Meeting Minutes: May 18, 2010

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Meeting Minutes: May 18, 2010


Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

Invocation was given by Gene Steiner Pledge of Allegiance

Those present: Gehle , Steiner, McKee, Searight, Heitkamp. Pontsler absent

Also attending: Sergeant Stetler, Judy Koesters, Jeff Long, Paul May, Janie Southard, John Dull

Motion Steiner. Second Gehle to accept Agenda as Orders of the Day. Searight called for the question. Steiner = y, Gehle = y, Searight = y, McKee = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.

Motion: Searight. Second McKee to accept the minutes from the
May 4, 2010 meeting as presented. Gehle called for the question.
Steiner =y, McKee = y, Gehle = y, Steiner = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.

Visitors to Address Council:

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:


WHEREAS, The Village of Rockford has many citizens who ride motorcycles for touring, recreation, and economical transportation;

WHEREAS, May is the month motorcycles become prevalent on our streets, and the need to be aware of their presence becomes urgent:

WHEREAS, An overwhelming number of car-motorcycle accidents could be prevented with the due regard and awareness of motorcycles on the roads and at the intersections of this village;

WHEREAS, The inclusion of motorcycle awareness into driver education curriculum and motorcycle rider education helps promote safe driving and riding practices;

WHEREAS, It is in the interest of our community and the citizens of the Village of Rockford to note the increase in the number of motorcycles as we enter the warm weather months to reduce accidents and injuries involving motorcyclists.

NOW, Therefore, I, __Amy Joseph_________, Mayor of the Village of Rockford, due hereby designate and proclaim the month of May 2010 as


I urge all citizens to use extreme caution when driving their automobiles and extend to the motorcyclists the same courtesy they wish to be afforded them.

Signed this __18th___ of May, 2010

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long

Water treatment plant pre-start up and final start up has been moved back 1 week to first week of June. We should be completely online by the end of June.

Pavilion at the park is under construction. Building should be finished by the end of the week or early next week depending on the weather. There will still be some concrete and sidewalks to be completed.

The Chamber purchased flags to be put up down to the four-way stop. The legion has purchased the flags that will be going up downtown. Flags will go up by the end of the week for Memorial Day.

Ohio Public Works has awarded us the grant for Market St. Bids should go out late June and the street should be completed by fall. Next week the engineers will be here to walk the project. We will then schedule a committee meeting to discuss street issues. Good job ! Thank you.

Committee Reports:

Finance Committee – Todd McKee

Motion Steiner, Second Searight to pay bills as submitted by the Fiscal Officer in the amount of $20,981.46. (Majority consists of sewer plant aerators, final bill on WWTP study, mosquito control, electricity and fuel..) Gehle called for the question. Steiner = y, Searight = y, Gehle = y, McKee =y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.

Received budget highlights from the Board of Health and costs for 2011.

ServiceCommittee: SteveGehle

Clean up day went well. One suggestion to change time to 7 am – 11 am. Several residents didn’t know about clean up day although it was in the
Photo Star, on the Parkway Independent, and on the water bills. Next year we may post on the Fire Department billboard.

Safety Committee: Ron Searight

Safety Meeting held on 05/12/10 – discussed lights on Holly Lane from 33 to Community Building. At this time, Jeff has this project included in some grant applications over the next 1-2 years. We will hold off on these lights unless circumstances change and we need to address the issue again.

Economic Development Committee: Eugene Steiner

RADC will meet on May 20th at 7 pm – this Thursday. We have a special program planned. Jared Ebbing from the Mercer County Development Department will be here to speak about what we can do to help our community.

Economic Committee met this evening before meeting. We are continuing to work on an incentive program to new home buyers in the village. Tentative date for next Town Hall meeting is July 13th at 7 pm. We will have a guest speaker.

Next Economic Development Committee meeting will be June 1st at 7 pm.

Public Utilities Committee: Greg Pontsler – absent

Rules Committee: Chris Heitkamp

Rules Committee meeting scheduled for May 24th at 7pm. We will be discussing an ordinance that will require new housing and new businesses to install sidewalks.

Old Business

New Business


Meeting adjourned 7:49 pm.