Friday, March 23, 2012

City of Rolla Weekend E-Updates

City of Rolla
to participate
in Home & Business
Expo March 23-24
The City of Rolla will showcase the many departments, services and future plans of the City during the 24th Annual Home and Business Expo held Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 at the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building located on the Missouri S&T Campus at the corner West 10th Street and Bishop Avenue in Rolla.
The Expo, which is sponsored by the Rolla Daily News. will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 23 and on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The City’s booth will include a multi-media presentation, table-top display, illustrations of the Rolla West Master Plan, home safety equipment (smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, etc.) and plenty of brochures, literature and useful information on City departments and services.
Please plan to stop by the City’s booth sometime on Friday or Saturday and find out all the services and benefits you receive from the City of Rolla.
For more information, please contact Scott Grahl, Communications Director, City of Rolla, at 426-6943 or
RPD to participate in
Youth Safety Belt
Enforcement Campaign
March 15-31
The Rolla Police Department announced today they are joining with statewide law enforcement March 15-31 for an aggressive youth seat belt mobilization to crack down on Missouri’s seat belt law violators and to reduce highway fatalities.
Only 67 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Eight out of 10 teens killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.
Under the Graduated Driver License law, teens are required to wear their seat belt and it’s a primary offense, meaning they can be pulled over solely for not wearing their seat belt.
“Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up seat belt enforcement,” said Sgt. Tim Mayfield. “We’ll be out there to remind you seat belts can – and do – save lives.”
Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.
Buckle Up and Arrive Alive. For more information on Missouri seat belt usage, please visit

Environmental Services Dept.
resumes curbside collection
of yard waste
The City of Rolla Environmental Services Department has resumed the curbside collection of yard waste in brown paper biodegradable bags.  
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
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 are 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.

Rolla City Council
Mtg. set for April 2
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, April 2 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 General
Municipal Election
set for April 3
The Rolla General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
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.
For more information regarding voting or polling places, please contact Carol Daniels in the City Clerk’s Office at (573) 426-6942 or at

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.

Breakfast with the Bunny
set for April 7
The Centre staff is pleased to announce the annual “Breakfast with the Bunny” event on Saturday, April 7. at The Centre, 1200 N. Holloway St., Rolla, MO.
This year we have an entirely new event for you!  Along with a continental breakfast, you will get to hop, hop, and hop from game to game Carnival style thanks to many area businesses that have come in to sponsor some fun!
As always ArtsRolla! will be on hand for face painting and crafts and we have a very special guest-the Easter Bunny himself!  If you get your picture with him during the event you might just get one of his special eggs that have a prize inside just for you!
This event is FREE and open to all ages.  The fun happens from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. so set your alarm clocks and hop on over to The Centre on Saturday, April 7 for this fun, free, family activity.
For more information, please call Karen Richards, Recreation Manager, at 573-431-2386 or e-mail her at 

Rolla Town Hall Meeting
on Heroin Awareness
set for April 24
The public is invited to attend a Rolla Town Hall Meeting on Heroin Awareness on Tuesday, April 24 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Rolla Technical Center Board Room located in the RPS Administration Building at 500 Forum Drive.  The event is being hosted by the Phelps County Child Advocacy Network, and funded through the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
 “The purpose of this meeting is to raise awareness and educate the community about the growing problem of Heroin use in our community,” said Police Chief Mark Kearse, Rolla Police Department. “Law enforcement, treatment for addicts, and personal testimony from a parent whose child died from Heroin use will be featured.”
Kearse urges the community to be proactive, and attend this meeting. “Heroin use has become epidemic in Missouri, and Phelps County and Rolla are at risk,” he said. 
Chief Kearse further states that Heroin has hit our country hard and Rolla is having the same problem. “I have seen many people’s lives devastated by this drug. It’s amazing how much heroin is in our community, as the Rolla Police Dept. deals with it almost daily. I'm one of the speakers at this event along with our Street Crimes unit - attend if you can as this effects us all,” he said. 
For more information, please visit
Environmental Services Important Dates
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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
MARCH 2012
March 26 – City Council Workshop (5:30 p.m.); to discuss the impact DNR and EPA regulations may have on the City of Rolla
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 5 – Board of Adjustment Mtg. (5:30 p.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 13 – Fine Arts Day at The Centre (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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