Category Archives: Christiansburg

Who’s Your Huckleberry?

It’s official, the Huckleberry Trail is growing.  One of our area’s unique features for its length as well as its ability to connect two Towns in our area, Christiansburg Town Council and Bill Ellenbogen – president of Friends of the Huckleberry – announced plans to extend the Trail to the Christiansburg Recreation Center.  The current Trail runs from the Blacksburg Library to the New River Mall, a distance of about 5.7 miles.  The Trail is frequently used – though admittedly not often by this author – by individuals and families, as well as groups like the Blacksburg Striders for races and such, and connecting to the Recreation Center will open up the Trail to commercial development as well.  Makes the Trail that much more useful, I think.

Already donations have come in for feasibility studies, and Gay and Neel has started work on engineering study.  I’m excited to see this one come to fruition, it’ll be a nice addition to an already unique aspect of our community.  Which reminds me … maybe I should use the Huckleberry more often.  You can check out the Huckleberry Trail here.

The current trail … Htmap

Future expansion:

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Who’s Your Huckleberry?

It’s official, the Huckleberry Trail is growing.  One of our area’s unique features for its length as well as its ability to connect two Towns in our area, Christiansburg Town Council and Bill Ellenbogen – president of Friends of the Huckleberry – announced plans to extend the Trail to the Christiansburg Recreation Center.  The current Trail runs from the Blacksburg Library to the New River Mall, a distance of about 5.7 miles.  The Trail is frequently used – though admittedly not often by this author – by individuals and families, as well as groups like the Blacksburg Striders for races and such, and connecting to the Recreation Center will open up the Trail to commercial development as well.  Makes the Trail that much more useful, I think.

Already donations have come in for feasibility studies, and Gay and Neel has started work on engineering study.  I’m excited to see this one come to fruition, it’ll be a nice addition to an already unique aspect of our community.  Which reminds me … maybe I should use the Huckleberry more often.  You can check out the Huckleberry Trail here.

The current trail … Htmap

Future expansion:

Huckleberry_map_extensions

No Tax Rate Increase for Christiansburg …

The Roanoke Times reported today that Christiansburg has voted against a tax rate increase for the 2007-2008 fiscal budget, effectively neutralizing the budget and saving $306000.

I obviously haven’t been privy to the talks but how much longer can Christiansburg continue to keep rates low?  Realizing that the recent real estate assessment will add a little more to the coffers, how much longer do fire and rescue response times need to be?  It’s a great community to live in, I’m just concerned that they’re waiting too long to make much needed improvements in several very important areas.  We’ll see what happens …

What Are You Willing To Pay For Quality of Life?

It’s something that Christiansburg has started wrestling with … and not just because their high school wrestling team has won five straight state titles.  The issue comes up regularly in local government as the costs for infrastructure – including Fire/EMS, Police Services, transportation and the like – continue to rise.  Christiansburg has not addressed its’ rapid growth in the last several years through a rate hike, and now is facing the budgeting realities.

Council is arguing that residents don’t want higher rates … on the one hand, I can understand their position.  No one wants to pay more money for anything – or do we?  If the statistic they quote is true, response time for rescue and police has almost doubled in the last two years, from four minutes to eight.  That’s truly a life or death issue I’d be willing to pay for.  On the other hand, the cynic in me questions whether this is just political grandstanding to gain attention for an otherwise thankless elected position.  I know if it were me, I wouldn’t mind paying higher rates for improved emergency response, or a well-designed municipal infrastructure.  If you live in Christiansburg, how do you feel about it?

The Dirty, Filthy Underside of the New River Valley

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Blacksburg and Virginia Tech have been in the news quite a bit lately, and while the media reported on the real sense of community and helping hands they saw extended after last Monday’s tragedy, it’s still unfortunate that the attention heaped upon the Town was for such a negative event.  Which got me thinking … how safe are we REALLY?  It’s not a favorite topic, exposing the seedy underside of the community you live in, but an important part of determining where you and your family should live involves the examination of crime statistics, and after last week’s events I thought it would be good to revisit why I still believe the New River Valley is a safe place to live.  Unfortunate tragedies happen everywhere, and Blacksburg happens to now be on that list for eternity.  Let’s look at how the communities of Blacksburg, Radford and Montgomery County report their crime statistics, and compare those to the state capital of Richmond.  (For the purposes of reporting, Christiansburg is not included as it
wasn’t directly clear where the statistics were on their website.)

It was quickly apparent that every community reports their statistics very differently.  For instance, Montgomery County and Blacksburg allow you to search various times of the year as well as the most recent week, while Radford’s updated statistics were only for the month of December 2006.  In these three areas you’ll see that the majority of cases reported included larceny, vandalism, and intoxication.  I didn’t count up all the individual cases but at first glance I think that’s what you’ll find.  Feel free to dig into the various communities a little more by visiting Blacksburg’s police report, Radford’s crime map, and Montgomery County’s monthly crime report (Download mont_co_crime_419.pdf).  You can find Richmond’s report here – in five days last week there were several robberies, rapes, shooting assaults and a few homicides.
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I’m not putting Richmond or other areas down – crime is an unfortunate event in any society, but the events here at Virginia Tech highlight the need for us to all examine our personal security.   For instance as REALTOR’s, when we write an offer to purchase property we insert language into our Contracts encouraging buyers to use the Sex Offender database offered by the Virginia State Police, and do whatever other due diligence they need to to be comfortable with their decision.  The efforts to fight crime don’t just lie with our public defenders, but with all of us.  Isn’t that what McGruff taught us?