“We have received numerous emails and phone calls requesting we make this no parking on both sides on this block of Elm Street.”
Three ordinances were heard on first reading by the Rolla City Council at the second meeting of the month.
One proposed ordinance eliminates parking on both sides of Elm Street from Bishop Avenue (Highway 63) do the parking lot of Vessell’s Fitness Club.
That’s only a short stretch; it is the street that runs between the new IHOP restaurant and the new Breaktime convenience store.
Public Works Director Steve Hargis said the parking on the Elm Street has already been eliminated. That is temporarily through his statutory authority as the city’s traffic administrator. The ordinance would affirm that action and make it permanent.
“With the opening of the new IHOP restaurant at U.S. Highway 63 and Elm Street, staff anticipated increased traffic on Elm Street,” Hargis said. “In this anticipation, we elected to install lane markings and a stop bar on Elm Street,’ Hargis said. “We have also removed parking on the east side of Elm Street. This made Elm Street no parking on both sides.”
He said he and his staff recommended the council approve making both sides as no parking permanently. “We have received numerous emails and phone calls requesting we make this no parking on both sides on this block of Elm Street.”
The next ordinance heard on first reading would authorize Mayor Lou Magdits IV to sign a contract with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to receive grant money for construction of handicapped-accessible curbs.
Hargis said the Surface Transportation Funds program will provide $251,270, which is 74 percent of the funding for the project. The city will use transportation sales tax funds for the remaining $89,533. This will pay to remove and replace 70 curb ramps, 2,160 square feet of driveway aprons and 12,150 square feet of sidewalk on Fifth and Sixth streets.
Hargis noted that due to state budget cuts, this will likely be the last Surface Transportation Funds available to Rolla for such projects. He presented a 22-page document the state requires. The ordinance, after final reading and a vote by the council, will authorize the mayor to sign that document.
City Administrator John Butz presented the third ordinance for first reading. It clears up vagueness about a “grandfather clause” in the city code that allows certain properties to retain use of private water wells.
The vagueness apparently came to light when a property owner cleared a house on a large tract of property and wanted to uncap the well that had not been in use so he could use it for watering the lawn and other such uses, while leaving the new house tapped into the RMU water main.
The proposed ordinance would make clear that properties are to be hooked up to the RMU system, not a private well, when the main is available. There are apparently a few buildings, primarily in the Southside Annexation area, that continue to be served by private wells. That will be allowed until the primary structure, in those cases, is razed.
These three ordinances will be presented again at the next council meeting for final reading and a vote on each.