Meeting Minutes: January 20, 2015
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:
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
Safety Committee: Chris Heitkamp – Chair
Utilities Committee: Steve Gehle – Chair
Economic Development: Gene Steiner – Chair
Rules Committee: John Dooley – Chair
Finance Committee: Gary Fox – Chair
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.
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.
* RESOLUTION 01-15
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR TO SIGN A NOTE WITH THE PEOPLES HOLDING COMPANY, INC. FOR THE PARKWAY UTILITY PROJECT AND THE FRONT STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.
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
Meeting adjourned at 8:09 pm
Mayor Fiscal Officer