Meeting Minutes: Janurary 18, 2011
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:
Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.
Invocation was given by Gene Steiner Pledge of Allegiance
Those present: Gehle, Steiner, Pontsler, Searight, Heitkamp. McKee absent.
Also attending: Judy Koesters, Jeff Long, Sergeant Stetler, Marty Lentz and Amy Kronenberger of the Daily Standard
Motion Steiner. Second Gehle to accept Agenda with corrections to nominate and vote on Council President as orders of the day.
Searight called for the question. Steiner = y, Gehle = y, Searight = y,
Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.
Motion: Searight Second Pontsler to accept the minutes from the
December 21, 2010 meeting as presented. Gehle called for the question. Searight = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Steiner = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.
Visitors to Address Council:
Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:
Mayor read letter of “Thanks” for plowing, picking up leaves, etc. from Don and Susie Miller.
Mayor opened nominations for Council President. Searight nominated Todd McKee, Pontsler 2nd the nomination. Nominations closed.
Motion Gehle. Second Searight to approve Todd McKee as Council President for 2011. Pontsler called for the question. Gehle = y, Searight = y, Pontsler = y, Steiner = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.
Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long
Waterline work coming along. Will have to replace 3 service lines from lead to copper lines. Once the waterline work is complete we are estimating it will save 10,000 gallons of water per day.
New snow blower works good – may have a chance to use it again on Thursday.
Searight stated the down town was cleaned up nice after the last snow. Residents need to be reminded that after snow showers the sidewalks need to be clear of snow.
Jeff stated employees came in around 4:30 am and had the down town cleaned up by about 6:30 am.
Finance Committee – Todd McKee absent – Steve Gehle gave reports
Motion Searight. Second Pontsler to approve 2010 supplemental appropriations. Steiner called for the question. Searight = y, Pontsler = y, Steiner = y, Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.
Motion Pontsler. Second Searight to pay the bills as submitted by the
Fiscal Officer in the amount of $37,619.56. Bills include transmission for red truck, snow blower, loan payments, and normal expenses. Gehle called for the question. Pontsler = y , Searight = y, Gehle = y, Steiner = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.
Motion Searight. Second Pontsler to accept the Mayor’s Court pay in of $1770.00. Gehle called for the question. Searight = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Steiner = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR TO SIGN A NOTE WITH THE PEOPLES HOLDING COMPANY TO RENEW THE NOTE FOR THE FRONT STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.
Motion Searight, Second Pontsler. Heitkamp called for the question. Searight = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Steiner = y. Passed 5 yes.
The next Service Committee meeting will be held on February 1st at 6:30 pm. We will be discussing sidewalk projects for 2011.
Motion Pontsler. Second Steiner to approve the 2011 Rockford Recreation Members. Gehle called for the question. Pontsler = y, Steiner = y, Gehle = y, Searight = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.
2011 Rockford Recreation Board:
Kerry Roehm – President, Bryan Schoenleben – Vice President,
Leah Thompson – Secretary, Ryan Sipe – Treasurer, Jeff Bollenbacher – Member, Ryan Thompson – Member, Mike Burtch – member, Andy Rogers- Member.
Motion Pontsler. Second Heitkamp to approve the Rockford Rec Casino Night on March 26th 2011. Gehle called for the question. Ponsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Steiner = y, Searight = y. Passed 5 yes.
Safety Committee: Ron Searight
The next Safety Committee meeting will be on February 1st at 8 pm.
Reminder to Village Residents: Please keep sidewalks clear after snow showers. People need to be able to walk on the sidewalks so they don’t have to use the streets.
Economic Development Committee: Eugene Steiner
RADC meeting – January 13th at 7 pm to elect officers was rescheduled to February 17th at 7 pm. There was no quorum to elect new officers. Regular meeting will be held at 7:30 pm
Motion Searight. Second Pontsler to approve the 2011 Splash Pad Board. Gehle called for the question. Searight = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle =y, Steiner = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.
2011 Splash Pad Board:
Nancy Leighner – President, Sue Barna, Marty Lentz, Barb Pedroza, Betty Belna, Tom Rogers.
The Splash Pad Board will be setting up guidelines for Council approval.
Reminder Town Hall Meeting – February 15th –at 8 pm – Water conservation will be the topic.
Public Utilities Committee: Greg Pontsler
Current rates are as follows:
Water $31.00 minimum includes first 2,000 gallons and then $3.50/per each thousand gallons overage.
Sewer $11.50 minimum includes first 2,000 gallons and then $2.60/per each thousand gallons.
The debt service to remain the same.
Will be sending shut off notices to all water accounts that are late. We are getting a handle on accounts that have been past due.
Received notice that the Sewer Plant needs to be upgraded in 18 months. This from the EPA. We can’t go deeper. We will need to section it. In 2012 $30,000 of the Debt Service will be paid off. We will keep modification loans roughly $30,000 per year so as not to have additional increases.
We will be meeting with the EPA and Fremont to discuss options and needs for the Sewer Plant.
Rules Committee: Chris Heitkamp
Rules committee meeting at 6:30 on January 18th before Council. Discussed the need for some signs at the Park. Also would like to see Park Rules.
We will have Open House at the Water plant in the Spring.
Mayor to assign committees for 2011. Since some of the committees are currently active in projects, we will continue with the same committees for 2011.
Meeting adjourned 8:02 pm.