Meeting Minutes: January 21,2020

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Meeting Minutes: January 21,2020

                        RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

Invocation –  Aaron Temple

Pledge of Allegiance

Those present:  Gehle, Pontsler, Now, Heitkamp

                                    Young absent

Also attending:  Tom Stankard  – of the Daily Standard,  Robbie Peel,

 Dr./ Mrs. Means, Garrett Means, Chief May

Mayor Joseph gave Oath of Office to new Councilman Dr. Norman Means.

Congratulations and welcome Dr. Means.

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

Motion Heitkamp.   Second Pontsler to accept the minutes from the January 7, 2020 council meeting as presented.  Gehle called for the question.  Heitkamp = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Means = y, Now = y.  Passed 5 yes.

Visitors to Address Council:

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

Happy 200th Birthday Rockford  !   We have monthly activities planned throughout the year !    Help us celebrate each month by supporting our local events.      Several places to keep up to date –  “Like” Village of Rockford Facebook page or – web site go to – Bicentennial Schedule of Events or the new Rockford Community Calendar !

The Village of Rockford thanks ODOT for the signage – Antoine Chene Memorial Bridge has been installed.

Mayor noted receipt and review of Mayors Court pay in, bank reconciliation, and bank statement.

Community Announcements and events:

Dog Tags available for purchase at the Village Office until January 31st.

Mr. Harrison Frech’s –  Book about Anthony Shane – Revised 2020 edition

                                    Can be purchased at the Village Office.  $10

Saturday – January 25th @ Noon – Chamber Ribbon Cutting for Second Crossing Brew Co.   – Main St

Saturday – January 25th – possible Chamber Ribbon Cutting for Betsey’s Bouquets – Main St.

Tuesday – February 11  –   Brush pick up

Sunday – February 23rd – Mike Schumm – presents Rockford Early Settlement –

2? At the Parkway HS Auditorium

Village Administrator’s Report – Aaron Temple

Vantage Career Center will be donating up to $2100 for a community project –

Thank you !     We will be working with them on some ideas.

Wabash Communications –  continues to install fiber optic in the village.  We will be meeting with them in the next week.  Request to get an updated map of areas that are fiber ready.

Working on large park project – taking down the purple play set that has been there for over 25 years.    Will be looking at new play set, spinner and a small climber with a soft surface.   We are looking at colored astroturf.  

We are finishing up on a 75% grant with the Ohio BWC for a hydro-excavator.   Grant will be $40,000 – village cost $19,000 – would mostly be coming out of

Water and sewer funds.  Council reviewed several quotes. 

Motion Pontsler.  Second Now to approve purchase with Aaron making the final decision as to which one fits village needs the best.  Gehle called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Means = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.

Committee Reports

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle  

Computer took a trip to Columbus for maintenance –  no bills.

Motion Pontsler.  Second Now to accept the Mayors court pay in of $162.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y,  Gehle = y, Means = y.  Passed 5 yes.

Motion Pontsler.  Second Heitkamp to approve blanket certificates will not exceed $5,000.   This is what we have done in the past.  Now called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Means = y.  Passed 5 yes.

Stephanie Miller – (during meeting)  dropped of new Tree City signs that will need to be installed.

Working on several more items for audit purposes – updated credit card, capital asset list.     Will be coming up in the next few council meetings.

Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler

Motion Pontsler.  Second Heitkamp to approve the updated WRKD by- laws and Board of Directors.  Gehle called for the question.   Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Means = y, Now = y.  Passed 5 yes.

Safety Committee:     Chris Heitkamp

Stop sign behind realty company has been installed.

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young  

Reminder – Shanes Crossing Subdivision – Lots for sale – 20% discount through 2020 !  

2 New businesses in town will be having Ribbon Cuttings – Second Crossing Brew Company and Betsey’s Bouquets.    January 25th.

We are glad to welcome these new businesses to Rockford !!

Public Utilities Committee: 

Rules Committee:    Brad Now



Motion  Gehle.  Second Heitkamp.  Now called for the question.  Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Means = y,  Pontlser = y.  Passed 5 yes.

Old Business:

Mayor Joseph – 2020 Council Assignments

Safety – Chris

Finance – Shane

Economic Development – Brad

Service – Greg

Rules – Steve

Utilities – Norman

Full list of committees will be sent to council.

New Business:           

Motion Gehle.  Second Now.  Pontsler called for the question to go into Executive Session regarding personnel.  Gehle =  y, Now = y, Pontsler = y, Means = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.   Time – 8:06 pm

Time 8:18 pm – Motion Gehle to come out of Executive session.  Second Pontsler.  Heitkamp called for the question.    Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp =  y, Means = y, Now = y.  Passed 5 yes.

Action taken –

Motion Gehle to approve part time police from 5 persons to 8 –  no additional hours.  Second Heitkamp.  Pontsler called for the question.  Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y, Pontsler = y, Means = y, Now =  y.  Passed 5 yes.

Will have an additional officer approval at the next meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:19 pm

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Mayor                                                              Fiscal officer.