Thursday, May 2, 2013

City of Rolla Weekly E-Updates (May 3, 2013)

Rolla Public Library
celebrates Local
Government Week
The staff of the Rolla Public Library invites the community to celebrate Local Government Week (April 28-May 4) with an informative display of books and periodicals that showcase the various professions and careers in local government. The display, located at the circulation desk in the main Library (900  Pine Street), represents not only local government, but county and state as well.
Pictured in front of the Local Government Week display at the Rolla Public Library are (l to r): Liz Grahl, Assistant Librarian; Cathy Smith, Library Director; Stephanie Chinn, Children’s Coordinator; Willa McCord, Assistant Librarian; Suzanne Wilson, Assistant Librarian and Kristin Strandberg, Administrative Assistant.)

City of Rolla to pave
several intersections
May 6-10
The City of Rolla Public Works Department, in conjunction with Rolla Asphalt, will begin milling and paving several intersections in the Rolla area the week of May 6 through May 10.
The intersections include: 10th and Main Street; 6th and Olive Streets; 8th and Olive Streets; and Holloway Street from 9th to 10th Street. 
Caution signs and safety cones will be posted in the construction area, indicating lane closures.  Motorists are asked to please drive carefully during this construction work. The City appreciates your assistance and cooperation.
For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 364-8659 or visit

RPD to crack down
on impaired drivers
May 2-13
With prom and graduation season just around the corner, Missouri law enforcement wants to make sure Missouri youth are celebrating safe and sober. The Rolla Police Department will join other Missouri law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunk driving May 2-13.
It is illegal for someone under 21 to possess or consume alcohol in Missouri, yet youth make up a significant proportion of drunk drivers causing traffic crashes on Missouri roadways. Missouri has a Zero Tolerance Law. If you are under 21, your license will be suspended if you’re caught driving with even a trace of alcohol in your system.
Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.
“Driving drunk is simply not worth all the consequences,’ said Sgt. Tim Mayfield. “Zero tolerance means zero chances: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
Between 2010 and 2012, 77 people were killed and 363 seriously injured in Missouri roadway crashes involving an impaired driver under the age of 21.
For more information, please visit

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 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 fressh 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.

Rolla City Council
Mtg. set for
May 6
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, May 6 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 6 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.

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

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.

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 2-4 – Local Government Week Display at Rolla Public Library (900 N. Main Street)
May 6 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
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

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