Thursday, October 11, 2012

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

 Local Fire
to host
Open Houses

Local Fire Departments, including the City of Rolla Fire & Rescue and Rolla Rural Fire Protection District, will host open houses on Saturday, Oct. 13.
The City of Rolla Fire & Rescue’s Open House will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Station #1 located at 1490 E. Tenth Street. Scheduled activities at this open house include free popcorn and snow cones; a Vehicle Extrication Demonstration at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Fire Station tours; fire apparatus and equipment display; Lowe’s Fire Safety Smoke Trailer; a rappelling demonstration; Rolla Homeland Security Response Team – Vehicle & Equipment Display; smoke detector program, child safety seat program, complimentary fire helmets and badges; T-shirt and poster give-a-ways; photos with Firepup (the Fire & Rescue mascot); and best of all, ladder truck rides.
The Rolla Rural Fire Protection District Open House will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1575 East Lions Club Drive. Scheduled activities include free food and drinks; games for all ages, fire station tours, fire apparatus & equipment display; Phelps County Ambulance; Phelps County Sheriff’s Department; Life Line Helicopter (1-3 p.m.); Missouri Conservation Department Smokey the Bear and a Bulldozer; and much more.
For more information regarding either of these open houses, please contact the City of Rolla Fire & Rescue at (573) 364-3989 or Rolla Rural Fire Protection District at (573) 341-2211.

34th Annual Arts &
Crafts Festival
set for Oct. 13
The 34th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in historic downtown Rolla. The event coincides each year with Missouri S&T homecoming festivities.
The festival, which is free, will be held on Pine Street where historic Route 66 runs through the heart of town. The festival, a favorite among locals and visitors who are looking for those one-of-a-kind items that make the perfect holiday gift, will include authentic crafts, information booths, food and entertainment.
Several food and beverage vendors will be set up on 9th Street next to the Rolla Public Library so you can have lunch or a snack outdoors as you stroll the Main Street of America, visit with friends and enjoy the festivities. 
Rolla Cruise-In
Christmas for GRACE
set for Oct. 13
The Rolla Cruise-In Christmas for GRACE, which is free and open to the community, will be held on Sat., Oct. 13 from 5-8 p.m. at Fairgrounds Auto Plaza (located at Fairgrounds Road and Kingshighway).
In addition to all the classic and vintage cars, there will also be motorcycles at the Cruise-In. There will also be a DJ (Jim Larson), great music, and much more, so bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a great night out.
There will be a dash plaque given (as supplies last) to anyone who brings a child's unwrapped gift or cash donation for the GRACE (Greater Rolla Area Charitable Enterprise) For Christmas project. Refreshments will also be provided by the Rolla Road Riders.
In addition, there will be a Poker Run ($5 a hand - best hand poker as you go through town to pick your cards) through the City of Rolla with five stops, terminating at Fairgrounds Auto  Plaza. Proceeds will go towards GRACE for Christmas as well.
For more information, please contact Jim Larson at 573-465-0865.

Rolla City Council
Mtg. set for
Oct. 15
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 15 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.

Basswood Drive
street improvements
The City of Rolla Public Works Department, in conjunction with Rainey & Son Construction, L.L.C., continue substantial street improvements on Basswood Drive.
The Basswood Drive and Boxelder Drive Street Improvement project 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

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 Operation Neighborhood Clean Up Committee has over 25 homes targeted throughout the community for the clean-up, but there is still an opportunity for about 5 more homes to be added to the list. If you are interested or know someone who is in need of assistance during the clean-up, please contact Officer Vince Giacolone at the RPD at 308-1213.
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 

Luncheon to honor
Korean War Veterans
set for Nov. 3
The public is invited to attend a luncheon and silent auction to honor Korean War Veterans on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 12-noon at Greentree Christian Church (located at 800 Greentree Road in Rolla).
Tickets for the event, which include a delicious meal of barbecue pork, cole slaw, potato salad, and dessert, are $20 per person. The acoustic guitar band, Trilogy, will also be performing, and a preview of “Little Women” will be presented by Ozark Actors Theatre.
Proceeds from this event will go towards the development of Veterans Memorial Park and the completion of the new pavilion that was recently constructed in the park. Veterans Memorial Park, which is a City of Rolla park, is located on Southview Drive near Hwy. 72.
To order your tickets for the luncheon or for more information, please contact Susan Hinkle, Treasurer of the South Central Regional Veterans Group (S.C.R.V.G.), at 573-578-2141.
The event will be hosted by members of the S.C.R.V.G., area veterans and volunteers who are committed to the development and completion of Veterans Memorial Park.
Environmental Services Important Dates
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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
Oct. 13 – 34th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Oct. 13 – Open House at City of Rolla Fire & Rescue (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.); Station #1
Oct. 13 – Open House at Rolla Rural Fire Protection Agency (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Oct. 13 – Rolla Cruise-In Christmas for GRACE (5-8 p.m.); Fairgrounds Auto Plaza
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. 3 – Luncheon and Silent Auction to honor Korean War Veterans (12-noon); Greentree Christian Church; proceeds to benefit Veterans Memorial Park; tickets-$20; call Susan Hinkle at 578-2141 for more info
Nov. 3 – 29th Annual Optimist Flap Jack Day (6 a.m. – 2 p.m.); St. Patrick Parish Hall; proceeds benefit Rolla Area youth ($5-Advance; $6-Door – Under 6 FREE)
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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