Job descriptionPresiding officer of the City Council, the city’s governing body. Term is three years.
DutiesRepresents city at official functions
Enacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.
City contact informationContact City Secretary
ahill@roanoketexas.com
817-491-8152

Who’s Running?

Moueed RajabiWebsite: https://www.moueedrajabi.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Moueed4Mayor
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/moueed-rajabi-94b8b413b/
Carl “Scooter” Gierisch (incumbent)Website: https://votescooter.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoanokeMayor
Twitter: twitter.com/roanokemayor
Email: mayor.g@att.net
Phone: 817-491-9134

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Moueed Rajabi
Carl “Scooter” Gierisch
My desire to offer strong leadership and be available to the citizens in our city is vital as we continue to grow. I have always worked hard to stay in communication with our citizens, business, and staff. I want to continue to serve my hometown that I have given 32 years, and I look forward to continuing my work as mayor.
Qualifications
I have served the City of Roanoke in different capacities since 1987. As a life-long resident, I have watched Roanoke grow and blossom. My father was on Roanoke City Council in the 70’s and 80’s. As I watched his passion to serve and give back to this community, those values were instilled in me to serve. In 1987, Mayor John “Toots” Tidwell asked me to serve on the Zoning Board of Adjustments. It was there that I began to learn the process of how the city operated. I served from 87 – 95, when I decided to run for city council. I ran a successful campaign and won the seat. I was immediately elected by the council to serve as mayor pro-tem. I gained so much knowledge and insight, that after 4 terms serving on city council, I then ran a successful campaign for mayor in 2005. I have always had a strong desire to serve and to give back to my hometown. I am currently serving my 7thterm as mayor.
Priorities
My top priority is to stay on top of the continued positive growth and development. Our future is bright and we have a lot of commercial development coming our way.
Continue to offer our citizens great amenities and low taxes. Roanoke has maintained one of the lowest tax rates in the area for over 23 years. Since I was elected mayor, we’ve added so many great amenities for our citizens; Roanoke Visitors Center and Museum, Roanoke Fire Department, Roanoke City Hall, Roanoke Skate Park, Roanoke Trail Systems, Roanoke Splash Parks, and the Roanoke Library Expansion and Community Center Expansion.
Continue to maintain a great quality of life for our residents and to continue to attract new businesses that help keep our economy and jobs growing in our city.
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT/AREA AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Moueed Rajabi
Carl “Scooter” Gierisch
1. Finalizing residential buildout, we will be tasked with infrastructure maintenance. We have numerous street projects we will continue to curb and gutter for the next several years. 2. Commercial continues to grow, so we must work with TXDOT to get our highways expanded. Hwy 377 is under construction, which will add 3 additional lanes and will expand the underpass capacity at the Byron Nelson Blvd. This widening of the underpass will allow for sidewalks to help connect our trail system to other neighborhoods and downtown. Hwy 114 Overpass project, Bridge over Hwy 377 to begin in June 21, according to TXDOT 3. We will begin another round of strategic planning as we've done in the past. We were able to accomplish all past planning from these strategic planning meetings of council and staff based off of residents’ feedback. We have much more positive growth to coming to Roanoke. We continue working with the Peabody Hotel, who plan on building their unique luxury hotel brand here.
3. THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS AFFECTED THE CITY’S BUDGET AND SERVICES, AS WELL AS THE LIVES OF RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU GRADE YOUR CITY’S RESPONSE AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY?
Moueed Rajabi
Carl “Scooter” Gierisch
Knowing that many residents were furloughed at work, or even lost employment, the City implemented several practices immediately in an attempt to assist. This included waiving all late fees for utility payments, arranging extended payment plans, eliminating administrative fees for on-line payments, etc. One of the goals in the grant programs mentioned below, was to assist local businesses in meeting payroll obligations as many of those employees are local residents. This allowed many businesses to keep paying employees and maintain the staff they needed when businesses were allowed to re-open.
4. HOW SHOULD THE CITY ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING? WHAT ROLE SHOULD CITY GOVERNMENT PLAY IN RESPONDING TO PANDEMIC-RELATED EVICTIONS?
Moueed Rajabi
Carl “Scooter” Gierisch
The City of Roanoke is proud to offer a wide array of residential housing options for anyone seeking to locate in our community. These include single family residential homes from the $200’s to the $$800’s; luxury townhomes, and apartments with a wide array of rents from moderate to luxury.
5. HOW TO BEST ENSURE PUBLIC SAFETY IS AN IMPORTANT TOPIC. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BALANCING THE FUNDING AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOTH POLICE AND COMMUNITY SERVICES?
Moueed Rajabi
Carl “Scooter” Gierisch
Our public safety record has been outstanding. We have made it a priority to be able to attract and retain our public safety professionals with competitive salaries and benefits. 51% of our city budget goes to public safety. Both our Police Department and Fire Department have been recognized for ‘best practices’ from their State associations. Both of these designations require a rigorous set of standards and measurable goals that must be maintained each year.
6. IN THE LAST TERM, WHAT DO YOU THINK WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTE? WHY? HOW DID OR WOULD YOU HAVE VOTED ON THE ISSUE AND WHY?
Moueed Rajabi
Carl “Scooter” Gierisch
As mayor in Roanoke according to our Charter, I vote only in the case of a tie. Our council has done a marvelous jobs continuing to work well together as a team. Under my leadership, we have achieved many positive results. We have maintained the same low tax rate for 24 years, due to our conservative ideals.
7. DO YOU THINK IT IS EVER APPROPRIATE FOR STATE LAWS TO OVERRIDE LOCAL CONTROL OF ISSUES THAT AFFECT THE CITY? IF SO, PLEASE PROVIDE AN EXAMPLE.
Moueed Rajabi
Carl “Scooter” Gierisch
The State should not override local control, unless the governing body is not following the rules and guidelines set forth by the State. Local officials are elected by their constituents to meet the local needs. Under my leadership, we have set an example of how mayor, council, and staff work together for the betterment of our city, citizens, and businesses.
8. THE RECENT “BIG FREEZE” CAUSED MANY RESIDENTS TO GO WITHOUT POWER OR WATER FOR HOURS OR EVEN DAYS. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CITY’S RESPONSE? HOW WOULD YOU WORK TO IMPROVE ELECTRIC/GAS/WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SO THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN?
Moueed Rajabi
Carl “Scooter” Gierisch
I worked directly with our State Representative during the outage to get power restored. Our Team pulled together two warming centers for our residents to be able to have a safe place to stay warm and get a hot meal. We were more prepared by having backup generators at our city facilities. We also provided the longterm senior care center with generators to assist their facility and residents. We need to hold our utility providers accountable at ERCOT and Oncor.
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Moueed Rajabi
Carl “Scooter” Gierisch
I have been a part of the Roanoke Emergency Response Team for years, and our team has dealt with the issues of COVID 19 and participated in weekly calls. Our emergency preparation is first and foremost, such as the recent electrical power outages. Our team was able to create "warming Centers" for those who were negatively affected by the outages. During my tenure as Mayor I have championed providing all City departments the necessary tools to respond to not only day to day work challenges, but major disasters that may unfortunately occur. This approach has allowed our City staff to be able to respond efficiently and professionally when issues arise. I fell it is important to support modern training techniques as recommended through departmental standards. I will also continue to encourage and require post incident response assessment and evaluation as part of our normal practices.