Meeting Minutes: September 1, 2015
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:
Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 7:40 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.
Invocation was given by Chris Heitkamp
Pledge of Allegiance
Those present: Gehle, Rutledge, Pontsler, Heitkamp
Fox and Dooley – absent
Also attending: Stg. Stetler, Claire Geisige of the Daily Standard
Motion Rutledge Second Pontsler to accept the agenda as orders of the day. Gehle called for the question. Rutledge = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 4 yes.
Motion Rutledge. Second Gehle to accept the minutes from the
August 4, 2015 council meetings as presented. Pontsler called for the question. Rutledge = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 4 yes.
Visitors to Address Council:
Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:
Beginning October 24th and consecutive Saturdays @ 9 am – consider volunteering at Shanes Park to help decorate for Christmas at the Park.
Need LOTS of volunteers !
Rockford Chamber Banquet – October 26th – 6 pm
* Rockford Community Building
Christmas at the Park – November 29th – 7 pm * Shanes Park
Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long – absent
Finance Committee – Gary Fox- absent
Motion Rutledge. Second Pontsler to pay the bills in the amount of $34,586.85 Gehle called for the question. Rutledge = y , Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 4 yes.
A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED BY THE BUDGET COMMISSION AND AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY TAX LEVIES AND CERTIFIYING THEM TO THE COUNTY AUDITOR.
Motion: Gehle. Second Pontsler. Heitkamp called for the question. Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Rutledge = y. Passed 4 yes.
A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUND AMOUNT AND RATE AS DETERMINED BY THE MERCER COUNTY BUDGET COMMISSION, AND DECLARING IT AN EMERGENCY.
Rockford Local Government = $27,866.00 or $6.63%
Motion Gehle, Second Heitkamp. Rutledge called for the question. Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y, Rutledge = y, Pontsler = y. Passed 4 yes.
House Bill 5 will be affecting how municipal income tax will be administered and collected beginning 01/01/16. We need to know the changes that are being mandated or we can lose our ability to levy an income tax. Jeff and Lisa will be attending a seminar on September 22 to learn about the upcoming changes. The seminar will be held in Lima and is a free service.
Service Committee: Greg Pontsler
AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING BLOWING GRASS CLIPPINGS INTO STREETS, AND DECLARING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
1ST reading – 08/04/15
2nd reading – 09/01/15
Safety Committee: Chris Heitkamp
Mutual Aid Agreement between Coldwater, Fort Recover, Rockford and St. Henry Police Departments.
Has been reviewed by committee and ready for approval.
Motion Heitkamp, Second Pontsler to approve the Mutual Aid Agreement. Gehle called for the question. Heitkamp = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Rutledge = y. Passed 4 yes.
Economic Development Committee: Rob Rutledge
Nothing at this time.
Public Utilities Committee: Steve Gehle
Rules Committee: John Dooley – absent
New Development questions being asked. Where are we and are we moving forward. Yes – we are moving at a slow pace. It’s a process that will take time for each step. The Economic Development committee will be meeting again this fall to continue discussions, review costs, and begin making some decisions on the next step.
Meeting adjourned 8:05
Mayor Fiscal Officer