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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Parking permits OK'd for 3 lots

  • Some 173 parking spaces downtown Rolla will be rented this fall to people who work, live or attend classes in the downtown area, the Rolla City Council decided last week.
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  • Some 173 parking spaces downtown Rolla will be rented this fall to people who work, live or attend classes in the downtown area, the Rolla City Council decided last week.
    By an 8-0 vote, the council approved an ordinance allowing the city to issue parking permits good for six months for $120 or 12 months for $200.
    The parking lots to be used for the permits are at 10th and Main streets, Eighth and Rolla streets and Sixth and Elm streets.
    The lots at 10th and Main streets and Sixth and Elm streets are under construction.
    “We hope to have (them) open in October,” Public Works Director Steve Hargis said.
    Permit holders will receive stickers to be placed either on the back window or the rear bumper. The plan to use tags hanging from the rear-view mirrors has been jettisoned.
    Two permits per space will be given, so the holders can use different cars. Rolla's finance department will issue the permits.
    The spaces will be numbered and the permit stickers will be numbered.
    “We’re going to have to be aggressive on the towing,” City Administrator John Butz said.
    Hargis estimated the income generated by the permits could be $30,000 per year. One third would go to the general fund for administration and enforcement and two-thirds would go to the Public Works Department for maintenance.
    Of the total, 110 spaces will be available at 10th and Main streets, 34 at Eighth and Rolla streets and 29 at Sixth and Elm streets.
    An application form with instructions and maps is available from city hall, and many have already been distributed downtown.
    In other action or discussion at the Sept. 3 meeting:
    • The council approved spending $19,040 for a 2013 Kubota F380 mower with rear discharge. Service International, Owensville, had that winning bid. Parks and Recreation Director Scott Caron recommended the rear discharge mower to allow cutting closer to trees from any direction. The 36hp all-wheel-drive diesel mower has a 72-inch mower deck. The old mower will be sold on Govdeals.com.
    •The council authorized spending $323,950 with HCC for health insurance excess coverage for the city’s self-insurance program, remaining at the current stop loss deductible of $75,000.
    • During the council comments period, Councilman J.D. Williams said an out-of-town visitor pointed out to him that Pine Street from Sixth to Eighth street is “utterly filthy.” Councilman Tony Bahr said bar patrons are taking their drinks and cigarettes outside and then disposing of them on the street and sidewalks. He suggested establishment owners should be responsible for cleaning up after their customers.
    •Other council members mentioned various lawns that needed mowing throughout the city, giving addresses.

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