Discussion, talk and comments appear to be the main business at tonight’s Rolla City Council meeting.
The agenda shows:
• There will be follow-up discussion about hookahs, as related to the workplace smoking ban.
At the last meeting, owners of a local restaurant showed up to ask the council for permission to replace their restaurant with a hookah bar, which would allow smokers to puff away indoors on water pipes stuffed with flavored tobacco.
It’s apparently quite the trend in major metropolises, such as St. Louis, but people will never be able to participate in the trend in Rolla unless the ban is either lifted, waived or changed.
• Discussion is also the order of the evening for preliminary consideration of zoning for family entertainment complexes. Rolla hasn’t had such a thing until recently, and the city council charged Community Development Director John Petersen with writing a revision to the zoning ordinance that would cover/regulate this complex and future complexes.
He told the Planning and Zoning Commission last week that he has prepared the zoning amendment and the council will likely talk about it before turning it over to the commission for more discussion before giving it back to the council for action.
• A public hearing is scheduled for the potential sale of the southern half of the 9.46 acres the city acquired from the U.S. Forest Service in 2007 for $511,000.
This property is behind and south of the Rolla Visitor Center, off Bridge School Road. “If a sale is determined prudent the proceeds would be used to pay off the note to the federal government and to make improvements to the remaining historic properties in the park,” the city stated in a recent news announcement. The public is invited to attend tonight’s hearing and talk about it, pro or con.
• Andy Marmouget, a certified public accountant with Davis, Lynn and Moots, will review the 2011-12 city audit. Following his talk, the council will approve a motion to accept the audit.
• Joseph Driskill and Steve Tupper will be at the meeting to represent the Sustainable Ozark Partnership and talk about the effort to retain Fort Leonard Wood and keep its staffing at the permanent level or higher. The U.S. Army is reviewing possible scale-downs and cutbacks for posts throughout the nation.
• Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stevie Kearse will discuss the tourism and marketing of Rolla for the fourth quarter of 2012.
• A public hearing on rezoning property at 112 E. 11th St., the Christian Campus Ministry Fellowship House, from C-1 (neighborhood commercial district) to CC (center city district) will be held. Neighbors are invited to attend and talk about the change.
Page 2 of 2 - • The council will consider an ordinance to approve the final plat of the Pathways Addition.
• Closing of certain streets and parking lots during the 2013 Route 66 Summerfest will be considered.
• A bid for disinfection equipment at the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant will be considered for approval.
• The council will take action on replacement of light poles at Kimmel Field.
• Brendon Fox is expected to be appointed to complete the unexpired term of City Attorney Robert J. Stoltz, who has announced plans to move to Chicago following his marriage. Stoltz defeated Fox’s challenge in the April 2012 municipal election to gain re-election.
• In the “citizen communication,” portion of the agenda, Nate Willis is scheduled to talk about hookah bars.
• There will be time set aside for more talk and discussion from any resident who wants to stand behind or before the microphone.
• Finally, the council hold an “executive session,” which is closed to the public, to talk about litigation and privileged communications.