Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Memorial Day Services set for May 27 at Veterans Memorial Park

The public is invited to attend a Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 27 beginning at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park (located on Southview Drive, off Hwy. 72 in Rolla, Missouri.) 

A formal program, which will include various speakers, and the ceremonial laying of wreaths by numerous service clubs and organizations in the region, will begin at 10 a.m. Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, III, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, will be the keynote speaker for the event. 

This service is being hosted by the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please call Stevie Kearse, Executive Director, RACC, at 364-3577.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Public Works Day Celebration great family event

Glorious weather coupled with lots of unique activities and special events helped make Public Works Day Celebration on May 18 in the downtown festival area a big success. This event officially kicked off National Public Works Week (May 19-25).  
The sounds of multiple horns honking, the smell of fresh buttered popcorn, free tours of the Frisco Caboose, and plenty of climbing opportunities on heavy equipment, made folks of all ages stop by to experience this festive and family event. (Children of all ages enjoyed the large pieces of heavy equipment on display during Public Works Day Celebration.) 
In addition to free photographs with Public Works mascot, P.W. Paws, an inflatable mega obstacle course, and hundreds of other free giveaways, the event was very well received by the Rolla community.

A special thanks goes to the members of the Public Works, Environmental Services, and Parks and Recreation Departments, Rolla Municipal Utilities, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the American Public Works Association for making this event the success it was.
“It’s always a great family outing that provides a unique opportunity to see a more interesting side of the world of Public Works,” said Hargis, who together with the Public Works staff put many hours into the creation, coordination and planning of City displays, pamphlets and educational exhibits that were enjoyed by all.   
For more information and photos of the event, please visit the City of Rolla Website at

Solarfest set for June 21 at Public House Brewing Company

   "Solarfest" will take place on Friday, June 21 at 6 p.m. at the Public House Brewing Company located at 600 N. Rolla Street in Rolla, Missouri. The event will include live bands,a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and delicious BBQ.
   Proceeds of the event will go to support the Missouri S&T Solar House Team as they travel to California in September to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013.
   The Missouri S&T Solar House Team is one of 14 teams under the Student Design and Experiential Learning Center on campus in Rolla. The team is comprised of over 100 students who design and build a solar house to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.  The team is also challenged with keeping an accurate budget and fundraising the almost $500,000 anticipated cost. For the Solar Decathlon 2013, Missouri S&T is proud to present the Chameleon House, an adaptable living environment.  The house is currently under construction and will travel to Irvine, CA in September to compete.
   For more information, please contact Emily Vandivert, at, or 660-853-1484.

Smoke Alarms important part of home fire escape plan

Realizing that smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan, and that smoke alarms save lives, the City of Rolla Fire & Rescue Department is promoting fire safety during the month of May.
Did you realize that almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms? When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Please follow these easy to remember tips regarding the importance of smoke alarms:
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button
  • Smoke rises; so install smoke alarms high on a wall or on a ceiling
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps”, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away
  • Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly
  • Smoke alarms are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These devices use strobe lights.
For more information, please visit the National Fire Protection Association Website at

City of Rolla Weekly E-Updates (May 21, 2013)

Open House set
for May 22
at Environmental
Services Facility
The public is invited to attend an Open House at the City of Rolla’s new Environmental Services facility located at 2301 McCutchen Drive on Wednesday, May 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
The event kicks off with a ribbon cutting ceremony coordinated by the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Ambassadors,  followed by tours of the facility and light refreshments.
The 20,-000-sqaure-foot facility houses the Environmental Services’ Vehicle Maintenance and Sanitation Divisions previously located off Sharp Road.
The highly efficient ‘green’ facility, which was in the works for over 15 years, significantly improves the working environment, storage capacity and the quality of services now provided by City employees for the Rolla community.
For more information, please call 364-6693.

May 27 for
Memorial Day Holiday
Rolla City Hall (901 N. Elm Street) will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
The Centre, Rolla’s Health and Recreation Complex (1200 N. Holloway St.), will be open Memorial Day from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. The indoor pool at The Centre will be closed for an equipment upgrade beginning Monday, May 27, and will reopen on Tuesday, June 4.
SplashZone, Rolla’s outdoor water park, will be open on Memorial Day, May 27 from 12-noon to 5 p.m.
The City’s Environmental Services Department will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Monday’s trash will be picked up on Tuesday, and Tuesday’s trash will be picked up on Wednesday. There will be no special pick ups on Wednesday.
A Memorial Day Service coordinated by the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce will be held on Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, (located on Southview Drive off of Hwy. 72).For more information, please call 426-6948 or visit the City’s Website at

Law Enforcement
Torch Run set
for May 28
As many of us make plans for the Memorial Day weekend, Rolla Police Officers along with officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Phelps County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri S&T and several surrounding police agencies, are preparing  to run  in the 28th Annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run on Tuesday, May 28.
This year the torch run starts at the Sullivan Wal-Mart parking lot at 9 a.m., and ends in a gala celebration with all the runners arriving at the Rolla Kohls parking lot (220 N. Bishop) at approximately 1:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase and entertainment provided by Travel Tunes DJ service starting at 12:30 p.m.
 “We invite the entire community to join us in a gala celebration as we cheer on the runners and show them how much we support and appreciate their efforts,” said Sgt. Vince Giacolone, who is coordinating the event with Lt. Steve Davis, a member of the Troup I State Highway Patrol.
For more information, please contact Sgt. Giacolone at 308-1213.

RPD to conduct
sobriety checkpoints
month of May
The Rolla Police Department will be cracking down on impaired drivers by conducting one to two sobriety checkpoints during the month of May 2013.
Law enforcement efforts will be increased in an endeavor to reduce the deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers. Those caught drinking and driving could lose their license, money, and freedom.
For more information, please visit

Rolla City Council
Mtg. set for
June 3
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, June 3 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 June 3 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.

Rolla Optimist Tennis
Program set for
June 10-20
Summer is right around the corner, and the Rolla Optimist Tennis Program for children ages 9-15 will be held June 10 through June 20 at the Ber Juan Tennis Complex (located at the corner of Holloway and 14th Streets in Rolla) next to The Centre.
The program is FREE, and parent help is welcomed. Donations accepted. For more specific details and a registration form, please click on link below:

Rolla Downtown
Farmers Market
open every Tuesday
The Rolla Downtown Farmers Market will be open from 7 a.m. until 12-noon every  Tuesday through October in the downtown festival lot next to City Hall (at the corner of 9th and Oak Streets).
Vendors will be set up in the lower festival lot at City Hall beneath the large blue shade canopy.
The market is known for locally grown produce, homemade breads, jams and jellies, locally grown plants, farm fresh eggs, fresh meat, and various other handcrafted and homemade goodies.
For more information, please contact Joyce Schaefferkoetter at 573-265-6122 or at 573-201-3671.
The mission of the market is to provide fresh produce and local crafts in a family-friendly outdoor market to the Rolla community.
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2013: Environmental Services Dept. List of Important Dates (Clip & Save) 

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
MAY 2013
May 22 – Open House for new Environmental Services facility; (4-6 p.m.); 2301 McCutchen Drive (364-6693); open to the public
May 27 – Memorial Day Services (10 a.m.); Veterans Memorial Park, Southview Dr.
May 28 – Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Missouri; starts at Sullivan Wal-Mart at 9 a.m.; ends at Rolla Kohls parking lot at 1:30 p.m.; gala celebration at 12:30 p.m. (Sgt. Vince Giacolone, 308-1213)
May 31-June 2 – Route 66 Summerfest; downtown festival lots; details at           
JUNE 2013
June 1-2 – Route 66 Summerfest; downtown festival lots; details at
June 2 – 9th Annual Youth Fishing Fair (1-3 p.m.); Ber Juan Lake; FREE (341-2368)
June 3 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
June 17 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
JUILY 2013
July 1 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
July 4 – City Hall closed for Independence Day
July 15 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)

Scott A. Grahl
Communications Director
City of Rolla, Missouri
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