Meeting Minutes: October 4, 2011

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Meeting Minutes: October 4, 2011


Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

Invocation was given by Gene Steiner

Pledge of Allegiance

Those present: Gehle, Steiner, Hodge, Pontsler, Searight, Heitkamp.

Also attending: Judy Koesters, Chief May, Jeff Long, Amy Kronenberger of the Daily Standard, Marti Lentz and Nancy Leighner

Motion Steiner. Second Searight to accept Agenda as orders of the day. Pontsler called for the question. Steiner = y, Searight = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y,
Hodge = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 6 yes.

Motion: Searight Second Pontsler to accept the minutes from the September 20, 2011 meeting as presented. Gehle called for the question. Searight = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Steiner = y, Hodge = y,
Heitkamp = y. Passed 6 yes.

Visitors to Address Council:

Couple of questions from Nancy Leighner:

How is the surveillance light project going? That project is actually under the Park Board not the Council. It has been discussed, but no decisions as of yet.

We have requested several children at play signs for Kids Club. Yes – they are here and need to be installed. One on South St. Advised to use cones to block the alley during Kids Club when kids are out and about.

Has the Splash Pad been winterized yet? Not yet, still waiting on the company to come and help for the first time. It was their request that they be here. Jeff to contact them again. The water has been shut off.

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

  • Trick or Treat in the Village will be October 29th from 6-7:30 pm with Judging at the Fire House at 8 pm.
  • Open House at the Water Plant – October 15th from 1 – 4 pm

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long

Fanning and Howey and Tonka, the Engineering Firm and Equipment Company, will provide some snacks at the Open House at the Water Plant on October 15th. Information on the Water Plant open house has been posted on the sign out front.

A company is in the Village installing fiber optic cable. Market to Race to Bridge and out 118.

Can’t really set a leaf pick up date. When we see piles we will pick them up. We have been working getting the leaf pick up equipment in working order.

Committee Reports:

Finance Committee – Steve Gehle

Motion Hodge Second Pontsler to pay the bills as submitted by the
Fiscal Officer in the amount of $16,380.33. Searight called for the question. Hodge = y, Pontsler = y, Searight = y, Gehle = y, Steiner = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 6 yes.

Motion Pontsler to accept the Mayors Court pay in of $1,214.00. Second Searight. Hodge called for the question. Pontsler = y, Searight = y, Hodge = y, Gehle = y, Steiner = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 6 yes.

  • RESOLUTION #08-11

Motion Pontsler. Second Searight . Hodge called for the question. Pontsler = y, Searight = y, Hodge = y, Gehle = y, Steiner = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 6 yes.

This will allow us to get $230,000 worth of paving done through a grant.

A Finance committee meeting was held on September 27 at 7 pm. We are working at cutting the budget. We will have another Finance meeting on October 11th at 6 pm.

Service Committee: Gary Hodge

Material for the waterline project has arrived. The project will begin in about 2 weeks. The company doing the work is finishing up another project.

Safety Committee: Ron Searight

A Safety meeting was held on September 26th. Discussed several issues that include: resident concerns about snow removal around the corners. Discussed the ER Plan. Jeff and Paul to work together on this project. Goal for draft to Council for approval – April 2012.

Economic Development Committee: Eugene Steiner

Restaurant information – not sure. Trying to get in touch with owners.

The next RADC meeting will be October 24th at the Library Basement. Please note the change of location.

Public Utilities Committee: Greg Pontsler

Water hookup costs $2500. For new annexations we have waived that fee.
We will continue with the Rockford Revitalization program for owner occupied homes. The base water and sewer is free for 6 months. We will still charge for the debt service and any overage.

Rules Committee: Chris Heitkamp

Held rules meeting before Council. Need to check about several updates. We will report at the next meeting.

Old Business

Need to contact Innovative Home Construction regarding the spouting. Sent letter and have gotten no response. Need a personal contact.

Thanks to Village employees for installed the Fire Department signs.

Discussed truck bids. All dealers have state bid pricing. $10,000 to come out of the water fund and $10,000 to come out of the sewer fund for the down payment. Will finance the rest from Peoples Bank – 3 year renewable note.

Motion Pontsler to purchase new truck. Second Steiner. Hodge called the question. Pontsler = y, Steiner = y, Hodge = y, Gehle = y, Searight = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 6 yes.

Question was brought up regarding the parking once the buildings are torn down. The village received a grant to purchase. The Fire Department will pay to tear down. There will be Emergency Parking only signs located in the area where the building are now. There will no longer be emergency parking along the street. This will free up the parking areas for the businesses downtown. This is working out for everyone’s benefit.

New Business


Meeting adjourned 8:03 pm.