Monday, February 27, 2012

City of Rolla Weekly Updates (Feb. 27, 2012)

City partners
with Missouri S&T
on stormwater
By Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, III
The City of Rolla’s Public Works Department received a green light from the Rolla City Council recently to move forward with plans to partner with Missouri University of Science and Technology with stormwater improvements on the Missouri S&T campus.
When Public Works Director Steve Hargis was informed that Missouri S&T has plans this summer to rebuild the parking lot south and west of the existing Gale Bullman Multipurpose Building located at 10th and U.S. Highway 63, he saw an opportunity for the City to partner with Missouri S&T and continue its long range plans for storm water improvements throughout the community.  
Although the project is still in the planning stages, the Public Works Department is proposing to provide materials to Missouri S&T for installation in conjunction with the parking lot improvement. The area where the improvements will be made also encompasses the Rolla Watershed Basins Phase 1 Flood Control Improvements and Watershed Basins Phase 2 Storm Sewer System Improvements. The areas that are impacted by these flood control improvements are located at 10th and Poole and Kingshighway/Bishop Avenue, which have been prone to flooding during heavy rains in the past. The City is proposing a set of two 48” diameter storm drains be installed to augment the existing system that crosses this area. The estimated cost for materials, which would be funded through the Street Dept. Reserve Fund, is $100,000 and the University would bear all of the costs for installation.
Currently, the flood control systems that are in place in this area where the Multipurpose Building and athletic fields are located will provide for a storm just under a two-year storm. The proposed improvements described above would increase the stormwater capacity to that of a 10-year storm. Ideally the City would like to upgrade all of its stormwater systems to handle a 25-year storm, but necessary funding for such an undertaking would be very costly.
Finding ways to work efficiently, improve the City’s stormwater system, and help eliminate flood-prone areas, is something I and the Rolla Council endorse. I am hopeful that this project will be seen as yet another example of how the City and Missouri S&T can work collaboratively to address important projects and challenges that impact both the campus and community. I will keep the community up to date as this project continues to unfold.
In closing, I’d like to mention that a City Council special workshop to discuss operations and financing for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will be held on Monday, Feb. 27. The workshop, which is open to the public, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Rolla City Hall – Council Chamber, located at 901 N. Elm Street. The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held on Monday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Rolla City Hall.
Enjoy the weekend and have a safe week!

Environmental Services Dept.
to resume curbside collection
of yard waste March 5
The City of Rolla Environmental Services Department will resume the curbside collection of yard waste in brown paper biodegradable bags on Monday, March 5.  
Yard waste bags (containing leaves, grass clippings and small sticks) should be out to the curb by 6 a.m. on your regular trash collection day.
For more information, please contact the Environmental Services office at 364-6693 or visit the City of Rolla Website at

Rolla City Council
Mtg. set for March 5
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, March 5 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.

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.
Rolla Public School Board and
Rolla Municipal Candidates Forum
set for March 12
The public is invited to attend the Rolla Community Teachers Association (RCTA) Candidates Forum beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 12. The Candidates Forum will be held at the Rolla Public Schools Administration Building – Board Room located at 500A Forum Dr. Candidates running for the Rolla Public School Board of Education on April 3, 2012 will be in attendance. For more information please contact Sue Eudaly, President of the (RCTA) at 573-458-0100 ext. 18026 or by email at
Following the RTCA Candidates Forum the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the Rolla Municipal Candidates Forum beginning at 6 p.m. at the Rolla Public Schools Administration Building – Board Room located at 500A Forum Dr.
Candidates running for Municipal Judge, Rolla City Attorney, and Rolla City Council will be in attendance. Questions for the Forum may be submitted in advance by e-mail to or fax 573-364-5222. For more information, please contact the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce at 573-364-3577.
The Candidates Forums will be aired on Rolla Channel 16.

One-Time FREE Tire Collection
set for March 31 at
Rolla Recycling Center
A one-time FREE Tire Collection will be held on Saturday, March 31 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the City of Rolla Recycling Center (empty lot behind RRC) located at 2141 Old St. James Rd. in Rolla. 
This is a one-time only amnesty day funded by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' (MDNR) Transportation's Scrap Tire Unit and hosted by the City of Rolla's Environmental Services Department.
Tires from businesses will not be accepted, and residents will be asked to unload tires themselves. The MDNR will only provide one of these free tire collections in a community, so please take advantage of this opportunity, as it will not be provided in Rolla again.
Promotions for the FREE Tire Collection is coordinated by the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District, Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Meramec Regional Planning Commission.
For more information, and to answer any questions you may have, please contact the Rolla Recycling Center at 573-364-6693.

City-Wide Clean Up
set for April 7
The City of Rolla Environmental Services Department City-wide Clean Up will be held on Saturday, April 7. If you wish to participate, we ask that you please place all items near the curb by 6 a.m.
Common acceptable items include furniture, beds, toys, microwaves, and televisions, boxed or bagged trash. Unacceptable items include major appliances, construction or demolition debris, and loose trash. Loose items should be placed in boxes or bags and small pieces of lumber should be bundled.
We ask that you do not place your roll-out container to the curb, because during this special clean-up it will not be emptied. If you have any questions, please call the Environmental Services Department at 364-6693.

Environmental Services List of Important Dates(2012)

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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 live 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. 27 – City Council Workshop (5:30 p.m.); Rolla City Hall, Council Chambers; to discuss Parks and Recreation/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.)
March 31 – One-Time FREE Tire Collection (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.); City of Rolla Recycling Center, 2141 Old St. James Rd., Rolla (573-364-6693)
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.)
April 20 – Rolla Earth Day Celebration (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.); Havener Center lawn, Missouri S&T campus; FREE and open to the public

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