It’s been talked about for several meetings, so a major transportation study stirred little discussion at Tuesday night’s Rolla City Council meeting before council members approved the $150,000 expenditure by a 10-0 vote.

It’s been talked about for several meetings, so a major transportation study stirred little discussion at Tuesday night’s Rolla City Council meeting before council members approved the $150,000 expenditure by a 10-0 vote.
“Everyone has read the agreement, approved the agreement and they are anxious to get started,” City Administrator John Butz said of the partners in the study of traffic on U.S. Highway 63, Kingshighway and State Highway 72.
Those partners - -Missouri University of Science and Technology, Phelps County Regional Medical Center and UTW-Rolla Realty -- will, with the city, each pitch in $37,500 to hire HNTB Corp. to conduct the study that will take up to nine months.
What the council did Tuesday night was approve an ordinance authorizing the mayor to sign a memorandum of understanding with the other three partners.
Because Monday was Presidents’ Day, a government holiday, the council met at Tuesday evening in the council chambers at Rolla City Hall.
In other business or discussion at the council meeting:
• The council heard first reading of an ordinance to approve a site plan for property in the Country Hills Subdivision, 2101 Old St. James Road. Property owner Housing Plus LLC, Springfield, intends to build 40 attached single-family townhomes. There will be 10 buildings with four units in each. The property is zoned R-3.
• The council heard both first and final readings on a request from Rolla Municipal Utilities for rezoning of 102 W. Ninth St. from R-1 (single family) to GI (government/institutional). RMU wants to rebuild the well house at that site, which is almost 300 square feet in size.
• The council approved extending an agricultural lease with farmer Russ Adams through 2020 at the Rolla National Airport near Vichy, but the council declined Adams’ request for the option for another five years after that.
• The council approved agreements with the Missouri Department of Transportation for signal backup power and pavement markings.
• Approved on first and final readings was the replat of Lot 2 of Cedar Trail Planned Unit Development to form a four-lot subdivision. The property is 3.75 acres.
• Tom Thomas and Mayor Lou Magdits were reappointed to the Tax Increment Financing Commission, serving through February 2019.
• Steven B. Shields was reappointed until February 2019 to the Rolla Planning and Zoning Commission.