The Rolla City Council met for their first August meeting on Monday, August 7. There they held the final readings of the ordinances pertaining to the rezoning and vacation of a portion of Faulkner avenue, and heard several presentations by the Rolla Police Department, including an award for one officer going above and beyond the call of duty.

The Rolla City Council met for their first August meeting on Monday, August 7. There they held the final readings of the ordinances pertaining to the rezoning and vacation of a portion of Faulkner avenue, and heard several presentations by the Rolla Police Department, including an award for one officer going above and beyond the call of duty.

1) Rolla Chief of Police Sean Fagan presented their Life Saving Award to Sgt. Kenneth Moberly, for his work in assisting a woman on the Vichy bridge over highway 44 on July 23. The Rolla Police Department received a call from a concerned citizen regarding a woman on the side of the road. Through speaking with her, the man believed her to be at risk of committing suicide and contacting the police. Sgt. Moberly arrived on the scene, and saw the woman had one leg over the bridge. 

Sgt. Moberly spoke to her calmly according to Chief Fagan, and continued to reassure her while inching closer. When another officer arrived on scene, the woman was distracted enough to where Sgt. Moberly was able to rescue her and keep her safe until an ambulance was able to come.

“There’s no doubt that because of his actions, this woman’s life was saved,” said Chief Fagan. He also explained that since she was over Highway 44, there was a chance of more people being injured had she jumped.

“Once in a while, an officer does something truly above and beyond the call of duty,” said Chief Fagan.

2) The council voted to approve the ordinance rezoning a portion of lots along Faulkner avenue. The ordinance changes these lots from a C-1 Neighborhood Business District to a C-3 Highway Commercial District.

Additionally, the council heard the final reading of the ordinance authorizing the vacating of the same portion of Faulkner avenue. There was some deliberation, with Councilman Brian Woolley cautioning that the vacation of the street and construction of the Sonic complex would negatively impact that neighborhood. The council passed the ordinance to vacate the portion of Faulkner to allow Sonic to build their new, large complex. The ordinance also included new language, thanks to Councilman Matthew Crowell, that the right-of-way of Faulkner would revert back to the city, should the business fail to, or cease construction on the property.

3) Chief Fagan also presented the first readings of three separate ordinances. The first was an ordinance changing the way local officers write tickets for signaling infractions while driving. As of now, the Rolla Police Department is only able to write State-level tickets for this type of misdemeanor, due to a lack of appropriate wording in city law. According to Chief Fagan, this automatically takes the infraction outside of city hands, and generally takes much longer to get resolved. By creating this new ordinance, Chief Fagan said it would help not only the department, but the drivers as well. According to Chief Fagan, a ticket for signaling infractions on the city level would be less points on a license than one at the state level.
 
The following ordinances read by Chief Fagan involved changing the way law enforcement approaches animal disturbances. The new ordinances would require additional witnesses to pursue charges against an animal disturbance, and the other, prevents owners from returning a dangerous animal to the city after it had been removed.