Friday, February 17, 2012

City of Rolla Weekend Updates (Feb. 17, 2012)

The Centre celebrates
Black History Month
The staff at The Centre, Rolla’s Health and Recreation complex, is celebrating Black History Month during the month of February with a display in The Centre lobby that showcases the books of numerous prominent African Americans.
The display was designed by Ashlyn Bennett, Guest Services Attendant at The Centre, (pictured left), who partnered with the Rolla Public Library to showcase several books on well known African Americans such as Jackie Robinson, Harriet Tubman, Bill Cosby, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglas and many others. Also pictured next to the display is Amy Dickinson, Guest Services Supervisor at The Centre.
The Centre staff frequently use the large glass display cases to showcase events, happenings, art work, and educational exhibits that they share with Centre members and the Rolla community. In addition, Rolla singer and songwriter Cecil Williams will be performing fireside at The Centre’s Castleman Lounge (1200 N. Holloway St.) on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m.  The entire community is invited to attend this unique performance, so plan to join us as we continue to celebrate Black History Month.  Even if you can only join us for a moment, we’d love to have you stop by.

Mayor Jenks proclaims Career
and Technical Education Month
Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, III met with students and staff members from Rolla Technical Institute (RTI) and Rolla Technical Center (RTC) on Feb. 15 to proclaim the month of February 2012 “Career and Technical Education Month” in Rolla. Mayor Jenks individually congratulated the students for their efforts, and educational and career pursuits. Pictured with Mayor Jenks (front row, l to r) are: Jennifer Nowack, LPN student; Mayor Jenks; and Amanda Smith, FFA Ag. student; (2nd row, l to r): Justin King, adult Collision Repair; Ricky Weeks, Collision Repair; Logan Pickens, HOSA (Health Occupation Students Association) and Health Services; Ben Maples, Project Lead The Way and Robotics; and Ronda Dobry, Information Technician, RTI; (3rd row, l to r): Lucas Chapman, Assistant Director, RTI; Leslie Smith, adult Collision and Repair; Bradley Cox, adult Collision and Repair; Liz Niemann, Drafting & Design, Salem High School student; and Shelby Foster, DECA.
The proclamation signed by Mayor Jenks at Rolla City Hall states that career and technical education provides Americans with a school-to-careers connection and is the backbone of a strong, well-educated workforce, which fosters productivity in business and industry and contributes to America’s leadership in the international marketplace.    

Rolla City Hall to close
Feb. 20 for
Presidents’ Day  
Rolla City Hall will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of Presidents’ Day. The Rolla City Council meeting, ordinarily held the first and third Monday of the month, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Rolla City Hall (901 North Elm Street).
The Environmental Services Department will also be closed on Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of Presidents’ Day. The department will be picking up Monday’s trash on Tuesday, Feb. 21 and Tuesday’s trash will be picked up on Wednesday. There will be no special pickups on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
For more information, please visit

Rolla City Council
Mtg. set for Feb. 21
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21 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.

Rolla PD to step up
seat belt enforcement
Feb. 24
The Rolla Police Department will be joining efforts with statewide law enforcement Feb. 24 for an aggressive “Click it or Ticket” mobilization to get more motorists to buckle up – and save more lives.
Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, nearly one in four Missouri motorists are still not making it click. Seven out of ten Missourians killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.
“Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up Click It or Ticket enforcement,” said Rolla Police Department Sergeant Tim Mayfield. “We’ll be out there to remind you seat belts can – and do – save lives.”
Buckle Up and Arrive Alive. For information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit

Rolla Junior Club
to hold dodgeball tourney
to benefit Larry May Park
The Rolla Junior Club will hold a fundraiser dodgeball tournament to benefit Larry May Park on Saturday, Feb. 25 beginning at 11 a.m. at The Centre, 1200 N. Holloway St. in Rolla.
The tournament, which is open to the public, will consist of 8-person, co-ed teams with a maximum of four males per team. There will be a 3-game minimum guaranteed and the entry fee is $120 per team. To register, please stop by The Centre (1200 N. Holloway St.), or call 573-341-2386. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 12-noon.
All tournament proceeds will go towards improvements at Larry May Park which is a current project of the RJC. Larry May Park is a small park located within the Ber Juan Softball Complex across from Forum Cinemas on 18th Street. The RJC has spent time cleaning up the park and had a rededication this past spring. The Rolla Junior Club’s goal is to raise enough funds for all new playground structures.
Grand Family Conference
set for March 10
at The Centre
Find out more about the resources in Phelps County that are available for grandparents raising their grandchildren by attending the Grand Family Conference on Saturday, March 10 from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Centre, 1200 N,. Holloway St.
To register or for more information, please call (573-341-2FUN) or stop by The Centre located at 1200 N. Holloway Street in Rolla, Mo. You may also contact the following individuals:;; and
Thanks to the event sponsors, this event is a FREE event for all! Free continental breakfast, free lunch, goody bags with great information to take home, free activities for the kids, and great door prizes!
Major event sponsors include: The Centre; AARP; and University of Missouri Extension.

Environmental Services List of Important Dates

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Feb. 20, 2012 – Presidents’ Day:  Monday’s trash will be picked up Tuesday; Tuesday’s trash will be picked up Wednesday.
April 7, 2012 - Citywide Spring Clean Up: Saturday - Citywide clean up day (residential only).
May 28, 2012 - Memorial DayMonday’s trash will be picked up Tuesday; Tuesday’s trash will be picked up Wednesday.
July 4, 2012 - Independence Day:  Schedule will not change.
Sept. 3, 2012 - Labor Day:  Monday’s trash will be picked up Tuesday; Tuesday’s trash will be picked up Wednesday.
Oct. 6, 2012 - Citywide Fall Clean Up: Saturday - Citywide clean up day (residential only).
Nov. 22, 2012 – Thanksgiving Day:  Thursday’s trash will be picked up Wednesday.
Dec. 25, 2012 Christmas Day:  Tuesday’s trash will be picked up Wednesday.
Holidays NOT affecting trash or recycling collection:
            Oct. 8, 2012 – Columbus Day
            Nov. 12, 2012 – Veteran’s Day
            Nov. 23, 2012 – Day after Thanksgiving

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!

Upcoming Events
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.)
Feb. 25 – Rolla Junior Club Fundraiser Dodgeball Tourney to benefit Larry May Park (11 a.m.); The Centre; registration deadline: Feb. 20; $120 entry fee (341-2386)
Feb. 27 – City Council Workshop (5:30 p.m.); Rolla City Hall, Council Chambers; to discuss Parks and Rec./Centre operations
MARCH 2012
March 5 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
March 10 – Grand Family Conference (8:15 a.m. – 2 p.m.); The Centre; FREE; to register, call 341-2386
March 14 – Procession of St. Pat’s Court down Pine Street begins (11 a.m.) with arrival at Downtown Bandshell at 11:45 a.m.
March 17 – 104th St. Pat’s Parade (11 a.m.); Pine Street, downtown Rolla
March 19 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
APRIL 2012
April 2 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
April 3 – Rolla Municipal General Election (polls open at 6 a.m.)
April 7 – City-wide Spring Clean-Up; items to curb by 6 a.m. (residential only)
April 7 – Breakfast with the Bunny (8 a.m. – 10 a.m.); The Centre; FREE (341-2386)
April 16 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)

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