Monday, April 23, 2012

City of Rolla Weekly E-Updates (April 23, 2012)

Watershed run-off 
model big hit
at Rolla Earth Day
Anne McClay, Project Coordinator, City of Rolla Public Works Department, uses an interactive watershed run-off model to demonstrate the dangerous effects chemicals and pollutants can have on a community’s streams, rivers and lakes. McClay assisted over 200 students as they used bottled water and spray bottles to simulate how rain washes such pollutants as oil, antifreeze, fertilizer, industrial chemicals and yard waste into nearby creeks, streams and other bodies of water   during the annual Rolla Earth Day Celebration on Friday, April 20 at Missouri S&T’s Havener Center.
McClay will be using the model at various community events, schools and functions to teach and educate folks about the harmful effects chemicals and other pollutants can have on the community’s water quality.

Rolla Downtown
Farmer’s Market
open every Tuesday
The Rolla Downtown Farmer’s Market, which opened on Tuesday, April 17 in the City’s Downtown Festival Lot (lower parking lot by Rolla City Hall), will be open from 7 a.m. until 12-noon each Tuesday throughout the growing season.
The Farmer’s Market is coordinated by Roy Fiscus and Wilma Bingham, and spots are available for vendors to sell their items, but they must be locally grown or made products/produce (Phelps County).
No flea market, yard sale type items will be permitted. All spots are first come, first served. The cost to host a booth is $2 per day, which is given to the organizers the day the vendors are there.
For additional information, please contact Roy Fiscus at 341-8045 or Wilma Bingham at 364-5544.

Town Hall Meeting on
Heroin Awareness
April 24
With the recent surge in Heroin use, addiction and Heroin related deaths, the Phelps County Child Advocacy Network, Prevention Consultants of Missouri, and the Rolla Police Department would like to invite all interested community members to attend an important town hall meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, at Rolla Technical Center’s Board Room, to learn just how destructive the use of Heroin can be to an individual, a family, and a community.
The Rolla Police Department estimates 24 deaths in the last 36 months in Phelps County, with hundreds of overdoses and Heroin related arrests since 2010. The Heroin epidemic has arrived in Rolla and in Phelps County. 
According to Jamie Myers, Director of Prevention Consultants of Missouri, “There are bad people bringing a terrible, addicting drug to our community that has already killed several young people.”
“This is a problem that demands a response from all parts of our community to intervene and prevent. Parents, schools, churches, law enforcement, health services, neighborhood watch organizations, and employers all have a role in successfully dealing with this problem.”
Please plan to attend this important Town Hall Meeting to learn how you can become more proactive in this battle against one of the most harmful drugs to hit the streets.
Learn how you can protect your child and the children in your life.
If you have a loved one who is addicted to Heroin, learn how you can seek treatment.
The town hall is open to any interested person at no charge but seating is limited so plan to arrive early.

Parks and Recreation
Open House
set for April 26
The City of Rolla Park and Recreation Department invites the public to attend an Open House on Thursday, April 26 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Centre, 1200 N. Holloway Street.
The purpose of the Open House is to provide an overview of the City’s  park system, the recent merger of The Centre with the Parks and Recreation Department, and the impact the merger has had on the services that will be provided to the citizens and the Rolla community.
Displays will showcase the City’s various parks, facilities and operations, and staff will be available to provide more information and receive feedback from visitors. 
“We encourage folks to stop by the Open House and share their ideas, concerns and questions,” said Scott Caron, Parks and Recreation Director. Caron will be making about a 15-min. presentation during the Open House at about 6:30 p.m.
For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 341-2386.

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast
set for May 3
The National Day of Prayer Committee is hosting the 2012 Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 3, 6:30 a.m., at Missouri S&T's Havener Center. 
Individual tickets for the event are $12 and can be purchased from Millie Street, Executive Secretary, Administration Department, Rolla City Hall (3rd Floor), 901 N. Elm Street during regular business hours.
The cost to sponsor a table is $125, which entitles you to a full breakfast for eight people of your choosing.
The keynote speaker this year will be Karen Dye, Executive Producer and host of a Christian television program, "A Courageous Heart." She is a 20-year veteran of the radio broadcast industry and is a former morning show co-host at SPIRIT FM. She has been a featured speaker for the "Celebrate Recovery" groups and has lived a life that has been filled with challenges and heartbreak.
If you have any questions, please contact Emily Barnes at 364-3292 or e-mail her at

Rolla City Council
Mtg. May 7
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, May 7 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 For more information, please contact Rolla City Administration at 426-6948.

Environmental Services Important Dates

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May 28, 2012 - Memorial DayMonday’s trash will be picked up Tuesday; Tuesday’s trash will be picked up Wednesday.
July 4, 2012 - Independence Day:  Schedule will not change.
Sept. 3, 2012 - Labor Day:  Monday’s trash will be picked up Tuesday; Tuesday’s trash will be picked up Wednesday.
Oct. 6, 2012 - Citywide Fall Clean Up: Saturday - Citywide clean up day (residential only).
Nov. 22, 2012 – Thanksgiving Day:  Thursday’s trash will be picked up Wednesday.
Dec. 25, 2012 Christmas Day:  Tuesday’s trash will be picked up Wednesday.
Holidays NOT affecting trash or recycling collection:
            Oct. 8, 2012 – Columbus Day
            Nov. 12, 2012 – Veteran’s Day
Nov. 23, 2012 – Day after Thanksgiving

Rolla Channel 16
live streaming
24/7 on the Web
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
Rolla Channel 16, Rolla’s premiere Education and Government channel, is also now live streaming (24/7) at RC16 is live streaming all Rolla City Council meetings, Rolla Planning & Zoning Commission meetings, Rolla Public Schools board meetings, Rolla High School Review and “City Minutes” hosted by the City of Rolla’s Communications Office.
Other syndicated content on RC16 such as Missouri Outdoors, Army Newswatch, and Capitol Dialogue will also live stream on RC16 at
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
Be sure to watch Rolla Channel 16 – Education, Government and Community for you!

Upcoming Events
APRIL 2012
April 24 – Town Hall Meeting on Heroin Awareness (7 p.m.); RTC Board Room, 500 Forum Drive
April 26 – Parks and Recreation Open House (6-7:30 p.m.); The Centre, 1200 N. Holloway St. (341-2386)

MAY 2012
May 3 – Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast (6:30 a.m.); Havener Center, Missouri S&T campus; tickets available at Rolla City Hall - Administration, 3rd Floor
May 5 – 8th Annual Youth Fishing Fair (8 a.m.); Ber Juan Lake, located behind The Centre, 1200 N. Holloway St.
May 7 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
May 11-12 – Rolla Downtown Days; music, food, drink and great shopping
May 12 – Cruise In (5-8 p.m.); JC Penney Parking Lot, Southside Shoppers World
May 21 – Rolla City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
May 28 – City Hall closed for Memorial Day Holiday

Scott A. Grahl
Communications Director
City of Rolla, Missouri
(573) 426-6943
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