Wednesday, January 23, 2013

City of Rolla Weekly E-Updates (Jan. 23, 2013)

City kicks off
2013 with public
Mayor Bill Jenks, III
I’m sure everyone has been just as bewildered with the roller-coaster type of weather we have been having in the Ozark Highlands – and throughout the U.S. for that matter, as I am, but be assured that Old Man Winter will eventually raise its head before winter’s end, and we’ll be in the thick of a true Missouri snowstorm before long.
In the meantime, the beginning of a new year is an opportunity for the City to get out into the community and provide a comprehensive overview of the many City projects, programs, and plans that are completed or underway in our community. Our City Administrator, John Butz recently kicked off the first of such presentations last Friday when he gave an abbreviated State of the City “Community of Choice” PowerPoint presentation to members of the Rolla Rotary Club at their weekly meeting luncheon at Benton Square.

Through a series of graphs, analytics, photos and captions, John provided a snapshot of the significant projects that have recently been completed in the City and other projects that are well underway such as the new Public Works Service Park (located off McCutchen Drive near the Rolla Recycling Center) that includes a new building that will house the Environmental Services Department’s Vehicle Maintenance Division, and Solid Waste Division. Everything from the City’s sales tax revenue projections, construction activity, retail activity, and even industrial activity are discussed, as he provides an overview of the state of the city from a financial, economic, and operational perspective. 

In addition to the presentation, John also provides plenty of opportunity for questions and answers, and to discuss issues and concerns that are on the minds of citizens, merchants, and members of our community. The next ‘Community of Choice’ presentation John will make will be on Tuesday, Jan. 22 for the members of the Rolla Kiwanis Club.
These mini-State of the City presentations are also given at other civic club meetings throughout the area, business luncheons, and Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheons so that as many folks in the Rolla area have an opportunity to keep informed of ongoing City projects and operations. The presentations also provide a unique opportunity for folks to provide valuable input and feedback to the City, and to keep an open line of communication.
As we begin a new year, I thought it would be appropriate to mention that filing for the 2013 Rolla Municipal General Election ended on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The following individuals have filed as City Council candidates for the election, which will be held on Tuesday, April 2: Rhonda Sue Myers (Ward 1); Gregory M. Sawyer (Ward 2); Susan J. Eudaly (Ward 3); David B. Nenninger (Ward 3); Louis J. Magdits (Ward 4); Mike Samaras (Ward 4); Brian Woolley (Ward 5); Carrolyn Bolin (Ward 5); Mark W. Walburg (Ward 6) and Fran Mazanec (Ward 6).
 In closing I’d like to further clarify a topic I discussed in last week’s column regarding the importance of following the proper rules and guidelines when walking or biking in the City’s roadways. Missouri Revised Statues, Section 300.405.1 state that ‘Where sidewalks are provided, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.’ The statute further specifies that ‘where sidewalks are not provided any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall when practicable, walk only on the left side of the roadway or its shoulder facing traffic, which may approach from the opposite direction.’
In regards to bicycles, the City’s municipal code (Chapter 27, Section 27-15) states that ‘Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by the laws of the state.’ The code further states that ‘Whenever a person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.’ This situation pertains especially to the downtown area where individuals may be walking out of stores or restaurants onto a sidewalk when someone on a bicycle is approaching.
Have a nice weekend and a safe week!

RHS ECHO staff
donate time, funds
at Rolla Animal Shelter
Members of the Rolla High School ECHO newspaper staff, which consists of Rolla High School students,  generously donated their time and funds Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Rolla Animal Shelter where they visited and socialized with some of the puppies and dogs. The students also donated dog shampoo and toys prior to arriving Saturday morning for their two-hour visit.
“The Rolla Animal Shelter does so much for the Rolla community,” said Lacey Raper, Features Editor for the ECHO newspaper. “And there are so many citizens who don’t realize the needs of the animals at the Shelter.” 
(Members of the Rolla High School ECHO Newspaper staff spends time visiting with a female American Staffordshire Terrier at the Rolla Animal Shelter, located at Sharp Road. Pictured front row (l to r) are: Katie Williams, Editor; Lea Ahrens, Feature Editor; (second row, l to r): Sarah Grahl, Staff Writer; Gage Strulock, Opinion Editor and Lacey Raper, Copy Editor; (back row, l-r): Wilson Bryan, Sports Editor and Maggie Duncan, Staff Writer)
One of the animals they spent a lot of time with was a golden brown female American Staffordshire Terrier, which has a pink nose, plenty of energy, lots of affections, and is estimated to be about one to two-years-old. She is also available for adoption.
“It doesn’t take that much to just help out the animals – and spending time with them, playing with them, is beneficial not only to the animals and the employees at the Rolla Animal Shelter, but it is also very rewarding for all of us,” said Katie Williams, Editor of the ECHO. Mary Gillis, who is the students’ advisor for ECHO, teaches Journalism and other writing classes at Rolla High School.
Over the past month, the Rolla Animal Shelter has seen several youth in the Rolla community who surprisingly asked for donations at Christmas and on birthdays to spend their gift money on items for the Rolla Animal Shelter.
“We are all amazed and proud of the youth of our community for their generous contributions and concern for the animals at the Rolla Animal Shelter,” said Roy Taylor, Animal Control Officer. The hours at the shelter are Monday thru Saturday, from 12-noon to 4 p.m. For more information about adopting a pet, please call 364-6995.

Rolla City Council
Mtg. set for
Feb. 4
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 4 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 Feb. 4 Council meeting, please visit the City's Website at:
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.

Daddy Daughter
Valentine’s Dance
Feb. 8 at The Centre
A Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance will be held on Friday, Feb. 8 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Centre - Rolla's Health & Recreation Complex located in the Fidelity Gymnasium, 1200 N. Holloway St.
The event is open to all daughters to attend with their Dads! The cost to attend is $25 for non-members and $20 for Centre members. Each additional child will be $2.50. This second annual event at The Centre will be a fun-filled night for Dads and their little ladies.
Dad's - put on your best suits and daughter's put on your prettiest dresses and join us for a very special evening to remember. The event will include dancing with a live DJ, refreshment area, craft table, soft play equipment for the tiny ones and new this year – a Party Pic Booth!
Do not miss out on this magical evening and be sure to register early. Pre-registration at The Centre (341-2386) will be required and the event will be limited in numbers. Registration deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 5.
PLEASE NOTE: Only family members may register together for this special event!

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!”

2013: Environmental Services Department’s List of Important Dates (Clip & Save)

Feb. 18, 2013 - President’s Day:  Monday’s trash will be picked up Tuesday; Tuesday’s trash will be picked up Wednesday.
April 6, 2013 - Citywide Spring Clean Up:  Saturday - Citywide clean up day
(residential only).
May 27, 2013 - Memorial Day:  Monday’s trash will be picked up Tuesday; Tuesday’s trash will be picked up Wednesday.
 July 4, 2013 - Independence Day:  Thursday’s trash will be picked up Wednesday.
Sept. 2, 2013 - Labor Day:  Monday’s trash will be picked up Tuesday; Tuesday’s trash will be picked up Wednesday.
Nov. 28, 2013 – Thanksgiving Day:  Thursday’s trash will be picked up Wednesday.
Dec. 25, 2013 – Christmas Day:  Trash service will not change.
Holidays NOT affecting trash or recycling collection:
            Oct. 14, 2013 – Columbus Day
            Nov. 11, 2013 – Veteran’s Day
            Nov. 29, 2013 – Day after Thanksgiving
            Dec. 31, 2013 – New Year’s Eve Day

Upcoming Events
Feb. 4 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Feb. 8 – Daddy Daughter Valentine’s Dance (7-8:30 p.m.); The Centre, 1200 N. Holloway; call 341-2386 to pre-register by Feb. 5
Feb. 18 – City Hall closed for President’s Day Holiday
Feb. 18 – Environmental Services Dept. closed for President’s Day; Monday’s trash picked up Tuesday; Tuesday’s trash picked up Wednesday
Feb. 19 – Rolla City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Feb. 26 – Rolla Day at the Capitol (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.); Senate Rotunda; Hosted by Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce (364-3577)

MARCH 2013
March 4 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
March 13 – St. Pat’s Court arrives at downtown bandshell (12-noon)
March 16 – St. Pat’s Parade (11 a.m.); Pine Street, downtown Rolla
March 18 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.

APRIL 2013
April 1 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
April 2 – Rolla General Municipal Election (polls open at 6 a.m.)
April 6 – City-wide Spring Clean-Up (items to curb by 6 a.m.); residential only (364-6693)
April 15 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
April 28 – Local Government Week Begins (April 28 thru May 4)

MAY 2013
May 6 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
May 18 – Public Works Celebration Day (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.); Downtown Bandshell and Festival Lot
May 19 - National Public Works Week Begins (May 19-25)
May 20 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)

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