"We are experiencing two really strong years of development (residential & commercial) but the leveling of tax receipts force us to make tough choices," said City of Rolla Administrator John Butz. Luckily, 2017 was an incredible year of accomplishment.
What were some of the biggest challenges from your perspective, or from the perspective of your organization as a whole? How do you feel this was overcome?
It seems as if financial limitations continue to be our biggest challenge with the City of Rolla. We are experiencing two really strong years of development (residential & commercial) but the leveling of tax receipts force us to make tough choices. Fortunately, the commitment and cooperation among City Departments (employees) and the optimism by the Mayor and City Council allow us to focus on what is really important with respect to City services. Our focus remains on strong public safety, quality infrastructure, and long-term economic development.
On the same line of thinking, what were the biggest accomplishments in your estimation? What contributed to them?
2017 was an incredible year of accomplishments starting with the start-up of Brodrene Hartmann (moulded fiber egg cartons at the old Briggs & Stratton building), development of the Move Rolla Transportation District, and successful negotiation and development of the Westside MarketPlace. Add to that completion of the Forum Plaza Redevelopment (CID), renovation of Rolla Apartments, and strong commercial and residential development and there was much to be proud of in 2017. Contributions? A variety of things including an improved private sector economy, stability and growth at S&T, PCRMC and Ft. Wood, and prudent/forward-thinking vision by Mayor, Council and Community.
What are you most looking forward to in 2018? What can readers and residents look forward to?
Completion of the Westside MarketPlace and the Hwy 72 extension!