CALENDAR OF UPCOMING MEETINGS
(All City meetings are open to the public)
Notice is hereby given that the
Roanoke Rapids City Council meeting
scheduled for Tuesday, September 5, 2017
has been cancelled due to the lack of agenda items.
The next City Council meeting will be held on
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 5:15 p.m.
at the Lloyd Andrews City Meeting Hall.
OPEN HOUSE AT ROANOKE RAPIDS PUBLIC LIBRARY TO CELEBRATE START OF SCHOOL YEAR
If you have never visited the public library, not been by in a while or even stop by quite often, this is your opportunity to come in from the dark after the solar eclipse earlier in the afternoon and discover what your public library has to offer. The Library Staff and Friends of Roanoke Rapids Public Library will host an open house for patrons on Monday, August 21 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Dr. Frank Davis will read a children’s story at 4:30 pm in the juvenile section; Jeffery Hamilton from the State Library will talk about the library’s new digital resources and have some devices to demonstrate at 5 pm; and, Leah Brewer with therapy dog Elle will be present from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm for youngsters to meet and snuggle close with a book. Ms. Brewer will also read stories that include Elle as a character. In addition to these activities, the Library Staff will be available to offer tours of the facility, answer questions concerning library services and register individuals for library cards. The Friends of the Library will be present to discuss the benefit of joining this supportive organization. They will serve refreshments from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. As a new school year begins, read, learn, and live through Roanoke Rapids Public Library. Roanoke Rapids Public Library is located at 319 Roanoke Avenue. For more information, call Head Librarian Jeff Watson at (252) 533-2890.
City of Roanoke Rapids Now Requires a Business Registration Certificate
Changes to legislation that regulates privilege licenses in 2015 severely impacted the city’s ability to maintain accurate demographic and contact information regarding businesses that operate within the city limits. This information is crucial for Roanoke Rapids Fire and Police Departments so that they can respond to emergencies and conduct fire and safety inspections as required by the State of North Carolina.
Effective July 1, 2016, all businesses engaged in or conducting business within the city limits will be required to obtain a Business Registration Certificate from the City of Roanoke Rapids Tax Department. This certificate will be valid from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 and must be renewed annually. The cost to obtain a registration certificate is $20 for all businesses.
Authorized by the N. C. General Assembly and the Roanoke Rapids City Council, this requirement helps City officials achieve several very important objectives:
- To promote public health, safety, and welfare, and to continue to monitor business activity within the city limits.
- Rapids city limits. Equipped with this information, City officials are able to take steps to ensure that businesses locate and operate in areas that are properly zoned for the particular type of business conducted.
- To provide accurate information regarding local businesses to Police, Fire, 911, county tax authorities and citizens.
In addition to complying with city regulations, businesses benefit from being registered with the City in several other ways. Many banks and lenders require proof that a business is valid to open an account or secure a loan. Potential clients or customers often need assurance that the business is legitimate and properly registered. Having a registered business can make you eligible to receive supplier discounts that you would not receive otherwise. Obtaining a Business Registration Certificate allows a business to satisfy all of these needs.
For more information, please review the Roanoke Rapids Code of Ordinances Title XI: Chapter 118: Business Regulations on the city website at www.roanokerapidsnc.com.
Business owners are urged to download an application from the city website (under Downloads/Tax) or stop by the tax office of City Hall at 1040 Roanoke Avenue. Business registration certificates must be obtained by August 1, 2016. In 2017, renewal applications will be mailed to businesses in June and will be due by July 1.
Itinerant Merchants and Peddlers Must Obtain Permit from City of Roanoke Rapids
Effective July 1, 2016, all itinerant merchants and peddlers conducting business within the city limits will be required to obtain a Permit from the City of Roanoke Rapids Tax Department. This certificate will be valid from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 and must be renewed annually. The cost to obtain this permit is $20.
A reflective safety vest will be required for any individual peddling goods from place to place. The individual must supply his/her own safety vest.
North Carolina general statutes allow local governments to adopt ordinances that regulate, restrict or prohibit the activities of businesses that operate within the city limits. This authority helps City officials in their efforts to:
- Protect the public from fraud or other crimes by monitoring and regulating transient business activity within the city limits.
- Maintain the health, safety and welfare of the public and protect citizens from undue invasions of privacy, annoyance or harassment.
- Ensure that businesses locate and operate in areas that are properly zoned for the particular type of business being conducted.
This permit does not apply to any bona fide charitable, educational, religious, cultural or governmental institution or organization when the proceeds of the sales are used directly for the charitable purpose of said institution or organization.
For more information, please review Roanoke Rapids Code of Ordinances Title XI: Chapter 119: Itinerant Merchants, Peddlers and Vendors on the city website at www.roanokerapidsnc.com.
Business owners are urged to download an application from the city website (under Downloads/Tax) or stop by the tax office of City Hall at 1040 Roanoke Avenue. Permits must be obtained by August 1, 2016. In 2017, renewal applications will be mailed to businesses in June and will be due by July 1.
PRESS RELEASE - RECYCLING CONTAINER
The City of Roanoke Rapids now has a recycling container at the Public Works facility located at 1313 Hinson Street. The public will have 24-hour access to this facility for combined recyclable materials.
For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (252) 533-2846.
COMMITTEE VACANCIES: Contact Traci Storey, City Clerk, at 533-2840 for committee information.
- Historic Preservation Advisory Committee
- Planning Board/Board of Adjustment (ETJ Member)
- Canal Museum Advisory Committee