Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Several Spring events on horizon in Rolla

The relative lull that exists following the blockbuster line-up of community events we have in Rolla over the holidays, is about to change in the next few weeks.

In fact, one month from today on Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m. you will want to remember to wear your ‘green’ for the annual St. Patrick Day’s parade. Considered one of the largest and well attended St. Pat’s parade in the state, this is truly an iconic Rolla experience that thousands look forward to attending. A list of St. Pat’s events planned that week is available on the City’s Website calendar of events at www.rollacity.org/events.

Looking ahead to softball season, which is also closing in on the calendar in March, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will be holding a Manager’s Meeting for the Rolla adult softball leagues on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Meeting room “B” at The Centre (1200 North Holloway Street).

Managers must attend this rules meeting as changes for the 2009 season will be discussed. This is the only managers meeting scheduled prior to the start of the season. The deadline for team entry is Wednesday, April 8 and the league fees are $395 for a 14-game schedule. Men’s League will begin April 21; Women’s League April 22, and Coed League April 23.

League entry forms can be downloaded from the Parks homepage at www.rollacity.org/parks. For more information, please contact Kristy Bullock at the Rolla Parks and Recreation Department at 341-2386 or via e-mail at parks@rollacity.org.

In the area of beautification and the City’s ongoing efforts to “Go Green,” the City of Rolla Environmental Services Department will hold the annual city-wide “Spring Clean-up” on Saturday, April 4. If you wish to participate, please place all items near the curb by 6 a.m.

Examples of items that will be accepted include: furniture, microwaves, televisions, old clothes, and household trash. Items that will not be accepted include: appliances, water heaters, yard waste, tires, or construction debris such as sheet rock, shingles, concrete or rock. Loose items should be placed in boxes or bags and small pieces of lumber should be bundled.

We ask that you do not place your roll-out container to the curb, because during this special spring clean-up it will not be emptied. If you have any questions, please call the Environmental Services Department at (573) 364-6693.

Also during the month of April, I encourage you to cast your vote during the 2009 Rolla Municipal Election, which will be held Tuesday, April 7. Polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. The positions open for election this year are six City Council representatives. One Council representative from each of the City’s six wards will be elected to serve a two-year term.

The City Council positions up for election are Terry Ruck (Ward 1), Don Barklage (Ward 2), Gary Hicks (Ward 3), Louis Magdits (Ward 4), Richard Morris (Ward 5), and Mark Walburg (Ward 6). For more information regarding polling locations and ward maps, please visit www.rollacity.org/wards/voter. You may also contact Carol Daniels in the City Clerk’s office at Rolla City Hall, 901 North Elm Street, at (573) 426-6942 or online at cdaniels@rollacity.org.

In closing I’d like to remind everyone that City Hall will be closed Monday, Feb. 16 in observance of President’s Day. The Rolla City Council meeting, which is ordinarily held the first and third Monday of the month, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (901 North Elm Street).

The Sanitation Department will be picking up Monday’s trash on Tuesday and Tuesday’s trash will be picked up on Wednesday. For more information, please visit the City of Rolla Website at www.rollacity.org.

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