Meeting Minutes: February 2, 2010

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Meeting Minutes: February 2, 2010


Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

Invocation was given by Gene Steiner Pledge of Allegiance

Those present: Steiner, McKee, Pontsler, Searight, Heitkamp Gehle – absent

Also attending: Judy Koesters, Sergeant Stetler

Motion Steiner. Second McKee to accept Agenda as Orders of the Day. Pontsler called for the question. Steiner = y, McKee = y, Pontsler = y, Searight = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.

Motion: Searight. Second Heitkamp to accept the minutes from the
January 19, 2010 as submitted by the Fiscal Officer. McKee called for the question. Searight = y, Heitkamp = y, McKee = y, Steiner = y, Pontsler = y. Passed 5 yes.

Visitors to Address Council:

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:


Motion Steiner, Second McKee. Searight called for the question. Steiner = y, McKee = y, Searight = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long – absent

Committee Reports:

Finance Committee – Todd McKee

Motion Pontsler, Second Searight to pay bills as submitted by the Fiscal Officer in the amount of $6,922.60. (bulk salt, DP & L and miscellaneous)
Steiner called for the question. Pontsler = y, Searight = y, Steiner = y,
McKee = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.

Motion Searight, Second Heitkamp to accept Mayors Court pay in of $1524.00. Pontsler called for the question. Searight = y, Heitkamp = y, Pontsler = y, Steiner = y, McKee = y. Passed 5 yes.

ServiceCommittee: SteveGehle-absent

Will schedule a Service Committee meeting next month.

Safety Committee: Ron Searight

Report on Safety Meeting on 01/25/10 – Those present Mayor, Greg, Chris, Ron along with Chief May. Discussed things important to police department. It’s important that Village residents report violations, accidents, break ins and other suspicious activity. There are have been several instances when some has asked about a situation and the situation has never been reported.

Also discussed the need to have badges for all Village Council, Employees, Police Department, Fire Department and EMS. In case of a crisis we need to be able to show who we are representing. There may be a time when other communities are helping in a crisis – they need to know who the local officials are.

Motion: McKee, Second Steiner, Pontsler called for the question to approve all local emergency personnel, council and village employees to have ID badges. McKee = y, Steiner = y, Pontsler = y, Searight =y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.

Other discussion included getting together with Police Department, EMS, and Fire Department to make sure we all have the same information regarding evacuation plans, flood plans, fire information, etc. We also would like to contact Ohio City and get their thoughts on their recent tragedy. They may have some suggestions that would help us in the same situation.

Economic Development Committee: Eugene Steiner

Report on Economic Development meeting on 01/25/10 – Those present Ron, Steve, Mayor, Jeff and Gene.

Discussed that everyone needs to be on the lookout for new manufacturing and business. We want everyone to participate in visiting our local business. Let them know we are interested and we will listen to their comments and suggestions.

We have not set the date for the Town Meeting, but will be scheduled in late March.

Next Economic meeting scheduled on February 22 at 7 pm.

Public Utilities Committee: Greg Pontsler

Village employees had 3 different water breaks last week. One took 5 hours – until 3:30 am. They came to work the next morning to another. Very cold working conditions.

Fanning and Howey are scheduled to meet with Jeff on the 15th regarding the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Utilities meeting will be scheduled after to discuss the results.

Village employees are currently working installing water meters in the downtown business area.

Rules Committee: Chris Heitkamp

Scheduled Rules meeting on 02/09/10 at 7 pm. Will be discussing limits to livestock in the Village.

Old Business

Columbia Street house – having trouble finding the currently owner of the property. Will make more phone calls.

New Business:


Meeting adjourned 8:00 pm.