Roland prepares for Iron Mountain Festival

The Roland City Council received an update Tuesday on plans for the Iron Mountain Festival and Fireworks Show set June 29 at the Roland City Park.

The council, which conducts their Roland Development Authority (gas) meeting, followed with the city utility authority meeting, then the meeting for the regular town of Roland board of trustees, also received updates on the gas system project and took action on other business pertaining to the town of Roland.

The 2019 Iron Mountain Festival, which is combined with the annual Fourth of July celebration, promises to be one of the biggest ever held, Monty Lenington, Roland town administrator, said.

“We’re expecting many vendors for food and crafts and the children’s activities will include inflatable water slides. The pool will be open and there will be live entertainment,” he said.

It was reported the city bathrooms which have been under construction for several weeks should be completed in time for the festival. Electricity has been installed and was expected to be working by this week.

“We won’t refuse anyone who wants to volunteer,” Lenington said, regarding help for the festival.

“I’ve been told with so many activities going on, they’re going to need some help.”

The festival is expected to begin around 5 p.m. with a fireworks display at dark, Cody Click, one of the event coordinator’s said.

Click said there are about 40 vendors who have signed up to set up for the event including a balloon animal show and a car show.

Click said he will still take some vendors. Anyone interested can email him at

John Bolte, engineer for the natural gas system project, gave a brief update on the work in progress.

Bolte spoke about easement revisions and adjustments and said the vacant land east of the Pilot Truck Stop may be a better location for the gas lines.

“We want to avoid having to move them again. We’re just trying to plan ahead so we won’t be in anybody’s way along the intersection and if the land on the north side of U.S. Highway 64 brings in more business,” he said.

Bolte had concerns about the control equipment on the town border station which is located along Old Highway 64 between Roland and Moffett.

“When we get another flood as we recently got, we want to be prepared so we’re going to have to make some adjustments there regarding height,” he said, noting the water level reached eight feet and four inches during the flood.

The control equipment on the town border station will serve as a tap for the natural gas, Bolte said.

Bolte said water could damage the electronic components to where there would be no information on the amount of the gas flow and other issues.

Bolte said he expects actual construction on the lines will begin in about 60 days. He noted the budget was “right on the mark.”

The board of trustees approved several ordinances with one requiring sewer service, one regarding a procedure for accepting streets and a Cox Franchise agreement which was approved in 2014 with a slight change from its original agreement.

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