Wednesday, June 27, 2012

City of Rolla Mid-Week E-Updates (June 27, 2012)

Phelps County
Fire Departments
issue burn ban
The City of Rolla Fire & Rescue in conjunction with all Phelps County Fire Protection Districts, which include the City of Rolla, Rolla Rural, St. James, Doolittle Rural, Duke, Newburg, and Edgar Springs, have issued a burn ban until further notice. No open burning will be allowed in Phelps County until we receive significant rainfall.
Due to hot and extremely dry conditions along with the continued drought, the fire danger is severe. Fire officials say a lack of adequate rainfall and warmer temperatures make conditions for burning potentially dangerous.
“Some of the dangers that we most frequently see are a small controlled burn that due to dry conditions, expands rapidly and the property owner loses control very quickly,” said City of Rolla Fire Chief Robert Williams. “Wild fires can spread very rapidly, therefore putting citizens at risk.”
Fireworks displays may be restricted, depending upon local jurisdiction (City Ordinance). In the City of Rolla, fireworks displays over the July 4th holiday will be allowed; however, we would remind the public that fireworks within the city limits of Rolla may only be displayed from July 1 – July 5 from 8 a.m. to midnight each day. With the extreme heat and drought conditions, we would ask that residents have a fire extinguishing agent (i.e., fire extinguisher, water hose, etc.) nearby while displaying fireworks.
If you plan on burning anything in the future, fire officials are advising that you contact them to inquire if the ban is still enacted.

Rolla City Council
Mtg., July 2
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, July 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.

Independence Dollar Day
July 4th at SplashZone
Cool off, relax and beat the heat during Independence Dollar Day at SplashZone on Wednesday, July 4. Admission is just $1.
Hours on July 4 at SpashZone, Rolla's outdoor water park, are 12-noon to 4 p.m. 
SpashZone is located near The Centre (1200 N. Holloway St.), on 14th Street, next to the Ber Juan Tennis Complex. 
With two giant water slides, a long, lazy river, and the world's largest vortext, you don't want to miss this opportunity to visit SplashZone for just $1. 
For more information, please visit or call 341-2386.

Rolla City Hall
to close July 4 for
Independence Day
As you begin to make plans for the Independence Day Holiday, please keep in mind that Rolla City Hall will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. 
The Centre, Rolla’s Health and Recreation Complex, (located at 1200 N. Holloway Street), will be open on July 4 from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. SplashZone, Rolla’s outdoor water park, (located in Ber Juan Park next to The Centre on 14th Street), will have Independence Dollar Day on July 4 and will be open from 12-noon to 4 p.m. Admission for everyone is $1 on July 4.
The City’s Environmental Services Department will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, however, regular residential trash and recycling collections will not be affected by the Independence Day holiday.
For more information, please call 426-6948 or visit

Rolla Lions Club
Carnival set for
July 4-7
The 77th annual Rolla Lions Club Carnival will be held Wednesday, July 4 through Saturday, July 7 at beautiful Lions Club Park (located on Hwy. 63 South).
Rolla’s hometown July 4th celebration draws thousands of folks from South Central Missouri who love the carnival rides, outstanding fireworks, and great-tasting burgers, funnel cakes, steak sandwhiches, and cotton candy.
This year’s Carnival will feature wristband nights for rides as well as stunning fireworks displays that light up the sky.
All proceeds from the Carnival benefit Rolla Lions Club Park, vision and hearing programs, area youth activities and scholarships for local students.
For more information, visit

City urges property
owners to display
address numbers
The City of Rolla Fire and Rescue is conducting their annual business safety inspections, and one of the items they check for is a visible and conspicuous address number to identify the location of each business.
By properly displaying address numerals that contrast with the color of the dwelling, fire, safety and medical responders can more quickly identify a property when responding to an emergency call, or during other safety or medical related matters.
“When lives are at risk, visible property address numbers really count,” said Fire Chief Robert Williams, City of Rolla Fire & Rescue. “And emergency services personnel don’t need to be wasting your time guessing at addresses.”
In addition, property owners who have recently remodeled or re-sided their homes, or whose address numbers are not visible, need to ensure their street or property address is easily identifiable somewhere on the structure and visible from the street.
 A violation of the requirements of this Ordinance shall constitute an offense which could be punishable by a fine not to exceed $50.
This requirement is in keeping with the City’s Ordinance relating to Chapter 6 (Sec. 6-1, Article 1 – In General) “Street numbers required of property owners on dwelling or structure.”
 If you have any questions relating to these requirements, please contact Rolla City Administration at 426-6948.

Rolla Downtown
Farmer’s Market
open every Tuesday
The Rolla Downtown Farmer’s Market is open and operating under the new shade structure in the lower parking lot of Rolla City Hall 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.

Environmental Services Important Dates

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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, Rolla Public Schools board meetings, Rolla High School Review and “City Minutes” hosted by the City of Rolla’s Communications Office.
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
JULY 2012
July 2 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
July 4 – City Hall closed for Independence Day holiday
July 4 – Firecracker 5-K Run/Walk (7:30 a.m.); Ber Juan Park next to SplashZone; race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. (341-2386)
July 4 – Independence Dollar Day at SplashZone – admission is just $1 (noon-4 p.m.)
July 4 – Environmental Services Dept. closed for Independence Day holiday; routine residential trash and recycle service will continue
July 4-7 – Lions Club Carnival, Lions Club Park, Hwy. 63 South
July 13-14 – Take a Stand Against Child Abuse (sign up for your stand at 426-5148)
July 14 – Cruise In (5-8 p.m.); JC Penney Parking Lot, Southside Shoppers World
July 16 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)

Aug. 6 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Aug. 11 – Cruise In (5-8 p.m.), JC Penney parking lot, South Side Shoppers World
Aug. 18 – Relay for Life (noon-midnight); Lions Club Park, Hwy. 63 South
Aug. 20 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Scott A. Grahl
Communications Director
City of Rolla, Missouri
(573) 426-6943
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