Members of the Celebration of Nations planning committee at Missouri S&T Monday night thanked the Rolla City Council — and the community — for supporting the parade and festival Saturday.
“We’re here to tell you how thankful we are with everything the city did,” said Jim Monahan, a member of the staff of the International Affairs Office.
S&T student Rebecca Holmes said of the annual celebration, “It really is making a difference to students.”
Students from all over the world who are here to study told her how grateful they were for the celebration.
“It brings Rolla and the university together,” she said.
Harsheel Shah, another student on the planning committee, said, “My personal experience has been really, really awesome.”
He thanked the city for the cooperation. “It’s really a matter of pride for all of us,” he said.
Mayor Bill Jenks said he has been in all three of the annual parades and festivals.
This year he took a camel ride.
“I’m now camel-certified,” the mayor said.
Monahan said the celebration could not go on without the continued support of the city.
“I think it was a really fun event,” he said.
Mayor Jenks said he would like to see Bishop Avenue lined with the flags of the countries represented in the parade — there were 85 this year — and the Missouri Department of Transportation has given permission to hang the flags from light poles.
“I’d love to be able to get funding,” Jenks said.
In other business at Monday night’s council meeting:
• The council authorized Mayor Jenks to enter into a grant agreement with the Delta Regional Authority for transportation improvements at the Hy Point Industrial Park.
Originally a roundabout was planned at Highway V and Hy Point Boulevard, but right of way was not available.
• The council approved a bid of $18,838.92 from Denny Ford for a 2013 Ford F150. This was not the low bid; that was $18,485.31 from Lou Fusz Automotive in St. Louis for a 2013 GMC Sierra. The council decided paying slightly more to a local auto dealer would be worthwhile.
• The council also authorized spending $49,462.35 for a Caterpillar 430E HT Backhoe Loader. Total cost is $91,462.35 but the city will receive $42,000 trade-in for the 2006 John Deere 410G.
The purchase of the backhoe will be from Fabick and Company, Jefferson City, through the state cooperative bid program; no local dealer is available, Public Works Director Steve Hargis said.
Councilman Tony Bahr, Ward 6, questioned why a 2005 unit is being traded in ahead of schedule. Hargis said he has spent about half the purchase price on repair bills since the unit went out of warranty. It’s time to “cut our losses,” he said.
Page 2 of 2 - Bahr asked Hargis if he had any concern about the unscheduled expenditure.
Hargis assured the councilman he was concerned.
“That’s what I want to hear,” Bahr said.