P.W. Services Park
|Mayor Bill Jenks, III|
After nearly 15 years of planning, designing and finalizing the construction of a 20,000-square-foot steel building, the City’s Vehicle Maintenance Division and Sanitation Division – divisions of the Environmental Services Department, are in the process of relocating to the new facility located off McCutchen Drive in the Public Works Services Park (next to the Rolla Recycling facility).
The Vehicle Maintenance Division formerly located at the corner of 18th and Old St. James Road, will be moving into the new facility on McCutchen Dr. this Monday, Feb. 11. The former building was bought by the Rolla Monument Company, which will be occupying it soon.
Members of the Sanitation Division, currently located in an antiquated structure in the old Public Works Services Yard off Sharp Road, will move into the new Public Works Services park facility sometime in mid-February.
The relocation of both of these important City divisions will greatly improve not only the working conditions and environment for the employees, but also their ability to operate much more efficiently and in a much healthier environment. Much care and attention was made by the City, Archer-Elgin Surveying and Engineering, LLC and Bales Construction Co., Inc. to enhance the air quality in the facility, the HVAC systems, heating systems, and overall insulation of the building. This facility, which was long overdue, and as I said, many years in the planning, will provide a much improved work environment that will be ADA compatible, and in compliance with all the Department of Natural Resources rules and regulations. In fact, the facility could probably serve as a great example or model for other cities and municipalities interested in designing and constructing such a facility.
A lot of hard work, research, planning and thought went into the design, layout, work flow, energy efficiencies, cost savings, and high quality construction of this facility by many individuals, including Brady Wilson, Director of Environmental Services; Steve Hargis, Director of Public Works; John Butz, City Administrator; Archer-Elgin Surveying and Engineering, based in Rolla, and of course, the contractor, Bales Construction Co., Inc. I can’t thank all of these individuals and companies enough for all their diligence in finishing the project on time and under budget – with a quality product that will meet the needs of the Environmental Services Department and Rolla community for several years to come.
The Rolla community, I believe, has a lot to be proud of with the addition of this new facility, and I think when you see it, you will agree. The City is planning a grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new facility just as soon as both divisions get relocated and settled in, and I’ll be sure to let you know when this event will be held, so you can put it on your calendar. Tours of the facility will be available for the public, and City staff will be available to answer questions and introduce you to the Vehicle Maintenance Division and Sanitation Division staff.
Other future additions planned, but not yet funded, at the new Public Works Services Park on McCutchen, will include a new facility for the Public Works’ Street Division, Traffic Engineering/Sign Division, and a new Animal Shelter that will serve the needs of the Rolla region, and hopefully beyond. With over 100 acres of land available at the Public Works Services Park that is owned by the City of Rolla, several tracks of land are also part of an industrial park that have already been considered for purchase by other businesses and industries throughout the country and abroad. The City is hopeful that the Public Works Services Park and Industrial Park will attract yet more manufacturing, commercial and hi-tech industry to the Rolla region.
Have a nice weekend and a safe week!
Rolla Planning & Zoning
Mtg. set for Feb. 12
The next Rolla Planning & Zoning Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Rolla City Hall (901 N. Elm Street).
In addition to the approval of the Jan. 8, 2013 minutes, there will be a report on recent City Council Actions to approve the request for the final plat of Blue’s Lake Plat No 10 (Dietzmann); and to approve the request to vacate portions of a 20-ft. utility easement dedicated from Lot #1 of Deer Crossing East Subdivision and a 10-ft. utility easement from Lot #8 in the La Chateau Place Subdivision and to substitute said utility easement with a replacement 10-ft. utility easement also taken from Lot #8, as described herein.
Also included under the report on City Council Actions will be the request to approve changes to chapter 42, known as the Planning and Zoning Code, Division 18, Signs, including Section 42-2441, Definitions, 42-244.2 Exempt Signs, Section 42-2443.3 General Sign Provisions, and Section 42-244.9, Non-Conforming Signs (Public Hearing and First Reading).
Under New Business there will be a request to approve the final plat of Bruss’s 1st Addition, a minor subdivision, part of Block 11, of Bishop’s 4th Addition (CVS#10280).
Under Report from Chairperson, Committees or Staff there will be the following:
A) Researching regulations pertaining to the establishment of Family Entertainment and Recreation Centers in Rolla
B) Drafting an Ordinance that would establish a Rolla Historic Preservation Commission.
C) Pathway Subdivision – minor subdivision; Revision to the Lexington Place PUD.
Rolla City Hall
to close Feb. 18 for
Rolla City Hall will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18 in observance of Presidents’ Day. The Rolla City Council meeting, ordinarily held the first and third Monday of the month, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Rolla City Hall (901 North Elm Street).
The City’s Environmental Services Department will also be closed on Monday, Feb. 18 in observance of Presidents’ Day. The department will be picking up Monday’s trash on Tuesday, Feb. 19 and Tuesday’s trash will be picked up on Wednesday, Feb. 20. There will be no special pickups on Wednesday, Feb. 20.
For more information, please visit www.rollacity.org.
Rolla City Council
Mtg. set for
Due to the President’s Day Holiday on Monday, Feb. 18, the next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19 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. 19 Council meeting, please visit the City's Website at: http://rollacity.org/admin/agenda.shtml#agenda.
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.
Feb. 22 at Eugene
Northern Community Hall
In an effort to focus on Heart Awareness during the month of February, The Centre staff will be holding a Healthy Heart Zumba (dance) Party on Friday, Feb. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Eugene Northern Community Hall (located at 400 West Fourth Street) in Rolla, Missouri.
The Centre staff will donate the proceeds to the Heart to Heart Committee, which is a branch of the Foundation at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (P.C.R.M.C.).
The Heart to Heart Committee has been able to gift countless men and women in our community screenings that they would otherwise not be able to afford. Several individuals have even had to have immediate medical action so the committee and Centre staff are thrilled to be able to ZUMBA (dance) for such a great cause!
Door prizes will be given to winning participants! All ages are welcome for this FUNdraiser! The entry fee is $10 or FREE for unlimited class pass holders. So sign up today at The Centre (1200 N. Holloway St.), or call The Centre at 573-341-2386.
Taste of Rolla
Which locally owned restaurant makes the best chili in Rolla? Well, you get to vote on it at the Taste of Rolla Chili Cook-Off which will be held on Saturday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eugene Northern Community Hall (located at 400 West 4th Street).
Thirteen locally owned restaurants will provide healthy portions of their specially made chili to be sampled by you, and then you will vote for your favorite. Chili, hot dogs and soda will be available for purchase with all proceeds going to Special Olympics Missouri. Musical entertainment will be provided by the popular classic acoustic guitar rock group, Trilogy.
This event, which is sponsored by the Rolla Police Department, is a Law Enforcement Torch Run event to support Special Olympics Missouri athletes. The Rolla Police Department has been an avid supporter for Special Olympics for over 30 years, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for local athletes. Please come out and help us help the athletes.
For more information or to answer any questions, please contact Sgt. Vince Giacolone, VIPS Director/Community Police Officer, at 573-308-1213.
Spring Breakout camp
at The Centre
Spring Break for Rolla Public Schools students is just around the corner (March 25-29), so don’t just sit home all week with nothing to do!
Calling all kids ages 6-13 to come to The Centre (1200 N. Holloway St.) for The Centre’s Spring Breakout Camp! We will play a variety of games, create crafts and swim everyday in our indoor pool. There will be a break in the middle of the day for lunch (bring your own).
We will also watch family-friendly movies and play fun board games. Parents can drop off their kids beginning at 7:30 a.m. and pick up as late as 5:30 p.m. The hours of the camp (March 25-29) are Monday thru Friday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). The fee for the entire week is only $100 for Centre members or $125 for non-members! Grab some friends and sign up today for Spring Breakout Camp! The registration deadline is March 20!
For more information, please call The Centre at 341-2386 or stop by anytime and visit our front desk for details.
to be held once
annually in April
Due to a 50 percent decline in materials picked up during the City of Rolla’s semi-annual Citywide Clean-Up traditionally held the first Saturday in April and October, the City’s Environmental Services Department will now offer the clean-up once a year in April.
The recommendation made to the Rolla City Council by Brady Wilson, Director of Environmental Services, to cut the clean-ups back to once a year was approved by the City Council at the Feb. 5 City Council meeting. “Cutting the citywide clean-ups back to once a year will save the City about $7,000 in labor, fuel and tipping fees,” said Wilson. “We were seeing the biggest decline in the amount of materials collected during the October clean-up, so we chose the April clean-up, which is when many households do their spring cleaning.”
The year-round service for the disposal of large items, however, will continue to be offered through the department for a nominal fee. Individuals may also dispose of items at the Phelps County Transfer Station for a small fee. The Transfer Station is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and may be contacted by calling 364-8771.
The next Citywide Clean-Up will be held on Saturday, April 6. We simply ask that items be placed to the curb by 6 a.m. Common acceptable items include furniture, beds, toys, microwaves, and televisions, boxed or bagged trash. Unacceptable items include major appliances, construction or demolition debris, loose trash, and brush/yard waste. Loose items should be placed in boxes or bags and small pieces of lumber should be bundled.
We ask that you do not place your roll-out container to the curb, because during this special clean-up it will not be emptied. If you have any questions, please call the Environmental Services Department at 364-6693.
FREE family education fair-
Growing Green! Learn, Grow,
Harvest, April 13
The Phelps County Master Gardener’s are hosting a FREE family education fair – Growing Green! Learn, Grow, Harvest on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ministry Center of the First Baptist Church (located at 10th and North Cedar Streets in Rolla).
The purpose of the fair is to educate and inform visitors on environmentally friendly, ecologically sound, and sustainable yard and garden practices. Informative presentation and demonstrations on topics, including Drip Irrigation, Improving Soil Quality, Plant Pollinators, and Gardening in Climate Change in Missouri will be featured.
In addition, there will be exhibits, displays, and hands-on activities for all ages! Topics include Container Gardening, Soil Types, Garden Cover Crops, Vermicomposting (worms!), Community Gardens, Growing from Seed, Protecting Storm water, Herb Gardening, Rain Barrels, Saving Energy, Canning and Preserving, make your own seed starting pot, and lots more.
Vegetables, annuals and herbs for your garden will also be available for sale, and seedlings will be given away in the morning and afternoon! Door prizes will also be given away throughout the day.
For more information, please contact the Phelps County Extension Agency at 458-6260 or visit www.phelpscountygardeners.com.
-13 to come to The Centre for our Spring Breakout Camp! We will play a variety of games, create
Rolla Channel 16
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 http://rollachannel16.com.
Rolla Channel 16, Rolla’s premiere Education and Government channel, is also now live streaming (24/7) at http://rollachannel16.com. 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 http://rollachannel16.com.
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 Kenny.Perzan@fidelitycommunications.com.
Be sure to watch Rolla Channel 16 – “Education, Government and Community for you!”
2013: Environmental Services Dept. List of Important Dates (Clip & Save)
Feb. 12 – Rolla Planning & Zoning Commission Mtg. (5:30 p.m.)
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. 22 – Zumba Party – Heart Awareness (7-8:30 p.m.); Eugene Northern Community Hall, 400 W. Fourth St.; The Centre will donate proceeds to the Heart to Heart Committee – a branch of the Foundation at PCRMC; Fee: $10 or FREE for unlimited class pass holders (sign up today at 341-2386)
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 4 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
March 9 – Taste of Rolla Chili Cook-Off (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.); Eugene Northern Community Hall, 400 W. 4th Street; proceeds to benefit Special Olympics Missouri
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.
March 25-29 – Spring Breakout Camp at The Centre (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.); 1200 N. Holloway St.; to register, call 341-2386; registration deadline: March 20
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 13 – Phelps County Master Gardner’s to host FREE family education fair – Growing Green! Learn, Grow, Harvest (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.); Ministry Center of the First Baptist Church, 10th and N. Cedar Streets (458-6260)
April 15 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
April 28 – Local Government Week Begins (April 28 thru May 4)
May 2 – Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast (6:30 a.m.); Havener Center, Missouri S&T Campus; (for info, contact Emily Barnes, National Day of Prayer Committee, email@example.com)
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
City of Rolla, Missouri
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