Along with the natural beauty that comes with the fall foliage in the Ozark Highlands there also comes the downpour of leaves, and the question of how to dispose them in the most convenient and efficient manner.
The City of Rolla's Environmental Services Department will continue to offer the pick-up of bagged leaves through Friday, Dec. 14. 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 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.
For a nominal fee, Rolla residents can also get their leaves picked up by the City's Parks & Recreation Department through November 2012. The fee is $50 per half hour with the minimum charge of $50. All fees must be paid within two weeks of the service being completed.
Per City ordinance, we do ask that you please rake all leaves to the curb along city streets, and that you do not place any leaves in the streets, gutters or ditches. And please remember that private driveways or private areas will not be entered by city vehicles. Leaf pick-up will take place Monday through Friday (leaves will not be picked up during weekends and holidays). For more information or to schedule a pickup, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 573-341-2386.
Shop and dine locally during holidays:
With the holiday season in the not too distant future, I'm sure many of our residents are beginning to make plans for traditional family get-togethers, outings, celebrations and what I consider one of the most special times of the year. Rolla has been fortunate throughout the past few years to see both new dining and retail establishments spring up throughout the community.
I would like to encourage everyone to please try to patronize our local restaurants, shops and businesses that rely heavily on the holiday season for a large portion of their business. As Rolla continues to grow and develop the number and variety of dining options and retail choices has improved as well. Our economy depends largely on these sectors of society, and we will all benefit from keeping our dollars locally invested.