Saturday, December 24, 2011

Mayor Bill Jenks' holiday message (Dec. 24, 2011)

Merry Christmas
and peace to all
It’s Christmas time in the Ozarks, and tomorrow being Christmas day, I would like to wish everyone a safe, peaceful, joyful Christmas and memorable holiday season!
We certainly are reminded of the Christmas spirit and holiday season when we read and hear about all of the acts of kindness, and numerous generous gifts and donations that have been made by so many organizations, businesses and individuals who care so much about our residents and community. As we approach the end of 2011, and head into the New Year, I’d like to take the opportunity to express my thanks and appreciation to the Rolla City Council, all of our City employees and the businesses, organizations, colleges and institutions that make up our great community.
Go green for the holidays;
recycle boxes and wrapping paper
After the dust has settled and you have a pile of boxes and wrapping paper remaining, don’t throw away the boxes and paper…recycle it!  The Rolla Recycling Center accepts most types of wrapping paper and boxes! 
Recycle your boxes and paper in your blue bin at the curb on your scheduled day, or bring it by the Recycling Center anytime.  When dropping wrapping paper at the Recycling Center, it should be place in the mixed paper bin.  Foil wrap, ribbons, Styrofoam, and other materials should be removed from wrapping and boxes before recycling.  Those items should be disposed of in your trash. For more information call the Recycling Center at 364-6693.
Trash and recycling
collection holiday schedule
With Christmas and New Year’s falling on consecutive Sundays, the Environmental Services Department will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 and Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
As a result, Monday’s trash and recycling collections will be moved to Tuesday, and Tuesday’s collections will be moved to Wednesday. The remainder of the week will not be affected.  Anyone with questions can contact the Environmental Services Department at 364-6693, or email to
Christmas tree recycling
After the holidays, go green, and recycle your Christmas tree. Christmas trees can be dropped off at the compost site located at the north end of McCutchen Drive just past the Rolla Recycling Center at 2141 Old St. James Road. This site is open Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 7 a.m. –to 11a.m. All garland, tinsel, ornaments, stands and plastic bags must be removed from the trees. Trees will be chipped to produce mulch. For more information call the Recycling Center at 364-6693.
Rolla City Hall, located at 901 N. Elm Street, will be closing on Monday, Dec. 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday. The Environmental Services Department will be closing on Monday, Dec. 26 as well. Monday’s trash will be picked up on Tuesday. For more information regarding the holiday trash pick-up schedule, please call 364-6693.
The Centre, Rolla’s Health and Recreation complex, located at 1200 North Holloway Street, will be open on Christmas Eve., Saturday, Dec. 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Christmas day, Sunday, Dec. 25. Regular operating hours at The Centre resume on Monday, Dec. 26.
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In closing, I’d like to remind everyone to please be mindful of the weather and road conditions, and exercise caution while driving and traveling throughout the community. A safe holiday, is just about as important, if not more so, than a healthy and peaceful holiday. Wishing you a peaceful and memorable Christmas and holiday season!

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