The council passed three motions to enable the Rolla Police Department to acquire and outfit new vehicles for the department. The first vehicle will replace the one currently used by parking enforcement, a four-wheeled Gator that isn’t heated and has no air conditioning.

Rolla Chief of Police Sean Fagan said Larry Seest, Rolla’s parking officer, will travel anywhere from 20 to 40 miles in one shift, sometimes hitting 60 miles.

According to the Chief, the department sent out bids for a new vehicle and received only one in return. The bid includes a vehicle that is specifically made for parking enforcement, with both heating and air conditioning. The cost for the new vehicle would be $35,800, according to Chief Fagan, who estimated being to get around $10,000 in return for the Gator being used.

“He’s definitely a worker, there’s no doubt about that…I’d like to see him get this,” Chief Fagan said prior to the vote. The council voted in favor of the motion, with one nay, to purchase the new parking enforcement vehicle.

Chief Fagan also presented a plan for purchasing four police SUV’s this year. He said that since the department began using SUV’s instead of cars, they’ve proven to be the best vehicles they’ve ever used.

According to Chief Fagan, the SUV’s are fit for all weather and are capable of comfortably carrying all of the various equipment officers are now required to have with them. Chief Fagan said the equipment can be difficult to fit solely in the trunk of a car, and the SUV’s make it easier on the officers to keep everything they need on hand.

The lowest estimated bid came from the state, which was $31,363 per vehicle. The council voted unanimously in favor of the purchase, and according to Chief Fagan, the department will be getting rid of four vehicles to help offset the cost.

The council passed a third motion to purchase the necessary equipment for the new vehicles. Chief Fagan explained that some of the equipment can be transferred from the old vehicles, such as the computers, but some of the equipment has to be made specifically for the new SUV’s.

The council also passed three ordinances, the first of which is to consolidate three lots and vacate a 16-foot alley near them. The lots are located at the intersection of Phelps Avenue and S. Oak Street, and Phelps Avenue and S. Olive Street. The lots are currently in the Neighborhood Business District, according to council documents. The properties are currently listed as single-family resident. The lot at the intersection of Phelps Avenue and Oak Street is currently vacant.

According to council documents, “the applicant has indicated that the lot may be used for commercial, workshop or educational purposes,” following the consolidation, which will create a single .44 acre L-shaped lot.

Secondly, the council passed a sewer use agreement for the College Hills West Sewer District. According to council documents, the district has been receiving city sewer services since the mid 1980’s, and the current agreement provides them with treatment only. The new agreement proposed to the district a full sewer use customer of the city, who would provide for the collection system, treatment and billing.

According to council documents, the city will install new sewer and house connections and be reimbursed by the district while maintaining sewer mains. The house connections will be maintained by the homeowners.

The council also heard the first reading of three ordinances regarding the development of an integrated management plan that provides the city with an “adaptable and affordable long-term plan for addressing the city’s wastewater and stormwater needs. They will be given a final reading at the next city council meeting on Oct. 16.