Meeting Minutes: September 2, 2014

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Meeting Minutes: September 2, 2014



Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.


Invocation was given by Gene Steiner.


Pledge of Allegiance


Those present:  Gehle, Steiner, Pontsler, Dooley, Heitkamp

Fox absent

Also attending:  Jeff Long, Kathy Thompson from the Daily Standard,  Srgt Stetler, James Lee – Public Utility Commission of Ohio, Tom Rogers, Tammy Cheek, and Nancy Leighner.


Motion Steiner.   Second Pontsler to accept the agenda as orders of the day.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Steiner = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Dooley = y.  Passed 5 yes.


Motion: Gehle.   Second Dooley to accept the minutes from the

August 19, 2014  council meetings as presented.  Pontsler called for the question.

Gehle= y, Dooley = y, Pontsler = y, Steiner = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.



Visitors to Address Council:


James Lee – Public Utility Commission of Ohio to presented  their new energy web site.    Web site offers an apples to apples chart to help the consumer make informed decision on energy providers.   James will be holding workshops and visiting other community organizations to get the information to the public.  Word of advise – Never give your utility bill to a solicitor to review.  Your bill has your personal information on it and should not be shared with anyone.  PUCO call center – 1-800-686-7826 with any questions.



Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:



Letter to Village Council and Village Employees:


Could not let it pass by without saying “THANK YOU” for the demolition of the property of West Street.  It was our home place and purchased in 1918 by my parents.  All of my brothers and sisters were born there.  Nothing is much more depressing, than to watch your home place become the worst property in town.


But thanks to the council, Jeff and his crew, that is now over.


I appreciate the persistence and hard work of Jeff and his crew.  The improvements have been many over the last ten years.  We look forward to our

200th birthday, and making Rockford a better place to live in.



Dan Henkle




Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long


Motion Steiner.  Second Dooley to go into executive session regarding land purchase.  Gehle called for the question.  Steiner = y, Dooley = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.


Motion Steiner.  Second Pontsler to come out of executive session.  Gehle called for the question.  Steiner = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y. Dooley = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.


Action taken – no action taken.


Motion Steiner.  Second Gehle to commit to the Rogers land purchase project for the new Rockford sub division.  Dooley called for the question.  Steiner = y, Gehle = y, Dooley = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.





Committee Reports


Finance Committee –  Chris Heitkamp


Motion Pontsler to pay the bills in the amount of $2992.35  . Second Gehle.   Dooley called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Dooley = y, Steiner = y.  Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.




Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler


Rec Board will begin the soccer and flag football programs.  The Park Board is getting quotes to replace the old community building known as Shane Hall.  Sidewalks on West Street still on the schedule once the trees are down and removed.

Need some Asphalt work done behind the Carry out and catch basin work to be done in Lautzenheiser alley.



Safety Committee:     Gary Fox


Economic Development Committee:   Gene Steiner


Held Committee meeting at 7 pm with discussions being held with regards to the Rogers land purchase agreement working out some details.


We have recently received a $1,000 donation from the RADC to the Rockford Radio station.  We are hoping to have a tower donated to the Village in the near future.  Some of the work to get the tower to Rockford is being donated.  There is some minimal costs that will be incurred.  This will save a $70 a month bill on a dry line to Belna’s tower.  The Radio Station will benefit the community.  Plans to have Parkway Sports announced.  There is a underwriter support program.  Please contact the Village Office if you would like to help.


Thank you to the RADC for your support !



Public Utilities Committee:   Steve Gehle



Rules Committee:      John Dooley


Committee will be reviewing some of the ordinances.  There has been some concern that some of them are not being enforced.


Old Business


Steps leading out of Mayors Court and the center rail of the steps to Mayors Court needs fixed – safety issue.


Working on getting some quotes for the Village Hall roof problems.


New Business


Email problems with JUNK mail.  Lisa to contact the support staff.



Meeting adjourned at 8:27 pm


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Mayor                                                              Fiscal Officer