Monday, May 13, 2013

City of Rolla Weekly E-Updates (May 13, 2013)

Rolla National
Airport is
bevy of activity
Mayor Bill Jenks, III
Like a conductor of an orchestra, Darrin Bacon, air plane pilot, air plane instructor, and Manager of Rolla National Airport, is orchestrating numerous infrastructure projects that are transforming the look, feel and energy of the City’s 1,200–acre municipal airport.
Located about 13 miles north of Rolla off State Route 63 North and Hwy. 28 near the town of Vichy, Rolla National Airport, once a training base for World War II pilots, includes two runways over 5,500-feet long, a pilot’s lounge, several T-hangers and Barron Aviation.

It was once a relatively quiet national airport that served the general aviation needs of the Midwest. If you haven’t been out to the airport in the last few weeks, you might be astounded by the amount of earth moving, infrastructure improvements, and the sight of a very large sign announcing the future construction of a 25,000-square-foot building that will be home to a state-of-the-art high-tech manufacturing facility owned and operated by Brewer Science, Inc.
(Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, III, pictured left, visits with Dr. Terry Brewer, President and owner of Brewer Science, Inc., during the ground breaking ceremony held April 30 at Rolla National Airport for the new Brewer Science high-tech manufacturing facility).   
The global company, which has its headquarters at HyPoint Industrial Park in Rolla, will add another 65 jobs when the new facility is running at full capacity.
To meet the growing needs of manufacturing facilities like Brewer Science, Inc. that have selected the airport to expand their commercial enterprises, and to accommodate future growth in manufacturing and economic development, the City has invested heavily in upgrading the infrastructure at the airport. The Rolla City Council recently approved the construction of a 300,000 gallon water tank, all new sewer systems, and stormwater retention facilities. At this particular time there are probably more dumptrucks, bulldozers, and gravel trucks than there are aircraft due to the heavy demand the various projects have placed on the City’s Public Works Department, and other contractors doing the infrastructure work.
In addition to the new construction site for the Brewer Science facility, the storm sewer upgrades, rock work, and grading, Vance Brothers, based out of Kansas City, is busy applying 35,000-sq.-yards of 3/8-micro surface to the airport’s apron where the various aircraft dock and refuel. The company, which specializes in the pavement and maintenance of airport runways, will also apply a seal coat to 65,000-square-yards on runway 22-4. After the micro surfacing and seal coat is completed, the apron and runway will also be restriped – giving the airport a fresh, new look. In addition, tie downs for the aircraft have been installed, and a two-inch overlay of the main entrance road off Hwy. 28 to Rolla National Airport will be paved. The airport’s gravel parking lot located next to the pilot’s lounge and runways, will also be paved with a two-inch asphalt overlay.  The installation of street lighting along the airport’s entrance road is something I would also like to see sometime in the future to enhance not only safety and security, but also increase the appearance and image of RNA.
All of the paving work and infrastructure work at the airport is being overseen by Jviation, Inc., an engineering firm that has offices in Jefferson City. Jviation was hired by the City of Rolla over two years ago to help plan, design, construct and administer all of the infrastructure, and airport pavement maintenance upgrades necessary at Rolla National Airport. Jviation has completed national and international airport projects for over 20 years. Jviation also has offices in Denver and Grand Junction, Colorado; and Salt Lake City, Utah.
The transformation of Rolla National Airport from an aviation-based airport to one that offers opportunities for high-tech manufacturing and industrial expansion, began many years ago with the design of the RNA Master Plan. It is most satisfying, and encouraging to see the growth and expansion of this critical asset for the region, and to welcome the folks at Brewer Science, Inc. as they continue to expand and enhance the region’s prominence in high tech manufacturing and cutting-edge technology.
Have a safe weekend and a great week ahead!

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

Public Works Day
Celebration set for
May 18 in Rolla
The City of Rolla Public Works Department invites you to attend a free Public Works Day Celebration on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the City’s Downtown Festival Park next to City Hall – rain or shine. This year’s theme for the annual Public Works Week, which runs from May 19-25, is “Because of Public Works.”
In addition to free brochures, coloring books, balloons, stickers and comic books, there will also
be an inflatable playground for children. The event will also feature the Public Works Mascot “P.W. Paws” and visitors will be encouraged to get their free photo taken. Free popcorn will also be provided.
Participating in the event are the Public Works Divisions of Streets, Traffic, Wastewater, and Engineering, along with the City’s Parks and Recreation and Environmental Services Department. Rolla Municipal Utilities is also participating in the event. City of Rolla and RMU staff will be on-site to demonstrate equipment, and answer questions.
Visitors will be able to learn about water and wastewater treatment and distribution, how a sanitary sewer line is televised, watch computerized mapping system retrieve information, and climb inside various pieces of heavy equipment.
For more information, please call the Public Works Department at (573) 364-8659 or visit

Rolla City Council
Mtg. set for
May 20
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, May 20 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 May 20 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.

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.

Rolla Optimist Tennis
Program set for
June 10-20
at Ber Juan Tennis Complex
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.
re for our Spring Breakout Camp! We will play a variety of games 
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 13 – Rolla City Council Special Workshop (5:30 p.m.); Rolla City Hall – Council Chambers, 901 N. Elm Street
May 14 – Planning & Zoning Commission Mtg. (5:30 p.m.)
May 17– Rolla Downtown Days Art & Music Festival (4-7 p.m.); art walk, live music, wine tasting, photography and much more (Marilynn Langston, 341-3804)
May 18 – Rolla Downtown Days Art & Music Festival continues (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
May 18 – Public Works Day Celebration (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.); Downtown Bandshell and Festival Lot (426-6952); FREE and open to the public
May 19 - National Public Works Week Begins (May 19-25)
May 20 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
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 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
(573) 426-6943            
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