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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Vounteers needed for cleanup in November

  • Sgt. Vince Giacolone, director of the Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS) program for the Rolla Police Department, told the Rolla City Council he hopes to exceed 100 volunteers for this year's Neighborhood Cleanup, set for Nov. 1.
    “It's been a very successful program over the years,” Giacolone said Monday night.
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  • Sgt. Vince Giacolone, director of the Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS) program for the Rolla Police Department, told the Rolla City Council he hopes to exceed 100 volunteers for this year's Neighborhood Cleanup, set for Nov. 1.
    "It's been a very successful program over the years," Giacolone said Monday night.
    The first year drew 60 volunteers to help clean up various properties. Last year, Giacolone said, the number was "in the mid-90s." He encouraged the council members and everyone else in the community to show up that date to volunteer a few hours of labor.
    "It's a lot of fun," he said. "And you'll leave with the feeling of having helped your fellow man."
    Work to be done includes cutting brush, mowing grass, trimming trees and taking trash out of homes, as well as other cleanup chores.
    Working with the Rolla Ministerial Alliance, the volunteers have come up with several properties to work on, but more are being sought.
    "We have plenty of capacity," he said, so more nominations are being sought. "If you know of someone who needs (work done), let us know."
    Once those property locations are received, volunteers go to the home and assess the work to be done.
    On that Friday morning, Nov. 1, there will be a breakfast for volunteers at 801 Greentree Road, according to Chris Foster. That is part of the Greentree Christian Church campus.
    "Just show up if you're an individual volunteer," Foster said. He said teams of volunteers should call ahead of time.
    After the breakfast, individuals who aren't part of teams will be teamed up and work assignments will be handed out. Then they will head out and the work will begin.
    Volunteers don't have to bring tools, but those who have them and want to bring tools should bring chain saws, rakes and other implements for yard work. Also, wear gloves.
    "It's a wonderful community project," Giacolone said.
    In other business or discussion from the council meeting:
    • The council heard first reading of the budget for fiscal year 2013-2014.
    • A presentation of possible funding methods for a new Rolla Animal Shelter was given.
    • The council approved a motion to dismiss a request for rezoning of Tract B, McCutchen Acres No. 1 after receiving notice from owner Robert Davis that he wanted to withdraw the request.
    • Replatting of two lots in Wedgewood Manor Subdivision was approved with final reading of an ordinance.
    • Also approved by ordinance was resubdivision/consolidation of two lots in the Wild Rose Hill Subdivision.
    • The council amended and then passed an ordinance to add an article to the city code regarding installation and operation of outdoor woodburning furnaces.
    Page 2 of 2 - • The council also changed an ordinance regarding public parking lot permits.
    • Purchase of a mower for the Parks and Recreation Department was approved.
    • A closed session to discuss city personnel was held.

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