Meeting Minutes: May 15, 2018

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Meeting Minutes: May 15, 2018



Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.


Invocation – Jeff Long


Pledge of Allegiance


Those present: Gehle, Young, Fox, Pontsler, Now, Heitkamp


Also attending: Tom Stankard of the Daily Standard, Srgt Stetler, Chief May,

Robby Peel, and Nancy Leighner.


Motion Gehle. Second Young to accept the agenda as orders of the day with addition of Resolution 04-18. Fox called for the question. Gehle = y, Young = yes, Fox = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 6 yes.


Motion Now. Second Pontsler to accept the minutes from the

May 1, 2018 council meeting as presented. Heitkamp called for the question.

Now = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Young = y, Fox = y. Passed 6 yes.


Visitors to Address Council:


Nancy thanked Steve and his son for the sand blasting the wall at the end of Market St.   Mrs. Carpenter and her students at Parkway will be starting a mural to be completed by the bicentennial year. Village will be pouring a color concrete stamped pad that will look like weather plank wood in front of the mural yet this week or early next week.   The project will all come together and be a very nice addition to the area.   Thank you to Tom for the article in the Daily Standard was very good !


Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:


Mayor noted receipt and review of Mayors Court pay in,

bank reconciliation, and bank statement.


Community Announcements and events:


Blind Date in Concert at The Rockford Belle – Saturday – May 19th

Doors open at 6 pm – show starts at 7 pm.   $7 donation


Parkway Graduation – Sunday – May 20th



Rockford Memories – Monday – May 21st – 1 pm – Village Hall

Join the round table discussion and share your Rockford Memories


Tree Committee meeting – Monday – May 21st at 6 pm… if interested in joining the committee – please come to this meeting at the Village Hall.


Shanes Crossing Historical Society meeting – Guest Speaker – Ralph Stuckman from Lake Area Arts Group and several artists – Preview to Rockford Community Days ~~ Art and Music Festival.   Meeting at 7 pm


Rockford Memorial Day Services – Monday – May 28th.

Parade start – 11 am

Guest speaker – Pastor Chip Steffy from the Rockford UMC


Chicken dinner tickets $7 each. Prepared by the Rockford Carry Out. Pre sale tickets can be purchased at: Rockford Carry Out, Barrys’ Family Market or the Rockford American Legion Post 508. Chicken dinners will be ready for pick up on the 28th at 11:30 am.


Remember and Honor our Veterans!


Rockford Community Days ~~ Art and Music Festival – June 15 & 16


24th Annual Car Show – June 15th – West Market St.


Lake Area Arts Group –   Exhibits with local artists featuring

Todd Buschur – Friday – June 15th from 6 – 9 pm


Other Friday Community Days events: Van Wert Community Band, Mix101.3 WRKD, fireworks


Saturday events – Fox Family Ride, Lake Area Arts Group – Featuring Todd Buschur, Quarter auction, Parkway Choir – mini musical, George Moore, parade, THE GREAT ESCAPE ROOM, and The Muddsocks.


Full schedule of events and details can be found on the Rockford Community Days – Facebook page.



Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long


.Again thanks to Steve and his son for the help with the Market St. wall.


Electric is being installed at the subdivision and should be completed this week. We will need to do finish grade work once completed.

WWTP project – we will not be doing any work until the final funding comes through – hope by end of the month.


Park updates – we will be pouring cement for 2 porch swings in the location of the old building.   We have playground equipment to install – project to be completed by Community Days.   (weather permitting ! )


Stet took list of street lights that need attention and we have notified DP & L.


Mowing picked up quickly.


Committee Reports


Finance Committee – Steve Gehle


Motion Pontsler to pay bills as submitted – $22,455.86.  Second Young. Heitkamp called for the question. Pontsler = y, Young = y, Heitkamp = , Gehle = y, Fox = y, Now = y. Passed 6 yes.


Motion Pontsler to accept the Mayors Court pay in $824.00. Second Fox. Young called for the question. Pontsler = y, Fox = y, Young = y, Gehle = y, Now =y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 6 yes.





Motion Fox. Second Heitkamp. Now called for the question. Fox = y, Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Young = y, Pontsler = y. Passed 2 yes.


Preliminary budget to the auditors office by July 20th.   Will be using same information.   Nothing new at this time.


Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler


Shanes Park will be busy this weekend as we have several tournaments going on. Could be as many as 18 teams.


Make sure trash is picked up Mondays and Thursdays during the summer months when park is very busy.






Safety Committee:     Chris Heitkamp –


Street signs and faded stop signs need replaced. Also some trees need to be trimmed – blocking signage.


Need to contact Ron Amstutz about his rental. Tree needs to come down.


Economic Development Committee: Shane Young


The RADC will not have a meeting this month because of Memorial Day.

Next meeting will be on June 25th.



Public Utilities Committee:  Wilbur Fox –



Rules Committee:      Brad Now



Old Business


Trailer park – we have contracted with Mahargs for clean up.   The loose trash has been cleaned up.   Gas has been shut off and waiting on electric.



New Business


Dayton news channel 45 was here today interviewing Chief May about field testing of a new product.   Watch news at 10.



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Mayor                                                              Fiscal Officer


Meeting adjourned 7:49 pm