Meeting Minutes: January 20, 2015

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Meeting Minutes: January 20, 2015



Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.


Invocation was given by Gene Steiner


Pledge of Allegiance


Those present:  Steiner,  Fox, Pontsler, Dooley, Heitkamp.

Gehle – absent

Also attending:  Jeff Long. Chief May, Kathy Thompson – Daily Standard


Welcome back – Gene.


Motion Steiner.   Second Pontsler to accept the agenda as orders of the day.  Fox called for the question.  Steiner = y, Pontsler = y, Fox = y, Dooley = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.


Motion: Pontsler    Second  Dooley to accept the minutes from the

December 16th,  2014 council meetings as presented.  Steiner called for the question.   Pontsler = y, Dooley = y, Steiner = y, Fox = y, Heitkamp = y,  Passed 5 yes.



Visitors to Address Council:


Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:


* 2015 Rockford Village Committees

Service Committee:                Greg Pontsler – Chair

Steve Gehle

Chris Heitkamp


Safety Committee:                  Chris Heitkamp – Chair

Gary Fox

Greg Pontsler


Utilities Committee:               Steve Gehle – Chair

Gene Steiner

Chris Heitkamp




Economic Development:         Gene Steiner – Chair

John Dooley

Steve Gehle


Rules Committee:                   John Dooley – Chair

Greg Pontsler

Gary Fox


Finance Committee:                Gary Fox – Chair

John Dooley

Gene Steiner



President of Council  2015 –  Gene Steiner nominated John Dooley.  Nominations closed.  Motion Pontsler.  Second Steiner.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Steiner = y, Heitkamp = y, Fox = y.  Dooley abstain from voting.  Passed 4 yes.


Congratulations to John Dooley the Council President for 2015.


Rockford Community Days Meeting on January 29th at 7 pm.  Village Hall.



Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long


Jeff attended a meeting with other Mercer County Administrators.  Discussions regarded the revenue loss from the state over the last several years.  There is a way to increase revenues in the permissive registration fees for vehicles.  This is in ORC sections 450406 and 4504172 that the village has the ability to increase the fee by $5 for one section and $5 for the other sections.   The county also has the ability to enact this fee which would leave us with no additional funds.  We have approximately 1198 registration and at 85% would be an additional $10,000 for the village.   Council discussed and agreed that in order for the fees to come to Rockford, we need to act on these sections with legislation.  We will have 3 readings on each beginning at the next council meeting.  We need village money to stay in the village.


Jeff also met with Fremont and engineering firm regarding the WWTP.   The engineers have come up with a good design.  We just need to make sure it’s going to work.  We are talking about having a 3rd party review.







Committee Reports


Finance Committee –  Gary Fox


Beginning this year at auditor’s recommendation – at month end each council member will receive an appropriation status and revenue status along with bank statement info.


Motion Steiner to pay the bills in the amount of $ 29,035.78  . Second Heitkamp,    Dooley called for the question.  Steiner = y, Heitkamp =  y, Dooley = y, Fox = y, Pontsler = y.  Passed 5 yes.






Motion:  Motion Pontsler.  Second Dooley.  Steiner called for the question.  Pontsler = yes, Dooley = y, Steiner = y, Fox = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.



Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler


Snow removal questions –  Snow in front of businesses is the business responsibility to clear snow for customers.   * Business responsibility to clear the sidewalks and areas in front their businesses.  We can by ordinance enforce the clearing of sidewalks.


Safety Committee:     Chris Heitkamp


Will review with Wilbur information regarding the Safety Committee.



Economic Development Committee:   Gene Steiner


Would like to resume the Economic Development meetings at the next meeting February 3rd at 7 pm.


Will meet with Jeff and John to get updated on information before next meeting.



Public Utilities Committee:   Steve Gehle – absent



Rules Committee:      John Dooley


Old Business




New Business




Meeting adjourned at 8:09 pm


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Mayor                                                              Fiscal Officer