Meeting Minutes: April 17 , 2018

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Meeting Minutes: April 17 , 2018

                        RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:


Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.


Invocation – Jeff Long


Pledge of Allegiance


Those present: Gehle, Young, Pontsler, Now, Heitkamp

Fox – absent


Also attending: Tom Stankard of the Daily Standard, Srgt Stetler,

Robby Peel, Chad Ransbottom – little later.


Motion Pontsler. Second Gehle to accept the agenda as orders of the day. Heitkamp called for the question. Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y , Young = y, Now = y. Passed 5 yes.


Motion Young. Second Gehle to accept the minutes from the

April 3, 2018 council meeting as presented. Now called for the question.

Young = y, Gehle = y, Now = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.


Visitors to Address Council:



Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:


Noted receipt and review of Mayors Court pay in,

bank reconciliation, and bank statement.


The Parkway Arbor Day presentation was held on April 10th.


Community Announcements and events:



Bicentennial Fundraiser Auction – April 21st – 10 am –

Something for everyone – come out and support a good cause!

Rockford Community Building – 420 N Holly Lane


24th Annual Car Show – June 15th – West Market St.


Rockford Community Days ~~ Art and Music Festival – June 15 & 16




Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long


We re-fabed a piece of equipment to drag the alleyways.   We should be able to do the work faster and more often.   Pot Hole issues still need addressed once the weather is nice enough for asphalt.


Street sweeper has been fixed and back in operation.


Trailer park clean up – have been made an offer to clean up for land swap. Current estimate to clean up is $30,000 in disposal fees.   Need to post no trespassing signs as people are trying to steal whatever they can get their hands on for scrap. The Finance committee will review information on April 24th at 7 pm.


We will be working with Fremont as they continue to expand. We are looking at putting in a new entrance 33 east to keep semis out of the residential area. We are looking at a grant of $650,000 for this project. They are planning job creations of 60+ jobs.   They have signage that they are now taking applications. Once the entrance is done we will post – No Truck signs. The current entrance would only be used by employees.



Committee Reports


Finance Committee – Steve Gehle


Motion Pontsler. Second Young to pay the bills in the amount of

$13,666.18. Now called for the question. Pontsler = y, Young = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.


Motion Young to accept the Mayors Court pay in of $498. Second Pontsler. Heitkamp called for the question. Young = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Now = y. Passed 5 yes.


Inspected tree at Dooley property. Doesn’t look to be urgent. Will try to contact him to see what his plans are.



Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler – nothing at this time.


Safety Committee:     Chris Heitkamp – nothing at this time.


Economic Development Committee: Shane Young


RADC Meeting scheduled – Monday – 7 pm – Library basement






Public Utilities Committee:  Wilbur Fox – absent



Jeff mentioned that he received a call from small cell tower service. Will contact and get more information.




Rules Committee:      Brad Now


Renewal for liquor permits – all ok at this time.



Old Business


Mayor would like to review the junk / weeds spreadsheet. Have given out at least 12 notices.   Several properties that need some action soon. Will contact the new Mercer County Judge to verify court proceedings in case we have to do some referrals in that direction.


Radio Station – going good. Steve is getting the quarterly updates. We have a 2 signature checking system. Everything is being posted to quick books. We have several accounts that we are working to get caught up.   Good music changes. Encourage the public to give it a try! Station working on Parkway spring sports broadcasts. We are moving in the right direction and will be making more improvements once we get additional underwriters. The Board continues to meet once a month. Please let Brad Now know the next meeting date and time.


Street light issues – working on them.


New Business



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Mayor                                                              Fiscal Officer


Meeting adjourned 8:16 pm