Consensus of the Rolla City Council at its last meeting seemed to be that Buehler Park should not be the site for a new animal shelter.

Consensus of the Rolla City Council at its last meeting seemed to be that Buehler Park should not be the site for a new animal shelter.
No vote was taken, but council members, asked by City Administrator John Butz to select three sites for a consulting firm to look at, did not list Buehler Park among their favorites.
Butz included Buehler Park on a list of five sites in his agenda commentary. The other sites were the public services’ yard property, owned by the city and located behind the Rolla Recycling Center; the Park Shop property on 18th Street, also city owned; the old Ransdall Recycling Center site on 18th Street, also city-owned; and privately owned Olive Street property next to Green Acres Park.
On a map Butz also included privately owned property across the street from Truman Elementary School.
Council members talked about the good points of the various properties, and Councilman Don Morris said that in his opinion the Ransdall site is the best choice, for it is city-owned property, located on a busy street.
Butz had noted in his discussion that the trend nowadays is to treat animal shelters like pet shops. Instead of tucking them away, modern animal shelters are being built on thoroughfares and are kept open, clean, well-lighted and inviting to draw in customers who end up adopting the animals.
Other councilmen also mentioned other sites, and some had indicated their desire to remove Buehler Park from the list. No formal motion was entered and no vote was taken, though.
Later, during the citizen communication portion of the meeting, local resident Tom Sager spoke to the council about his desire to have Buehler Park removed from the list of possible sites for a new animal shelter.
Council members indicated that in their opinion the park was removed from the list of possibilities.
In other business
or discussion:
• The council heard first and final readings of an ordinance to rezone 1301 N. Elm St. from C-1 (neighborhood business) district to the 13th Street Planned Unit Development.
Robert E. and Martha A. Frueh, 11725 County Road 8070, are the owners of that land.
The building on the property was being used as a single-family rental. The commercial zoning did not permit new housing or the substantial repair of the current non-conforming use.
Area around the property is owned by Missouri University of Science and Technology. The Fruehs want to build three townhouse units on three floors with eight bedrooms per unit.
The existing house would be demolished on the 0.12-acre lot. It is too small to accommodate a multi-family project, but Rolla’s zoning ordinance allows a planned unit development to overcome problems such as inadequate lot size.
• The council also conducted a public hearing and heard the first reading of an ordinance to annex 0.91 acre next to 10241 State Route V and rezone the property to R-3 (multi-family district) zoning.
The property is owned by Tammi Lincoln.
• With no opposition, the council approved a lease with Adam Housewright for 40 acres of land at the Rolla National Airport. Thirty acres are wooded and 10 acres are pasture. Housewright will continue to pay $150 per year to use the land for pasturing livestock. The lease will continue for five years.
• There was no opposition to a “naming rights” policy devised by a committee of council members Walt Bowe, Sue Eudaly, Kelly Long and Don Morris.
The policy covers the naming of buildings, streets and other city property and assets.
Application for formal consideration would require a $100 fee and a petition with 100 signatures. The signatures don’t necessarily have to be Rolla residents. Three-quarters of the council could then vote to state a public input process. Then a 90 percent vote would be required to approve the naming.
The council also has the right to revoke the name.
• By a 12-0 vote, the council approved an ordinance allowing the purchase of 40.1 acres next to the Southeast Treatment Plant for $152,380 from Michelle Broxton.
Public Works Director Steve Hargis said the city also has an agreement to spread sludge on some 254 acres close to the plant.
• The council appointed Dennis Peterman to the Rolla Historic Preservation Commission.
• Auditor Andy Marmouget went over the fiscal year 2013 audit of the city and the council approved accepting the audit.
• Rolla Regional Economic Commission Executive Director Cyndra Lorey gave a report on the work of the commission.