Country Hills Development
set for July 25
The community is invited to attend an Open House to discuss the proposed Country Hills Development project on Wednesday, July 25 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Rolla City Hall (901 N. Elm Street in downtown Rolla.).
The County Hills development, located off Rolla Street between Victoria Lane and Christy Drive, is a single-family housing project, being proposed by the Springfield based developer, Housing Plus, LLC. The project consists of 34 single-family homes, with approximately 1,350-square-feet of living space. The development has received broad support in Rolla and was given a strong endorsement by the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC), last year when the City first applied for funding through MHDC for this project.
The Country Hills Development project is designed to fill a much-needed gap in available affordable single-family homes in Rolla. The project will serve families at or below 60% of Rolla’s median income as well as families needing affordable workforce housing in the 60% to 80% median income bracket.
“Rolla does not have a project of this type targeted to the single-family market made economically viable through the use of housing tax credits provided by MHDC,” said John Petersen, the City’s Director of Community Development. “The proposed project is made even more attractive because it comes with a path to home ownership for the residents and focuses on working families’ housing needs.”
For more information, please contact John Petersen, Director of Community Development, at 573-426-6970.
Mayor Jenks receives
Distinguished Service Award
Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, III was presented the Edwin Dalstrom Distinguished Service Award by Rolla PD Captain Jason Smith, (pictured right), past president of the Rolla Lions Club, at the Rolla City Council meeting on July 17.
The award, which is named for the Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service’s first president, Edwin Dalstrom, is the highest honor that a Lions Club can bestow through the organization. Lions Clubs can honor a club member or a member of their community with this prestigious award by making a $1,000 contribution to Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service. The Dalstrom award is awarded to a club or community member who has demonstrated exceptional humanitarian service to the community. The award can be received only once.
“Mayor Jenks has been described by many in the area as Rolla's biggest cheerleader,” said Capt. Smith. “It is very common to see him out in the community volunteering at various events and he is always recognizing others for all of their hard work in our community. However, he is rarely recognized for all of the great things that he does for our community.” It is for that reason that the Rolla Lions Club presented Mayor Jenks with this distinguished service award, said Smith.
Jenks, who is serving his second 4-year term as Mayor of Rolla, and was presented the prestigious Missourian Award last year, said he was totally caught off guard by the presentation.
“I appreciate it very much,” said Mayor Jenks. “And I appreciate the Rolla Lions Club and all they do for the Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service, Lions Club Park and the entire Rolla community.
Burn ban back
Due to the continued extremely dry and drought-like conditions in Rolla and Phelps County, the fire hazard for the area continues to be severe. City of Rolla Fire & Rescue, and other Fire Departments in Phelps County are again joining together to announce and enforce an open burning ban.
With the extreme weather conditions, effective immediately, by the order of Robert Williams, Fire Chief, open burning in Rolla and other cities and towns in Phelps County will not be permitted until such time it is safe to lift the burn ban.
“The two thunder storms we had about a week ago helped offset the fire hazard to a certain degree, but unfortunately they did not make a long-lasting impact on the draught-like conditions we are facing in Rolla and Phelps County,” said Chief Williams. “There is unfortunately very little rain projected in the immediate forecast, and it doesn’t look like we will see much relief for quite awhile.”
For more information, please feel free to contact Robert Williams, Fire Chief or Ron Smith, Training Officer at (573)364-3989.
auditions, Sept. 6
Do you sing, dance, rap, act, or play a musical instrument? Talented community members (all ages and acts are welcome) are invited to audition for the International Idol competition on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Havener Center, Meramec Room, on the Missouri S&T campus.
The final competition will be held during the 3rd Annual Celebration of Nations event on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Downtown Bandshell (located at the corner of 9th and Oak Street.) Group and individual prizes will be awarded.
To sign up or for more information, please contact Rebecca Holmes at email@example.com or Barbi Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebration of Nations was created to promote awareness, understanding and the celebration of the vibrant cultural diversity that makes Rolla unique to the Ozarks. ”One Campus. One Community. One World.”
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.
City urges property
owners to display
The City of Rolla Fire and Rescue is conducting their annual business safety inspections, and one of the items they check for is a visible and conspicuous address number to identify the location of each business.
By properly displaying address numerals that contrast with the color of the dwelling, fire, safety and medical responders can more quickly identify a property when responding to an emergency call, or during other safety or medical related matters.
“When lives are at risk, visible property address numbers really count,” said Fire Chief Robert Williams, City of Rolla Fire & Rescue. “And emergency services personnel don’t need to be wasting your time guessing at addresses.”
In addition, property owners who have recently remodeled or re-sided their homes, or whose address numbers are not visible, need to ensure their street or property address is easily identifiable somewhere on the structure and visible from the street.
A violation of the requirements of this Ordinance shall constitute an offense which could be punishable by a fine not to exceed $50.
This requirement is in keeping with the City’s Ordinance relating to Chapter 6 (Sec. 6-1, Article 1 – In General) “Street numbers required of property owners on dwelling or structure.”
If you have any questions relating to these requirements, please contact Rolla City Administration at 426-6948.
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Rolla Channel 16
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 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, 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 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!
Aug. 2 – Board of Adjustment Mtg. (5:30 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.)
Aug. 24 – 4th Annual Bulldog Pride Night (5:30 p.m.); Rolla High School – Lions Memorial Stadium
Sept. 3 – City Hall closed for Labor Day holiday
Sept. 5 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Sept. 6 – International Idol Talent Competition Auditions (6-8 p.m.); Havener Center (to register, contact Rebecca Holmes at email@example.com)
Sept. 8 – Cruise In (5-8 p.m.) JC Penney Parking Lot, Southside Shoppers World
Sept. 17 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Sept. 29 – 3rd Annual Celebration of Nations (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.); Downtown Festival Park
Scott A. Grahl
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