Tuesday, January 17, 2012

City of Rolla Weekly Updates (Jan. 17, 2012)

Rolla City Council
Mtg. set for Jan. 17
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17 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 http://www.rollacity.org/admin/agenda.shtm. 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 http://rollachannel16.pegcentral.com.

Council gives
green light to
at RNA
By Mayor Bill Jenks, III
Realizing the importance of sound and adequate infrastructure not only for the City’s wastewater treatment plants, streets, sidewalks, sewers and bridges, the Rolla City Council recently gave the green light for a preliminary engineering analysis to be conducted regarding the water and sewer service at Rolla National Airport. The airport is located 13 miles north of Rolla off U.S. Hwy. 63 in Maries County.
After the review of seven proposals (Request for Qualifications) submitted by area engineering firms to conduct the preliminary engineering analysis, Integrity Engineering was selected and approved by the City Council during the Jan. 4 Council meeting. The cost for Integrity Engineering to conduct the preliminary design work and provide an estimate is $25,000. Intercounty Electric has committed to paying up to $12,500 toward the analysis and the Rolla Regional Economic Commission (R.R.E.C.) agreed to split 50% of the balance up to $7,500 with the City of Rolla and the Rolla Community Development Corporation (R.C.D.C). The $25,000 will provide the City with an analysis, plans, and options for a water and sewer system that would accommodate industrial development at the airport.
The City of Rolla is also preparing to file a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application with the Missouri Department of Economic Development to address water and sewer infrastructure needs that, if corrected, could foster private sector investment for the airport. In December 2011, the City issued a Request for Proposal for professional grant administration services to over 30 consultants. The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) responded with a proposal, and since they were the only consultant to reply, and MRPC has been contracted by the City to provide this type of service multiple times, continuously demonstrating their expertise to fulfill all requirements at a cost competitive price, it was staff’s recommendation to award the contract to MPRC. The Council unanimously approved staff’s recommendation at the Jan. 4 Council meeting.
Rolla National Airport, which has two 5,500-foot runways, a refueling station, pilot’s lounge and several T-hangers, is also the home of Baron Aviation, the largest employer at the airport. Baron operates a fleet of 33 FedEx Caravans. In addition, Airport Manager Darrin Bacon said his staff frequently sees aircraft owned by Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Kingsford Charcoal, Wal-Mart, Inc., Colton’s Steakhouse, Garmin International, Caterpillar, Inc., and many others landing at Rolla National. In addition there are several private pilots and military pilots with the Missouri National Guard and Fort Leonard Wood who use the airport on a regular basis.
In closing I’d like to remind everyone that the Rolla City Council meeting ordinarily held the third Monday of the month, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (901 North Elm Street).
The City of Rolla Environmental Services Department will also be closed on Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday. Monday’s trash will be picked up on Tuesday and Tuesday’s trash will be picked up Wednesday. There will be no special pick-ups on Wednesday. If you have any questions, please call 364-6693.
Have a safe week!

American Red Cross
seeks volunteers for
disaster training, Jan. 21
In an effort to better respond to the needs our community in the aftermath of a natural disaster or emergencies such as a tornado, ice storm, earthquake, or extreme heat,  the American Red Cross is offering a free disaster training workshop on Saturday, Jan. 21 at First Assembly of God Church, 1608 N. Oak Street in Rolla.
The first part of the workshop, titled ‘Disaster Services; an Overview,’ will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12-noon. The second half of the workshop, titled ‘Disaster Assessment Basics,’ will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
 The purpose of the training, said Phillip Iman, Disaster Coordinator, American red Cross, Capital Area Chapter, St. Louis region, is “to start the new year off by better preparing ourselves and our communities so we can respond to the best of our ability for whatever comes our way.”
Anyone interested in attending the free disaster training class on Jan. 21 may contact Iman via e-mail at cacesd@redcross-capitalarea.org or call his office in Jefferson City Toll-free at 866-815-2738.
Jodi Waltman, Administrator of the Phelps/Maries Health Department, and John Butz, Rolla City Administrator, also strongly encourage citizen participation in the disaster training workshop on Jan. 21 as well. “Attending a Red Cross training class for just one day for a few hours will assist volunteers in bringing together and organizing the many areas of a shelter,” said Waltman. “So please consider attending the free workshop if you are interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer who can make a big contribution to the safety and welfare of our citizens.”

Go green for the New Year;
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.

Christmas tree recycling
available at Recycling Center
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.

Filing for 2012 Rolla
Municipal Election
continues thru Jan. 17
Filing for the City of Rolla’s 2012 General Municipal Election, which will be held on April 3, 2012, continues through Jan. 17, 2012.
The positions open for election this year include: one Council Representative for all six wards (two-year term), Municipal Judge (two-year term), and City Attorney (Prosecuting Attorney), which is also a two-year term.
Persons wishing to file their candidacy for any of the above-listed positions may do so during normal business hours (Monday through Friday) between 8 a.m., and 5 p.m., thru Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 in the Rolla City Clerk’s Office at City Hall (901 North Elm Street). Municipal candidates are not charged a filing fee.
City Council seats must be filled by candidates with the following qualifications; at least 21 years of age prior to taking office, a citizen of the United States, an inhabitant of the city for one year, and a resident of the ward which he/she is elected for six months at the time of his/her election.
The Municipal Judge's office must be filled by a candidate with the following qualifications: a licensed attorney qualified to practice law within the state of Missouri, a resident of the city of Rolla and between the ages of 21 and 68 years.
The City Attorney’s office must be filled by a candidate with the following qualifications: a person licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri and a resident of the city.
For more information, please contact Carol Daniels, City Clerk, at (573) 426-6942 or at cdaniels@rollacity.org.

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 http://rollachannel16.com.
Rolla Channel 16, Rolla’s premiere Education and Government channel, is also now live streaming (24/7) at http://rollachannel16.com. 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 http://rollachannel16.com.
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 Gabe.Mankin@fidelitycommunications.com.
Be sure to watch Rolla Channel 16 – Education, Government and Community for you!

Daddy Daughter
Valentine Dance
at The Centre, Feb. 10
A Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance will be held on Friday, Feb. 10 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Centre - Rolla's Health & Recreation Complex located in the Fidelity Gymnasium, 1200 N. Holloway St.
The event is open to all daughters ages three and above to attend with their Dads! The cost to attend is $25 for non-members and $20 for Centre members. Each additional child will be $2.50. This first time event at The Centre will be a fun-filled night for Dads and their little ladies.
Dad's - put on your best suits and daughter's put on your prettiest dresses and join us for a very special evening to remember. The event will include dancing with a live DJ, refreshment area, craft table, soft play equipment for the tiny ones and a keepsake picture.
Do not miss out on this magical evening and be sure to register early. Pre-registration at The Centre (341-2386) will be required and the event will be limited in numbers. Registration deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 7.
PLEASE NOTE: Only family members may register together for this special event!

Upcoming Events
Jan. 17 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Jan. 21 – American Red Cross disaster training for volunteers (8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.);  First Assembly of God Church, 1608 N. Oak St., Rolla;  to register, RSVP to Phillip Iman, cacesd@redcross-capitalarea.org
Feb. 6 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Feb. 10 – Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance (7-8:30 p.m.); The Centre
Feb. 20 – City Hall closed for Presidents’ Day
Feb. 20 – Environmental Services Dept. closed for Presidents’ Day; Monday’s trash picked up on Tuesday; Tuesday’s trash picked up on Wednesday
Feb. 21 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)

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