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Bluegrass and Gospel Music Jam at the Charles R. Hill Senior Center each Monday from 3:30-5:30 pm. Feel free to bring an instrument, sing along, tap your toes or clap your hands. No admission.
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All ages were rocking and having a great time at the National Night Out in Vinton.
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Order a beautiful Town of Vinton throw today and support the Vinton History Museum!

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Purchase Your Town of Vinton Tapestry Throw Today!

Own a piece of Vinton! This beautiful Town of Vinton tapestry throw (size: 54" x 70") is a 100% cotton Jacqua...rd woven blanket with a 2-inch fringe. The exceptional clarity of detail and the wide range of colors make your custom tapestry a work of art.

This beautiful throw would make a wonderful Christmas gift or a great gift for any occasion! The throw features the following Town landmarks: Town Clock, Roland E. Cook School, Vinton History Museum, Vinton Library, Veterans Monument, Gish’s Mill, William Byrd High School, and the Vinton War Memorial. A sample throw is currently on display at the Vinton Municipal Building, 311 South Pollard Street, Vinton. Photo of one of the actual throws attached to this post.

Place your order today and pay by either cash or check payable to “Vinton Historical Society”. You can drop your payment off at the Vinton History Museum or the Vinton Municipal Building during regular office hours. Or you can mail your payment to: Vinton Historical Society, P. O. Box 32, Vinton, VA 24179. Please include the order form (posted in comments below) with your mailed payment.

PRICE: $55.00 each

(They can be picked up at the Vinton Municipal Building during regular office hours. If you would like them shipped to your address or your recipient’s address, please add $10 for shipping.)

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The Town of Vinton's Administrative Offices will be closed in observance of Presidents' Day on Monday, February 19, 2018. The offices will reopen on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at 8 am.

Refuse collection for the week of February 19, 2018, will be as follows:
Monday's and Tuesday's refuse will be collected on Tuesday.
For all other days next week, refuse pickup will be on schedule.

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Check out the story and wonderful photos by Debbie Adams of The Vinton Messenger about the unveiling of the LOVEworks sculpture today on the lawn of the Vinton War Memorial!

#LoveVinton #LoveVA

Vinton Messenger added 11 new photos — with Tonya Weaver Kirk and 5 others.

If you couldn't make the unveiling ceremony of the new LOVEwork sculpture at the Vinton War Memorial this morning, be sure and and drive up Washington Avenue t...o see the new artwork on the front lawn or stop by for a photo op.

The Town of Vinton partnered with Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge Travel and Tourism to construct and install the state's newest LOVEwork--a partnership to promote travel and tourism.

Representatives from the town administration, the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce, Vinton Town Council, and the tourism bureau unveiled the letters one by one during the Valentine's Day ceremony.

The LOVEwork is made up of four letters reflecting the small town charm of the community and what makes it so special.

Local artist Tonya Weaver Kirk created the bride and groom "L," representing the six wedding venues in Vinton.

Vinton's Public Works department built the "O" which represents the waterwheel at Gish's Mill--actually using wood from the historic site.

Public Works fabricated the fork and spoon "V" from fiberglass, which represents Vinton' s unique and authentic restaurants and modified a donated canoe and paddles to form the "E," which represents the outdoors and the Blueways which touch Vinton.

Public Works employees also built the brick pedestals the letters stand upon.

Chasity Barbour, Events and Facilities Manager for the Vinton War Memorial coordinated the event with assistance from staff. The town has worked for about a year to bring this project from dream to reality.

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Vinton's own LOVEworks sculpture was unveiled this morning on the front lawn of the Vinton War Memorial today to rave reviews! Thanks to everyone who came out for the ceremony. #LoveVinton #LoveVA #loveworks #vintonlove

Wonderful unveiling ceremony for the “Love” sign in Vinton on February 14th. You are invited to visit the LoveWorks sign on the grounds of the Vinton War Memorial. #loveworks#vintonlove

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Town of Vinton, Virginia Government's/ Regional Center for Animal Care & Protection's Valentines of the Week: Grandma, Kory, Jr., and Brody. Click on their photos below to learn more about each of them! Find love at the Regional Center for Animal Care & Protection!

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Make plans to attend the unveiling of Vinton's own LOVEworks sculpture on Valentine's Day at 11:30 a.m.at the Vinton War Memorial! Hope to see you there!

#LoveVinton #LoveVA

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Town Seeks Applicants for Boards, Commissions, Committees:

The Town of Vinton is always seeking dedicated citizens who are interested in serving on any of our various Council-appointed Boards, Commissions or Committees. Serving as a volunteer member can be a rewarding experience because it provides an opportunity for you to have a voice in how our government serves its citizens.

Applications are being accepted for the following vacancies:...
--Board of Zoning Appeals - one regular member and two alternates for five-year terms
--Highway Safety Committee - five members for three-year terms

If you are interested in serving on one of the above, please complete an Application Form and submit it to the Town Clerk via fax to (540) 983-0626, by mail at 311 South Pollard Street, Vinton, VA 24179 or email at sjohnson@vintonva.gov.

If you have any questions or would like more details, please contact the Town Clerk at (540) 983-0607.

Download committee information here: http://vintonva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1080

Download an application form here: http://vintonva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/958

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Check out this week's awesome Town of Vinton, Virginia Government's / Regional Center for Animal Care & Protection's Valentines of the Week: Jane (Guinea Pig!), Kory Jr. (dog), and Brody (dog). If you're looking to add a pet to your home just in time for Valentine's Day, then look no FURther, love can be found here! Click on each of their photos below to learn more about them!

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The Town of Vinton has some exciting full-time job opportunities posted on our website:

1. Firefighter-Medic: Deadline for application submittal is Friday, March 2, 2018.

2. Principal Planner: Deadline for application submittal is Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

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Check out all the available jobs on our website: http://vintonva.gov/jobs.aspx

The Town of Vinton is an equal opportunity employer.

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At the kick-off meeting on January 25, 2018, the Town began work on the second phase of the UDA process. Vlad Gavrilovic, a transportation and community planning specialist from EPR in Charlottesville, along with urban planners Max Pastore and Sam Shreder from the urban design firm Rhodeside & Harwell in Alexandria, joined the UDA Advisory Committee to narrow the focus of the UDA sites selected back in 2016.

Check out the full story from the Vinton Messenger's Debbie Adams...

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Town works with UDA consultants to revise zoning ordinances

In 2015 the Town of Vinton applied for an Urban Development Area (UDA) Planning Grant from the Virgi...nia Department of Transportation Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment.

With more transportation projects than transportation dollars, the state had arrived at a new method of encouraging localities to narrow the focus on where those dollars should be spent. Localities choosing to identify Urban Development Areas (UDA) in their communities increase the likelihood of qualifying for available transportation funding.

The aim of identifying UDA’s is to encourage targeted growth in communities rather than sprawl. Localities are urged to concentrate future development where public infrastructures can be provided with the greatest fiscal efficiency.

The town was subsequently awarded a grant of $65,000 to assist them in evaluating and analyzing what areas in the town could be considered to be UDA’s. A team of consultants helped the town to complete a projection for growth based on the land use for 10 to 20 years in the future.

A UDA Advisory Committee, made up of members of county and town government, including the planning and zoning department, members of Vinton planning and zoning boards, and business owners, was appointed and spent about eight months working with the consultants in identifying eight possible UDA sites within the town which they believe will have the likelihood to attract and retain private investors, while maximizing public investment and resources. At one point there was even a bus tour of the town.

Participants compared in detail the eight identified sites in an attempt to prioritize them for development and funding. Consideration was given to visibility and traffic count, linear frontage, under-utilized sites and acreage, site mitigation, and the state of the existing infrastructure.

• Site One identified is the downtown business area
• Site Two is the Hardy Road Gateway near the CVS Pharmacy
• Site Three is the Bypass Road/Hardy Road “Mid-Town” area, which encompasses the Lake Drive and River Park shopping centers
• Site Four is Mid-Washington Avenue near the old library site and Vinton War Memorial
• Site Five is the Virginia Avenue Gateway near PFG and the Glade/Tinker Creek Greenway
• Site Six is the Virginia Avenue Corridor from South Pollard to Niagara Road
• Site Seven is the Walnut Avenue Gateway near Southern States leading to downtown Roanoke
• Site Eight is the Washington Avenue Gateway headed out of town to Route 24

In the fall of 2017, the town was awarded an additional UDA Planning Grant for the purpose of reviewing and amending the current zoning and subdivision ordinances.

“The additional grant provides us with consultant services to assist town personnel in reviewing and amending the current zoning and subdivision ordinances, which may include adopting design guidelines,” said Anita McMillan, Director of Planning and Zoning for the Town of Vinton.

This grant will help review alignment of town codes with the Comprehensive Plan and UDA requirements; propose a new zoning framework, and outline an urban design framework.

On January 25, 2018, the town began work on this second phase of the UDA process. Vlad Gavrilovic a transportation and community planning specialist from EPR in Charlottesville, along with urban planners Max Pastore and Sam Shreder from the urban design firm Rhodeside & Harwell in Alexandria, joined the UDA Advisory Committee to narrow the focus of the UDA sites selected back in 2016.

Mayor Brad Grose thanked McMillan for her persistent work in securing grants such as this one for the town, in the process creating a repository of strategic plans which build upon one another, enabling the funding of even more grants.

Grose praised the UDA process which will help Vinton “know what we want to be and to develop a vision of what we can look like. Planning and zoning is the first step.”

Rhodeside and Harwell and EPR have worked locally on UDA projects with other localities in Salem, Botetourt County, and Franklin County. The consultants presented overviews of those projects, as well as others in Falls Church and Hopewell.

Much of the discussion during the January 25 meeting centered on Vinton’s downtown business district, attracting more businesses, and creating a market for already existing businesses--especially restaurants to remain open later in the evening—striving for an 18-24 hour downtown.

Gavrilovic said that while the population in downtown Vinton and adjacent areas is growing, there will be a need for sidewalks, crosswalks, and perhaps traffic slowing techniques to facilitate attracting those people into the downtown area. Infrastructure needs in the downtown area present a challenge as well.

Dale Wilkinson, of Old School Partners who redeveloped the Roland E. Cook Lofts, said that the town needs to focus on the bigger picture and facilitate a broader vision for the future of the town.
“People like to go where others have bought in,” noted Wilkinson.

He noted that the Old School Partners were attracted to the Roland E. Cook project because of the resolute cooperation of the town and county, their willingness to amend town codes to add Mixed Use zoning, and the town’s comprehensive strategic planning, including community involvement, in the process. The town in essence facilitated the process, coordinating public and private interests.

Wilkinson commented that one purpose of the UDA project and zoning changes would be to set up a framework for “someone to come in and take a chance on Vinton; catching the attention of potential businesses encourages investment.”

There was discussion of “home run” industries such as Deschutes that are not feasible in Vinton, but, instead, of adding the “base hits” of smaller businesses and industries, such as Twin Creeks Brewing, which are feasible, and which will attract businesses and visitors, growing the tax base and revenues.

Gavrilovic said that in Charlottesville, the redevelopment of the downtown area, adding housing and entertainment, had led to business development and changed the face of the town. He emphasized the need for creating “complete streets” which will accommodate pedestrians, cars, transit, and bikes.

Several attendees mentioned barriers and perceived barriers to progress, including the need to streamline Vinton’s zoning processes and cut red tape, infrastructure insufficiencies that are expensive to address, parking availability, and financial incentives for businesses to open in Vinton.

There were comments about the “synergy” which now exists in the town, with so many successful projects completed in just a few years and more both underway and on the horizon.

Everyone agreed that quality was more important than quantity in economic development.

The town intends to continue its evolution from “drive through” to “drive to,” becoming a destination on its own. Tim Greenway commented that the town needs to slow down people coming and going through the town, so they have the opportunity to notice what is here.
A consensus seemed to form that the initial focus for this grant should be on the downtown UDA. The consultants will take the input from the Advisory Committee, prioritize, and redefine the scope of the project from eight UDA sites to a smaller, more manageable number and develop guidelines that are site-specific. They will return this spring with zoning and design recommendations and share those the Advisory Committee, Town Council, and with the entire community at a public meeting.

This article is also available at www.vintonmessenger.com.

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SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT LOAN AVAILABLE:

The Town of Vinton is currently accepting applications for its Revolving Loan Program, a low-interest loan program designed for qualifying small for‐profit businesses located within its downtown business district. There is no deadline to apply, although loans will be issued in order of receipt to qualifying applicant(s) until the current available pool of $30,000 in loan funds has been exhausted.

Contact:...
Richard “Pete” W. Peters Jr.
Assistant Town Manager / Director of Economic Development
rpeters@vintonva.gov
(540) 343‐1508

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Check out the Vinton History Museum's 2018 Calendar of Events! Also, VOLUNTEERS are needed for host/hostess and to assist with projects and activities. Would you be willing to work 1 or 2 hours the day of your choice? Contact the museum by email at info@vintonhistorymuseum.org or by phone at (540) 342-8634.

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TOWN OF VINTON
PRINCIPAL PLANNER

The Town of Vinton has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated professional for a principal planner position. The position under the direction of the Planning and Zoning Director is responsible for planning and zoning functions and projects requiring a combination of skills in research, analysis, development review, public presentation, and interpretation of concepts and data pertaining to zoning, planning, and implementation of Town of... Vinton Code. Work is performed with general instructions from the Director with considerable latitude for independent initiative and judgment. It is a full-time position with excellent benefits. The Town focus is on providing first class service to our citizens. Minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in urban planning or related field. Salary is dependent on experience. Applications accompanied by a detailed resume may be submitted online at www.vintonva.gov. Applications may also be submitted to: Human Resources Director, Town of Vinton, 311 S. Pollard Street, Room 107, Vinton, VA 2179. The deadline for submittal is Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

The Town of Vinton is an equal opportunity employer.

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