The Rolla City Council passed not only several rezoning ordinances at their most recent meeting, but approved an increase of compensation for elected officials. The council also passed two ways for residents to become involved in the Missouri PACE program, and approved the construction of a new sidewalk leading down Route 63.

The Rolla City Council passed not only several rezoning ordinances at their most recent meeting, but approved an increase of compensation for elected officials. The council also passed two ways for residents to become involved in the Missouri PACE program, and approved the construction of a new sidewalk leading down Route 63.

The first of the rezoning ordinances passed by the council covered 112 and 114 North Spillman Avenue. The ordinance proposed changing the current zoning of Neighborhood Business to that of General Retail. According to council documents, the intended use of the newly rezoned land is to open a small car sales lot. The land is currently owned by the Winfred B. & Tina M. Eudaly Trust, which approved of the land as being designated for commercial use.

The second parcel of land rezoned is owned by the Robert B. & Judith Royce Trust, who applied for the change. The pieces of land or located in both the General Retail District and the Highway Commercial District, the current use of the properties include a salon, a title loans company, and a single lot of vacant land. The proposal intends to “adjust the boundary lines of the subject parcels,” according to council documents, which explain this will “ensure the signs on the properties will allow the city to recognize a county-recorded division of land that is currently unrecognized by the city.”

Following these ordinances, the council heard the final individual readings considering compensation for elected officials. The council voted to raise compensation for the office of the mayor, but came to a tie vote when considering raising their own compensation. Mayor Magdits served as the tie-breaking vote, passing the ordinance. The council was also divided on raising compensation for the City Prosecuting Attorney and Municipal Judge, but both ordinances passed with votes of eight to four and ten to two.

The council passed two ordinances making the Missouri PACE program, which creates alternate ways for property owners to obtain funding for improving the energy efficiency of their home. The funds are implemented as a lien on the property which transfer with its sale.

Finally, the mayor was authorized to “enter into an agreement to construct  a sidewalk from Kingshighway to Missouri State Highway 72 along the west side of US Highway 63,” as phrased in council documents. According to the documents, the Move Rolla Transportation Development District will be funding the construction.

There was some talk amongst council members, who questioned the necessity of a sidewalk in the designated location, however the council elected to pass the ordinance with a vote of 11 to 2.

A new ordinance was also read, and will be voted upon in the next council meeting, which would allow the mayor to execute a similar agreement to construct an overpass over the BNSF railroad as part of the 72 extension.

Before moving into closed session, the council passed a motion reappointing Ben Tipton as the City Appointee for the Rolla Regional Economic Commission. Mayor Magdits concluded the open session by expressing his thanks to those who worked hard to make the Christmas festivities in town possible.