parade kicks off
|Mayor Bill Jenks, III|
This year’s holiday season started a little early from a shopping standpoint, but for many the Rolla Christmas Parade (Dec. 1) also seems to help kick off the Christmas holidays. And the lighted stars along the 10th Street Bridge and Bishop Avenue remind us the holidays are upon us.
In case you missed seeing Santa at the Rolla Christmas Parade on Saturday, he will also be making a guest appearances for individual and family photos at The Centre, (located at 1200 North Holloway Street), on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Collins Photography will be available to take professional pictures with packages at various prices. A beautiful holiday backdrop will be provided for the photo session next to the fireplace at The Centre. For more information, please call The Centre at 341-2386.
Be sure to also check out the beautiful Christmas in the Park Light Display in Lions Club Park (located on State Route 63 South), which will be open from Dec. 14 through Dec. 22. The annual event is hosted by the Rolla Lioness Club and features displays from over 50 organizations, businesses and churches. Admission to this expansive Christmas light extravaganza is free, and donations are accepted to support scholarships for students in the local area. Hours are Sunday thru Thursday from 6-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6-10 p.m. To inquire about putting up a light display, please call the Rolla Lions Club at 364-4386.
The retail stores, shops and restaurants seem to be getting a lot of traffic this holiday season. Sales tax revenues for the City are up 21.7% in November ($286,289) compared to November 2011 – the highest November figures in the past five years. Fiscal year-to-date (October and November) sales tax is up 7.2% over 2011. The City anticipates another year with lots of fluctuation in the monthly sales tax remittance from the Missouri Department of Revenue. The City’s budget projects 1-2% total growth through Fiscal Year 2013.
Rolla City Council
Mtg. set for
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rolla City Hall - Council Chambers, 901 N. Elm Street. City Council meetings are usually held the first and third Monday of the month unless interrupted by an observed holiday.
To view the agenda and full agenda packet for the Dec. 3 Council meeting, please visit the City's Website at: http://rollacity.org/admin/agenda.shtml#agenda.
Council meetings are also broadcast live on Rolla Channel 16, (Rolla's Public Education & Government channel).
For more information, please call City Administration at 426-6948.
Filing begins Dec. 11
for 2013 Rolla
Filing for the City of Rolla’s 2013 General Municipal Election, which will be held on April 2, 2013, begins on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 at 8 a.m.
The positions open for election this year include: one Council Representative for all six wards (two-year term).
Persons wishing to file their candidacy for any of the above-listed positions may do so between Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 (8 a.m.) and Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 (5 p.m.) in the Rolla City Clerk’s Office at City Hall (901 North Elm Street). Municipal candidates are not charged a filing fee.
City Council seats must be filled by candidates with the following qualifications; at least 21 years of age prior to taking office, a citizen of the United States, an inhabitant of the city for one year, and a resident of the ward which he/she is elected for six months at the time of his/her election.
For more information, please contact Carol Daniels, City Clerk, at (573) 426-6942 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shop and dine
With the holiday season just weeks away, folks are beginning to make plans for traditional family gift-giving, get-togethers, celebrations and one of the most special times of the year.
The City of Rolla would like to encourage everyone to please try to patronize and frequent our local restaurants (there are many to choose from), specialty shops, retail outlets, and businesses that rely heavily on the holiday season for a large portion of their business.
As Rolla continues to grow and prosper the number and variety of dining options and retail choices has improved significantly. Our local economy depends largely on these sectors of society, and we will all benefit from keeping our dollars locally invested.
Christmas in the Park
The Christmas in the Park Light Display hosted by the Rolla Lioness Club will be held this year from Dec. 14 through Dec. 22 at Rolla Lions Club Park (located on State Route 63 South in Rolla).
The beautiful display of Christmas lights, which can usually be seen from a distance along with a long stream of vehicles getting ready to turn of State Route 63 into Lions Club Park, will be open free to the public Sunday through Thursday from 6-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6-10 p.m.
Admission is free to the public, but donations are accepted, and will be used to fund local scholarships for high school students.
for leaf pick-up
The City of Rolla’s Environmental Services Department will continue to offer the pick-up of bagged leaves through Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.
To receive this service, the leaves must be placed in brown paper biodegradable yard waste bags, which can be purchased at a reasonable price at many stores in the area. We also ask that you place your bags to the curb by 6 a.m. so our equipment operators can pick them up on your normal collection day.
Please be aware that this service will be suspended from Dec. 15, 2012 through March 3, 2013. Collection of yard waste (leaves, grass, clippings and small sticks) in brown paper bags will resume on Monday, March 4, 2013.
Residents wishing to dispose of these materials during the winter suspension can use the compost site located at the end of McCutchen Drive just north of the Rolla Recycling Center on Old St. James Road. Residents may also arrange for a special pick up for a fee.
For more information, please call the Environmental Services Department at (573) 364-6693.
Environmental Services Important Dates
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Rolla Channel 16
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 http://rollachannel16.com.
Rolla Channel 16, Rolla’s premiere Education and Government channel, is also now live streaming (24/7) at http://rollachannel16.com. 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 http://rollachannel16.com.
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 Kenny Perzan, Senior Video Editor, at (573) 426-3377 or at Kenny.Perzan@fidelitycommunications.com.
Be sure to watch Rolla Channel 16 – “Education, Government and Community for you!”
Dec. 3 – Rolla City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Dec. 6 – Board of Adjustment Mtg. (5:30 p.m.); Rolla City Hall - Council Chambers
Dec. 11 – Filing begins for 2013 Rolla General Municipal Election (8 a.m.); City Clerk’s Office, 901 N. Elm St., 3rd Floor
Dec. 14-22 – Christmas in the Park Light Display; Rolla Lions Club Park, Hwy. 63 S.; FREE, donations accepted
Dec. 17 – Rolla City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Dec. 24-25 – City Hall closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Holidays
Jan. 1 – City Hall closed for New Year’s Day holiday
Jan. 7 – Rolla City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.
Jan. 15 – Filing ends for Rolla Municipal General Election (5 p.m.); City Clerk’s Office, 901 N. Elm Street, 3rd Floor
Jan. 21 – Rolla City Hall closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Holiday
Jan. 22 – Rolla City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Scott A. Grahl
City of Rolla, Missouri
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