Monday, August 30, 2010

Summer months filled with activity in Rolla area

I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler weather we have had lately, and taking advantage of the newly expanded ACORN Trail and many parks we are so blessed to have in the Rolla area. Cooler weather, while it lasts, is a welcome invitation to enjoy the great outdoors, and fortunately in Rolla there is an abundance of recreational opportunities to choose from. Beautiful Ber Juan Park, the Ber Juan Tennis Complex, Lions Club Park, Schuman Park, Green Acres Park, Lane Springs, and the 1.3-million-acre Mark Twain National Forest, are just some of the areas you might consider spending some time at outdoors.

This summer, and especially the month of August, has been a very busy one not only from a construction and development standpoint, but also from a planning and meeting perspective. From City Council meetings, and City Council Workshops, to TIF Commission meetings, and a host of other events and happenings, August has been jam-packed with activity and new beginnings that are evident throughout the community.

In case you happened to miss the Annual City Council Budget Workshop held last Wednesday, I’d like to invite the public to attend the upcoming public hearings for the City’s 2010-2011 Annual budget, which will be held during the Sept. 8 and Sept. 20 Rolla City Council meetings at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Rolla City. I’d also like to remind everyone a little early that the Rolla City Council meeting normally scheduled for the first Monday in the month, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Rolla City Hall will be closed on Monday, Sept. 6 in observation of the Labor Day holiday, and Rolla Municipal Traffic Court will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. In addition, The Centre, Rolla’s Health and Recreation Complex, located at 1200 North Holloway Street, will be closed for the Labor Day Weekend for their annual Preventative Maintenance beginning on Friday, Sept. 3 through Monday, Sept. 6. The Centre will reopen Tuesday morning, Sept. 7. The Environmental Services Department, which will also be closed on Monday, Sept. 6 in observation of the Labor Day holiday, will be picking up Monday’s trash on Tuesday, Sept. 7 and Tuesday’s trash will be picked up on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Also just around the corner is the TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Public Hearing on Monday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The purpose of the Public hearing is to receive input and feedback from the public regarding the proposed redevelopment plan for a new Kohl’s store in Rolla. The location of the proposed store is near the intersection of State Road 63 and Interstate 44 next to Lowe’s, and behind the inline retail shops on State Road 63. If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact the Community Development Department at City Hall at 426-6970.

In closing, I’d like to remind everyone that the distance required to drop off a load of yard compost or yard waste just got a little closer. The composting operation once operated near the Phelps County Transfer Station north of I-44 has been relocated to an area just north of the Rolla Recycling Center at the end of McCutchen Drive. The City’s Environmental Services Department, which operates the Rolla Recycling Center, erected new signs for the compost site, which is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge to the general public for disposal of yard waste, however, for-profit businesses are charged a nominal fee for disposal to help off-set some of the costs of providing the facility. Contractors are asked to please stop at the office of the Recycling Center to pay to dispose of their loads of yard waste. I hope this new location will be convenient and a little more accessible to the majority of our citizens, as we continue to strive to improve the quality of our services to you.

Have a great weekend, and enjoy the cooler temperatures.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Police Chief Chat

This past week the Rolla Police Department handled 738 calls for service. Of these calls there were: 31 arrests, 28 accidents, 56 traffic complaints, 93 traffic stops, 11 suspicious nature calls, 7 recovered property reports, 16 loud noise complaints, 31 assists of other agencies, 8 fingerprint requests, 6 mental health calls, 5 prowler calls, 34 animal calls, 9 alarms and 3 trespassing calls. This call total is up 45 calls from last week. Another busy week!

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest volunteer to the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) program. Jeanne Jenks came on board this past week and has been assisting our Records Division with various assignments. Jeanne come to us after a lengthy career in the medical field. She learned of the program through her husband, Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks. Welcome aboard Jeanne!

Last Sunday, August 22, 2010, Pizza Inn of Rolla played host to a Behind the Badge (BTB) fundraiser where BTB members and Rolla Police officers bussed tables, took orders and served food to family and friends from the Rolla community. Not only was the fundraiser a success, but we had a lot of fun visiting with all of you throughout the evening. Thanks to Bob and Jo Campbell and staff of Pizza Inn for the opportunity, and special thanks to those of you who came out and helped support out cause!

We are gearing up for our 3rd Annual Operation Clean-Up which will be held on Friday, October 1st, in conjunction with the City of Rolla’s Fall Clean-up scheduled for the following Saturday. Operation Clean-up began in 2008 when the Rolla Police Department teamed with the Rolla Area Ministerial Alliance to provide clean-up and beautification services to the residents in parts of the city where the property owners were unable to perform these duties themselves. The operation was designed to enhance the neighborhood’s sense of community and increase property values. The clean-up effort will involve tree trimming, hedge trimming and the removal of brush piles, household items and trash. Also supporting the operation will be Rolla Sanitation, Rolla Municipal Utilities, Rolla Parks and Recreation, Rolla Street Department and CenturyLink. In addition we also rely on hundreds of volunteers from area churches, businesses and the community to complete the operation. This year’s target area will be selected in the next week or so and announced through the local media. If you would like to participate in this year’s Operation Clean-Up contact S/Sgt. Rick Williams at 308-1213.

This past week, Lt. Doug James began preparations for this year’s Citizen’s Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy is a program of instruction by police officers for interested citizens as part of the Department’s community policing philosophy. The goals are to increase awareness of the functions of the Police Department and to increase police/community rapport by sharing concerns through an educative process. Classes meet for four hours, once a week for twelve weeks. All sessions are held in the evening, at the Rolla Police Department, with the exception of one Saturday session which is held at the firing range. Participants are also invited to ride along with a police officer to see firsthand what happens on the street. Citizens will learn of Internal Affairs and Polygraph Operation, Complaints and Reports, Criminal and Crime Scene Investigation, School Resource Officer program, Police Explorer Post program, DWI Detection, Narcotics Investigation, Emergency Operations and Community Policing, Animal Control, Defense Tactics, Officer Survival, SWAT Team Operations, Fire Arms Training, Central Communications, Traffic Accident Investigation, Traffic Stops, Radar Detection, Arrest and Booking Procedures and Volunteers in Police Services. If you would like to attend the Citizen’s Police Academy, contact Lt. Doug James at 308-1213.

In closing, I would like to commend several citizens in our community who have initiated or taken part in the introduction of the Neighborhood Watch program in their neighborhoods. In the past couple months we have received a re-newed interest in this valuable program from several different areas of the community. This re-newed interest comes on the heels of 3 city-wide Neighborhood Watch Zone meetings we held earlier in the summer. The Neighborhood Watch program is a citizen-involvement program developed in 1983 to encourage citizens to protect their own neighborhoods by watching out for each other and reporting any suspicious activity to the Police Department. After receiving general guidelines by Rolla Police Officers, Block Captains are responsible for organizing their own meetings and other activities for residents in their neighborhood. We are always looking for new neighborhoods to get involved in the Neighborhood Watch Program. If you would like to learn more about the program or see the program started in your neighborhood, contact S/Sgt. Rick Williams at 308-1213.

Have a great week!

Chief Mark Kearse

Monday, August 23, 2010

Construction activity robust in Rolla area

With the start of Rolla Public Schools and the first day of school for Missouri S&T students this Monday, Aug. 23, the energy, and hustle and bustle of a new school year is in the air. Along with this traditional increase in student activity, is the noticeable construction activity in the Rolla area that is the culmination of many years of planning, strategizing and collaboration. Among the projects currently in progress or scheduled for construction are the new Colton’s Steakhouse and Grill located next to Panera’s on Bishop Highway; the new Missouri S&T Innovation Park office building located on 10th Street; plans for the construction of the Missouri S&T Student Design Center at the corner of 10th and Bishop Avenue; the extensive renovations at Thomas Jefferson Hall on Bishop Highway, the new Kappa Delta Sorority house being constructed at the corner of Pine and Bishop Highway; the construction of two additional Missouri S&T fraternities; modernization and internal renovations at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Bishop Avenue, and preliminary construction of the new Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in the northwest area of the Wal-Mart parking lot off Hwy. 63 South.

The Rolla City Council also recently approved a contract for the construction of the new Bryant Drive Extension to Dig It Construction that will pave the way for a new road and gateway entrance to the Missouri S&T Innovation Park. Within the next few weeks the McDonalds restaurant located at Kingshighway and Bryant Drive will be demolished, rebuilt, and modernized which will provide an attractive appearance to this new intersection that will include a new traffic light installed by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). The traffic light currently located at the intersection of Fairgrounds Road and Kingshighway will be removed by MoDOT as well – further encouraging motorists to use the future Kingshighway/Bryant Drive Extension intersection to access Fairgrounds Road and Innovation Park.

In addition, several new multi-family structures are also being built to accommodate the area’s ever-expanding residential market. Rolla is experiencing quite a surge in construction that is getting the attention of other businesses, investors and retailers who recognize the regional strength Rolla has with its strategic location at the intersection of I-44 and Highway 63, the presence of a nationally-ranked engineering and research university, (Missouri S&T), several other well-known colleges and institutes, and outstanding health and medical facilities, and an ever-expanding venue of shopping, dinning and hospitality offerings.

Growing and stimulating the economy continues to be of utmost importance to the Rolla City Council and City staff as we continue to work collaboratively with organizations and agencies such as the Rolla Regional Economic Commission, Rolla Community Development Corporation, Meramec Regional Planning Commission, Missouri S&T, Phelps County Commission, Rolla Downtown Business Association, Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), Missouri Department of Economic Development, and the Missouri Municipal League.

Another important event that will impact the future of our community is the upcoming City Council Budget Workshop scheduled for this Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Rolla City Hall (901 N. Elm Street). Public hearings to discuss and provide input on the City’s 2010-2011 Annual budget, which officially begins on Oct. 1, will be held during the Sept. 8 and Sept. 20 Rolla City Council meetings at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Rolla City. For more information regarding the City’s upcoming 2010/2011 budget, please contact the City’s Finance Director at (573) 426-6980.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Police Chief Chat

This past week, the Rolla Police Department handled 693 calls for service. Of these calls there were: 29 arrests, 27 stealings, 10 check the well being requests, 31 traffic complaints, 83 traffic stops, 13 suspicious nature calls, 2 open door calls, 5 public relations contacts, 29 assists of other agencies, 42 security checks, 8 telephone harassments and 17 accidents. This call total is down 22 calls from last week, yet another busy week!

On Tuesday, August 17, 2010, the South Central Drug Task Force, Rolla Police Department, Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, and St. James Police Department concluded a short term narcotics investigation in the 700 block of Grover Street in St. James, Missouri. As a result of the investigation, the following people were arrested and incarcerated at the Phelps County Jail: Jahod Thomas age 35, was arrested for possession of heroin with the intent to distribute. Christopher Fowler age 35, was arrested for possession of heroin with the intent to distribute. Sherry Clay age 37, was also arrested for possession of heroin with the intent to distribute along with Tyler Clinton age 26 for possession of heroin. The charges for which Thomas, Fowler, Clay, and Clinton were arrested are merely accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This past Tuesday was the opening day for the Rolla Public Schools and we are proud to say that with the increased patrols from both my staff, the Patrol Division and our VIPS volunteers and the increased attentiveness and care exercised by motorists in the area, the day went off without a hitch. Please remember to continue to exercise caution at intersections and in and around the schools and be sure to watch for students traveling to and from these areas. Also remember to observe the flashing amber lights and 20 m.p.h. speed limits posted at each school and expect moderate traffic congestion as well. And please pay close attention to our crossing guards. Let’s all work together to have a safe and fun school year.

Also on Tuesday of this week, representatives from the Rolla Police Department, St. James Police Department, University of Missouri S&T Police Department and the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department and members of the Phelps County Emergency Services Board had the opportunity to view a demonstration of a new integrated computer system offered by the Archonix Company, that if purchased, would allow information sharing between each participating agency and provide one common format to simplify reporting and data entry. The program, although expensive would enhance communication and data sharing between the local entities. Department heads in attendance will be looking at the cost effectiveness of implementing this program. Currently each agency relies on their own in-house computer system and all information or data sharing is done so manually through other media resources.

On Wednesday afternoon the Rolla Police Department was honored with a visit from U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson who came to the Police Department to learn more about our Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) program. Congresswoman Emerson learned of the VIPS program through one of her staff members who was present during a Rolla Kiwanis Club meeting where VIPS Director Vince Giacolone provided information on the program. Also in attendance was District Representative Dan Brown, City Administrator John Butz and Rolla City Councilman Stan Spadoni. I had the opportunity to address the group on the VIPS concept and how I envisioned the success of the program here in Rolla. VIPS Director Vince Giacolone then gave a brief overview of the recruitment process, the services provided by VIPS and an introduction of our VIPS volunteers. This was followed by a brief building tour and an opportunity to view one of our VIPS patrol cars. Ms. Emerson was greatly impressed by the program and recommended that the information and concept be offered to more Missouri law enforcement agencies. Special thanks to Representative Dan Brown and City Administrator John Butz and Coucilman Stan Spadoni, who were already familiar with the program and accompanied Ms. Emerson.

On Thursday, August 19, 2010, officers from the Missouri S&T Police Department and the Rolla Police Department conducted a short-term undercover alcohol compliance operation at various businesses within the City of Rolla. During the course of the investigation, officers, with the assistance of two minors, visited twenty-one businesses and attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages. During the operation, 2 of the 21 businesses were found to be in violation of state law by selling an alcoholic beverage to a minor. As a result of the illegal sales, each of the sales clerks, were arrested at the scene and released on summons for “Supplying Liquor to a Minor”, which is a misdemeanor offense. The good news is that only 2 of the 21 businesses involved in the operation were found in violation. The remaining establishments were found to be in compliance with state law.

In closing, I would like to remind you that that Behind the Badge will be holding a fundraiser at the Pizza Inn of Rolla on Sunday, August 22, 2010, from 5-8 p.m. Pizza Inn will donate a percentage of the sales, and some of those proceeds will benefit the Rolla Police Department’s Annual Awards Banquet. Officers and BTB staff will be your servers. Bring the family out for a night of fun and good food. I will be the door greeter so come out and say hello and enjoy a great meal and bring your friends!

Chief Mark Kearse

Monday, August 16, 2010

City partners with Missouri S&T on Baffled Bioreactor project

Known for its cutting-edge technology and innovative approach to problem solving, Missouri University of Science and Technology is partnering with the City of Rolla on a project involving a newly designed Baffled Bioreactor.

You may be asking yourself what exactly is a Baffled Bioreactor, and what is it used for. The new technology was invented by Missouri S&T Professor Dr. Jianmin Wang, who through his local company Frontier Environmental Technology,LLC, has created and patented a very effective mobile sewer treatment system that uses remarkably little power to operate. The Deployable Baffled Bioreactor (DBBR) transforms wastewater into reusable water at a fraction of the energy and maintenance costs of comparable systems thanks to the elimination of external sludge return systems through an innovative, maintenance-free internal sludge return mechanism. The Baffled Bioreactor (BBR) principle improves the conventional activated sludge process by using baffles to create a unique flow pattern within the reactor to retain biomass. The technology will provide low energy use, minimum maintenance, a small footprint, and advanced effluent quality at wastewater treatment plants.

The City was so impressed with the new technology and its potential use in treating wastewater that a proto-type Baffled Bioreactor was installed several months ago at the City’s Southeast Treatment Plant (located off Hwy. 72 South). The system, which also serves as a hands-on demonstration unit, is working very well pulling a load of the inflow, treating it, and releasing it at standards that exceed current discharge requirements established by Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Much of the development funding (over $1 million) for the Baffle Bioreactor came from the Leonard Wood Institute (LWI) due to its potential for use in the military as a mobile and efficient way of treating wastewater. The BBR can be deployed as a single metal shipping container, which offers exceptional mobility, treatment efficiency, and effectiveness. Dr. Wang’s company, together with Barry White, Program Manager of Missouri S&T’s Small Business Technology Development Center (S.B.T.D.C.), is working with the LWI to assist with the proto-types, which is what helped establish the two pilot programs at the City’s Southeast Treatment Plant.

After working together for months with Dr. Wang and Barry White, the City’s Public Works staff, including Steve Hargis, Director, and Alen McNece, Wastewater Superintendent, the City was asked about the feasibility of putting a another pilot program in the Rolla community. These discussions resulted in City staff partnering again with Dr. Wang, Missouri S&T’s Small Business Technology Development Center and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources on an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Climate Showcase Communities” grant application. The grant project focuses on environmental stewardship and energy conservation. Due to the great teamwork by Dr. Wang and Tim Canter of Frontier Environmental Technology; Barry White of SBTDC; and Steve Hargis, Allen McNece and Anne McClay with the City’s Public Works Department, the grant application was completed with less than three weeks notice.
The total estimated cost of the project is $643,244 (possible EPA grant of $429,000). The City’s in-kind contribution would be $124,000, which would primarily be in on-site work and follow-up environmental monitoring of the sewer treatment discharge. A small residential area in the community with a lift station would be the proposed site. Aside from an environmentally friendly sewer treatment pilot program, the real value to the City would be the successful launching of this business venture in Rolla.

In closing I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all the students who will be starting school this fall in Rolla. The first day of school for Rolla Public School students is Tuesday, Aug. 17. The first day of school for Missouri S&T students is Monday, Aug. 23. With the influx of thousands of students who use our streets, sidewalks and crosswalks, please use caution while driving in and around the college and school zones. And don’t forget that second annual Bulldog Pride Night will be held on Friday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. at Rolla High School prior to the opening Football game of the season for the Bulldogs. Kick-off for the game is 7 p.m.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Kingshighway improvements approved by City Council

The Rolla City Council recently approved an agreement with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) that will have a far-reaching impact not only on the development of Kingshighway, but possibly the future development of Rolla.

The most immediate impact of the agreement, which was approved by City Ordinance, will result in the relocation of the traffic signal currently at the intersection of Kingshighway and Fairgrounds Road to the future intersection of Kingshighway and Bryant Drive by MoDOT. The new signals, which will be funded by MoDOT at an estimated cost of $161,151, will be installed this year with completion estimated to correspond with the completion of the Bryant Drive extension improvements in December 2010.

Bryant Drive (located next to Pizza Inn and the Sylvan Learning Center), will be extended between the Fairgrounds Auto Dealership and the new McDonald’s Restaurant north to Fairgrounds Road. These improvements will also provide one of the gateway entrances to the new Innovation Park being developed by Missouri S&T.

Also included in the agreement with MoDOT and newly approved ordinance, but slated for 2012, will be improving the Kingshighway Interchange with Interstate 44. These improvements will consist of the installation of two roundabouts, which will greatly improve the capacity and safety of these heavily traveled intersections. The current traffic signals at the Martin Springs Drive intersection will be removed and replaced with a roundabout, and the second roundabout will be located on the north side of the Kingshighway/I-44 overpass. This configuration is commonly referred to as a dog bone design because of the location of the roundabouts at both ends of the highway. Plans also include the eventual stripping by MoDOT of the I-44 overpass at Kingshighway so there will be two east-bound lanes and two west-bound lanes. The estimated cost of these improvements is $1,760,051. The improvements are part of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan, which will be funded by MoDOT.

In addition to these improvements, the City of Rolla will be responsible (as MoDOT relinquishes ownership to the City for Kingshighway) for widening Kingshighway from three to five lanes from the Martin Springs Drive/Kingshighway interchange (adjacent to HJ Drive) to the new intersection of Bryant Drive. This will be done during the same time frame in 2012 as the interchange improvements and is estimated to cost $250,000.

These significant improvements to Kingshighway and the new Bryant Drive extension will greatly enhance traffic flow and safety, and create a more welcoming, attractive appearance for visitors coming off I-44. The improvements will also send a message to future developers, investors and businesses/industries that Rolla is a progressive City planning for its future growth and prosperity.

In closing I’d like to say how pleased I was with how quickly and professionally the milling, paving and stripping of 10th Street from Forum Drive to Pine Street was accomplished last week by Rolla Asphalt and the City’s Public Works Department, which oversaw the paving project. In addition to thanking all who were involved in that effort, I would also like to extend my thanks and appreciation to our residents for your patience, cooperation and understanding as this important project was completed. I think we will all appreciate the smooth ride along 10th Street from Pine to Forum in the weeks and months to come.

Please also remember that this weekend is the “Back to School Sales Tax Holiday” that officially began last night at 12:01 a.m. and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 8. The sales tax holiday (City tax savings of 2.5% and State tax savings of 4.225%), is intended to provide tax relief to families with children attending school by exempting the sales tax on clothing, personal computers, certain computer software, and school supplies. The ASA Boys 10U-18U and Mens 23U Fast Pitch Softball National Tournament also continues through this weekend at the Ber Juan Sportsplex located off 18th Street in Rolla. More than 2,500 individuals are expected to participate and attend the national tournament. Let’s all extend a warm Rolla welcome to all of the players, coaches, and staff (and parents, grandparents, family and friends), who will travel hundreds of miles across the U.S. to participate in the tournament.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Public Works Dept. ramps up street paving projects

With over 100 miles of streets in the City of Rolla, maintaining and enhancing all the streets and roadways in the city is a continuous, ongoing effort that is managed by the City’s Public Works and Street Departments.

If you happen to travel 10th Street from Forum Drive to Pine Street on a regular basis, I’m sure you noticed that Rolla Asphalt began milling that section of street on Wednesday in preparation for it to be paved this Monday, Aug. 2 and Tuesday, Aug. 3 – weather permitting. The City realizes how heavily this east/west corridor is traveled, and that the milling and paving is unavoidably causing delays and detours in traffic. While we realize that this project is causing some inconvenience and time delay for our residents, we ask that you please drive with caution while traveling this portion of street, and consider using some of the adjacent streets in the City that detour around this area while construction is underway. If everything goes as scheduled, the project should be completed by this Wednesday, and I think the community will be glad to be traveling a much smoother section of road that has needed attention for some time now.

In addition to the paving of 10th Street from Forum to Pine Street, the Public Works Department will also begin several asphalt sealing projects in the next week or so. This micro surfacing procedure is being provided by Donelson Construction Company of Clever, Missouri. It is a modified quick set surfacing system that will provide an approximate one-quarter-inch-thick pavement resurfacing. Micro surfacing is an economical alternative to hot asphalt mix overlays, which typically applies a minimum of one – and one-half-inches of pavement resurfacing.

Streets (and portions of streets) that are scheduled for this micro surfacing in the coming weeks include: Arkansas Avenue (Bardlsey to Farrar), Allyson Court (Holt to cul de sac); Avon Court (Winchester to cul de sac); Broadway (Forum to Eastwood); Brookside Lane (Sycamore to cul de sac), California Dr. (Forum to McCutchen); Carmel Court (cul de sac to California); Carol Street (Tory to cul de sac); Carriage Lane (Sycamore/Countryside intersection to Ironhorse);Chestnut Drive (Sycamore to McFarland); Cobblestone Drive (Ironhorse to Cul de sac); Cottage Court (Brookside to cul de sac); Countryside Drive (Sycamore/Carriage intersection to cul de sac); Crabapple Court (Hawthorne to 174’ N. of Hawthorne); Crescent Ridge (Countryside to cul de sac); Cronnin Court (cul de sac to 4th); Cypress Drive (79’ N. of Pheasant Hill to Sycamore); Del Mar Court (cul de sac to Forum); Devonshire Lane (Winchester W. intersection to 172’ NE of Winchester E. Int. and Winchester to 172’ NE of Winchester); Eagle Wing (dead end to S. edge of Cypress); Eastwood Drive (315’ W. of Forum W. edge of McCutchen); 5th Street (Holloway to Woodland); 14th Street (Holloway to Farrar and Iowa to Holloway); 4th Street (Holloway to dead end); Great Oaks/Forest Dr. (Woodland S. to Woodland N.); Hauck Drive (10th to Forum); Hawthorne Drive (Woodland to dead end); Heller Street (14th to Missouri); Hillview Dr. (Broadway to McCutchen); Holloway St. (14th to Missouri); Holt Avenue (Tory to 438’ N. of Tory); Homelife Plaza (dead end to Forum); Ironhorse Road (162’ S. of Countryside to S. edge of Countryside); La Jolla Court (cul de sac to Tory Ave.); Leroy Street (14th to Missouri); Malibu Court (cul de sac to California); Martin Street (14th to Missouri); McFarland Drive (Hwy. 72 E. Int. to Hwy. 72 W. Int.); Missouri Avenue (Bardsley to Farrar); Monterrey Court (cul de sac to California); Ozark Street (Southern most end to Missouri); Pershing Drive (Hillview to McCutchen); Pershing Place (Independence to McCutchen); San Fernando Court (Cul de sac to California); Scenic Drive (Truman to Broadway); 6th Street (Holloway to 257’ E. of Holloway); Spencer Street (14th to 18th ); Stratford Lane (Winchester to Devonshire); Sycamore Drive (Countryside/Carriage Int. to N. Curb of Brookside); Sydney Court (McFarland to cul de sac); Tory Avenue (Farrar to Forum Dr.); Truman Avenue (McCutchen to Pershing and Forum to McCutchen); Winchester Drive (Chestnut to Newcastle and Hwy. O to Chestnut); Woodland Drive (Salem to 257’ E. of Holloway); and Woodlawn Court (Forum to cul de sac) and Woodlawn Drive (Forum to McCutchen).

While this work may take several days to complete, streets that are being sealed will remain open with temporary one-lane traffic established. Flagmen will be present to direct traffic, and motorists and pedestrians are urged to remain cautious when traveling through the areas of work. Delays up to 20 minutes should be expected. For more information, please call the Public Works Department at 364-8659.

In closing I’d like to remind everyone that the State “Back to School Sales Tax Holiday” officially begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 6, and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 8. The sales tax holiday (City tax savings of 2.5% and State tax savings of 4.225%), is intended to provide tax relief to families with children attending school by exempting the sales tax on clothing, personal computers, certain computer software, and school supplies.

If you like watching fast pitch softball on a national scale, be sure to attend the prestigious ASA Boys 10U-18U and Mens 23U Fast Pitch Softball National Tournament hosted by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department Aug. 4-8 at the Ber Juan Sportsplex in Rolla. More than 2,500 individuals are expected to participate and attend this 5-day national tournament, which will provide some very exciting and entertaining fast pitch softball. I’d like to extend a warm Rolla welcome to all of the players, coaches, and staff (and parents, grandparents, family and friends), who will travel hundreds of miles across the U.S. to participate in the tournament. I’m looking forward to this unique opportunity for the City to host such a high-level sporting event at the Ber Juan Sportsplex.