The City of Rolla continues to welcome and encourage input and feedback from our residents and the Rolla community. That is why the Rolla City Council welcomes comments from citizens and visitors alike during the Citizen Communication portion of every City Council meeting.
In addition, the City Council recently extended the invitation to various community partners such as businesses, corporations, associations and service clubs to periodically make presentations during City Council meetings. The first such presentation was given at Monday night’s City Council meeting by one of the community’s well known residents and businessmen, Jim Sowers, who is president of the Rolla Community Development Corporation (R.C.D.C.). Mr. Sowers gave about a 10-15 minute overview of the R.C.D.C., its history, mission, goals and purpose. His presentation was very well received by the City Council, and I hope it was as beneficial to our citizens as it was to the City Council.
Other community partners who have been invited to make special presentations during Council meetings include Fort Leonard Wood, the Rolla Downtown Business Association, Rolla Animal Control, Rolla Public Schools, County-wide Communications 911 Committee, Phelps County Regional Medical Center, Rolla Library Board, Community Partnership, and Missouri S&T. Other community partners who also have been invited to make presentations include: Holloway House, ACORN, Brewer Science, MoSci Corporation, University Extension Office, Licking Tournament, Coachlite Lanes, Rolla Lions Club, Audubon Society, U.S.G.S., U.S. Forest Service, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Division of Geology and Land Survey, and elected officials who could periodically provide legislative updates.
In addition to providing input during the Council meetings, which are held the first and third Monday of the month in the Council Chambers at Rolla City Hall, there are suggestion boxes located in the lobbies of City Hall and at The Centre, Rolla’s Health and Recreation Complex (located at 1200 N. Holloway Street). Comment sheets are available next to the suggestion boxes so you can either take them with you or write down your comments while remaining anonymous if you wish to. You can be assured that all of the comments received are promptly reviewed and will remain confidential. If you would like a reply from City Administration or The Centre regarding your comments, please include your name and contact information such as a home phone number or e-mail address, so we can get in touch with you.
I am also available to meet with residents and members of the community at my office at Rolla City Hall (901 N. Elm Street) on Monday and Thursday mornings from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Please feel free to stop by my office on the third floor, or contact Millie Street, the City Administrator’s Executive Secretary, to make an appointment to visit with me as well.
In closing, I’d like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Rolla Municipal General Election and for your vote on April 6. I am very much looking forward to working with the new City Council. It was my privilege and honor to welcome both new and returning City Council members at Monday night’s City Council meeting and to present Certificates of Appreciation plaques to outgoing Council members Sue Eudaly and Donna Hawley for their dedicated service to the City and Rolla community. Updated information and photos of the Rolla City Council is available on the City’s Website at http://www.rollacity.org/admin/council.shtm#members.