Monday, August 20, 2012

City of Rolla Weekly E-Updates (Aug. 20, 2012)

Safety is top
priority as     
students return
to school
By Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, III
Despite record breaking temperatures, and what seemed like the summer that would never see temperatures in the 70s or 80s again (like we did last week), thousands of students have returned to school, and the community is back to the usual hustle and bustle that makes Rolla the unique, diverse, and vibrant college and university town that it is.
Whether or not you have students enrolled in Rolla Public Schools, or a university or college, I urge everyone to please take notice not only of all the additional pedestrian traffic that comes with the start of school, but also the many school zones and cross walks located along Pine Street (6th through 18th Streets), Bishop Avenue, 10th Street, Soest Road, Salem Avenue, Forum Drive, Pinetree Drive. Lanning Lane, Kingshighway and 18th Street, to name just a few. There is quite a bit of pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic along these busy corridors, including the downtown business district along Pine Street, especially during the morning and lunchtime hours, and later in the afternoon when students are returning home or to their dorms and apartment complexes.
Missouri Revised Statutes state that “When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.” Rolla’s Municipal Ordinances (Chapter 27, Section 27-89, Motor Vehicles and Traffic), state that motorists shall proceed cautiously, yielding the right of way to any pedestrian within any crosswalk. Bicycle paths, such as the City’s 13-mile-long pedestrian bike path network, also have pedestrian cross walks and again motorists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in all cross walks. 
Fortunately, the Rolla Police Department and Missouri S&T Police Department do a very good job overseeing motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and enforce the traffic laws, including improper parking, when necessary, but the assistance of the motoring public is an important piece of this very large puzzle that includes the safety and welfare of thousands of students.
With over 7,000 students enrolled at Missouri S&T, 4,000 enrolled at the eight Rollla Public Schools and thousands more enrolled at the other area colleges such as Columbia, Drury, Webster, Metro Business College and others, safety is a high priority throughout the school year. Please do your part to ensure we have a safe and memorable year with all of our students, residents and visitors enjoying the beauty and serenity of our community. Public safety, and especially pedestrian safety, is a topic I think we all agree is at the heart of a healthy, prosperous and peaceful community
In closing, I’d like to remind everyone that the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting the 4th Annual Bulldog Pride Night on Friday, Aug. 24 prior to the first home football game for Rolla High School. This community supported event will start at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot next to Lions Memorial Stadium and RHS, and will continue until game time with our own Rolla Bulldogs verses the Lebanon Yellow Jackets. There will be free hotdogs, soda, and stadium cups. The RHS band, cheerleaders, and football players will all make an appearance so plan to join the community to support our Bulldogs and show your pride! The football game starts at 7 p.m., and admission is $4 at the gate.

Rolla City Council
Mtg., Aug. 20
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 20 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

Basswood Drive
street improvements
begin Aug. 20
The City of Rolla Public Works Department, in conjunction with Rainey & Son Construction, L.L.C., will begin substantial street improvements on Basswood Drive beginning Monday, Aug. 20 at 7 a.m., weather permitting.
The Basswood Drive and Boxelder Drive Street Improvement project (#296), recently approved by the Rolla City Council, will include excavation, storm sewer installation, new curb and gutter, new driveway aprons, and subsequent 4-inch paving.
The excavation and road improvements on Boxelder Drive will begin immediately after the  street improvements are complete on Basswood sometime in October.
It is anticipated that the entire street improvement project, including Boxelder, should be completed before the end of 2012, weather permitting. Caution signs and safety cones will be posted in the construction area, indicating lane closures, and for motorists to please drive carefully.
“The City of Rolla appreciates the assistance, patience and cooperation of the public throughout the duration of this important street improvement project,” said Steve Hargis, Director of Public Works.
For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 364-8659 or visit

Drive Sober or
Get Pulled Over
Rolla Police Cracking Down
on Impaired Drivers Aug. 17 – Sept. 3
The sobering fact is that impaired driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all Missouri traffic fatalities. In 2011, 220 people were killed and 902 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver; that’s why the Rolla Police Department will join other Missouri law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunk driving Aug. 17 – Sept. 3.
The Rolla Police Department will participate in statewide sobriety checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols enforcing Missouri’s DWI laws and keeping impaired drivers off the road.
Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.
 Driving drunk is simply not worth all the consequences,” said Sgt. Tim Mayfield. “Our message is simple and unwavering: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
 For more information, please visit

City completes
10th Street
widening project
The City of Rolla Street Department recently completed a street improvement project to widen 10th Street from Hwy. 63 to Spring Avenue.
The final phase of the project included the construction, paving and striping of an additional right turn lane onto Hwy. 63 (Bishop Avenue) that will greatly improve traffic flow and safety at this busy intersection.
“The City appreciates the assistance, patience and cooperation of the public and motorists during this important project,” said Steve Hargis, Director of Public Works.
For more information, please call the Public Works Department at 364-8659 or visit

Rolla Ward 2 Town Hall
Mtg. set for Aug. 26
at Ber Juan Park
The public is invited to attend a Rolla Ward 2 Town Hall meeting hosted by City Councilman Steve Leonard (Ward 2) on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. at the Ber Juan Park pavilion (located next to SplashZone off 14th Street).
Please join us to discuss important issues to your neighborhood and City. This is an open forum for residents to share their concerns with your local City Council representatives.
In the event of rain, the meeting will be held at The Centre, Rolla’s Health and Recreation Complex, located at 1200 N. Holloway Street in Rolla.

Budget Workshops
set for Aug. 27 & 29
at Rolla City Hall
The Rolla community is invited to attend a series of City budget workshops scheduled for Monday, Aug. 27 and Wednesday, Aug. 29 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Rolla City Hall (901 North Elm St.).
The budget workshops will provide the Rolla City Council, City staff and members of the community an opportunity to review and discuss the City of Rolla’s 2012-2013 fiscal year budget, which officially begins Oct. 1.
Public hearings to discuss and provide input on the 2012-2013 City budget will be held during the Sept. 5 and Sept. 17 Rolla City Council meetings, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Rolla City Hall.
For more information regarding the City’s upcoming 2012-2013 budget, please call the City’s Finance Department at (573) 426-6980 or visit the City’s Website at

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.”

Operation Neighborhood
Clean-up set for Nov. 2
The 5th annual “Operation Neighborhood Clean-up” will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 throughout the Rolla community in designated, high priority areas. The selection of these properties will be determined by the City of Rolla Police Department and the Rolla Area Ministerial Alliance.
All volunteers are asked to attend the welcome gathering at 6:30 a.m. at Greentree Christian Church Youth Center located at 801 East 10th Street. A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided. The clean-up will take place from 7 a.m. to 12-noon.
The entire community is invited to participate in this beautification effort, which is once again being coordinated by the Rolla Area Ministerial Alliance and the Rolla Police Department.
Operation Neighborhood Clean-up is an opportunity for residents to partner with the Rolla Area Ministerial Alliance, community churches, and the Rolla Police Department to enhance a sense of community, well being, pride and property values among the neighborhoods where the clean up is conducted.
The clean-up effort will involve limited tree trimming, hedge trimming, and the removal of brush piles, leaves, household items and trash. Groups or individuals interested in volunteering may contact Chris Foster, Adult Education Minister at Greentree Christian Church, at 364-2649 or, or Officer Vince Giacolone at the Rolla Police Department at 308-1213 or at 

Rolla Downtown
Farmer’s Market
open every Tuesday
The Rolla Downtown Farmer’s Market has become a must see and do event since opening and operating under the new blue shade structure in the lower parking lot of Rolla City Hall every Tuesday (from 7 a.m. until 12-noon). The market will remain open throughout the growing season in mid-October.

From home-grown, vine-ripe tomatoes, peaches, and mellons, to freshly baked breads, pastries and pies, to home-made jams and jellies, you don't want to miss this Tuesday happening in downtown Rolla.
The Farmer’s Market is coordinated by Roy Fiscus and Wilma Bingham, and spots are always 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.

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 Kenny Perzan, Senior Video Editor, at (573) 426-3377 or at
Be sure to watch Rolla Channel 16 – “Education, Government and Community for you!”

Upcoming Events
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
Aug. 26 – Rolla Ward 2 Town Hall Mtg. (4 p.m.); Ber Juan Park pavilion (located next to SplashZone off 14th St.)
Aug. 27 – City Council Budget Workshop (5:30 p.m.); City Hall – Council Chambers
Aug. 29 – City Council Budget Workshop (5:30 p.m.); City Hall – Council Chambers
Aug. 31 – Sept. 3 – The Centre will be closed for annual Preventative Maintenance

Aug. 31- Sept. 3 – The Centre will be closed for annual Preventative Maintenance
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. 6-8 – 79th Annual Grape and Fall Festival, St. James, Mo (
Sept. 8 – Cruise In (5-8 p.m.) Fairground Chevrolet; 100 Fairgrounds Rd.
Sept. 17 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Sept. 22 – Healthy Baby Extravaganza (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.); Fire Station #1 Headquarters and Greentree Christian Church, 10th Street (364-3989); FREE
Sept. 26 – Eggs & Issues (7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.); Oak Meadow Country Club; to RSVP, call the Rolla Chamber at 364-3577
Sept. 29 – 3rd Annual Celebration of Nations (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.); Downtown Festival Park

Oct. 1 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Oct. 6 – City-wide Clean Up (items to curb by 6 a.m.); residential only
Oct. 13 – 34th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Oct. 15 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)

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