Friday, September 7, 2012

City of Rolla Weekend E-Updates (Sept. 7, 2012)

Mayor Jenks proclaims
Lewy Body Dementia
Awareness Day in Rolla
Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, III proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012  “Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Day” at the Sept. 5 Rolla City Council meeting.  Mayor Jenks presented the proclamation to Jane Haskell, RHS Board of Education member, (left), and her daughter, Joannie.
Mrs. Haskell’s husband, Coach Dan Haskell, who was a former Rolla High School wrestling coach for numerous years, a 9th Grade football coach at Rolla Jr. High School, and a public educator for 32 years, most of which was in the Rolla Public Schools system, was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in 2004. A Vietnam Veteran, Coach Haskell was a huge advocate for health and fitness, and he loved running, which he passed onto his daughters.
In an effort to bring more awareness and understanding regarding Lewy Body Dementia, the Haskell family, including Jane and her daughters, Joannie, Ann and Dana, will be hosting the Coach Haskell 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Rolla Junior High Hill.

Mayor Jenks presents
Key to the City to
Olympian Chantae McMillan
Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, III presented a Key to the City plaque to Rolla High School star athlete, All American and Olympian Chantae McMillan at the Sept. 5, 2012 Rolla City Council meeting. Pictured (l to r) are: Chantae’s mother, Peggy McMillan; Chantae’s father, Badger McMillan;  and Chantae.  The plaque reads: “In recognition of Chantae McMillan (RHS Class of 2006), whose inspired performance at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London, England, UK, captured the hearts of the Rolla community.”

Scott Caron, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Rolla, presents Olympian Chantae McMillan with athletic apparel from The Centre, Rolla’s Health and Recreation complex, during the Sept. 5, 2012 Rolla City Council meeting.

Canine Plunge set
for Sept. 8
at SplashZone
The ever popular Canine Plunge, the end of season swim for pets, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 from noon-3 SplashZone, Rolla’s favorite outdoor waterpark (located on 14th Street in Rolla).
Pets must be accompanied by an owner and must be socialized and have current vaccine updates. Early registration is required, and the event is limited to 30 canines ($5 per canine).
To register or for more info, please call Mitch Lewis, Aquatics Manager, at 364-8222.

Planning & Zoning
Mtg. set for Sept. 11
A Planning & Zoning Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Rolla City Hall – Council Chambers, 90 N. Elm Street.
There will be a report on City Council actions from the Aug. 20 City Council meeting to approve an amendment to Exhibit 1 of the Pebble Stone Planned Unit Development (first and final reading, approved).
In addition, there will be a public hearing on the request to re-zone property at 2009 Vichy Road from R-2 (two family district) zoning to R-3 (multi-family district) zoning.
The public is invited to attend the meeting, and as always the meeting will be broadcast live on Rolla Channel 16 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Parking Lot Stencils
encourage motorists
to Buckle Up
The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is reminding area school districts and businesses they can request parking lot stencils that encourage motorists to buckle up and Arrive Alive.
The reusable stencils are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Designs can be painted on concrete or asphalt surfaces in parking lots and driveways of schools and businesses.  Those requesting the stencils must provide their own paint and manpower.
Traffic fatalities in Missouri are up 13 percent for the year, and 63 percent of those killed in traffic crashes this year were not wearing their seat belts.
For more information about the stencils or other highway safety resources available to help educate students about safe driving practices, call 1-888-275-6636 or log onto

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

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

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 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. 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.

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. 6-8 – 79th Annual Grape and Fall Festival, St. James, Mo (
Sept. 8 – Lions Club Park Free Fishing Derby (8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.); Lions Club Park
Sept. 8 – Missouri S&T Coterie Fall Coffee (9 a.m. – 11 a.m.); Rolla Episcopal Church, 1000 Main St. (Nancy Block, 578-2797 or
Sept. 8 – Canine Plunge at SplashZone (noon-3 p.m.); end of season swim for pets (accompanied by owner) that have been socialized and have had current vaccine updates. Early registration required – limited to 30 canines ($5 per canine); 364-8222
Sept. 8 – Cruise In (5-8 p.m.) Fairground Chevrolet; 100 Fairgrounds Rd.
Sept. 11 – Planning & Zoning Commission Mtg. (5:30 p.m.)
Sept. 17 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
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. 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. 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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