Mastering multi-tasking a rewarding experience for Charlotte Moore
ROANOKE - Multi-tasking is something women were simply born to do. It is something at which Charlotte Moore is very good. Moore is not only on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, but she is also a realtor, owner of the landscaping company Dream Scapes, as well as a single mother to two now-grown children, Kristie who is 25 and Bradley who is 23.
Moore, a life-long resident of the Cave Spring area, graduated from Cave Spring High School before heading into the professional work field, while also taking some criminal justice classes at Virginia Western. “I love it here, I wouldn’t even consider moving anywhere else” said Moore of living here. “It is gorgeous. The people are wonderful.”
Moore became a realtor when she was pregnant with her daughter Kristie in 1984 after someone suggested the idea to her. She found that, as a mother, it was a career that allowed her the flexibility she needed. Fifteen years ago she opened Dream Scapes, her landscape company. The company offers a little bit of everything in the landscaping world: maintenance, design, flowers, and even snow removal – something that they obviously haven’t been called on for much this Winter. “I like the outdoors, I like manual work, physical work” she said of her desire to add landscaping to her life.
She has been a member of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors since 2008, and is now in her second term. “I just wanted to make a difference. Some things happened in my area that I couldn’t get an answer to, so I decided that if I really wanted to make a difference then I needed to do something to try” she says of her decision to run for a seat on the Board. She has been able to make the differences she’s wanted to make but acknowledges that she’s encountered a lot of road blocks and red tape. “Government does have a lot of red tape, there is protocol that you have to go through, but if you take baby steps and you are really passionate about what you believe in, what you want to accomplish, if you have a goal in mind, and then you can work towards that goal, making small steps along the way. I feel comfortable that I’ve done that.”
It is work that she admits is both challenging and rewarding. “ I really like involving the citizens and communicating with the citizens and having transparency between the citizens and government” she said, adding “I really try to do whatever I can to keep them involved, to let them know what is going on and to hopefully want them to get more involved.” She noted that they do have a lot of citizen involvement with the Board of Supervisors. “We have citizens who come to just about every meeting and make comments on whatever they want to talk about.” The Board has two meetings a month, with the meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month actually having two meetings, one at 3pm and one again at 7pm, with the later time being a public hearing.
Working with the citizens and encouraging citizen involvement is something Moore prides herself on, considering that to be her strongest asset that she brings to the Board. “You have to involve the citizens because it involves their community and you have to be open-minded and listen to all the facts” she said. “My philosophy is to just say what you mean and mean what you say, and if you do what you say that you’re going to do, and you don’t give political answers, you try to be straight forward with your answers, and be you’re sincere, and then people will usually know where you stand on the issues. Being open-minded is critical too.”
Moore noted that she is constantly amazed by the people who reside within Roanoke and the Cave Spring area and the ideas that they have for the area. They have quarterly community meetings, with the next meeting being on April 26th at the new South County library at 7pm. “Anyone who lives or works in the Cave Spring area can come and speak and share their ideas.”
Story by Carrie E. Cox