By Mayor Bill Jenks, III
No sooner do we all begin to shed our winter coats, hats, gloves and ice scrappers for spring-like temperatures, that a Missouri snowstorm shuts down areas schools for two days, and drops 2 ½ inches of snow at our doorstep. The white stuff didn’t last long, but it did provide some beautiful panoramic vistas, as well as some pretty good sledding opportunities at Ber Juan Park while it lasted.
Once again our street crews (who worked around the clock) in the Public Works Department, Police Officers, and Fire and Rescue personnel demonstrated their dedication, and willingness to provide the best possible service throughout the duration of the storm. It wasn’t hard to notice the number of snowplows, salt trucks, graders, patrol cars and first responder vehicles that were active over the last few days as City employees cleared the roads, responded to accidents and attended to emergency situations. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook how much our City employees, from all our departments, provide the Rolla community in terms of sound infrastructure, transportation, safety, beautiful parks, abundant recreational opportunities, environmental services, community development, and peace of mind.
The recent snowstorm illustrates just how crucial the services they provide to all of us are, and how dedicated our employees are to getting the job done, regardless of the weather or the circumstances. The U.S. Post Office has often stated that postal employees will deliver the U.S. mail in any climate, location, or circumstance, and I think the same could be said about Rolla City employees who time and time again demonstrate their ability and willingness to provide a variety of services regardless of the weather, road conditions or degree of danger involved.
As we look ahead a few weeks, I’d like to mention that the public is invited to attend the Rolla Community Teachers Association (RCTA) Candidates Forum and Rolla Municipal Candidates Forum on Monday, March 12. The first of the two forums will begin at 2 p.m. at the Rolla Public Schools Administration Building – Board Room located at 500A Forum Dr. Candidates running for the Rolla Public School Board of Education on April 3, 2012 will be in attendance. For more information, please contact Sue Eudaly, President of the RCTA, at 458-0100, ext. 18026.
The Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Rolla Municipal Candidates Forum directly after the RCTA forum on March 12 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Rolla Public Schools Administration Building – Board Room. Candidates running for Municipal Judge, Rolla City Attorney, and Rolla City Council will be in attendance. For more information, please contact the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce at 573-364-3577.
Enjoy the weekend and have a safe week!
Rolla City Council
Mtg. set for Feb. 21
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Rolla City Hall, 901 N. Elm Street.
Rolla City Council meetings are ordinarily held the first and third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. except when there is a conflict with an observed holiday. To review a copy of the City Council agendas or the full agenda packet, please visit http://www.rollacity.org/admin/agenda.shtm. For more information, please contact Rolla City Administration at 426-6948.
to perform Feb. 24
at The Centre
Singer, songwriter Cecil Williams will perform fireside at The Centre’s Castleman Lounge, (1200 N. Holloway St.), on Friday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m.
This unique event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Black History Month festivities being celebrated throughout February at The Centre. The entire community is invited to attend this unique performance, so please plan to stop by and see one of Rolla’s most gifted and talented musicians.
For more information, please call 341-2386 or visit www.rollacity.org/events.
Rolla PD to step up
seat belt enforcement
The Rolla Police Department will be joining efforts with statewide law enforcement Feb. 24 for an aggressive “Click it or Ticket” mobilization to get more motorists to buckle up – and save more lives.
Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, nearly one in four Missouri motorists are still not making it click. Seven out of ten Missourians killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.
“Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up Click It or Ticket enforcement,” said Rolla Police Department Sergeant Tim Mayfield. “We’ll be out there to remind you seat belts can – and do – save lives.”
Buckle Up and Arrive Alive. For information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.
Rolla Junior Club
to hold dodgeball tourney
to benefit Larry May Park
The Rolla Junior Club will hold a fundraiser dodgeball tournament to benefit Larry May Park on Saturday, Feb. 25 beginning at 11 a.m. at The Centre, 1200 N. Holloway St. in Rolla.
The tournament, which is open to the public, will consist of 8-person, co-ed teams with a maximum of four males per team. There will be a 3-game minimum guaranteed and the entry fee is $120 per team. To register, please stop by The Centre (1200 N. Holloway St.), or call 573-341-2386. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 12-noon.
All tournament proceeds will go towards improvements at Larry May Park which is a current project of the RJC. Larry May Park is a small park located within the Ber Juan Softball Complex across from Forum Cinemas on 18th Street. The RJC has spent time cleaning up the park and had a rededication this past spring. The Rolla Junior Club’s goal is to raise enough funds for all new playground structures.
Grand Family Conference
set for March 10
at The Centre
Find out more about the resources in Phelps County that are available for grandparents raising their grandchildren by attending the Grand Family Conference on Saturday, March 10 from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Centre, 1200 N,. Holloway St.
To register or for more information, please call (573-341-2FUN) or stop by The Centre located at 1200 N. Holloway Street in Rolla, Mo. You may also contact the following individuals: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to the event sponsors, this event is a FREE event for all! Free continental breakfast, free lunch, goody bags with great information to take home, free activities for the kids, and great door prizes!
Major event sponsors include: The Centre; AARP; and University of Missouri Extension.
Rolla Public School Board and
Rolla Municipal Candidates Forum
set for March 12
The public is invited to attend the Rolla Community Teachers Association (RCTA) Candidates Forum beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 12. The Candidates Forum will be held at the Rolla Public Schools Administration Building – Board Room located at 500A Forum Dr. Candidates running for the Rolla Public School Board of Education on April 3, 2012 will be in attendance. For more information please contact Sue Eudaly, President of the (RCTA) at 573-458-0100 ext. 18026 or by email at email@example.com.
Following the RTCA Candidates Forum the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the Rolla Municipal Candidates Forum beginning at 6 p.m. at the Rolla Public Schools Administration Building – Board Room located at 500A Forum Dr.
Candidates running for Municipal Judge, Rolla City Attorney, and Rolla City Council will be in attendance. Questions for the Forum may be submitted in advance by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 573-364-5222. For more information, please contact the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce at 573-364-3577.
The Candidates Forums will be aired on Rolla Channel 16.
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If you happen to miss the airing of a Rolla City Council meeting, Planning & Zoning meeting, Rolla Public School Board meeting or Board of Public Works meeting, you can now watch them live on the Rolla Channel 16 Website at http://rollachannel16.com.
Rolla Channel 16, Rolla’s premiere Education and Government channel, is also now live streaming (24/7) at http://rollachannel16.com. RC16 is live streaming all Rolla City Council meetings, Rolla Planning & Zoning Commission meetings, all future episodes of “City Minutes”, all Rolla Public Schools board meetings, and Rolla High School Review.
Other syndicated content on RC16 such as Missouri Outdoors, Army Newswatch, and Capitol Dialogue will also live stream on RC16 at http://rollachannel16.com.
For more information regarding programming or DVD duplication of Rolla City Council meetings, Rolla Planning & Zoning meetings, and Rolla Public Schools board meetings, etc., please contact Gabe Mankin, Digital Media Operations Manager, at (573) 426-3377 or at Gabe.Mankin@fidelitycommunications.com.
Be sure to watch Rolla Channel 16 – Education, Government and Community for you!
Feb. 21 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Feb. 24 – Singer, songwriter Cecil Williams to perform at The Centre’s Castleman Lounge, 1200 N. Holloway St. (6 p.m.); FREE and open to the public
Feb. 25 – Rolla Junior Club Fundraiser Dodgeball Tourney to benefit Larry May Park (11 a.m.); The Centre; registration deadline: Feb. 20; $120 entry fee (341-2386)
Feb. 27 – City Council Workshop (5:30 p.m.); Rolla City Hall, Council Chambers; to discuss Parks and Rec./Centre operations
March 5 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
March 10 – Grand Family Conference (8:15 a.m. – 2 p.m.); The Centre; FREE; to register, call 341-2386
March 14 – Procession of St. Pat’s Court down Pine Street begins (11 a.m.) with arrival at Downtown Bandshell at 11:45 a.m.
March 17 – 104th St. Pat’s Parade (11 a.m.); Pine Street, downtown Rolla
March 19 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
April 2 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
April 3 – Rolla Municipal General Election (polls open at 6 a.m.)
April 7 – City-wide Spring Clean-Up; items to curb by 6 a.m. (residential only)
April 7 – Breakfast with the Bunny (8 a.m. – 10 a.m.); The Centre; FREE (341-2386)
April 16 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Scott A. Grahl
City of Rolla, Missouri
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