

As a landlord, I see their total monthly income when qualifying them for a rental. The average disability recipient gets a total of $700 per month to live on from their SSI check. NO ONE can survive on that income unless they have the ability to split up their rent with several other people. Keep in mind that a typical small multifamily apartment in a low income area runs in the $500 range to rent. They then have to eat, have gas for their car, pay their utilities amongst many other expenses.

That’s why rooming houses are essential to providing our lowest income population with an affordable place to live where they don’t have utility bills eating up the remaining amount of their income.

Back in 2006 the city decided to rezone all of the housing dramatically decreasing the number of affordable multifamily housing units. They also cracked down on rooming houses making it so landlords could not afford to operate one and pay the utility bills along with taxes, mortgages, maintenance, insurance, etc with the 4 unrelated adults limit they imposed. This drove up the room prices out of the range of our lowest income population.

The 2006 crack down created very small economically segregated pockets within the city where this affordable housing can exist. This in turn created a supply and demand issue which contributed to higher rents.

The next steps the city took after making this change was to partner with a few select landlords that call themselves “social entrepreneurs”,  They sold them buildings for $10 dollars that you and I as tax payers paid millions for. They then allowed them to turn these buildings into Luxury Apartments further exacerbating the problem. We are now left with very few affordable housing options for the homeless and an overwhelming supply of housing for moderate to high income people.

Roanoke City has been importing homeless from all over the state of Virginia and surrounding states. We are either going to need to stop the importation of homeless or create avenues that will end homelessness rather than simply managing the problem.

A modification of the cities existing rooming house policy would be one quick partial solution. This would result in a substantial Rescue Mission population decrease which would allow for them to focus on the worst problems by helping those who have mental conditions, drug addictions, or providing training for people to get jobs, etc.

Solving the homeless issue in the city will require a multifaceted approach. And all parties will need to work together including the city government, homeless services and landlords. This problem won’t resolve itself on it’s own.

REI of Virginia Business Trip To Indianapolis Indiana

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May 28th, 29th and 30th 2015 will be the 14th Annual National MrLandlord.com convention which will take place in Indianapolis Indiana.

Several REI of Virginia members plan on attending so we are sending you this email for a great educational tax write-off / vacation.

CLICK HERE for a list of the instructors. We have had both Jeffery Taylor and Jim Ingersoll at our REI meetings. Jeffery has a great lineup of people scheduled as speakers with a wide variety of experience.

I just got off the phone with Jeffery and bought tickets for me and Spanky. A few tips…  I signed up for his newsletter (only one person is entitled to that and some other bonus at the convention). That deducted $100 from our tickets and the cost of the newsletter is $100 so it is a wash. He then told me that he would let us bring another 2 people for no additional cost. So essentially 4 people get to go for the regular 1 person price of $299 if we get our tickets now. That brings it down to only $75 per person.

We will also be saving some money by renting a car and driving there. We plan to rent a big SUV and need 2 more people to ride with us so we can all split up the costs and make it cheap. Maybe we will rent a van if there are enough people and we will all go together. Or if there are more than 2 that want to drive with us I can help organize car pool groups that can ride together. I will also help organize people who want to go if you don’t already have partners you plan on going with so you can save some money on the convention fees as well.

Please let me know if you are interested in taking this tax deductible business trip and I will help get you partner REI members. Lots of fantastic info at this conference. Take a break from work and go with us. Reply to this email to let me know if you want to go!

CLICK HERE for details on the convention.

FYI, Jeffery Taylor will be speaking at the Charlottesville REI meeting on April 9th at 5:30pm. If you would like to contact the Charlottesville REI the contact person is Beth and number is 434-882-4664

Using Privatized Banking To Leverage HUGE ROI, Safe Reserves and Maximize Positive Cash Flow

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This week our guest speaker flew in from California to see us. His name is Kraig Strom CFP® ChFC™ and works with Team Financial Partners. Kraig has some interesting concepts to talk with us about that pertain to using equity in your properties to build wealth.

The Rich Have Used Family Banks To Build Wealth and Freedom For Generations.  Discover powerful cash management strategies through the creative use of properly structured High Cash Value Life Insurance contracts!

Most people think of life insurance as a death benefit but large banks, corporations and wealthy individuals know that it’s a powerful cash management tool that SUPERCHARGES any investment, especially Real Estate!

Case Studies:
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Bank of America & Wells Fargo have 39 BILLION dollars inside this type of life insurance?  Come and find out why!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Look Like A Meth Lab To You Or The Signs Of A Filthy Lazy Tenant?

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This week we will have special guest speaker Agent Crowder who will be with us to teach the group what we need to do when discovering drugs in a tenant’s house.

I guess the first thing that would be needed is how to identify the drugs. I’m sure most people could identify a marijuana plant like I found below by the back porch of one of my apartment buildings last year.

But I can admit that the meth lab picture at the top looks to me like tenants that like to urinate in jars because they are too lazy to walk to the bathroom. The only thing I initially see that would tip me off would be the scale. However, there are some various common chemicals mixed in to the garbage.

Drugs in your property, example being the meth lab, could lead to some very serious problems for you. It is incredibly expensive to do a proper cleaning of a meth lab to ensure that future residents won’t be harmed by the chemical residue that the manufacture of it leaves. And as I recall the states now no longer fund the cleanup. I believe that the funding for this was going to be the responsibility of the federal government. But it didn’t get transferred to them right away. So it may be your responsibility. We will find out that and many more important things to know in the meeting.

What do you do when you find drugs in your rental unit?
What do you do if you suspect a meth lab in your rental?
What do you do if you are unsure but have been told by neighbors that your tenants are dealing drugs?
What do you do if your tenants are telling you that there is a drug house across the street?

Find out all of this and much more at our upcoming meeting. Education is the key to your success.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

It's OK on City Property But Not Yours!

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This photo was taken Thursday at 7pm, March 19th 2015. It's a photo of 1709 Salem Ave in Hurt Park. The property utilizes the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Federal housing program. The property received a tax credit allocation in 2009 for $636,674 with a 10 year value of $6,366,740.

Roanoke City government tore down the apartments that were there and rebuilt new apartments in the name of Hurt Park Limited Partnership.Hurt Park Limited Partnership has a principal owner address listed at the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Of which all Authorities are quasi private businesses that have been granted governmental powers.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Have You Signed Up For The REI Discount Program?

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