Thursday, July 12, 2012

City of Rolla Weekend E-Updates (July 12, 2012)

Burn ban back
in effect
in Phelps County
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. 

Army volunteers
construct pavilion
at Veterans Memorial Park
The completion of yet another phase of Veterans Memorial Park in Rolla is nearly finished as the final touches are made on the construction of a 61-foot-long by 25-foot-wide pavilion that began in October 2011.
Working for several hours in blistering 100 degree-plus temperatures from June 29 through July 3, 2012 several U.S. Army soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood, and First Sergeant Yale Barkefelt with the 77th Engineer Vertical Company at FLW, volunteered their time and talent to construct the highly noticeable 10-foot-high pavilion that is located on the south side of Veterans Memorial Park on Southview Drive in Rolla. Funding for the materials to construct the pavilion were provided through donations received by the South Central Regional Veterans Group (S.C.R.V.G.).
The project, which was coordinated and managed by Jerry Bumpus, a long-time Rolla resident, retired First Sergeant with the U.S. Army, and a member of the South Central Regional Veterans Group and The Retired Enlisted Association, began in October 2011 when a concrete slab was first poured for the pavilion. The cost of the concrete was generously funded 100% through donations by Rolla and Phelps County residents. The gravel for the foundation was donated by Capitol Quarry, and Daniels Trucking donated the use of their trucks and equipment to haul and place the gravel. The concrete was also purchased at a significant discount from Rolla Concrete. In addition, the forming and preparation for the concrete slab was completed by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, including Simon Yoakum, Foreman, several Parks and Recreation members and Jerry Bumpus. Several members of Labor’s Local Union #840 poured, leveled and finished the concrete slab at no cost.
When the pavilion is totally finished it will be open to the public, and made available for a nominal rental fee through the City’s Parks and Recreation Department for family gatherings, reunions, BBQs, picnics and special events. It will be especially convenient during inclement weather.
“The construction of the pavilion was made possible by a lot of generous individuals and groups who provided the necessary funds, materials, equipment, talent and sweat equity to get the job done,” said Bumpus. “The community support and collaboration was amazing, and reflects the depth of patriotic spirit and support of U.S. veterans in South Central Missouri.”
For more information or to make a donation to Veterans Memorial Park, please visit or contact Susan Hinkle, Treasurer, S.C.R.V.G., at 573-578-2141.

Grandparent’s Day Special
at SplashZone, July 15
Cool off, relax, and enjoy a refreshing and fun day with the grandkids this Sunday, July 15 during Grandparent’s Day Special at SplashZone. Grandparents are admitted free with a child’s admission.
SplashZone, Rolla’s favorite outdoor water park, is located on14th Street off Holloway Street, next to The Centre.
SplashZone is open throughout the summer months Monday through Friday from noon-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon-6 p.m. Regular admission is $4.50
For more information, or to reserve SplashZone for a family or community event, please contact Mitch Lewis, SplashZone Manager, at 426-6926 or visit 

Rolla City Council
Mtg., July 16
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, July 16 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.

International Idol
Talent Competition
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 or Barbi Spencer at
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.”

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.

City urges property
owners to display
address numbers
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.

Environmental Services Important Dates

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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
JULY 2012
July 13-14 – Take a Stand Against Child Abuse (sign up for your stand at 426-5148)
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.)
Aug. 24 – 4th Annual Bulldog Pride Night (5:30 p.m.); Rolla High School

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
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
Communications Director
City of Rolla, Missouri
(573) 426-6943
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