Friday, September 23, 2011

Gene Sally Parkway dedication ceremony set for Sept. 30

The public is invited to attend the “Gene Sally Parkway” dedication ceremony which will be held on Friday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. in the courtyard in front of Rolla City Hall, located at 901 N. Elm Street.
The Rolla City Council recently approved an ordinance to designate an overlay of the 10th Street Bridge in Rolla as the “Gene Sally Parkway”  in honor and memory of the former Missouri State Senator and State Representative Gene Sally who was a prominent Rolla real estate developer, and community leader largely responsible for the construction and funding of the 10th Street Bridge in Rolla. 
In addition, Sally was largely responsible for much of the development that has occurred in the east area of Rolla, including the Forum Shopping Center, Forum Hills subdivision, and Rolla Technical Institute. In addition Mr. Sally was instrumental in the purchase of Rolla National Airport for $1, and was one of the purchasing partners of Oak Meadow Country Club. He was also an active supporter of Rolla youth sports. 
After a brief ceremony with remarks from Mayor Bill Jenks, Gene Sally and other community leaders at the City Hall courtyard, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the corner of 10th and Elm Streets. A reception will be held afterward on the 3rd floor of Rolla City Hall.
“Gene Sally had a tremendous impact on Rolla’s growth, development and prosperity while he was a stage legislator, real estate developer and community leader,” said  Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, III. “Naming the 10th Street Bridge the Gene Sally Parkway is a very fitting legacy for an individual who contributed so much to our community.”
For more information, please call Rolla City Administration at 426-6948.


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