Monday, October 8, 2012

City of Rolla Weekly E-Updates (Oct. 8, 2012)

Local Fire
to host
Open Houses
Mayor Bill Jenks, III
The beautiful, cool fall weather we are having lately reminds us all why we enjoy living, working and playing in the Ozark Highlands. And if you didn’t have an opportunity to attend the 3rd Annual Celebration of Nations last Saturday, ride a camel or sample international foods, you missed another great event that is among the many festivals and celebrations held in Rolla, Missouri.
With the addition of this unique, Olympic-like international festival, made possible through the International Affairs office at Missouri S&T, the Celebration of Nations Planning Committee, numerous international student groups at Missouri S&T, and many generous sponsors throughout the Rolla community, Rolla is hosting some type of festival, parade, community-wide event, sporting tournament or tourism event almost every month. Sometimes, numerous events are held the same day or weekend.
Next Saturday, Oct. 13 local Fire Departments, including the City of Rolla Fire & Rescue and Rolla Rural Fire Protection District, will host an open house the entire community is invited to attend. The City of Rolla Fire & Rescue’s Open House will be held 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 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.
In closing, I’d like to remind everyone that next Saturday, Oct. 13 is also Homecoming Weekend for students and alumni at Missouri S&T, and the 34th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Rolla. There will be lots of authentic crafts, great gifts for the holidays, as well as many other fun things to do on Saturday in downtown Rolla.
Enjoy the festivities, and have a safe week!

Rolla Planning & Zoning
Commission Mtg.
set for Oct. 9
The next Rolla Planning and Zoning Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9 in the Council Chambers at Rolla City Hall, 901 N. Elm St. The meeting is open to the public and will be televised live on Rolla Channel 16.
In addition to the approval of the Sept. 11, 2012 minutes, the Commission will receive a report on the Rolla City Council meeting held Sept. 17, 2012 regarding the approval for a request to re-zone property at 2009 Vichy Road from R-2 (two family district) zoning to R-3 (multi-family district) zoning (Burrell).
In addition, under New Business there will be a request to approve the subdivision plat of Blue’s Lake Plat No. 9 (Jack Dietzmann).
The Planning and Zoning Commission will review the subdivision plat and make a recommendation to the City Council. 

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., 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

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 

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. 9 –  Rolla Planning & Zoning Commission Mtg. (5:30 p.m.)
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. 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 – 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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