Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sign Up to Receive Emergency and Non Emergency Alerts

In the very near future the City of Rolla will be using the Everbridge system for Citizen Alerts to communicate with thousands of businesses and residents in minutes in the event of an emergency. Everbridge is an industry-leading interactive communication and mass notification solutions provider that helps organizations save lives, manage critical activities and improve the efficiency of daily operations.

With the Everbridge system, the City of Rolla will be able to alert residents about severe weather, fires, floods, toxic environmental issues and in process violent crimes. Messages can be sent to individuals using a variety of contact mechanisms– cell phone, landline, email, text messaging, fax, pager, and more – ensuring that residents and town/city staff receive life-saving emergency information and important public service announcements in minutes. Citizens listed in the City’s 9-1-1 database will be automatically subscribed to alerts by landline, though any individual may self-register, provide additional contact information or opt out.

"We have a commitment to protect our citizens to from any danger that threatens our community. The ability to reach all residents quickly during an emergency in order to warn them and provide guidance is critical to upholding that commitment, which is why we selected the Everbridge system,” said Chief Mark Kearse. “The Everbridge mass notification and interactive communication system ensures the City will be able to react quickly and efficiently to reach each individual in the case of an emergency.”

Everbridge SmartGIS System can deliver messages to you any way you want—on your home phone, cell phone, email, and more. This way, we can reach you in any emergency. We may also use the system in non-emergency situations to let you know about important City-related events, such as meetings, parade closures, or street cleaning changes.
How does it work?

The process begins when the City issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Messages will be sent to all standard voice and text communication devices, including listed land line phones, cell phones, e-mail, and more. If you don't confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact number or email. The system will continue trying to contact you until it receives a confirmation from you.

The success of this service relies on YOU. Having your latest contact information is the only way to ensure that we can contact you in an emergency. Please update your contact information as soon as possible. Updating is easy and only takes a few minutes, just go to https://member.everbridge.net/index/1332612387831861#/login and sign up for these emergency alerts.

Thank you in advance for you cooperation and participation in this important program.

Rolla Police Department

Edit 4-3-2014: Additional information from PCSO:



Phelps County Sheriff's Department
Sheriff Richard Lisenbe
500 West 2nd Street Rolla, Missouri 65401
Office (573) 426-3860                Fax (573) 426-3857

News Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       CONTACT: Richard L. Lisenbe
April 1, 2014                                                                                    Sheriff

 Phelps COunty Keeps Citizens Safe with
Everbridge SySTEM for Citizen Alerts

Citizens and Businesses Can Sign Up to Receive Emergency and Non-Emergency Alerts

Phelps County is now using the Everbridge system for Citizen Alerts to communicate with thousands of businesses and residents in minutes in the event of an emergency.  Everbridge is an industry-leading interactive communication and mass notification solutions provider that helps organizations save lives, manage critical activities and improve the efficiency of daily operations.

With the Everbridge system, Phelps County will be able to alert residents about severe weather, fires, floods, toxic environmental issues and in process violent crimes. Messages can be sent to individuals using a variety of contact mechanisms– cell phone, landline, email, text messaging, fax, pager, and more – ensuring that residents of Phelps County receive life-saving emergency information and important public service announcements in minutes. Citizens listed in the Counties white or yellow pages will be automatically subscribed to alerts by landline, though any individual may self-register, provide additional contact information or opt out. In addition, the County plans to use the Everbridge system to notify residents about other important activities, such as road closure.

"We have a commitment to protect our citizens from any danger that threatens our community. The ability to reach all residents quickly during an emergency in order to warn them and provide guidance is critical to upholding that commitment, which is why we selected the Everbridge system. “The Everbridge mass notification and interactive communication system ensures the County will be able to react quickly and efficiently to reach each individuals in the case of an emergency.”

To sign up for emergency alerts, please go to this website:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Parks & Recreation Summer Tournament Schedule

The Rolla Parks and Recreation staff has worked with a number of organizations and individuals to develop a full schedule of tournaments to be played throughout the Rolla park system in 2014.  Ber Juan Sportsplex will host 16 tournaments beginning March 29 through August 10.  Among the highlights for this year are the Mid-America Region Gold tournament for girl’s 18 & under fast-pitch softball and three slow-pitch state tournaments.  The Centre will once again host the Licking Shootouts over the course of the summer with 6 tournaments. 

Sports tourism has a tremendous impact on Rolla’s economy.  Based on surveys from previous years over 75% of participants are from outside of Phelps County and would not visit the area if it were not for these tournaments.  Special events and tournaments hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department generate nearly $1 million through retail shopping, dining and hotel accommodations. 

The Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce works with the Rolla Parks and Recreation Department to attract and accommodate the visitors and participants of these tournaments.  Stevie Kearse, Executive Director of the RACC says “These events bring outside dollars to our community, which in turn helps our community grow and prosper.  Not only do sporting events bring participants, they also bring family and friends.  These groups stay in our hotels, dine in our restaurants, shop in our retail stores, purchase gas, and so much more.  We appreciate the diligence of the Parks Department on continue to recruit these groups to the area.”

For more information, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 573-341-2386.  
 
2014 Tournaments
USSSA Girls Fast Pitch Tournament ....................... March 29 & 30
Sliders Softball Tournament ............................................... April 12
Pathways Benefit Tournament ........................................... April 26
USSSA Girls Fast Pitch Tournament ..........................May 10 & 11
Larry Wilson Memorial Tourney (Men’s & Women’s) ....... May 17
Larry Wilson Memorial Tourney (Coed) ............................. May 18
Lucas Ballinger Baseball Tourney ....................... May 31 & June 1
ASA Girls Fast Pitch Tournament ................................. June 7 & 8
USSSA Baseball Tournament ..................................... June 14 & 15
ASA Men’s & Women’s Slow Pitch Tourney ..................... June 21
ASA Coed Slow Pitch Tourney ........................................... June 22
Mid-America Region 18 A Regional Tourney ................ July 11-13
Mid-America Region 18 Gold Regional Tourney ........... July 11-13
ASA Women’s State Tournament ................................ July 12 & 13
ASA Coed C & D State Tournament ........................... July 19 & 20
Sliders Softball Tournament ......................................... July 26 & 27
NSA Coed State Tournament .................................... August 9 & 10

Updated March 17, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Proposition 'A' Information

Rolla residents will have an opportunity to vote on a one-quarter (1/4) cent parks sales tax effective October 2014 that is projected to produce approximately $950,000 to maintain and improve the entire parks and recreation system.

FAQ

Council Resolution

What is Prop 'A'?

Sales Tax Comparison

What will the money be used for?

Why Prop 'A'?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sale of Surplus Parcel at Ridgeview Rd. & Walker St.

Request for Proposals
Sale of Surplus Parcel at Ridgeview Rd. & Walker St.

Purpose
The City of Rolla, Missouri is soliciting proposals for the possible sale of a vacant parcel at the northeast corner of Ridgeview Rd. and Walker St.  The subject property is approximately 4,131 sq. ft. in size.  The objective of this RFP is to identify interest in this small surplus lot for possible development and/or private use in order to determine the best use and value of the surplus property.

Submission
Responses to this RFP must be submitted by 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 25, 2014 to:

Carol Daniels, City Clerk
Rolla City Hall
901 N. Elm Street
P.O. Box 979
Rolla, MO   65402

City staff is available to assist interested parties, prior to the submission date, with details on the subject property.  Please contact Mr. Steve Hargis, Public Works Director, for additional information at (575) 426-6950 or by email at shargis@rollacity.org.

Terms and Conditions
The existing parcel is approximately 4,131 sq. ft. which does not meet the standard minimum lot size for development.  The City may consider vacating the adjacent portion of the old Ridgeview Dr. which would add an additional 2,000 sq. ft. or more of property.  The City makes no warranties as to the ultimate use/zoning of this property.  As such a contingency contract for the sale of the lot is anticipated.

The City of Rolla reserves the right to reject any and all proposals submitted in response to this RFP.  In considering multiple proposals the Rolla City Council will consider price, highest and best use, and community interest and benefit in determining the possible sale.

Proposal Content
Applicants should include at a minimum the following information:
  • The name, address and telephone number of the party submitting the proposal;
  • The respondent’s proposed price for the property;
  • A description of the proposed use of the property with a preliminary site plan.
  • Statement as to why and how the public interest in being served by the sale/purchase of subject property.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Filing begins Decmenber 17 for 2014 Rolla Municipal Elections



Filing begins Dec. 17
for 2014 Rolla
Municipal Election


ROLLA Filing for the City of Rolla’s 2014 General Municipal Election, which will be held on April 8, 2014, begins on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 8 a.m.   The positions open for election this year include

Mayor:  Four-year term.

       Municipal Judge:  Two-year term.

       City Attorney (City Prosecuting Attorney):  Two-year term.

       Council Representatives: Wards I, II, III, IV, V, and VI.  One to    
       be elected to each ward for two-year terms.

Council Representatives:  One to be elected to fulfill a one-year unexpired term each in Ward I and Ward VI. 
  
Persons wishing to file their candidacy for any of the above-listed positions may do so between Tuesday, December 17, 2013 (8 a.m.) and Tuesday, January 21, 2014 (5 p.m.) in the Rolla City Clerk’s Office at City Hall (901 North Elm Street). Municipal candidates are not charged a filing fee.

       The Mayor's office must be filled by a candidate with the following qualifications; at least thirty years of age, a citizen of the United States and a resident of the city at the time of and for two years at the time of his/her election.

        City Council seats must be filled by candidates with the following qualifications; at least twenty-one years of age prior to taking office, a citizen of the United States, an inhabitant of the city of Rolla for one year at the time of his/her election, and a resident of the ward from which he is elected six months at the time of his/her election.

       The City Attorney's office must be filled by a candidate with the following qualifications; a person licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri and a resident of the city of Rolla.

       The Municipal Judge's office must be filled by a candidate with the following qualifications; a licensed attorney qualified to practice law within the State of Missouri, a resident of the city of Rolla and between the ages of 21 and 68 years.

       For more information, please contact City Clerk Carol Daniels at (573) 426-6942 or at cdaniels@rollacity.org.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Rolla Police Department Receives Grant

On November 18, 2013 the Rolla Police Department was presented with a grant at the regularly scheduled Rolla City Council Meeting. Presenting the grant was Senior Loss Control Consultant Kelly Beets from MIRMA (Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association).

This grant was presented to the Rolla Police Department in recognition of their participation in the associations Risk Management Awards Program. A check in the amount of $3,375 was presented to help off-set the costs of a new in-car video camera system.

The Rolla Police Department currently has 11 in-car video cameras which are installed in patrol vehicles. The cost of one camera is approximately $5,474.00.

 Left to Right - Mayor William S. Jenks III, Chief Mark Kearse, Kelly Beets (MIRMA)


Monday, October 14, 2013

City Talk – Oct. 12, 2013

City Talk – Oct. 12, 2013
Rolla Daily News
By Mayor Bill Jenks, III   
   
Festivals abound in Meramec Valley Region
 
Get ready for  additional  weekends of festivals, celebrations and open houses as the autumn temperatures and changing colors set a spectacular backdrop for Rolla’s 36th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19th.  In addition PCRMC is hosting Heart Chase on Saturday, October 12th – a fun way to promote healthy living and support to the American Heart Association.  Missouri S&T’s Haunted Mine also opens on Friday, October 18th – a frightful, fun way to get into the spirit of Halloween.  And lastly we’re excited to once again welcome the thousands of participants to the Route 66 Marching Band Classic on Saturday, October 19th – at RHS on the beautiful new synthetic turf field.

Fall is also the perfect time to get out and explore a trail along Little Piney Creek in Lane Springs Recreation Area (located 12 miles south on U.S. Hwy. 63 South), take a stroll, jog or bike ride along the City’s 13-mile-long pedestrian bike path, play a few sets of tennis at Ber Juan Tennis Complex or play a few rounds of disc golf at Ber Juan Park or Lions Club Park before winter sets in. Historic Route 66, which runs through the heart of Rolla’s downtown and along many of the outer roads, is also a favorite among classic car enthusiasts, and fans of ‘The Mother Road’ and the ‘Main Street of America.’

Regardless of what activity you choose to participate in there is plenty to do in the Meramec Valley Region, where award-winning wineries, great restaurants and shopping, sparkling springs, abundant trout streams, and several public golf courses are just around the corner.
 
If you feel a little more adventurous, the 1.5-million-acre Mark Twain National Forest, headquartered in Rolla (401 Fairgrounds Road), offers an endless variety of parks, trails, streams and campgrounds. Be sure to check out the Mark Twain National Forest Website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf for updates on the fall colors, special places to visit and where the best places are to view the fall foliage, wildlife, and limitless recreational opportunities.
 
For a complete listing of the many activities in the Rolla region I would encourage you to check out the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce’s tourism site at www.visitrolla.com – wonderful information for residents and visitors alike!  Enjoy the upcoming festivities and have a safe week!

 



Monday, September 30, 2013

Reserved Parking now available in downtown Rolla


ROLLA – Reserved off street parking spaces are now available in Downtown Rolla just in time for the upcoming opening of two new parking facilities. Individuals who work, live or attend classes in the area will now have a guaranteed place to park.

The City will offer 143 reserved spaces on a first come, first served basis in one of three parking lots in the downtown area. Individuals may purchase a six month parking sticker for $120 or twelve month parking sticker for a reduced fee of $200, both non-refundable. Spaces are currently available at the 10th and Main Street lot, the lot between Pine Street and Rolla Street just south of 8th Street, and the new lot at 6th and Elm Street. Parking will be enforced by the City of Rolla Police Department.

“Parking has always been a concern in the downtown area, particularly for the business owners”, says Steve Hargis, Director of Public Works for the City of Rolla. “Add to that the necessity for student parking and the increase in downtown residences brought about by the redevelopment of some of the vacant buildings, and you can begin to see how available parking is at a premium. We feel these reserved spaces will alleviate some of those problems.”

For those interested in purchasing a reserved parking permit, or for more information, contact the City of Rolla Public Works Department at (573) 364-8659, or visit the city’s website at www.rollacity.org/parking

Monday, September 16, 2013

City of Rolla to host Ward Meetings/Open House on Parks



The City of Rolla Parks and Recreation Department will host a series of Ward Meetings and Open Houses in September.  The focus of these particular meetings will address the future of the City’s parks and recreation programs, facilities and operations. 

The current ½ cent park sales tax will expire in December 2013.  The tax was approved by Rolla voters in 1998 specifically to build The SplashZone and The Centre.  The Rolla City Council is considering approaching voters in April 2014 to support a reduced sales tax (perhaps ¼ cent) to help maintain the current park system and the Centre and to make basic improvements to existing parks (i.e. parking lots, restrooms, trail improvements, etc.).  Information will be available relating to the maintenance standards, financial operations and capital improvements of the entire park system. 

Meeting dates, times and locations:
Monday, Sept. 23     Wards 1 & 2  Ber Juan Park Pavilion       5:30 – 7 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 24    Wards 3 & 4  Green Acres Pavilion          5:30 – 7 pm
Monday, Sept. 30     Wards 5 & 6  Buehler Park Pavilion         5:30 – 7 pm

In case of inclement weather alternate locations will be used. 

At the conclusion of the ward meetings a general public open house will be held at the Centre on Tuesday, Oct. 15.  A report as well as feedback from the Ward meetings will be presented.  

For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 341-2386

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Regional Mayors Meet to Share Ideas



Mayor Jenks and the City of Rolla were pleased to host visiting Mayors from South Central MO to a networking opportunity and tour of The Centre and the new Public Services Facility.   The effort was started earlier this year by Mayor Anderson of Lebanon and Mayor Hardman of Waynesville suggesting periodic meetings of the region’s leadership.  “It is a great opportunity for the Mayors of our region to gather and share ideas and information.  We have much to learn from one another if we are open to dialog and cooperation – affecting issues at both the local and State level” said Rolla Mayor William S. Jenks.