Wednesday, April 11, 2012

City of Rolla Mid-Week Updates (April 11, 2012)

Rolla business
donates mobile home
to RPD Range
Michele Broxton, Operations Leader for Huffman Mobile Home Superstore in Rolla, Mo. recently donated a mobile home to the Rolla Police Department which will be used for  S.W.A.T. and shift training at the RPD Range located off Y Highway north of Rolla.
“The Rolla Police Department is very appreciative of this generous donation from Huffman Mobile Home Superstore,” said Police Chief Mark Kearse. “It will allow our department to use the structure for valuable S.W.A.T. and shift training that will be very beneficial.” 
(Rolla Police Chief Mark Kearse, pictured second from left, joins other members of the Rolla Police Department as they recognize and thank Michele Broxton, Operations Leader, Huffman Mobile Home Superstore, at the RPD Range located off Y Highway north of Rolla. Broxton, on behalf of Huffman Mobile Home Superstore, donated a used mobile home to the RPD that will be used for S.W.A.T and shift training at the RPD Range. Also pictured are (l to r): Senior Patrol Officer, S.W.A.T. Team Leader and Range Instructor, Luke Kearse and Senior Patrol Officer and VIPS Director, Vince Giacolone.)
Broxton, who began leading the Huffman Mobile Home Superstore business in June 2009, continues to lead it since the death of her father, Floyd Huffman in July 2011. Floyd Huffman was a second generation leader of the business, which was started by his father, Lester Huffman in 1948.
“I’m so honored to have been asked by the Rolla Police Department to consider this donation, and at the same time so thankful to have the resources to help,” said Michele, who also teaches several leadership courses at Drury University and is an active member of the Rolla community.

RTI saves RPD
thousands on
K-9 carrier project 
Rolla Technical Institute’s Automotive Collision Repair class recently teamed up with the Rolla Police Department to construct a custom-made patrol service K-9 carrier for Corporal Josh Campbell’s new 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe that houses his K-9 Dutch Sheppard, Ziggy. 
The project was a win-win for the collision repair students who gained valuable knowledge and expertise, and for the Rolla Police Department and City of Rolla which saved thousands on the project. The custom construction allows for an additional passenger to ride in the back seat of the Tahoe, and provides extra storage space.
(Students from the Rolla Technical Institute’s Automotive Collision Repair class spent over 60 hours designing, constructing and installing a custom-made patrol service K-9 carrier for Rolla Police Department Corporal Josh Campbell’s 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe that houses his K-9 Dutch Sheppard, Ziggy. Also pictured are Michael Hofstetter, RTI Collision Repair Instructor (far left, front row) and Ed Sederburg, Collision Repair Instructor at RTI (2nd from right, front row).
The cost of constructing and installing the carrier was about $650. If the RPD had the work done by a traditional vendor it would have cost the department about  $4,000. In addition a Rhino Liner that coats the K-9 carrier and protects Ziggy from abrasive materials was generously donated by Extreme Accessories located at 2409 N. Bishop Avenue in Rolla.
“The Rolla Police Department is very appreciative of all the time, work and expertise the students from RTI and their instructors devoted to this important project,” said Corporal Campbell. “And we also appreciate the generous donation of the Rhino Liner from Dave Watkins and Matt McCormick, co-owners of Extreme Accessories.
Corporal Campbell said it was especially satisfying to see the students at RTI have the opportunity to participate in a project that benefits the RPD, Rolla citizens and the RTI Automotive Collision Repair class.
RTI Collision Repair Instructor Mike Hofstetter, who oversaw the project with Ed Sederburg, also a Collision Repair Instructor at RTI, said the project provided his students an opportunity to work with the Rolla Police Department. He added that the K-9 carrier was designed and built from a rough drawing and that the students gained additional riveting construction skills that are required when building aircraft. 

Rolla Fine Arts Day
set for April 13
at The Centre
Rolla Fine Arts Day 2012 will take place on Friday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Centre, 1200 N. Holloway St. There will be student artists, hands-on demonstrations throughout the day and a silent auction featureing “student designed” jewelry to benefit the United Way of South Central Missouri. Bidding at the auction will end at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate and try their hand at the arts and to bid on or just vote for their favorite piece of jewelry.
For more information, please call Kent Bagnall at 364-1030.

Cruise-In set for April 14
in JC Penney parking lot
The first Cruise-In of the year will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 5-8 p.m. in the JC Penney parking lot located at the Southside Shoppers World on Hwy. 63 South (one mile past Wal-Mart).
The Cruise In will be held the second Saturday of the month through October 2012, except the month of June, when Route 66 Summerfest is held in downtown Rolla.
The event is free, and open to the public. For more information, please contact event organizer Jim Larson at 573-364-0865 or 573-465-0865.

RPD to crack down
on impaired drivers
in April
The Rolla Police Department will be cracking down on impaired drivers by conducting a sobriety checkpoint during the month of April 2012.
Law enforcement efforts will be increased in an endeavor to reduce the deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers. Those caught drinking and driving could lose their license, money, and freedom.
For more Information, please contact Sgt. Tim Mayfield at (573) 308-1213.

Rolla City Council Mtg.
set for April 16
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, April 16 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 Downtown
Farmer’s Market
begins April 17
The Rolla Downtown Farmer’s Market will begin on Tuesday, April 17 in the City’s Downtown Festival Lot (lower parking lot by Rolla City Hall). The market will be open from 7 a.m. until 12-noon each Tuesday throughout the growing season.
The Farmer’s Market is coordinated by Roy Fiscus and Wilma Bingham, and spots are available for vendors to sell their items, but they must be locally grown or made products/produce (Phelps County). No flea market, yard sale type items will be permitted. All spots are first come, first served. The cost to host a booth is $2 per day, which is given to the organizers the day the vendors are there.
For additional information, please contact Roy Fiscus at 341-8045 or Wilma Bingham at 364-5544.

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

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast
set for May 3
The National Day of Prayer Committee is hosting the 2012 Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 3, 6:30 a.m., at Missouri S&T's Havener Center. 
Individual tickets for the event are $12 and can be purchased from Millie Street, Executive Secretary, Administration Department, Rolla City Hall (3rd Floor), 901 N. Elm Street during regular business hours.
The cost to sponsor a table is $125, which entitles you to a full breakfast for eight people of your choosing.
The keynote speaker this year will be Karen Dye, Executive Producer and host of a Christian television program, "A Courageous Heart." She is a 20-year veteran of the radio broadcast industry and is a former morning show co-host at SPIRIT FM. She has been a featured speaker for the "Celebrate Recovery" groups and has lived a life that has been filled with challenges and heartbreak.
If you have any questions, please contact Emily Barnes at 364-3292 or e-mail her at

Environmental Services Important Dates

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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
APRIL 2012
April 13 – Fine Arts Day at The Centre (341-2386)
April 14 – First Cruise-In of the summer (5-8 p.m.); JC Penney Parking Lot in Southside Shoppers World, Hwy. 63 North; held  2nd Saturday of the month through October; June excluded due to  Route 66 Summerfest
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

MAY 2012
May 3 – Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast (6:30 a.m.); Havener Center, Missouri S&T campus; tickets available at Rolla City Hall - Administration, 3rd Floor
May 7 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
May 11-12 – Rolla Downtown Days; music, food, drink and great shopping
May 21 – Rolla City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
May 28 – City Hall closed for Memorial Day Holiday
Scott A. Grahl
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City of Rolla, Missouri
(573) 426-6943
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