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Roanoke City leaders talk success and budget in council meeting

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Roanoke leaders talked about success and their budget during a council meeting on Monday.

There are several positions ranging from public safety to park maintenance in the upcoming budget.

In the budget, the city plans on adding a part-time fire instructor, a few deputy positions and two maintenance tech workers for park maintenance.

The city wants to hire people to help maintain facilities like Elmwood Park.

"We really, over the past several years, feel our parks have really not necessarily suffered with the new parks that have come on, the renovations that have happened at our current parks, in addition to new restrooms, that's increased detail maintenance required," says R.B. Lawhorn, budget administrator for city of Roanoke.

As for capital project planning, the city is taking a look at a five-year plan for several improvements like streetscapes and bridges.

The Economic Development Authority is looking to help existing businesses expand and recruit large businesses.

This includes supporting entrepreneurial developing in the city by relaunching the entrepreneur grant, supporting the Gill Memorial Acceleration Center Project and LEAP's community kitchen. It's also continuing to improve the EDA's website and other marketing activities.

"Continuing to work with economic development to help staff and the city of Roanoke to help them again recruit and maintain businesses for the area and also provide a branch for organizations that support economic development," says Charles Hunter, chairman of economic development.

The EDA approved seven facade grants equal to $530,000 primarily in the downtown area. The EDA also awarded money for the Grandin Theatre for upgrades.