Roanoke City Council members may not like what the public has to say about huge raises. But they’ll have to listen.
Roanoke City Council ordinarily leaves no navel ungazed upon when deciding even the nit-pickiest of issues. For substantial decisions, months drag by in briefings and meetings that offer ample opportunity for all to be heard. So it is astounding that council initially failed to consider that the public might have something to say about the 28.5 percent raises the majority wishes to grant itself.
It looks as though those hankering for a big raise wanted to slip something by unnoticed. Fat chance. The raises are the talk of the town, and the town now will have two chances to speak directly to the council members. Those opportunities, though, come merely as a byproduct of the majority ensuring they are all in attendance for two consecutive meetings so that the vote goes in their favor.