Monday, October 29, 2012

City of Rolla Weekly E-Updates (Oct. 29, 2012)

Veterans Memorial
Park important
community asset

Mayor Bill Jenks, III
With one of the largest and most significant Army bases located just 30 miles west of Rolla at Fort Leonard Wood in St. Robert, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Rolla area is one of the most patriotic and military-friendly communities in the Midwest. 
Maybe that is why momentum for the development of Veterans Memorial Park, located off Southview Drive near Hwy.72, continues to be a high priority for not only our area veterans, and the South Central Regional Veterans Group (SCRVG), but active duty military members and the citizens of our community.
If you haven’t visited Veterans Memorial Park lately, I encourage you to do so. You can access the park not only from Southview Drive, but also on foot from the ACORN Trail, which runs along the north end of the park. The three most recognizable features of Veterans Memorial Park are the U.S. Armed Service Pentagon (with three flags), the new pavilion on the south end, and of course a large, paved parking lot with a display of the park’s master plan. It is quite apparent that progress is being made on the development of this multi-phased park, which is a City owned park that is being developed through donations, fund raising events such as Classic Car Cruise-Ins, luncheons, a lot of volunteers (which most recently included engineers from Fort Leonard Wood), and perhaps someday a large state or federal grant, or even a significant monetary gift from a generous group or individual.
If you have been interested in showing your support for Veterans Memorial Park, but haven’t had the right opportunity to do so, you may consider attending a luncheon and silent auction to honor Korean War Veterans on Saturday, Nov. 3. The fund-raiser, which is being coordinated by members of the SCRVG and area veterans, will begin 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, (consisting of our very own John Butz, City Administrator; Larry Stratman, County Commissioner; and musician Eric Arndt) 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. If you would like to order tickets for the luncheon, please contact Susan Hinkle, Treasurer of the SCRVG at 573-578-2141. 
In closing, I’d like to remind everyone that Halloween is just around the corner this Wednesday, Oct. 31. Fortunately between the Rolla Downtown Business Association (RDBA), area merchants, and City departments, there will be numerous safe, and fun festivities for people of all ages to participate in that evening, beginning at 5 p.m. at The Centre, Rolla PD, Rolla City Hall, and Fire & Rescue Station #2. You can be assured that members of the Rolla Police Department and VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service) will be out in our neighborhoods and business district to help monitor the safety of your children. But it is still imperative that everyone remains alert, wears bright colored clothing, and takes all the necessary precautions while enjoying the night’s festivities. Motorists are also encouraged to use extreme caution while driving on Halloween night, and to look out for pedestrians who are walking in the downtown area and throughout various neighborhoods. The City’s number one priority on Halloween night is to keep everyone safe. 
Enjoy the weekend, Happy Halloween, and have a safe week!

Missouri S&T students
assist city with
tree plantings
Members of the Missouri S&T Athletic Department’s Service Organization for Varsity Athletes or “M-Club” recently partnered with the City of Rolla Public Works Department to improve our local streams by assisting with stream bank stabilization efforts.
“Their efforts and work ethic are to be applauded,” said Anne McClay, Project Coordinator in the Engineering Division. “Not only did they volunteer their time, but they waded through creeks in the rain on a Sunday afternoon.”
(Pictured above are “M-Club” members – kneeling (l to r): Andrew Schranck and Alex Griffin; standing (l to r) : Aljaz Kerc, Andrew Simek, Ethan Goldfarb, Drew Larkins, Chris Lohff, Keith Sponsler, Delancey Rougely, Adriel Hawkins, Samantha Wermager, Jusean Archibald, Chris Marchman, Kyle Stocker. Not pictured are: Billy Neds, Molly Clements, Rachel Ederle.
As part of their community service requirements with Missouri S&T the students spent the afternoon “harvesting” willow cuttings from shrubs along Deible Creek and planting them along recent creek improvements on Burgher Branch and Carter Creek.
“You could not ask for a more out ongoing, hard-working and enthusiastic group of students to help you with a project like this,” said McClay. “The City is very appreciative of all their assistance and the contribution they made to this important environmental program to help stop stream bank erosion. We often forget about what a great resource we have in our local volunteer organizations.”
For more information about volunteering or the City’s stream bank stabilization program, please contact Anne McClay, Project Coordinator, at 426-6955.
City of Rolla makes
Halloween festivities
safe and fun for all

The City of Rolla will offer numerous festivities on Halloween night Wednesday, Oct. 31 by passing out candy, hosting costume contests, and making the community feel welcome at The Centre, Rolla Police Department, Rolla Fire & Rescue, Station 2 and at Rolla City Hall. 
The Centre, located at 1200 North Holloway St., will kick off the evening with their annual Fall Costume Contest between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Show off your costumes and you will receive a treat. Costumes will be judged according to age groups and winners will receive Centre gift certificates.
The Rolla Police Department will be handing out candy Halloween night beginning at 5 p.m. at RPD Headquarters located at 1007 North Elm Street. Rolla Fire and Rescue will hand out candy and host a child-friendly haunted house inside Eugene Northern Community Hall at Fire Station #2 on Halloween night between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Fire Station #2 is located at 400 West Fourth Street. The haunted house is free and open to the public.
Members of the Administration and Public Works departments will also pass out candy and treats in the lobby of City Hall (901 N. Elm Street) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Your children’s safety and the safety of the public is the City’s number one concern on Halloween night,” said Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, III. “Please stay safe while you are enjoying the festivities around town.” 

needed for
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.

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, Nov. 5 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 Nov. 5 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. 31 – Have a Safe Trick or Treat in downtown Rolla (5-7 p.m.); sponsored by the RDBA
Oct. 31 –  Rolla City Departments host Halloween Festivities (5-7 p.m.); The Centre, Rolla PD, Rolla Fire & Rescue, Station #2, and Rolla City Hall

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

Dec. 1 – Rolla Christmas Parade (10 a.m.); Pine Street, downtown Rolla
Dec. 2 – City Council Mtg.
Dec. 14-22 – Christmas in the Park Light Display; Rolla Lions Club Park, Hwy. 63 S.; FREE, donations accepted
Dec. 17 – City Council Mtg.

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