Holidays could be brighter for Roanoke as City Council on July 9 approved a bid for electrical improvements along Oak Street that should help for lighting purposes during the holiday season.

At the meeting, council also approved a contract extension for City Manager Cody Petree.

The details

Council approved awarding a bid to K. Tillman Construction LLC for electrical improvements on Oak Street, including the installation of electrical receptacles from Crockett Street to Byron Nelson Boulevard, for an amount not to exceed $1,724,400. The approval of the project will include the installation of electrical outlets at each tree well along Oak Street, a council agenda memo states, adding this installation will allow for holiday and festival lighting as well as limited use by vendors during special events.

In other news

Petree, who has been city manager since January 2023, had his contract extended by five years to September 2029. His annual salary is $277,945.50. Council took action on the contract after a brief executive session.

“I am truly grateful to the council for renewing my contract as city manager and honored by the trust you have placed in me,” Petree said in an email provided by the city. “It is a privilege to continue serving our wonderful community, and I am committed to maintaining open communication and working collaboratively for the betterment of our city. I sincerely appreciate this opportunity and look forward to continuing to work together to benefit our residents and businesses.”

Petree has worked for the city in various capacities since 2004, serving in various departments, including public works, community development, economic development and administration, according to a previous city news release. He served as Roanoke’s assistant city manager from 2018 to 2022, and after the previous city manager retired in September 2022, he took over as interim city manager.

“Cody [has] moved up through the ranks over the years and has always worked hard for the best interests of the city,” Mayor Scooter Gierisch said, adding that Petree continues to have the confidence of council that he will continue to work hard to make Roanoke successful.