Monday, March 16, 2009

St. Pat’s celebration culminates with Parade on Pine

If you haven’t already dug out a piece of green clothing, hat, jewelry, or something green there’s still time to find something for today’s St. Pat’s parade at 11 a.m. on Pine Street, (which is already painted green), in downtown Rolla.

During the week-long festivities preceding the St. Pat’s Parade, I had the pleasure of welcoming, together with Dr. Jack Carney, Chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology, St. Pat and his court at the bandshell on Wednesday in the City’s Downtown Festival Park. If you didn’t have a chance to attend the arrival of St. Pat that day, don’t despair, as St. Pat and his court, will be making another grand entrance at the St. Pat’s Parade this morning.

Participating in the St. Pat’s festivities is an opportunity for the entire Rolla community to show their support for one of Rolla’s most celebrated events. But actually being at the parade where just about everything that moves is one shade of green or another, is the best way to experience the enthusiasm and Madi Gras type atmosphere that only the Rolla St. Pat’s Parade can evoke. Let’s hope the weather holds out as predicted and that everyone exercises caution along the sidewalks and downtown area while watching and attending this festive event.

If you happen to have missed my column a couple of weeks ago I think it bears repeating that Rolla Municipal Court has been relocated to Rolla City Hall (901 N. Elm Street). The Municipal Court administrative offices are located on the 2nd floor, and the Municipal Court Courtroom is located on the first floor where the City Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers. Rolla Municipal Court was formerly located in the old Phelps County Courthouse located at 305 West 3rd Street. The need to find another location for Rolla Municipal Court was both a cost-saving measure, and an effort to provide ADA accessible facilities that did not exist at the old Phelps County Courthouse. Rolla City Hall, which was completely renovated in March 2006, is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible, and equipped to accommodate Municipal Court and the administrative staff.

Municipal Court Sessions will continue to be held every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and the first Friday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the Municipal Court Courtroom, first floor, Rolla City Hall, 901 North Elm Street. If you have any questions regarding Municipal Court, please contact Rita Duvall, Municipal Court Clerk, at (573) 364-8590 or (573) 364-7190, or stop by the second floor of Rolla City Hall between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

In closing I’d like to remind everyone, as spring approaches, and the weather gets warmer, that the City will be asking everyone in the community to help beautify their yards, businesses and landscaped areas for the upcoming Tour of Missouri International Cycling Race, which will be coming through Rolla (from Farmington) on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Our downtown looked immaculate last year when the City of Rolla hosted the Stage 4 Finish of the Tour of Missouri on Sept. 11. I’m confident, that with everyone pitching in, and doing their part, we will once again shine as one of the most attractive and welcoming Tour of Missouri host cities. You’ll be hearing more from me and I’m sure the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce and Tour of Missouri Local Organizing Committee in the weeks and months to come about planned beautification efforts for this international event that will showcase our City to countries around the globe.

Please remember to pencil in your calendars on Wednesday, Sept. 9 for the Tour of Missouri Stage 3 Finish in Rolla and Thursday, Sept. 10 for the Stage 4 Start in the City of St. James, located just 8 miles east of Rolla off Interstate 44.

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