Friday, September 21, 2012

City of Rolla Weekend E-Updates (Sept. 21, 2012)

Mayor Jenks recognizes
Donna Lewis for
34-year career with
Rolla Housing Authority
Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, III proclaimed Monday Sept. 17, 2012  Donna Lewis Day” during one of the first items of business at the Sept. 17 Rolla City Council meeting. Mayor Jenks presented the framed proclamation to Donna, who after a distinguished 34-year career serving the residents at the Rolla Housing Authority, will officially retire after 21 years as Executive Director, on Sept. 28, 2012.
The Rolla City Council and City staff wish to extend their thanks and appreciation to Donna for her loyalty and commitment to the Rolla Housing Authority and the many contributions she has made to various civic, religious and community organizations throughout her lifetime.
Also pictured (far right) is Donna’s husband, George Lewis, who recently retired from the City of Rolla.

Mayor Jenks supports
DAR during
Constitution Week
Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, III joined members of the Noah Coleman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at a “Constitution Week” proclamation signing at Rolla City Hall on Sept. 18, 2012. Pictured with Mayor Jenks are (seated, l to r): Alice Blain and Fran Erickson and (back row, l to r): Betty Eyeberg and Susan Bates.  Sept. 17, 2012 marks the 225th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention.
Public Law 915 also guarantees the issuing of a proclamation each year by the President of the United States of America designating Sept. 17 through Sept. 23 as Constitution Week.

FREE child safety seats
available Sept. 22
at Rolla Fire & Rescue
The City of Rolla Fire & Rescue will conduct a “National Seat Check” on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Fire Department Headquarters, located at 1490 E. Tenth Street in Rolla. 
Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to check car seats for proper installation and advise parents and caregivers how to choose the right car seats and install them properly in their vehicles.  Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. The event, part of the City of Rolla Fire & Rescue’s participation in Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 16-22), is free to the public.
There will be a limited number of free child safety seats available at the event to those who meet guidelines. If you would like to have your seat checked or need more information on the free car seat program, please contact Lynette Manley at (573) 364-3989.
The car seat event is being held in conjunction with the 4th Annual Healthy Baby Extravaganza, which is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Greentree Christian Church (located at 800 Greentree Road). The Healthy Baby Extravaganza is a fun, educational day for parents with young children or who are expecting a baby or recently had a baby. There will be workshops, vendor booths, product samples, and door prizes. In addition, the Rolla Police Department, Phelps County Regional Medical Center Ambulance and the Missouri State Highway Patrol will be there to offer safety tips to parents on keeping their kids safe. 
   The event is sponsored by Phelps-Maries County Health Department, City of Rolla Fire & Rescue, Prevention Consultants of Missouri, SIDS Resources Inc., Greentree Christian Church, Phelps County Child Advocacy Network (PCCAN), Missouri Care – An Aetna Health Plan, and Mercy Clinic-OB/GYN – Dr. Cunningham, Dr. Harden, Dr. Lungren, and Dr. Ratchford. The event is free and open to the public.  To pre-register and receive a free sport pack, please call (573) 364-3989 or (573) 458-6030.

Electronics & Appliance
Collection set for
Sept. 22 at Brewer Science
If you have an old, broken or outdated computer, electronic device, appliance, television, or cell phone that you have been wanting to get rid of, plan to recycle, ‘go green’ and attend the Electronics & Appliance Collection on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to 12-noon at the Brewer Science parking lot located at 2401 Brewer Drive (in the Hypoint Industrial Park at I-44 Exit 189/Hwy. V).  
You may drop off and recycle the following household items for free the day of the collection: stoves, washers, dryers, microwaves and other appliances, computer CPUs, keyboards, printers, VCRs, cell phones and other electronics.
During this collection, there will be no fee for refrigerant appliances. There will be, however, a $5 handling fee to dispose of TVs and computer monitors (no material from businesses, please).
This event is sponsored by the City of Rolla, Phelps County Commission, Brewer Science, Inc., Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District, Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC).
For more information, please contact MRPC at 573-265-2993.

P.O.W. – M.I.A. Ceremony
and Cruise-In set for
Sept. 22 at VMP
The public is invited to attend a P.O.W. – M.I.A. Ceremony and Cruise-In on Saturday, Sept. 22 from noon – 4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park (located on Southview Dr. off Hwy. 72 in Rolla).
The event kicks off at noon with a Classic Car/Motorcycle Cruise-In organized by the Rolla Cruise-In Committee and Cave State Cruisers. The P.O.W.-M.I.A. Ceremony, presented by Chapter #49 of the D.A.V., begins at 1 p.m. Music will be provided by Phelps County Bluegrass for Veterans at 2 p.m. at the new pavilion. Concessions will be provided by Rolla Road Riders Motorcycle Club.
Other events and activities are also being planned, so bring your chairs or pillows for comfort and enjoy the festivities.
The event is hosted by the South Central Regional Veterans Group. For more information, please contact Russ Hinkle at (573) 68-4436 or Jerry Bumpus at (573) 647-7601.

Rolla Public Library
Open House set
for Sept. 22
Stop by and see what's new at the Rolla Public Library during an Open House on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (900 Pine Street).
In addition to free library tours and book signings by several authors, there will be free hotdogs and popcorn, crafts for kids, and door prizes.
For more information, please contact Kathy Smith, Rolla Public Library Director, at 364-5206 or visit

Rolla’s Public Works Dept.
to begin micro-surfacing
City streets
The City of Rolla Public Works Department will begin asphalt micro-surfacing on several City streets beginning Monday, Sept. 17. The area will include several streets off of Rolla Street, beginning with Becca Dr., Brady Dr., and Sooter Lane, and followed by several streets near Oak Knolll Road and Sycamore Drive, as well as the streets located in Maggi Place. Additional streets will include Christy Drive off Rolla Street, and finally Seventh and Ninth Streets off Holloway Street, and several adjacent streets.
This micro-surfacing project is being completed by Donelson Construction Company. It is a quick set surfacing system that will provide an approximate one-quarter-inch-thick pavement resurfacing. Micro-surfacing is an economical alternative to hot asphalt mix overlays, which typically applies a minimum of two inches of pavement resurfacing.
A complete list of streets that are scheduled for micro-surfacing in Rolla is posted on the City of Rolla’s Website at
While this work may take several days to complete, streets that are being sealed will remain open with temporary one-lane traffic established. Flagmen will be present to direct traffic, and motorists and pedestrians are urged to remain cautious when traveling through the areas of work. Delays up to 20 minutes should be expected.
For more information, please call the Public Works Department at (573) 364-8659.

Basswood Drive
street improvements
The City of Rolla Public Works Department, in conjunction with Rainey & Son Construction, L.L.C., have begun substantial street improvements on Basswood Drive.
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

Rolla Police Dept.
to crack down on
child restraint violations
Missouri law requires all children under the age of eight to be in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat unless they weigh at least 80 pounds or are 4-foot, 9-inches tall.
The Rolla Police Department announced it is joining with law enforcement Sept. 16 thru Sept. 22 for an aggressive Child Passenger Safety Week Law Enforcement Campaign to crack down on Missouri’s child safety seat law violators and to reduce highway fatalities and injuries to children.
Car crashes are the number one killer of kids. Nearly 73% of all child restraints are not used correctly. Is your child safe? Sgt. Tim Mayfield said regular child safety seat and safety belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.
For more information, please visit

RPD cracking down
on impaired drivers
through September
The Rolla Police Department will be cracking down on impaired drivers by conducting a sobriety checkpoint during the month of September 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.
“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 contact Sgt. Tim Mayfield at (573) 308-1213 or visit

Rolla City Council
Mtg. set for
Oct. 1
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rolla City Hall - Council Chambers, 901 N. Elm Street. City Council meetings are usually held the first and third Monday of the month unless interrupted by an observed holiday.
To view the agenda and full agenda packet for the Oct. 1 Council meeting, please visit the City's Website at: A copy of the 2012-2013 City of Rolla Proposed budget is also available on this page on the Website.
Council meetings are also broadcast live on Rolla Channel 16, (Rolla's Public Education & Government channel).
For more information, please call City Administration at 426-6948.

City-wide Clean-up
set for Oct. 6 in Rolla
The City of Rolla Environmental Services Department will hold a City-wide Clean-up on Saturday, Oct. 6. If you wish to participate, please place all items near the curb by 6 a.m. Items should not be placed at the curb more than 72 hours in advance or 3 days prior to the October 6 pickup.
Examples of items that will be accepted are furniture, microwaves, televisions, old clothes, and normal household trash. Items that will not be accepted are appliances, water heaters, yard waste, tires, or construction debris such as sheet rock, shingles, concrete or rock.   Loose items should be placed in boxes or bags and small pieces of lumber should be bundled.
We ask that you do not place rollout trash containers at the curb on Oct. 6 because during this special City-wide Clean-up they will not be emptied. For more information, please call 364-6693.

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 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.

Environmental Services Important Dates

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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

Sept. 22 – Electronics & Appliance Collection (8 a.m. – noon); Brewer Science, Inc. Parking Lot, 2401 Brewer Dr. (in Hypoint Industrial Park at I-44 Exit 189/Hwy. V)
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. 22 – P.O.W. – M.I.A., Cruise In; (noon – 4 p.m.); Veterans Memorial Park, Southview Dr. (contact Jerry Bumpus for info at 573-647-7601)
Sept. 22 – Rolla Public Library Open House (1-4 p.m.); hotdogs, popcorn, library tours, book signings by several authors, crafts for kids, and door prizes (364-5206)
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.)

Nov. 2 – 5th Annual Operation Neighborhood Clean-Up (6:30 a.m.-noon); volunteers meet for at Greentree Christian Church Youth Center, 801 E. 10th St. (308-1213 – Vince Giacolone)
Nov. 5 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Nov. 12 – City Hall closed for Veterans Day Holiday
Nov. 19 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Nov. 22-23 – City Hall closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

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