Friday, October 19, 2012

City of Rolla Weekend Updates (Oct. 19, 2012)

City of Rolla
Fire & Rescue Open
House big success
More than 500 residents and community members enjoyed the many festivities and hospitality provided during the Open House at the City of Rolla Fire & Rescue Headquarters on Saturday, Oct. 13.
From the Jaws of Life and extrication demonstrations, to free snow cones, popcorn and fire helmets, free 100-foot-ladder rides, and photo opps. with Fire Pup, the mascot, the Open House had something for everyone.
The Fill-A-Boot and sale of pink T-shirts to raise funds for Breast Cancer research was also a big success.
In addition, a decontamination Hazmet tent was set up to give visitors a better view of what emergency management activities are all about.
”We were all thrilled with the great turnout for the Open House,” said Fire Chief Robert Williams.
“And I would like to extend my appreciation not only to everyone who attended the event, but also to my staff who went above and beyond to make it such an enjoyable and memorable occasion.”

Ber Juan Park
fall colors
A mother and daughter pause for a ‘Kodak’ moment in what could be considered the most colorful and vibrant area in Rolla where a walking trail runs through a panoramic row of oak trees in Ber Juan Park.
The 85-acre Ber Juan Park, the centerpiece of Rolla’s parks, is a great place to take a walk and enjoy the spectacular fall colors we are experiencing in the Rolla area. 
A walking and exercise trail encompasses most of the Park, with outdoor fitness equipment stationed along the trail. 

Disabled American
Veterans Chapter 49
donates $1,000 to
Veterans Memorial Park
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 49 Commander, Joesph Montgomery, (left), presents a $1,000 check to Jerry Bumpus, newly elected Chairman of the South Central Regional Veterans Group (SCRVG). Also present at the Oct. 11 SCRVG meeting where the presentation took place, is past DAV Commander, Paul Schuler (right). 
The funds will be used for the development of Veterans Memorial Park, a City of Rolla park located on Southview Drive behind Casey’s off of Hwy. 72. 
The next fund-raising event sponsored by the SCRVG is a Luncheon to Honor Korean War Veterans on Saturday, Nov. 3 beginning at 12-noon at Greentree Christian Church. 

Landmark Christian
Academy students
tour Rolla City Hall
Steve Hargis, Director of Public Works with the City of Rolla (standing), provides an overview of the Rolla West Master Plan and Veterans Memorial Park master plan to a group of students and teachers from Landmark Christian Academy who were taking a tour of Rolla City Hall on Oct. 16. 
The students, who are in grades First through Sixth, also toured the Rolla City Council Chambers, Rolla Municipal Court, the GIS/Engineering Divisions in Public Works, and City Administration where they were welcomed by City Administrator John Butz.
If a school, organization or civic club would like to schedule a tour of Rolla City Hall sometime in the future, please contact Scott Grahl, Communications Director, at 426-6943 or at

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 classic rock 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.

 Rolla City Council
Mtg. set for
Nov. 5
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.

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. 22 – Cardio for a Cure (6-8 p.m.); The Centre, 1200 N. Holloway (341-2386); $10 per person; contact Karen Richards,
Oct. 31 – Have a Safe Trick or Treat in downtown Rolla (5-7 p.m.); sponsored by the RDBA

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. 7 – Rolla Board of Public Works Mtg. (4:30 p.m.); 101 West 10th St. (Tucker Centre)
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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