On behalf of the Rolla City Council, City staff and residents, welcome to Rolla, Missouri! Whether you are just passing through, relocating from another area, or thinking about making Rolla your home, we're glad you’re here.
If you haven't already noticed, friendliness is something you'll find a lot of in our city, along with abundant recreational, cultural and educational opportunities. We have a saying in Rolla that the quality of life is high, but not the cost of living.
Whether you're looking for great authentic restaurants, affordable lodging, or a beautiful park, we have what you are looking for in Rolla! Couple all this with nationally ranked blue-ribbon schools, a leading technological university (Missouri University of Science and Technology), world-class theatre, year-round community festivals, a historic downtown and an outstanding parks and recreation system, and you'll quickly see why we have been recognized as one of The 100 Best Small Towns in America (Norman Crampton).
Rolla also boasts one of the most state-of-the-art recreation facilities in the MidWest. The Centre – a 63,000-square-foot health and recreation complex, offers everything from a cutting-edge 4,000-square-foot fitness center, to an amazing Aquatic Center, gymnasium, indoor walking track and recreational programs for the entire community to enjoy. During the hot summer months SplashZone, Rolla's water park, located in beautiful Ber Juan Park, offers a refreshing break for families.
While some refer to Rolla as the foothills to the Ozarks – in particular the Mark Twain National Forest – there is much more to Rolla than our scenic rolling hills, world-renown trout streams and highly sought after recreational opportunities on the Gasconade, Little Piney, Big Piney and Meramec Rivers.
Phelps County, of which Rolla is the county seat, includes such diverse industries as Brewer Science, Inc., Mo-Sci., Inc., Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the USGS, Mark Twain National Forest Headquarters, and Royal Canin USA. Missouri University of Science and Technology is actively positioning itself as one of the nation's top technological universities and research parks.
High quality medical facilities at Phelps County Regional Medical Center, the Bond Clinic and St. John's Clinic, together with an abundance of cultural opportunities at the Castleman Hall Performing Arts Center, Ozark Actors Theatre and Arts Rolla, are additional assets that make Rolla such a desirable place to live, work and play.
The Mayor is elected to serve a four-year term. The Mayor is required to be at least thirty (30) years of age, a U.S. Citizen, and a resident of the City for no less than two years preceding the election.
The Mayor acts as the chief executive office in Third Class Cities in Missouri. The Mayor is the president of the City Council but can vote only in the case of a tie. The Mayor does have veto authority over any ordinance passed by the City Council including "line-item" veto, provided a written veto or objection is submitted at the next regular meeting of the Council (subject to Council override).
The Mayor has the authority to appoint all officers or commissions prescribed by law with the consent of the City Council. The Mayor should actively enforce all laws of the City and has the authority to call on every inhabitant of the City, between eighteen and fifty years of age, to aid in enforcing the laws. The Mayor has the power to remit fines and forfeitures, to grant reprieves and pardons, and execute all deeds for the sale of real estate.
The Mission of the City of Rolla is to promote the enhanced quality of life for citizens of all ages and abilities. We do so by pursuing strong public safety services, a quality infrastructure network based on properly planned growth, and a diverse and vibrant economy. Through effective leadership in cooperation with our citizens, businesses and community organizations we can ensure the desired balance between our urban development with the charm of our rural history through open and participative communication with our customers and citizens.
City Talk – Oct. 12, 2013
Rolla Daily News
By Mayor Bill Jenks, III
Festivals abound in Meramec Valley Region
Get ready for additional weekends of festivals, celebrations and open houses as the autumn temperatures and changing colors set a spectacular backdrop for Old Iron Works Days at Maramec Springs near St. James on Saturday, October 12th and Rolla’s 36th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19th. In addition PCRMC is hosting Heart Chase on Saturday, October 12th – a fun way to promote healthy living and support to the American Heart Association. Missouri S&T’s Haunted Mine also opens on Friday, October 18th – a frightful, fun way to get into the spirit of Halloween. And lastly we’re excited to once again welcome the thousands of participants to the Route 66 Marching Band Classic on Saturday, October 19th – at RHS on the beautiful new synthetic turf field.
Fall is also the perfect time to get out and explore a trail along Little Piney
Creek in Lane Springs Recreation Area (located 12 miles south on U.S. Hwy. 63 South), take a stroll, jog or bike ride along the City’s 13-mile-long pedestrian bike path, play a few sets of tennis at Ber Juan Tennis Complex or play a few rounds of disc golf at Ber Juan Park or Lions Club Park before winter sets in. Historic Route 66, which runs through the heart of Rolla’s downtown and along many of the outer roads, is also a favorite among classic car enthusiasts, and fans of ‘The Mother Road’ and the ‘Main Street of America.’
Regardless of what activity you choose to participate in there is plenty to do in the Meramec Valley Region, where award-winning wineries, great restaurants and shopping, sparkling springs, abundant trout streams, and several public golf courses are just around the corner.
If you feel a little more adventurous, the 1.5-million-acre Mark Twain National Forest, headquartered in Rolla (401 Fairgrounds Road), offers an endless variety of parks, trails, streams and campgrounds. Be sure to check out the Mark Twain National Forest Website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf for updates on the fall colors, special places to visit and where the best places are to view the fall foliage, wildlife, and limitless recreational opportunities.
For a complete listing of the many activities in the Rolla region I would encourage you to check out the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce’s tourism site at www.visitrolla.com – wonderful information for residents and visitors alike! Enjoy the upcoming festivities and have a safe week!