Monday, October 3, 2011

City of Rolla Weekly Updates (Oct. 3, 2011)

Rolla City Council
Mtg. set for Oct. 3
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Rolla City Hall, 901 N. Elm Street.  During the meeting the final reading of the City’s 2011-2012 annual budget will also be made.   
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

October filled
with festivals
and more events
By Bill Jenks, III
Just as we celebrated the highly successful 2nd Annual Celebration of Nations last Saturday, the ever popular Autumn Arts and Crafts Festival and Missouri S&T Homecoming festivities will be held next Saturday on Oct. 8 in downtown Rolla.

But before I discuss those events, I’d be remiss not to mention what a delight and honor it was to participate with Dr. Warren K. Wray, Interim Chancellor of Missouri S&T in the Celebration of Nations Parade and festival. The event, which is planned and coordinated through the University’s International Affairs Office, has fast become one of the most unique, cultural, entertaining, and best attended events in the Rolla community. Just as the City of Rolla has traditionally partnered with the University during the St. Pat’s festivities, the Greek Week Games held annually at Rolla National Airport, Rolla Earth Day, and numerous student-lead volunteer projects at Ber Juan Park and The Centre, the City is thrilled to be partnering with the University to help host the Celebration of Nations in the City’s downtown festival lots and bandshell. I’d also like to express my thanks to all the City departments such as Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Police, Fire, and Environmental Services who contributed so much to the success of this great event.
Next weekend is another blockbuster weekend in Rolla where you won’t want to miss the Fall Arts and Crafts Festival (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.), which will be held in conjunction with Missouri S&T’s Homecoming Weekend. There will be authentic crafts, artisans, beautiful art work and numerous booths providing many choices for guests as they stroll Pine Street. There will also be several food and beverage vendors set up along 9th and Pine for folks to have lunch or a snack next to the Rolla Public Library. The event is free, and a great way to start your early holiday shopping for that one of a kind gift. By combining these events on the same Saturday in October, there is not only a great turn out, but so many more festivities and events for folks to attend.
October is definitely what you might call the kick-off month leading into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, so it might also be appropriate to mention the Grand Opening of the Deible Loop Pedestrian Bike Path which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. near the bridge located at the intersection of Lions Club Drive and Southview Drive. In addition to a short program, and ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be a raffle for great prizes, healthy refreshments, a bike safety demonstration provided by VIPS volunteer and bike enthusiast Dennis Noel, plenty of free give-aways and opportunities to either walk, bike or stroll the beautiful Deible Loop Pedestrian Bike Path. We are hoping for a great turn out for this fun and recreational event that will help showcase our City’s wonderful bike trail network and Parks’ system.
Along with all the beautiful weather we have been having in the Ozarks, there has been a lot of construction activity as you have probably discovered while traveling along Kingshighway, Forum Drive and State Route 63 North where the new Kohl’s Department store is being built. I realize the construction of the two new roundabouts, and on/off ramps at the Kingshighway/I-44 Interchange have caused quite a bit of traffic congestion and I want to say how much the City appreciates your patience and understanding as the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) continues work on this area. It’s becoming evident that once this construction project is complete the area will be opened up quite a bit for both traffic flow and commercial development.  The construction work, including the installation of new storm sewer pipe, box culverts, water mains, underground primary electric lines, and curb, sidewalk and gutter along Forum Drive and 18th Street has also been significant, and the new roundabout being constructed by the City’s Street Department is also beginning to take shape. I would like to again express my appreciation to the motoring public for your patience and understanding. Once completed, this area of Forum Drive between 18th Street and 10th Street, will not only have much upgraded infrastructure, but will help better accommodate this very busy corridor.
In closing I’d like to encourage everyone to take advantage of this beautiful fall weather we are having and spend time among the many beautiful parks, forests, bike and walking trails, springs, rivers and lakes that make up the Meramec Valley Region which Rolla is fortunate to be part of. And having the Mark Twain National Forest Headquarters, Rolla Visitor’s Center, Lane Spring, Beaver Creek Recreational Area, the Little Prairie Conservation Area, Lions Club Park, and Tanager Trail Ozark Nature Preserve in your own back yard is an easy way to plan your next weekend get-away or vacation. And don’t forget nearby Meramec Springs Park in St. James, award-winning wineries, and of course the amazing museums at Fort Leonard Wood just 30 minutes west of Rolla.
Have a safe week, and I hope to see you next weekend at the Fall Arts and Crafts Festival in downtown Rolla!

MoDOT Update on
Kingshighway/I-44 roundabouts
Roundabout construction at the I-44 Business Loop interchange. Crews have completed work at the eastbound on-ramp to I-44. The on-ramp to westbound I-44 is also complete. Motorists should expect additional ramp closures at the 184 mile marker interchange as construction continues. Closures are scheduled every two weeks, and construction is staged so only one ramp will be closed at a time. Weather permitting, work on the off-ramp from westbound I-44 is underway and the off-ramp from eastbound I-44 is scheduled to close Oct. 3. Work on the roundabouts should be complete 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 will begin in Ste. Genevieve at The Bolduc House Museum from Oct. 8 - Nov. 5, 2011 and 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 and associated calendar and special events planned for each site, contact the Missouri Humanities Council at 800-357-0909 or view the Missouri Humanities Council website at
Organizations interested in bringing a Museum on Main Street exhibit to their community should contact the Missouri Humanities Council to discuss available opportunities in their areas.
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, designed by Angi Yowell, RTI Graphic Design Instructor, 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 Officer, 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:
Oct. 10, 2011 Columbus Day
Nov. 11, 2011 Veterans Day
Nov. 25, 2011 – Day after Thanksgiving
Hotline number: 341-1168

Upcoming Events
3 - City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
8 -  Autumn Arts & Crafts Festival (9 a.m.-4 p.m.); downtown Rolla
17 - City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
19 – Grand Opening of the Deible Loop Pedestrian Bike Path (5:30 p.m.); intersection of Lions Club Drive and Southview Drive
31 – Trick or Treat Night at Rolla City Hall, The Centre, RPD, and Rolla Fire & Rescue (5-7 p.m.)
31 – Have a Safe Trick or Treat (5-7 p.m.); downtown Rolla
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.)
21 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Scott A. Grahl
Communications Officer
City of Rolla, Missouri
(573) 426-6943
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