The Rolla City Council met on Wednesday, July 5, after rescheduling their regular meeting time due to the holiday. The Council voted on a resolution to approve the Buehler Park Master Plan and heard several ideas regarding potential improvements to the city.

From the July 5 meeting

The Rolla City Council met on Wednesday, July 5, after rescheduling their regular meeting time due to the holiday. The Council voted on a resolution to approve the Buehler Park Master Plan and heard several ideas regarding potential improvements to the city.

1. Buehler Park Master Plan: The Council made their final vote regarding the resolution supporting the Buehler Park Master Plan. The current plan includes designated sections of the land to be used for a dog park. Prior to the vote, a letter was read on behalf of Councilman David Schott, who was absent. In his letter, Councilman Schott discussed the motivation behind the dog park and whether it is meant to draw in travelers coming through town or to enrich the lives of local residents. Councilman Schott also said in his letter that both purposes have their own merits. The Council voted to approve the resolution.

2. An idea to improve Pine Street Parking: The council discussed an idea to change the lanes on Pine Street from two lanes to one, with angled parking on either side. This could potentially create more parking spaces, allowing more residents to enjoy Pine Street at the same time. The issue of reversing out of these angled parking spots was also mentioned. The Council was encouraged to think about the idea and discuss it at a future meeting.

3. “Complete Streets” proposal is heard:  Nell Davis, Missouri S&T student and Public Works intern, made a presentation on a proposal entitled “Complete Streets”, meant to reform roads so they can be accessible through all sorts of transportation, including walking and biking. The goal of Complete Streets is to make streets easier to navigate for non-motorists. The council did not make a vote, but will look further into the idea.