Monday, October 22, 2012

City of Rolla Weekly E-Updates (Oct. 22, 2012)

3rd Annual Cardio
for a Cure, Oct. 22
The 3rd Annual Cardio for a Cure event will be held today, Mon., Oct. 22 from 6-8 p.m. at The Centre (1200 N. Holloway St.).
This two-hour cardio event lets you pick between Boot-camp, Zumba or a combination of both. It's $10 per person and includes lots of door prizes and free drinks. Free child care is also provided.
Proceeds benefit the PCRMC Breast Cancer Center. For info, contact Karen Richards at The Centre at 341-2386 or e-mail her at

needed for
Mayor Bill Jenks, III
With less than two weeks before the 5th Annual Operation Neighborhood Clean-Up is held on Friday, Nov. 2, there are at least 30 households located throughout the City of Rolla that have been selected by the Rolla Police Department and Rolla Area Ministerial Alliance to receive assistance. And while many volunteers from past clean-ups have already signed up to help out with this year’s clean-up, there is always a need for more individuals and groups to help provide the kind of sweat-equity and teamwork that is required of this collaborative effort that involves numerous City departments. Rolla Municipal Utilities (RMU), Fidelity Communications, Century Link, and many other sponsors and supporters.
If you are interested in volunteering, you are encouraged to contact Officer Vince Giacolone, VIPS Director at the Rolla Police Department (308-1213), or attend the welcome gathering the morning of the clean-up on Nov. 2 at 6:30 a.m. at the Greentree Christian Church Youth Center (located at 801 East 10th Street). A complimentary hot breakfast will be provided, and the clean-up will take place from 7 a.m. to 12-noon.
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 involves limited tree trimming, hedge trimming, and the removal of brush piles, leaves, household items and trash.
Rolla City Administrator John Butz and I both plan to roll up our sleeves, put our gloves on, and participate in this year’s clean-up. And we look forward to working side by side with all the volunteers who want to make a difference in our community, and provide the kind of resources and assistance to others that otherwise would not be available.
I would like to express my appreciation in advance to Officer Vince Giacolone; Chris Foster, Assistant Pastor of Greentree Christian Church; Sgt. Jeremy Martens, Rolla Police Chief Mark Kearse; members of the Operation Neighborhood Clean-Up Committee; the Rolla Police Department; Rolla Area Ministerial Alliance; Fidelity Communications, Century Link, Rolla Municipal Utilities (RMU); several other sponsors and supporters, and others who have been planning and working behind the scenes for months to make this event the success that it always is!
In closing, I’d like to mention that the fall foliage is beginning to peak in certain areas around Phelps County, and this week is a great time to have an outdoor picnic at one of the City’s parks, or take a drive, stroll or bike ride. Fall is one the most beautiful seasons in the Ozark Highlands, and we are indeed fortunate to witness such a panoramic display of color and beauty as we pass by the eye-catching row of colorful oak trees in Ber Juan Park next to 10th Street.
If you have not yet taken a walk along this beautiful trail or the walking trail that winds throughout Ber Juan Park, I encourage you to do so. Lions Club Park (located off Hwy 63 South), Beaver Creek Conservation Area, Little Prairie Conservation Area, Lane Springs, Tanager Trail Ozark Nature Preserve, Meramec Springs Park (in St. James), and of course the 1.5-million acre Mark Twain National Forest, all provide beautiful backdrops to enjoy the great outdoors, and changing of the leaves.
Enjoy the weekend, and have a safe week!

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

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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