Wednesday, October 26, 2011

City of Rolla Wednesday Updates (Oct. 26, 2011)

Rolla Fire & Rescue responds
to structure fire on 12th Street
By Ron Smith, Training Officer
Rolla Fire & Rescue
On October 25, 2011 at approximately 2:57 a.m., the City of Rolla Fire & Rescue responded to a structure fire at 503 East 12th Street. Upon the fire department’s arrival, fire crew found heavy smoke and fire coming from the apartment complex. This apartment complex is made up of four different apartment buildings which contained a minimum of four apartments in each building. These apartments owned by Dale Wands, housed numerous Missouri S&T students.  Fire crews found heavy fire at the front of two of the apartment buildings.  Fire crew, made a quick knockdown of the fire, and conducted an initial search of the buildings to ensure that all occupants had safely exited the building.
There were no injuries to the occupants of the building and there were also no injuries to fire personnel working this fire. Rolla Fire & Rescue responded with 2 – 75 foot ladder/pumpers, 1 pumper, and an air truck. In total 17 firefighters responded to the scene with personnel remaining on the scene for approximately 3.5 hours. 
Due to the large number of occupants and the amount of property loss, the City of Rolla Fire & Rescue requested the State Fire Marshal’s Office to respond to this fire to assist in the cause and origin of the fire. Roger Hayes, Region I Fire Marshal responded and was provided additional investigative support from the Rolla Police Department.  Upon the completion of the investigation, it was determined to be an accidental fire (unintentional) caused by the improper disposal of a cigarette.
The fire in the second building was caused by radiant heat transferring from the original fire building. The apartments were protected by working smoke detectors and it was through a quick notification through Phelps County 911, that lives and property were not further endangered.
All Missouri S&T students were provided housing (if needed) through the Missouri S&T Police Department.  
Fire damage to the buildings is estimated to exceed $200,000 with additional personal property damage to exceed $75,000. 
The City of Rolla Fire & Rescue was assisted by the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office, Rolla Police Department, Rolla Municipal Utilities, Missouri S&T Police Department, and the Phelps County Regional Medical Center Ambulance Service.
Chief Williams stated that he “was grateful for the quick knock down by the department personnel and due to a rapid response, the fire was prevented from expanding into additional apartment buildings.”  He went on to thank the many responding agencies for their assistance at this emergency scene.   

USDA Rural Development
provides $17,000 to
assist with downtown
Farmer’s Market 
Terry Luetkemeyer, the Area Director with USDA Rural Development in Farmington, Mo., hosted a presentation ceremony on Oct. 25, 2011 at Rolla City Hall. The City of Rolla received a $17,000 grant request to fund the project. The Downtown Farmer’s Market project was funded through the Rural Business Enterprise Grant program. The funds will be used to purchase a shade structure so that the vendors will have shelter while they are at the farmer’s market selling their produce to the customers of the local community.
“Our local producers put their hearts into the food products they bring to market. Large and small, it is incredibly important to our local economy to emphasize our agricultural enterprises. We are so proud of the quality and variety of products grown in Missouri, and the Downtown Farmers Market will be able to showcase all that hard work on the part of our Missouri farmers and ranchers,” said U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson.
Anita J. Dunning, the Missouri State Director of USDA Rural Development, said “Funding important projects like this improvement to the Farmer’s Market in Rolla mirrors President Obama’s initiatives for rural America and Rural Development’s commitment to the future of rural communities. Appreciation is also extended to our Federal elected officials for supporting USDA Rural Development. They have been strong proponents for the necessary funding for essential services for rural Missourians.”
Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, III said “The City of Rolla greatly appreciates the $17,000 grant award received by the USDA Rural Development for the enhancement of the Rolla Downtown Farmer’s market. The new shade structure that will be purchased will also be used to support such events as Route 66 Summerfest, which support small and emerging businesses in the downtown area.”
Anyone interested in obtaining information regarding assistance available through USDA Rural Development may visit the homepage at or can contact Jack O. Kearbey, Area Specialist, at the Rolla Sub-Area Office of USDA Rural Development at 1050 Highway 72 East, Rolla, MO or by calling 573-364-2088, Ext. 4.

Prescription Drug
Take Back
set for Oct. 29
The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Rolla Police Department and Prevention Consultants of Missouri are coordinating the third national prescription and over-the-counter drug take-back on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church parking lot.
Members of the public may bring old prescription and over the counter medications to the Presbyterian Church. Sgt. Wayne Rapier of the Rolla Police Department will be present to collect these drugs and dispose of them in a safe and responsible manner.
For more information, please contact Prevention Consultants of Missouri at 573-368-4755.

City of Rolla makes
Halloween festivities
safe and fun for all
The City of Rolla will host numerous festivities on Halloween night Monday, Oct. 31 by passing out candy, hosting costume contests and making the community feel welcome at The Centre, Rolla Police Department, Rolla Fire Department, and at City Hall. 
The Centre – Rolla’s 63,000-square-foot Health and Recreation Complex, will kick off the evening with their annual Fall Costume Contest between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Show off your costumes and you will receive a treat. Costumes will be judged according to age groups and winners will receive Centre gift certificates. Categories include Original/Most Creative and Movie/Storybook Character in the following age divisions: 0-3; 4-7; 8-11; 12-16 and 17 and older. Be sure to stop by The Centre at 1200 North Holloway or call 341-2FUN for more information.
The Rolla Police Department will be handing out candy Halloween night beginning at 5 p.m. at RPD Headquarters located at 1007 North Elm Street. Police headquarters are located one block north of City Hall. Rolla Fire and Rescue will hand out candy and host a child friendly haunted house inside Eugene Northern Community Hall at Fire Station #2 on Halloween night between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Fire Station #2 is located at 400 West Fourth Street. The haunted house is free and open to the public.
Members of the Administration and Public Works departments will also be greeting the public and passing out candy in the lobby of City Hall (901 N. Elm Street) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“Your children’s safety and the safety of the public is the City’s number one priority on Halloween night,” said Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks. “Please stay safe while you are enjoying the various festivities around town.”   
Operation Neighborhood
Clean Up set for Nov. 4

The 4th annual “Operation Neighborhood Clean-up” will be held on Friday, Nov. 4 in the area referred to as the Huffman Trailer Park and Johnson/Laird sub-division located near the corner of Pinetree Road and Hwy. 72.
All volunteers are asked to attend the welcome gathering at 6:30 a.m. at Carpenter’s Union Hall located at Hwy. 72 and Richard Dr.  A complimentary breakfast will be provided. The clean-up will take place from 7 a.m. to 12-noon.
The entire community is invited to participate in this beautification effort, which is once again being coordinated by the Rolla Area Ministerial Alliance and the Rolla Police Department.
Operation Neighborhood Clean-up is an opportunity for residents to partner with the Rolla Area Ministerial Alliance, community churches such as Greentree Christian Church, the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, and the Rolla Police Department to enhance the neighborhood’s sense of community and increase property values. The clean-up effort will involve tree trimming, hedge trimming, and the removal of brush piles, household items and trash
Groups or individuals interested in volunteering for Operation Neighborhood Clean-up should contact Chris Foster, Associate Minister at Greentree Christian Church, at 364-2649 or, or Officer Vince Giacolone at the Rolla Police Department at 308-1213 or at

Parks and Recreation
leaf pick up available
Nov. 1 – Dec. 9
For a nominal fee, Rolla residents can get their leaves picked up by the City of Rolla Parks and Recreation Department from Nov. 1 through Dec. 9.
All leaves must be curbside along city streets. No private driveways or private areas will be entered by City vehicles. Per City ordinance, no leaves can be placed in the streets, gutters or ditches. Leaves will be picked up by a large vacuum and deposited into a large dump body and trailer and then taken to the Phelps County composting site to be recycled.
Leaf pick-up will take place Monday through Friday (leaves will not be picked up after 12 p.m. Friday or during weekends and holidays). New users of this service must pay a $150 refundable deposit or leave a credit card number.
The fee is $50 per half hour with the minimum charge of $50 and all fees must be paid within two weeks of the service being completed. Credit card payments (Visa, Master Card and Discover) are preferred. Homeowners will also be required to sign a Hold Harmless Agreement. For more information, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 341-2386. 

Environmental Services
continues pick up
of bagged leaves 
through Dec. 16
The City's Environmental Services Department will continue to pick up leaves bagged in biodegradable paper bags through Dec. 16. Biodegradable brown paper bags can be purchased at several stores in Rolla.  
These bags should be out to the curb by 6 a.m. on your normal trash collection day. The department will resume regular collection of yard waste March 1, 2012. 
The compost site, located at the north end of McCutchen Road near the Rolla Recycling Center (2141 Old St. James Road), will remain open during normal operating hours for anyone wanting to haul yard waste to that site. For more information, please call Environmental Services at 364-6693.

Rolla City Council
Mtg. set for Nov. 7
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Rolla City Hall, 901 N. Elm Street. 
Rolla City Council meetings are ordinarily held the first and third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. except when there is a conflict with an observed holiday.  To review a copy of the City Council agendas or the full agenda packet, please visit For more information, please contact Rolla City Administration at 426-6948.
City Council meetings are also broadcast live on Rolla Channel 16 (RC16). To check to see when the City Council meetings are rebroadcast, please check the RC16 Program Guide online at

MoDOT Update on
Interstate 44 ramps at
mile marker 184 in Rolla
Daylight/Overnight Hours
Roundabout construction at the I-44 Business Loop interchange continues at mile marker 184.
   * The westbound off-ramp at mile marker 184 is now open to traffic.
   * Motorists traveling westbound on I-44 will need to proceed north on U.S. 63 to the interchange at mile markers 185 or 196.The roundabouts are scheduled to be completed by late 2011.

Smithsonian to make stop in Rolla
with The Way We Worked Exhibit
Nov. 17-Dec. 19, 2011
The Way We Worked, the newest Smithsonian Institution exhibit to travel through Missouri with the Missouri Humanities Council’s Museum on Main Street program, will make its next stop in Rolla, Missouri at the The Centre (1200 N. Holloway Street) from Nov. 19 through Dec. 17, sharing the stories of how work became a central element in American culture and the many changes affecting the workforce and work environments over the past 100 years.
The exhibition focuses on why we work and the needs that our jobs fulfill, featuring multiple interpretive opportunities for visitors through large graphics, audio components, relevant objects and work clothing.
"Our work takes places everywhere—on the land, on the streets of our communities, in offices and factories, in our home and even in space,” said Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, III. “The Way We Worked will allow us to tell that evolving story on a national level and relate it to our own community.”
“The Missouri Humanities Council hopes Phelps County residents and those in the surrounding areas will enjoy the exhibition and think a little deeper about the journey of American workers and how that it is reflected in the world today, both locally and nationally,” said Geoff Giglierano, Executive Director of the Missouri Humanities Council.
The exhibition explores the tools and technologies that enabled and assisted workers, which led to a faster, more complex and often more stressful work environment, the diversity of the American workforce, and how individuals and communities identify themselves with work.
Visitors are free to travel through the exhibit on their own or with a guide. Guides help visitors personally connect to the exhibit through conversations and observations on the exhibit themes.
The Way We Worked, which began in Ste. Genevieve at The Bolduc House Museum (Oct. 8 - Nov. 5, 2011), will continue the tour in Rolla from Nov. 19 - Dec. 17. Additional stops will include the following cities throughout 2011 and 2012:
  • Poplar Bluff—Jan. 3- Jan. 31, 2012, Wheatley Historic Preservation
  • Fulton—Feb. 11- March 10, 2012 The National Churchill Museum
  • Lawson—March 24- April 21, 2012, Watkins Wollen Mill State Park & State Historic Site
  • Savannah—May 5- June 2, 2012, Andrew County Museum & Historical Society
   For more details about The Way We Worked exhibit tour that will be hosted at The Centre from Nov. 19-Dec. 17, or volunteer opportunities, please contact Scott Caron, the City’s Recreation Director, at 341-2386 or Loretta Wallis, Global Relations Manager, Brewer Science, at (573) 364-0444 , ext. 1357.

Rolla Channel 16
live streaming
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 online on the Rolla Channel 16 Website at
Rolla Channel 16, Rolla’s premiere Education and Government channel, is also now live streaming (24/7) at RC16 is live streaming all Rolla City Council meetings, Rolla Planning & Zoning Commission meetings, all future episodes of “City Minutes”, all Rolla Public Schools board meetings, and Rolla High School Review.
Other syndicated content on RC16 such as Missouri Outdoors, Army Newswatch, and Capitol Dialogue will also live stream on RC16 at
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 Gabe Mankin, Digital Media Operations Manager, at (573) 426-3377 or at
Be sure to watch Rolla Channel 16 – Education, Government and Community for you!

Rolla Sesquicentennial
posters available
at City Hall
Rolla Sesquicentennial commemorative posters are available to the public for purchase at Rolla City Hall, (901 N. Elm Street).
The 4-color, 11x17 glossy Sesquicentennial posters are selling for $2 each. In addition to the posters, the newly designed Rolla City flags are available for purchase in the Community Development Department (2nd Floor) at Rolla City Hall for $40 each.
Proceeds will be used to offset costs and expenses incurred for Rolla’s Sesquicentennial Celebration festivities.
The City of Rolla, incorporated 150 years ago on Jan. 25, 1861, continues to celebrate its Sesquicentennial Anniversary, which was Jan. 25, 2011. For more information, please call Scott Grahl, Communications Director, at 426-6943 or visit the City’s Website at and click on the Rolla’s 150th tab.
2011 Environmental Services Dept.
List of Important Dates:
(Clip & save for easy reference!)
Nov. 24, 2011 – Thanksgiving Day: Thursday’s trash will be picked up Wednesday.
Dec. 25, 2011 – Christmas Day (Observed Dec. 26):  Monday’s trash will be picked up Tuesday; Tuesday’s trash will be picked up Wednesday.
Holidays NOT affecting trash
or recycling collection:
Nov. 11, 2011 Veterans Day
Nov. 25, 2011 – Day after Thanksgiving
Hotline number: 341-1168

Upcoming Events
31 – Trick or Treat Night at Rolla City Hall, The Centre, RPD, and Rolla Fire & Rescue, Fire Station #2/Eugene Northern Community Hall (5-7 p.m.)
31 – Have a Safe Trick or Treat (5-7 p.m.); downtown Rolla
1-Dec. 9 – Parks and Rec. Leaf Pick Up service available (call 341-2386 for details)
4 – Operation Neighborhood Clean Up (6:30 a.m.); meet at Carpenter’s Hall on Hwy. 72 (For details, call Vince Giacolone/RPD at 308-1213)
4 – U.S. Armed Forces Victory Dinner (doors open at 5 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m.); Lions Club Den, Lions Club Park (Call Judy Wright at 364-2419 for tickets; $20/adults; $10/children 10 & under); proceeds to benefit Veterans Memorial Park
4 – Operation Neighborhood Clean Up (6:30 a.m.); meet at Carpenter’s Hall on Hwy. 72 (For details, call Vince Giacolone/RPD at 308-1213)
7 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
19 thru Dec. 17 – “The Way We Worked” Smithsonian Exhibit; The Centre; FREE and open to public (for hours, visit
21 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Scott A. Grahl
Communications Director
City of Rolla, Missouri
(573) 426-6943
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