The Rolla City Council heard two special presentations and discussed new and old business at their regular meeting on Monday, September 18, at City Hall. Re-Zoning on 18th Street and S&T's Homecoming topped the agenda.

The Rolla City Council heard two special presentations and discussed new and old business at their regular meeting on Monday, September 18, at City Hall.

The meeting began with a public hearing and reading of an ordinance, rezoning 504 E. 18th Street from a ‘Heavy Manufacturing District’ to a ‘Highway Commercial District.’ According to city council documents, the current use of the property is an ambulance garage with offices (Phelps County Ambulance). The shift to a Highway Commercial District zoning would allow the property to be more in line with the city’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update, which describes the future land use of that area as being Community Commercial zoning. The ordinance was given a second reading and approval by the council.

Following the reading, Rebecca Connor, the Student Union Board campus traditions director from Missouri S&T gave a brief presentation about this year’s Homecoming parade, set for October 28.

“We’d like to keep it exactly the same as last year,” she said. “It worked pretty great.” She said they don’t expect more than 35 participants, a potential increase from last year’s 25, and the parade should last 30 to 45 minutes.

Following the presentation on the parade, Josh Campbell, the executive director of the Missouri Energy Initiative (MEI), gave his own presentation regarding the Show Me PACE program, which claims to help property owners achieve energy efficiency in their homes.

Mayor Lou Magdits said Campbell gave a similar presentation to the council several months ago, and the council’s original response was “lukewarm,” according to him. Mayor Magdits said since the previous presentation, Campbell continued to visit with council members to help them understand the program to a greater degree.

“Our purpose is to increase energy related economic development,” Campbell said. The program works by providing financing for property owners to make energy improvements on their buildings. Further consideration for the program will be made by the council at a future meeting.

The council also gave the final reading considering the city’s 2017-2018 fiscal year, with a proposed budget of $27.7 million, with a forecasted total revenue of $27.1 million. 48% of the budget is for personnel expenses, with the number of full-time employees totaling 192.

Following that, the council heard the first reading of two more ordinances, one consolidating three lots, numbered five, seven and eight, in Block 4 of Newman’s Addition and vacating a 16-foot-wide alley between lots seven and eight.

The second ordinance authorized the Mayor to execute a sewer use agreement with the College Hills West Sewer District. Both ordinances will be given a second reading.

The council also passed a resolution to authorize the Mayor to enter into a service agreement with the Rolla Regional Economic Commission (RREC).

Two motions were also passed, reappointing Dr. Keith Wedge and Ms. Fran Mazanec to the Police Personnel Board and appointing Mr. Ted Ruth, Missouri S&T assistant vice chancellor of Facilities Services to the MoveRolla TDD Board as the City’s representatives.

Carter Daniels, the new Missouri S&T student representative introduced himself to the council before they moved into closed session, and said he looked forward to bridging the university and Rolla together in the future.