The Rolla City Council Monday night heard a report on the recent activities of the Rolla Sister City Program with Sondershausen, Germany.
“We’ve had a very busy year this year,” Martina Baur told the council.
The program’s members meet monthly, and recently held a fundraiser, a Kaffee Klatsch. Baur said the German people drink more coffee than beer, although that is not the perception outsiders hold.
She showed slides of her family’s trip to the city, which is similar to Rolla in many ways geographically and demographically, located in the former East Germany.
Sondershausen levies a tax on its residents to pay for the sister city program, which is why the Germans send officials to visit to Rolla.
Rolla has never sent an official group to Sondershausen, although 25 Rolla residents have gone on their own over the years.
City Administrator John Butz is planning a personal trip. Community Development Director John Petersen is likely going as a representative of the Rolla Breakfast Rotary Club. Some school teachers are also trying to schedule trips to Sondershausen.
Also on Monday night, William Lindgren and Carrolyn Bolin left the council, he by choice, she by defeat.
“I don’t want to go,” she said, in a semi-joking manner, but then congratulated the opponent who beat her, Brian Woolley. She also said she would run again and Mayor Bill Jenks encouraged her to do so.
Lindgren spoke about how much he had learned and noted that one of the things he learned was just how hard the city employees worked and what quality individuals they are.
The two outgoing council members were thanked by the mayor, and they left the council table as the six people elected took their place in front of the desk to be sworn in by City Clerk Carol Daniels.
While they were sworn in, City Administrator John Butz removed the nameplates of Lindgren and Bolin and replaced them with the nameplates of Rhonda Sue Myers and Woolley. The other four council members sworn in to two-year terms were Greg Sawyer, Sue Eudaly, Lou Magdits and Fran Mazanec.
The mayor welcomed the new members and said he was looking forward to working with them.