Thursday, May 31, 2012

City of Rolla Weekend E-Updates

Route 66 Summerfest
set for June 1-3 in
Downtown Rolla
The 17th Annual “Route 66 Summerfest” will be held Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3 in downtown Rolla.
The action starts on Friday morning, June 1 as portions of downtown are closed as food vendors and musicians set up for the evenings’ festivities.  At 4 p.m. hundreds of classic cars, custom cars and motorcycles gather at the St. James Visitor Center before “cruising” along old Route 66 from St. James to Rolla’s Downtown Festival Park. At the same time, back in downtown Rolla, the annual Association of United States Army (AUSA) evening meal for AUSA members (tickets: $8) and anyone else who supports the military will be held. Enjoy the 399th Army Jazz Band while you select food and drink from various vendors in the festival lots across from Rolla City Hall on 9th Street.

At 6 p.m. the Friends of Tennis Summerfest Tennis Tournament (Men’s & Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles) begins at the Ber Juan Tennis Complex (and continues on Sunday, June 3 at 1 p.m.) On Friday evening bring your lawn chair for the Miss Route 66 crowning ceremony at 7 p.m. at the Rolla Downtown Bandshell, and plan to stay for an outdoor ‘Movie Under the Stars’ (Dolphin Tale) and all the FREE popcorn you can eat. The giant sandbox for kids, and skateboard track will also be open.
Summerfest festivities continue on Saturday morning, June 2 at 7:30 a.m. at Oak Meadow Country Club, 10700 Country Road 3110, Rolla, Mo. with the Tour-de-Phelps leisurely bike ride to St. James and back (12-mile loop). The Route 66 Motorcycle Classic begins at 8 a.m. on 8th Street and the classic car show on Pine Street.
At 9 a.m. enjoy arts and crafts, food vendors, kids activities (face painting), Army National Guard Climbing Wall, giant sandbox/segway rides, and skateboard games by Party Pro.
At 10 a.m. the Criterium Bicycle Race begins as well as the Hot Foot Pursuit 5k/10k walk/run at the Rolla Downtown Band Shell (proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Missouri), followed by the kids tricycle and bicycle races at 11:15 a.m. The Downhill Derby and Rolling Thunder Parade begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by the burnout contest at 6 p.m.
At 8 p.m. you won’t want to miss a FREE outdoor street dance/concert at the Downtown Bandshell featuring Rolla’s own Pseudo Blues (with Special guest Kait Weston). On Sunday, June 3 the Hellbender Bicycle Road Race begins at 10 a.m. and the continuation of the Summerfest Tennis Tournament begins at 1 p.m. at the Ber Juan Tennis Complex.
For a complete list of Summerfest activities and events, and registration forms for sporting events, please visit For a complete listing of more events and festivities planned in the Rolla and Phelps County area, please visit
Have a nice weekend and a safe week. See you at Summerfest!

Hot Foot Pursuit
5K & 10K Walk/Run
set for June 2
The Region 6 Hot Foot Pursuit 5K and 10K Walk/Run, an event to benefit Special Olympics Missouri, will be held on Saturday, June 2. The race will begin at 10 a.m. at the Rolla downtown bandshell located at 9th and Oak Streets next to the Frisco Caboose.
Registration forms are available online at  (click on Upcoming Events tab for forms). Admission is $20 for the 5K Walk, $25 for the 5K, and $30 for the 10K. On-Line registration closes on May 25 at 11:45 a.m. Race day registration is $25 for the 5K Walk, $30 for the 5K, and $35 for the 10K. Registration forms can be turned into Split Second Timing, 1411 Ramsey Place Road, Rolla, Missouri, 65401.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Special Olympics Missouri. For more information, please call (573) 429-2272.

Rolla Parks and
Recreation to offer
Cardio Tennis
Improve your fitness and tennis at the same time by joining the new Cardio Tennis program offered by the Rolla Parks and Recreation Department.
Cardio Tennis is a high energy fitness activity that combines the best features of the sport of tennis with cardiovascular exercise, delivering the ultimate, full body, calorie burning aerobic workout. It is a very social and fun class for players of all ability levels taught by a tennis teaching professional. If you’ve never played tennis before it is a great way to be introduced to the sport and if you are an experienced high level tennis player it is the best way to train for tennis.
Most classes have mixed ability and some facilities offer classes which are more specific to ability/fitness level. However, regardless of ability or fitness level, the tennis  professional is trained to provide the ultimate workout for each person.
Classes will meet Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Ber Juan Tennis Complex starting Monday, June 4. The monthly fee is $40, with Centre members receiving a $5 discount.
For more information, or to register for this class, please contact the Rolla Parks and Recreation Department at 341-2386 or via e-mail at 

RPD to crack down
on impaired drivers
during month of June
The Rolla Police Department will be cracking down on impaired drivers by conducting a sobriety checkpoint during the month of June 2012.
Law enforcement efforts will be increased in an endeavor to reduce the deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers. Those caught drinking and driving could lose their license, money, and freedom.
For more Information, please contact Sgt. Tim Mayfield at (573) 308-1213 or visit

Relax and cool off
at SplashZone
all summer long
Due to the nice weather and Rolla Public Schools letting out early, SplashZone, Rolla’s outdoor water park, is now open for the summer.
SplashZone will remain open throughout the summer months Monday through Friday (noon-7) and Saturday and Sunday (noon-6 p.m.). Closing day at SplashZone will be on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.
 Located in beautiful Ber Juan Park at 14th and Holloway Streets, this fun-filled water park includes a leisure pool with beach-like entrance, interactive play structure, lazy river, the “world’s largest” vortex, and two giant water slides.
Admission to SplashZone is $4.50 for individuals age four and above. For children age three and under, there is no charge. Value passes are $75 for 20 visits.
For more information for special events, private rentals, swimming lessons and other information, please call SplashZone at 364-8222 or 341-2FUN.

RPD to participate
in Click It or Ticket
May 21 – June 3
The Rolla Police Department will be joining with statewide law enforcement May 21 – June 3 for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to crack down on Missouri’s seat belt violations.
Seven out of 10 people killed in Missouri traffic crashes are unbuckled. And even with the advancements in automobile safety and education on the important of seat belt use, Missouri’s seat belt use has remained relatively unchanged in the last six years and consistently below the national average.
Missouri has 79 percent seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 85 percent. Teens and pick-up truck drivers are among those least likely to buckle up at 67 and 66 percent.
“Every day someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they weren’t buckled up,” said Sgt. Tim Mayfield. “We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure motorists are buckling up.”
Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.
Buckle Up and Arrive Alive. For information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit

Rolla Downtown
Farmer’s Market
open every Tuesday
The Rolla Downtown Farmer’s Market is open and operating under the new shade structure in the lower parking lot of Rolla City Hall 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.

Rolla City Council
Mtg., June 4
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, June 4 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.

Free Recreation opportunities
on Mark Twain National Forest
June 8-10
Mark Twain National Forest will offer two days of free day use and two free nights of camping at seven campgrounds the weekend of Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10, 2012.
Free camping is being offered in unreserved campsites both Friday and Saturday nights, and free day use is being offered at unreserved sites Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, 2012.
The free weekend is being offered in conjunction with National
Get Outdoors Day and Missouri’s Free Fishing days, which are celebrated on Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June.
The free use is available in these campgrounds and associated recreation areas: Cobb Ridge, Chadwick Motorcycle and ATV area, Christian County; Greer Crossing on Eleven Point River, Oregon County; Chadwick Motorcycle and ATV area, Christian County; Greer Crossing on Eleven Point River, Oregon County; Lane Spring, Phelps County; Loggers Lake, Shannon County; Markham Springs, Wayne County; North Fork along the North Fork of the White River in Ozark County, and Watercress on the Current River in Carter County.
National Get Outdoors Day is an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun and participation in outdoor activities.
Missouri’s Free Fishing Days were established as a way to encourage people to try fishing so they can find out, or rediscover, the enjoyment associated with fishing.
“Offering free camping and day use is a way to show our appreciation and encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and to connect to the land, which improves the health and quality of both personal and community life,” said Mark Twain National Forest Supervisor David Whittekiend. “We hope to inspire individuals and community groups to take part in activities that promote healthy living and mental well being, instill excitement for the outdoors, or to just plain get out and enjoy being on a trail or in the forest. Fishing allows you to relax, brings about peace of mind and helps you to reconnect with the natural world. When parents bring their children, they start building a generation of conservationists who will protect our resources in future decades, something vital to the future of national forests.”
Mark Twain National Forest is the largest public land manager in Missouri with 1.5 million acres in 29 counties in southern and central Missouri. Mark Twain National Forest’s mission is to continue to restore Missouri’s great outdoors and maintain a healthy, working forest.
For more information about Mark Twain National Forest, please visit or  

Paving of Forum Dr.
from 18th to
Old St. James Rd.
The City of Rolla Public Works Department is underway with the reconstruction for the eventual paving of Forum Drive from 18th Street to Old St. James Road. The project should be completed sometime this summer.
The first phase of the project includes extensive milling (removing several inches of asphalt), and then excavating materials. After removing the materials, gravel will be placed on the road surface, and the road will be paved with five inches of asphalt.
Detour signs are posted in the construction area, indicating lane closures and alternate routes. During this time the City appreciates the assistance and cooperation of the public.
For more information, please call the Public Works Department at 364-8659 or visit
Environmental Services Important Dates
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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
JUNE 2012
June 1-3 – 17th Annual Route 66 Summerfest, downtown Rolla (for info, visit:
June 2 – Hot Foot Pursuit (5K/10K); 10 a.m., Rolla Downtown Bandshell, proceeds to benefit Special Olympics Missouri; more info at
June 4 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
June 9 – Bluegrass in the Park (6 p.m.); Lions Club Park, Hwy. 63 South
June 18 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)

JULY 2012
July 2 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
July 4 – City Hall closed for Independence Day holiday
July 4-7 – Lions Club Carnival, Lions Club Park, Hwy. 63 South
July 14 – Cruise In (5-8 p.m.); JC Penney Parking Lot, Southside Shoppers World
July 16 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)

Aug. 6 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Aug. 11 – Cruise In (5-8 p.m.), JC Penney parking lot, South Side Shoppers World
Aug. 18 – Relay for Life (noon-midnight); Lions Club Park, Hwy. 63 South
Aug. 20 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Scott A. Grahl
Communications Director
City of Rolla, Missouri
(573) 426-6943
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