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RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

Council called to order by Mayor Joseph on

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

Invocation –  Jeff Long

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Those present: Gehle, Young, Now, Heitkamp

                        Fox and Pontsler absent                                                                                                   

Also attending:   Tom Stankard – Daily Standard, Srgt. Stetler, Robby Peel,

Dr. Means, Judy Koesters

 

Motion Young.  Second Gehle to accept the agenda as orders. Now called for the question.     Young = y, Gehle = y,  Now = y, Heitkamp = y,  Passed 4 yes.

 

Motion  Now.    Second Gehle to accept the minutes from the

April 16, 2019 council meeting as presented.  Now called for the question.     Gehle = y, Heitkamp =  y, Now = y, Young = y, Passed 4 yes.

 

 

Visitors to Address Council:

 

 

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

Community Announcements and events:

 

Thursday/ Friday – May 9 and 10 – Parkway 3rd graders visit log cabin and museum.

 

Tuesday – May 14 – Brush pick up

 

Saturday am – May 18 - New Horizons Student Ministries - bottle cap collection to benefit the Veterans Memorial

(Will be 3rd Saturday of each month)

 

Sunday – May 19th – Parkway Graduation

 

Monday – May 27 – Memorial Day Remembrance

 

Friday and Saturday – June 14/15 – Rockford Community Days

 

Saturday – June 22nd – Fox Family Ride for Autism

                                   

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long

 

Wastewater Treatment plant update – final aerators installed and lagoons coming around.  Meeting on May 18th with suppliers for a final tune up.  We will be adding a dose of bugs to begin eating up the sludge – data says it works and will help make the treatment better.  We are beginning to discharge usable water – this is all good news.  Fremont increasing production seems to be working good also. 

 

We are working on the park and getting caught up on the mowing – which has been challenging with weather conditions. 

 

We had 22 applications for the open position and we will begin the interview process later this week.   The Service committee met last week and narrowed the field to 6 applicants.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

 

Motion Young to pay bills as submitted -  $ 22,068.68.  Second Now.   Heitkamp called for the question.  Young = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

Motion Heitkamp to approve the monthly financial reports:

 

Cash Summary by Fund, Appropriations report, Revenue Report,

Budget vs Actual activity report, Bank reconciliation and comparison report for the water, sewer, and income tax.

 

Second Young.  Now called for the question.  Heitkamp =y, Young =y, Now = y, Gehle = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

Motion Young to approve supplemental appropriations to date and additional purchase orders.  Second Now.  Heitkamp called for the question. 

 

Service Committee: Greg Pontsler - absent

 

 

Safety Committee:   Chris Heitkamp -

 

Safety committee meeting – didn’t happen as neither Greg nor Wilbur showed up.

 

 

 

 

Mayor Joseph reported for Chief May that he would like approval to hire another part time patrolman. 

 

Motion Gehle.  Second Heitkamp to hire Jason Seger.  Young called for the question.  Gehle = y, Heitkmap = y, Young = y, Now = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

 

 

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

 

Jeff will be meeting with Tammy Cheek this week to review some purchase offers for the Subdivision.

 

 

Public Utilities Committee: Wilbur Fox - absent

 

Rules Committee:    Brad Now

 

 

Old Business:

 

 

We are continuing to change out water meters – over 100 done so far.  Will continue with the project.   

 

Several issues discussed regarding Colonial and the residents they are accepting.  We have requested information and need to make sure procedures are in place and have expressed the need for safety of the community.

 

At the November General Election there will be a Mayor Seat and (2) Council seats on the ballot.  Residents interested in public service would need to contact the Board of Elections and get paperwork filed by the August 7th at 4 pm deadline.

 

New Business:        

 

 

 

_________________________                _________________________

Mayor                                                             Fiscal officer.

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:52 pm

 

 
 
 
 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

 

Council called to order by Mayor Joseph on

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

Invocation –  Jeff Long

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

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

                        Fox absent                                                                                                      

Also attending:   Tom Stankard – Daily Standard, Srgt. Stetler, Judy Koesters and

Robby Peel.

 

Motion Young.  Second Now to accept the agenda as orders. Gehle called for the question.   Young = y, Now = y, Gehle = y,  Pontsler = y , Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Motion Pontsler.    Second Gehle to accept the minutes from the

March 19, 2019 council meeting as presented.  Now called for the question.     Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Now = y, Young = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

 

Visitors to Address Council:

 

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

Mayor Joseph  read proclamation setting – April 26th as Arbor Day in the Village.     Parkway School will have presentation on April 11th.    Urging all citizens to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands and urge all citizens to plant trees to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this and future generations. 

 

Community Announcements and events:

 

Tuesday – April 9 – Brush pick up

 

Thursday – April 11 – Parkway Arbor Day presentation 1:45

           

Saturday – April 13 – Pancake / Sausage breakfast – Rockford Fire Dept

 

*** NOTE -- Date change -----Saturday – April 13 – Easter Egg Hunt

–   Shanes Park – 1 pm

 

Saturday – April 13 – Parkway Prom

 

Sunday – April 14 – Classic Country & Bluegrass Jam –  1:30 - ??

•           Note new location – Rockford Community Building

•           Free Public Event

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Monday – April 15th – Village Tax filing deadline

 

Friday – April 19th – Village Office closed for Good Friday

 

Saturday am – April 20 - New Horizons Student Ministries - bottle cap collection to benefit the Veterans Memorial

(Will be 3rd Saturday of each month)

 

Sunday – April 28 – Heartbeats for Andrea – Community Building

                                    Benefit to help with medical expenses

 

Monday – May 27 – Memorial Day Celebration

 

                                   

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long

 

WWTP – mechanic portions to be installed this week.  We will have start up of  equipment beginning on Wednesday.   We will be in training and the training will be video taped for reference.   We will continue have the odor for a couple more weeks.  Weather has held us up but we believe we are on track now.  Fremont will be ramping up 20% per week over the next several weeks.  We will not have the final seeding done until fall.    We are getting quotes for stump removal.

 

Council would like to have an open house once the WWTP project is completed like we did for the water treatment plant.  We will have state of the art equipment and processes.  With millions invested in our plants – Aaron and Blair will be taking ownership of records / testing, EPA requirements, etc.   This will take much more time.   Which brings us to the next topic – the need to hire replacement for Tom.

 

Job description was given to council.  The pay rate will depend on experience.  We will be looking for someone to be licensed for both plants within a 3 year period.  Motion to approve advertising for position of General Village Laborer.

 

Motion Pontsler.  Second Gehle.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y, Young = y, Now = y.  Passed 5 yes.

Do not need to live in the Village.   We will start the interview process later in the month and will hope to have the position filled by end of May. 

 

We are still needing donations for the Veterans Memorial.   Planning fall for cement work to be competed then will work on the monuments early next year.  To be dedicated at the 2020 Memorial Day service.

 

Planning to clean up area for canoe launch behind the memorial area.

 

Committee Reports

 

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

 

Motion Now to pay bills as submitted -  $ 27,137.08.  Second Pontsler, Heitkamp called for the question.  Now = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Young – y.  Passed  5 yes.

 

Motion to approve the monthly financial reports – * note additional report  

 

Cash Summary by Fund, Appropriations report, Revenue Report,

Budget vs Actual activity report, Bank reconciliation and comparison report for the water, sewer, and income tax.

 

Motion Young.  Second Pontsler.  Now called for the question.  Young = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Motion Young to approve supplemental appropriations and second quarter blanket purchase orders and regular purchase orders.  Second Heitkamp.  Now called for the question.   Young = y, Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Tree Committee and A & A Greenhouse trimmed trees – had at least 8 loads.  Thanks to A & A for helping and use of equipment !

 

Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler

 

We will need a replacement on the Zoning Board.  Anyone that is interested should contact Jeff Long at the Village Office.

 

Safety Committee:     Chris Heitkamp -

 

RESOLUTION 04-19

Mercer County Ambulance Service Contract –

 

The Village agrees to pay the sum of $2.50 per person per capita for its population of 1120 as determined by the 2010 census.  Total payment will be $2,800.   

 

Motion Gehle.  Second Young.  Now called for the question.  Gehle = y, Young = y, Now = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

 

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

 

Repeat subdivision ad information:

 

The committee has decided to kick start this year with a proposal to all -  The lots will be discounted by 20% if you purchase AND build in 2019.    There is also incentive for 50% tax abatement – would need to see Jeff for details.  Other incentive is waiving the water / sewer tap in fees.  We are making every effort to get the subdivision going.   We are shovel ready!  Come be a part of a great community!!  Subdivision covenants are available at the village office and from Tammy Cheek at Homes at Ohio’s Edge Realty – Rockford.

 

Lisa to contact Tammy to see how advertising is going.

 

Public Utilities Committee:   Wilbur Fox - absent

 

Rules Committee:    Brad Now

 

RESOLUTION 03-19

Approval of the Mercer Waste District’s Amended Draft Solid Waste Management Plan

 

Motion Gehle.  Second Pontsler.  Young called for the question.  Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Young = y, Now = y. Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

 

Old Business:

Catch basins – 3 covers need to be fixed.

 

At the November General Election there will be a Mayor Seat and (2) Council seats on the ballot.  Residents interested in public service would need to contact the Board of Elections and get paperwork filed by the August deadline.

 

Will get specific date for next meeting.

 

New Business:           

 

 

 

_________________________                      _________________________

Mayor                                                              Fiscal officer.

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:04 pm

 
 
 

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RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

 

Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

Invocation –  The Lord’s Prayer

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

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

Also attending:   Tom Stankard – Daily Standard, Srgt. Stetler, Judy Koesters and Robby Peel.

 

Motion Gehle.  Second Pontsler to accept the agenda as orders.  Fox called for the question.   Gehle = y, Pontsler = y , Fox = y, Young = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Fox.  Second Now to accept the minutes from the

Janaury 15, 2019 council meeting as presented.  Gehle called for the question.     Fox = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Young = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

 

Visitors to Address Council:

 

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

Community Announcements and events:

 

Saturday am – February 16th - New Horizons Student Ministries - bottle cap  collection to benefit the Veterans Memorial

(Will be 3rd Saturday of each month)

 

Saturday – March 9 – Family Fun Night - Community Building

                       

Saturday – March 16 – Parkway Carnival – Parkway High School

 

Saturday – March 16 – Duck Races – Community Building

 

Saturday – March 23 – Benefit for Bryan Schoenleben – Community Building

 

Saturday – March 30 – Lions Club Quarter Auction – Community Building

 

 

 

 

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long - absent

 

Committee Reports

 

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

 

Motion Fox to pay bills as submitted -  $ 305,472.08.   Second Young.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Fox = y, Young = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Now = Yes.

 

Motion Now to approve the monthly financial reports – * note additional report.  Second Pontsler.  Young called for the question.  Now = y, Pontsler = y, Young = y , Gehle = y, Fox = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Cash Summary by Fund, Appropriations report, Revenue Report,

Budget vs Actual activity report, Bank reconciliation and comparison report for the water, sewer, and income tax.

 

Motion Young to approve supplemental appropriations to date.  Second Gehle.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Young = y, Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y, Fox =y, Pontsler = y, Now = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Gehle to approve additional 2019 purchase orders.  Second Pontsler.  Now called for the question.  Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y, Young = y, Fox = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Already finding it would be easier (like Tree City) to have a special revenue fund established for the radio station.

 

Motion Now to create Fund 2905 – Radio Communications.  Second Heitkamp.  Young called for the question.  Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Young = y, Gehle = y, Fox = y, Pontsler = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Fox to transfer funds from the General Fund to Fund 2905 in the amount of $4115.18 – December 31,2018 balance.  Second Heitkamp.  Young called for the question.  Fox = y, Heitkamp = y, Young = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Young to approve the 2019 WRKD Radio Station Board of Directors –

 

Steve Gehle ,Todd Henkle, Chris Rasbach, Kevin Browning

 

Second Fox.  Heitkamp called for the question.   Young = y, Fox = y , Heitkamp = y, Gehle =y, Pontsler = y, Now = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Steve updated Council regarding the recent radio station news in the paper.

Several comments not true.   Attorney General’s office working on the case.

 

 

Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler

 

Jeff not here and will discuss several items (4) tomorrow. 

 

Motion Fox to approve Joyce Emans working at the park with the same agreement as last year.  The wage will be $8.55 per hour.  Second Young.  Pontsler called for the question.  Fox = y, Young = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Safety Committee:     Chris Heitkamp

 

Several items to discuss with Jeff (2) – will contact tomorrow.

 

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

 

The RADC will be donating $3,000 toward the fireworks for the Grand Ball on December 31, 2019 that will be held to ring in the Bicentennial Year!    We are looking at also having a ball drop.

 

Thank you! 

 

Meeting with Economic Development committee and Tammy Cheek scheduled for Monday – February 11th at 7 pm.  We will be discussing sub division and possible spec house. 

 

Happy Anniversary to Barrys Family Market – 31 years!   Thank you.

 

 

Public Utilities Committee:   Wilbur Fox  

 

Will contact Jeff regarding the water meters. 

 

Rules Committee:    Brad Now

 

 

Old Business:

New Business:           

 

Greg received a call from someone claiming to be taking donations for the Rockford Police Department – if you get a call – it’s a scam.  We don’t make calls requesting donations!

Steve – Shout out to Jeff – a lot of water problems on Saturday with weather conditions going from extreme cold then turning warm.  Was a full day working on problems.

 

_________________________                      _________________________

Mayor                                                              Fiscal officer.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:51pm

 
 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

Invocation –  The Lord’s Prayer

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

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

                                   

                                                                                                                                   

Also attending:   Tom Stankard – Daily Standard, Srgt. Stetler, Chief May,

Robby Peel, Brett Peel, Charles Howe, Brenda Howe.

 

Motion Gehle.  Second Young to accept the agenda as orders.  Fox called for the question.  Gehle = y, Young = y, Fox = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Now.   Second Fox to accept the minutes from the

December 18, 2018 council meeting as presented.  Gehle called for the question.     Now = y, Fox = y, Gehle = y, Young = y , Pontsler = y. Heitkamp = yes.

Passed 6 yes.

 

 

Visitors to Address Council:

 

 

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

Mayor noted receipt and review of Mayors Court pay in,

bank reconciliation, and bank statement.

 

Best decorated house in Rockford contest was judged on December 23rd.   Congratulations to Chris Heitkamp and family.

 

Council Assignments will remain the same for 2019.

 

Pontsler nominated Steve Gehle as the 2019 Council President.  Second Fox. Now called for the question.   Pontsler = y, Fox = y, Now = y, Gehle = n, Young = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Councilman Gehle will remain as the council representative to the Radio station.  We will approve the Radio Station Board of Directors at the next meeting.

 

 

 

Community Announcements and events:

 

Saturday am - January 19th - New Horizons Student Ministries - bottle

cap collection to benefit the Veterans Memorial

(Will be 3rd Saturday of each month)

 

Monday - January 21st - - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Village office closed

 

 

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long - absent

 

Committee Reports

 

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

 

Motion Pontsler to pay bills as submitted -  62,295.05.  Second Young.   Fox called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Young = y, Fox = y, Gehle = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Fox to approve the monthly financial reports – * note additional report.  Second Pontsler.   Young called for the question.  Fox = y, Pontsler = y, Young = yes, Gehle = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Cash Summary by Fund, Appropriations report, Revenue Report,

Budget vs Actual activity report, Bank reconciliation and comparison report for the water, sewer, and income tax.

 

Motion Heitkamp to approve supplemental appropriations to date.  Second Gehle. Fox called for the question.  Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Fox = y, Young = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Young to approve 2019 purchase orders and 1st Quarter blanket certificates.  Second Pontsler.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Young = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Fox = y, Now = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Now to accept the Mayors Court pay in of $151.00.  Second Pontsler.  Young called for the question.  Now = y, Pontsler = y, Young = y, Gehle = y, Fox = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service Committee: Greg Pontsler

 

Snow in the business area – need access to curbs to get on the sidewalks.   Leaves that were on Main street – can get with street sweeper ?

 

 

Safety Committee:   Chris Heitkamp

 

Salt / grit – intersections and stop sign areas – needs done.  Mayor heard about other communities using beet juice ?

 

Alleyways need attention while out plowing.

 

Might want to go to Barrys Family Market and stock up for this weekend weather!

 

Motion Gehle to approve new part time patrol Charles Howe.  Second Fox.  Young called for the question.  Gehle = y, Fox = y, Young =y, Pontsler = y, Now = y, Heitkamp =y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Mayor gave the Oath and swearing in of Patrolman Howe.  Congratulations.

 

 

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

 

The next RADC Meeting will be held on January 28th at 7 pm.

 

We will be setting up an Economic Development committee meeting with Tammy Cheek to discuss ways to promote the subdivision.

 

 

Public Utilities Committee: Wilbur Fox  

 

Batteries for water meters – slow going.  Will be a while until this project is caught up.

 

 

Rules Committee:    Brad Now

 

Old Business:

 

 

New Business:        

 

Limbs and Christmas Trees need picked up.  Need to go around town after weather events such as high winds and storms.

 

Chief May let council know that we will be receiving a grant for new vests.  The Village cost is 25%.  

 

 

_________________________                _________________________

Mayor                                                             Fiscal officer.

 

 

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:58 pm

 

 
 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

Invocation –  Jeff Long

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

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

                                    Fox - absent

                                                                                                                                   

Also attending:   Tom Stankard – Daily Standard, Jeff Long, Srgt. Stetler

 

Motion Pontsler.  Second Now to accept the agenda as orders.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Young = y. Passed 5 yes.

 

Motion Gehle.   Second Young to accept the minutes from the

December 4, 2018 council meeting as presented.  Now called for the question.     Gehle = y, Young = y, Now = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y,  Passed 5 yes.

 

 

Visitors to Address Council:

 

 

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

Mayor  noted receipt and review of Mayors Court pay in,

bank reconciliation, and bank statement.

 

Best decorated house in Rockford contest will be judged on December 23rd – let’s light up the town for the Christmas season!

 

Thank you Tom Beahrs for your service and dedication to the Village of Rockford.  We congratulate you on your retirement.

 

 

Community Announcements and events:

 

December 25th – Together at Christmas – Free Meal – Community Building

10:30 am – 1 pm.

 

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

 

The radio station will be supported by underwriting and donations even though the line items are located in the General Fund.   

 

Motion  Pontsler to pay bills as submitted -  $ 391,359.57.  Second Heitkamp.  Young called for the question.  Pontsler = y , Heitkamp = y, Young = y, Gehle = y, Now = y,  Passed 5 yes.

 

Motion Pontsler to accept the Mayors Court pay in of $681.00.  Second Heitkamp.  Now called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Young = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

 

Service Committee: Greg Pontsler

 

Park project – paint interior of restrooms before opening next spring.

 

 

Safety Committee:   Chris Heitkamp

 

Still looking for part time patrol officers. 

 

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

 

RADC will be handing out Christmas candy canes at the 4-way stop on December 22nd  at 10 am..  We are hoping that Santa will be visiting too.

 

The next RADC Meeting will be held on January 28th at 7 pm.

 

 

Public Utilities Committee: Wilbur Fox  - absent

 

Public is asked to review the information on the web site at:

 

www.rockfordohio.org     - click on NEWS under Welcome to Rockford for

 

2019 Water Rates  and 2019 Sewer Rates

NEW Rules and Regulations for water and sanitary sewer systems

 

 

 

Rules Committee:    Brad Now

Old Business:

New Business:        

Next council meeting will be held on January 15th – 2019.

 

_________________________                _________________________

Mayor                                                             Fiscal officer. 

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm

 

 
 
 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

 

Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

Invocation –  Jeff Long and Council – The Lord’s Prayer

Pledge of Allegiance

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

Also attending:   Tom Stankard – Daily Standard, Jeff Long, Robby Peel, Brett Peel, Judy Koesters, Srgt. Stetler and Randy Schallenberg

Motion Young.  Second Fox to accept the agenda as orders of the day with addition of Resolution 10-18 and Resolution 11-18.   Gehle called for the question.  Young = y, Fox = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

Motion Gehle.   Second Pontsler to accept the minutes from the

November 20, 2018 council meeting as presented.  Heitkamp called for the question.     Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Young = y, Fox = y, Now = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Visitors to Address Council:

Randy Schallenberg questioned council with regards to water bills.  He currently doesn’t have water services, but is still getting charged $22.50.   Jeff responded that this is how the Ordinance is set up and that every property pays the $22.50 even when there is no water services.  The new ordinances that goes into effect January 1 will be changing that. 

 

Council thanked Randy for attending the meeting and voicing concerns.

 

 

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

Christmas at the Park – successful!  Thanks again to volunteers!

 

Best decorated house in Rockford contest will be judged on December 23rd – let’s light up the town for the Christmas season!

 

Thank you for Shopping Small Business Saturday!

 

 

Community Announcements and events:

 

December 16th – Christmas at The Belle – 2 pm   Free Admission

*Donations of non-perishable foods to local food pantry will be accepted

Visit Santa and enjoy refreshments!

 

December 25th – Together at Christmas – Free Meal – Community Building

 

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long

 

WWTP project is about 50% complete with working continuing into January and finishing up projected by summer.

 

Committee Reports

 

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

 

Motion Now to pay bills as submitted -  $892,547.42.  Approving Shinn Brothers payment that will be made later in the month as to not hold up project.  Second Fox.  Young called for the question.  Now = y, Fox = y, Young = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion to approve the monthly financial reports – * note additional report

 

Motion Young.  Second Pontsler.  Cash Summary by Fund, Appropriations report, Revenue Report, Budget vs Actual activity report, Bank reconciliation and comparison report for the water, sewer, and income tax.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Young = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Fox = y, Now = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Young to approve supplemental appropriations to date.  Second Now.  Fox called for the question.  Young = y, Now = y, Fox = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Pontsler to approve additional purchase orders.  Second Now.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Young = y, Fox = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

 

State Audit requests regarding the radio station moving forward:

 

Motion Fox to approve new line items for the General Fund for the purpose of the Radio station.    Second Now.  Heitkamp called for the question.   Fox = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Young = y, Pontsler = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

 

Revenue – 1000-529-0000 – other Cultural and Recreation programs – Radio Station

 

Appropriation – 1000-490-320 – Communications for Radio Station

 

 

Motion Pontsler to approve a Supplemental revenue and appropriation for radio station in the amount of $2526.12 for 2018.  Second Heitkamp.  Fox called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Fox = y, Gehle = y, Young = y, Now = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Now to close the radio station account in the amount of $ 2526.12 to be deposited in to the Village of Rockford bank account located at Peoples Bank. Second Heitkamp.  Pontsler called for the question.  Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Young = y, Fox = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

RESOLUTION 11-18

A RESOLUTION RETAINING THE SERVICES OF JUDY A KOESTERS AS SOLICITOR FOR THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD, OHIO FOR 2019, SETTING COMPENSATION, AND ESTABLISHING RESPONSIBILITIES.

 

Motion Fox.  Second Pontsler.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Fox = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Young = y, Now = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

 

ORDINANCE 01-18 – amended

 

AN ORDINANCE TO MAKE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE CURRENT EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD, STATE OF OHIO, DURING FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31,2019.

 

Motion Now to approve Ordinance 01-18 amendment to include radio station line items for 2019.  Second Heitkamp.  Fox called for the question.  Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Fox = y, Gehle = y, Young = y, Pontsler = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Budget of $5,000

Expense of $5,000

 

Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler

 

Greg and Jeff talking – not on same page yet.

 

 

 

 

Safety Committee:     Chris Heitkamp

 

 

 

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

 

RADC will be handing out Christmas candy canes at the 4-way stop on December 22nd  at 10 am..  We are hoping that Santa will be visiting too.

 

The next RADC Meeting will be held on January 28th at 7 pm.

 

 

RESOLUTION 09-18

A RESOLUTION BY THE COUNCIL OF THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD, OHIO, AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR TO ENTER INTO AN ENTERPRISE ZONE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD AND THE FREMONT COMPANY

 

Motion Fox.  Second Now.  Gehle called for the question.  Fox = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Young = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

 

 

Public Utilities Committee:   Wilbur Fox  

 

Some discussion on the water / sewer rates.    The commercial rates are the rates that are changing the most.

 

 

ORDINANCE 02-18

AN ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD, OHIO FOR THE VILLAGE WATERWORKS SYSTEM, ENACTING NEW RATES PERTAINING TO THE CHARGES AND RULES FOR WATER AND WATER SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD, REPEALING ANY CONFLICTING LEGISLATION, AND DECLARING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

1st reading – 11/06/18

2nd reading – 11/20/18

3rd reading – 12/04/18

 

Motion Young.  Second Heitkamp.  Now called for the question.  Young = y, Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Gehle – y, Fox = y. Pontsler = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

 

ORDINANCE 03-18

AN ODINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD, OHIO FOR THE VILLAGE WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEM, ENACTING NEW RATE PERTAINING TO THE CHARGES AND RULES FOR WASTEWATER SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD, REPEALING ANY CONFLICTING LEGISLATION, AND DECLARING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

1st reading – 11/06/18

2nd reading – 11/20/18

3rd reading – 12/04/18

 

Motion Gehle.  Second Young.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Gehle = y, Young = y, Heitkamp = y, Fox = y, Pontsler = y, Now =y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

 

Public is asked to review the information on the web site at:

 

www.rockfordohio.org     - click on NEWS under Welcome to Rockford for

 

2019 Water Rates  and 2019 Sewer Rates

NEW Rules and Regulations for water and sanitary sewer systems

 

 

Will be changing out defective meter heads at approximately 10 per day.

 

We are upgrading the billing software to include the option to email water bills and a web site link where residents can look up their information online. 

 

Rules Committee:    Brad Now

 

Along with new rates, we are talking with the bank to see if auto payments can be set up also.

 

Old Business:

 

Holes in ally’s – need fill in stone for the winter.   Some flooding issues on

Holly Lane at the curve in front of the Community Building.  Holly Lane and Front street – low area needs work.  Also look at sidewalks on Holly Lane.

 

 

 

 

New Business:           

 

We will keep the December 18th meeting on the calendar with a possibility of cancellation if nothing pressing.  We will also be canceling the 1st meeting in January as January 1st is a holiday.  The January meeting will be held on the 15th.

 

_________________________                      _________________________

Mayor                                                              Fiscal officer.

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:16.

 
 
 
 
 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

Council called to order by Council President Steve Gehle on

Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

Invocation –  Jeff Long

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Those present: Gehle, Young, Now, Pontsler

                        Fox and Heitkamp- absent

                                                                                                                                   

Also attending:   Tom Stankard – Daily Standard, Jeff Long, Robby Peel,  

Francis and Sandy Schaffner,  Srgt. Stetler.

 

Motion Pontsler.  Second Gehle to accept the agenda as orders of the day. Now called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Now = y, Young = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

Motion Young.   Second Now to accept the minutes from the

November 6, 2018 council meeting as presented.  Pontsler called for the question.   

Young = y, Now = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

Visitors to Address Council:

 

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

Mayor to noted receipt and review of Mayors Court pay in,

bank reconciliation, and bank statement.

 

THANKS to the Rockford voters for passing the Village of Rockford renewal of the General expense levy.  (251 yes / 103 no).  Jeff would like to extent an invitation to those that voted ‘no’ to call or stop by the Village office to discuss reasons for voting as such.   We would appreciate your input in making improvements.

 

THANKS for your Service.

Retirement Party Planned for Mike Schaffner,

U. S. Naval Chief Petty Officer

If you Know Mike, Come and Celebrate with him and his family!

"Chief Petty Officer Mike Schaffner, son of Francis (Moose) & Sandy Schaffner, Parkway class of 93, will retire from US Navy on

November 30th. He cordially invites those who know him to an informal celebration of 24 years of service. Please join us on November 24th, 1~3 pm at Rockford community building. Mike requests no gifts, just come for a fun time. Refreshments provided. "

 

• Mayor to signed a certificate of thanks from the Village of Rockford

that was presented to Francis and Sandy Schaffner on behalf of Mike.

 

Community Announcements and events:

 

November 24th -      Small Business Saturday

 

November 25th – Christmas at Shanes Park – 6 – 8 pm

 

December 25th – Together at Christmas – Free Meal – Community Building

 

 

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long

 

WWTP project going good and on schedule for now.

 

Leaves continue to fall.  Would like to be done with leaf pick up the 2nd week of December.  

 

Stop sign at alley and Market St. near the carry out.  Need to install but have to order more signs.  We have replaced roughly 26 signs.  other locations for replacement will be 33 and Holly Lane and replace bent sign on Second St.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

 

Motion Young to pay bills as submitted -  $10,116.37.    Second Pontsler.  Now called for the question.  Young = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y, Gehle = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

Motion Pontsler to accept the Mayors Court pay in $1035.00.  Second Young.  Gehle called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Young = y, Gehle = y, Now = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

Tree committee has purchased 17 trees to be planted at the park.   A very nice variety. 

 

A finance meeting was held on November 13th.    Discussed the police salaries for the end of the year.  Final budget for 2019.

 

 

 

 

ORDINANCE 01-18

AN ORDINANCE TO MAKE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE CURRENT EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD, STATE OF OHIO, DURING FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31,2019.

 

1st reading – 10/16/18

2nd reading – 11/06/18

3rd reading – 11/20/18

 

Motion Now to approve Ordinance 01-18.  Second Young.  Gehle called for the question.  Now = y, Young = y,  Gehle = y, Pontsler = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

Motion Young to approve a Supplemental appropriation for police salaries in the amount of $3,000.  Second Now.  Pontsler called for the question.  Young = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

Motion Young to approve the purchase of Chamber gift certificates for Full time ($50) and Part time ($30) employees of the Village as a token of appreciation.

Second Pontsler.  Now called for the question.  Young = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y. Gehle = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

Getting ready for next audit.  Mayor and Council may be getting emails.  Please reply to them asap. 

 

 

Service Committee: Greg Pontsler

 

Would like to meet with Jeff to see what projects still need done at the park.  Gutter guards have been installed on the pavilions.  Also want to begin list of projects for next year.  Need to get slide replaced – top priority. 

 

 

Safety Committee:   Chris Heitkamp – absent

 

Jeff reported that we had table top safety meeting here last week regarding tornado awareness and some step that can be done to prepare.  Hopefully, we never have such an event.   12 people from various communities involved.  This will also count as continuing education hours.  Showed interest in having meetings in  Rockford again.  Need to attend 2 of these each year and document the training. 

 

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

 

Asked Jeff to check on storm drain at the old Angel House -  seems slats have been broken. 

 

Remember to shop local this Small Business Saturday !

 

Public Utilities Committee: Wilbur Fox  absent – report by Shane

 

Review of Rules and Regulations for the Water and Sanitary Sewer systems and billing procedures for the Village of Rockford, Mercer County, Ohio.

To be implemented with the following ordinances.

 

ORDINANCE 02-18

AN ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD, OHIO FOR THE VILLAGE WATERWORKS SYSTEM, ENACTING NEW RATES PERTAINING TO THE CHARGES AND RULES FOR WATER AND WATER SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD, REPEALING ANY CONFLICTING LEGISLATION, AND DECLARING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

1st reading – 11/06/18

2nd reading – 11/20/18

 

 

ORDINANCE 03-18

AN ODINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD, OHIO FOR THE VILLAGE WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEM, ENACTING NEW RATE PERTAINING TO THE CHARGES AND RULES FOR WASTEWATER SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD, REPEALING ANY CONFLICTING LEGISLATION, AND DECLARING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

1st reading – 11/06/18

2nd reading – 11/20/18

 

Public is asked to review the information on the web site at:

 

www.rockfordohio.org     - click on NEWS under Welcome to Rockford for

 

2019 Water Rates  and 2019 Sewer Rates

NEW Rules and Regulations for water and sanitary sewer systems

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rules Committee:    Brad Now

 

We look to our volunteers a lot for help in the Community.  At this time, Council would like to extend our appreciation to the following people for helping with the Christmas at the Park event that will be held from 6 – 8 pm this Sunday.    Thank you to leader Monty Gibbons and his helpers Stephanie and Justin Miller, Tammy Cheek, Amber Hall, Brent Ireland, and Joyce Emans.  

 

Next would like to compile a list of information regarding

 

1.         Police at the school – hard number of time spent there.

 

2.         Police at the school – during after school activities

 

3.         Brad would like to do a job shadow one day next week to see what the schedule is like at the school.

 

4.         Other schools with security or resource officers.  What they are doing and how are they paid ?

 

5.         Would like a report from Paul – information on comp time and part time that was worked.  (email update?)

 

Would like to collect the facts and then work on some solutions.

 

It was noted that daily logs for the police department are kept with payroll records. 

 

Would like logs for other departments as well.  How much time spent at the park, water plant, etc.

 

Mayor Joseph thanked Brad for taking charge of this.  Agrees we need to get information to begin working on the solutions.

 

Old Business:

 

New Business:        

 

Thank you to the Photo Star for publishing press release regarding the Rockford American Legion and the Rockford Bicentennial committee coming together to raise funds for the Veteran’s Memorial at Hedges Park.  We ask the community to read the article and consider making a donation.

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:07 pm

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

Invocation –  The Lord’s Prayer

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

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

                        Fox - absent

                                                                                                                                   

Also attending:   Tom Stankard of the Daily Standard, Robby Peel, Brett Peel, Srgt. Stetler.

 

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

 

Motion Pontsler.   Second Heitkamp to accept the minutes from the

October 2, 2018 council meeting as presented.  Gehle called for the question.   

Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = , Gehle = y, Young = y, Now = y.  Passed 5 yes..

 

Visitors to Address Council:

 

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

Noted and reviewed Mayors Court pay in, bank reconciliation and bank statement.

 

Thank you to Kids Kastle for the thank you letters we received.  They appreciated coming to Shanes Park and enjoyed the splash pad.

 

Community Announcements and events:

 

Wednesdays each week – Community Meal at the Rockford United Methodist Church at 5:02 pm.  – after Kids Club – no school/no meal.

 

October 17th – Community Days Meeting – 7 pm – Village Hall

 

October 20th – The Bulldogs – Community Dance – a fundraiser for the Bicentennial.  Doors open at 6 pm.  Dance starts at 7 pm. - $10 per person

Giveaways,  Hoola Hoop Contest, Concessions include – Fried Bologna, Corn Dogs, Big Dill Pickles, Coney Dogs, Root Beer Floats and Sundaes !

 

 

October – 27 – Trick or Treat 5-6:30 pm

Judging at the Firehouse at 7 pm.   * PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGES ! 

 

•           Laura Putman Photography will be at Shanes Park from 4 -5 pm before Trick or Treating taking FREE photos of your children in costume.      Thanks for this public service!

 

October 28th – Leota Bruan – Annual Harvest Celebration – noon

 

November 3rd – Lions Club Fish Fry – Tickets on sale now !

 

November 10th – Night at the Races – Community Building

 

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long - absent

 

Committee Reports

 

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

 

Motion Pontsler to pay bills as submitted -  $ 6,714.24.  Second Now.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Young = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Motion Young. to accept the Mayors Court pay in -  $904.00.  Second Pontsler.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Young = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Now = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Finance meeting was held on October 9th.  Items discussed were 2019 budget, Police protection and possible levy on the ballot in May, full-time village wage increase of 3%.   Will have another meeting on October 30th to review levy information and water / sewer rate structure.   Will need to update job description for replacement maintenance person in the spring.  

 

 

Motion Young to Approve the 2019 Pay Schedule.  Second Heitkamp.  Now called for the question.  Young = y, Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

ORDINANCE 01-18

AN ORDINANCE TO MAKE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE CURRENT EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD, STATE OF OHIO, DURING FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31,2019.

 

1st reading – 10/16/18

 

Read letter of intent to retire from Tom Beahrs.

 

Motion Heitkamp to approve the retirement of Tom Beahrs on January 4th, 2019.  Second Pontsler.  Now called for the question.  Heitkamp = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Young = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Rockford Village tax levy will be on the November ballot – no new taxes

 

Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler

 

Some questions regarding the Rec board came up.  Greg will contact to get some information.  (flag football)

 

Safety Committee:     Chris Heitkamp

 

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

 

There is a Community Dance October 20th featuring live music by The Bulldogs.  THIS Weekend at the Community Building at Shanes park. 

 

Fremont build coming along – exciting to see the improvements.

 

Public Utilities Committee:   Wilbur Fox – absent

 

 

Rules Committee:      Brad Now

 

Motion Gehle  to approve Road Closure – October 27th – 7 am – noon

Rock Solid Performance – Charity event.  Main to West Pearl St. to Franklin St.

Second Pontsler.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Heiktamp = y, Young = y, Now = y.  Passed 5 yes.

Old Business

New Business

___________________________                  _____________________________

Mayor                                                              Fiscal Officer

 

Meeting adjourned 7:48 pm

 

 
 
 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

 

Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

Invocation – Jeff Long

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

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

                        Fox - absent

                                                                                                                                   

Also attending:   Tom Stankard of the Daily Standard, Robby Peel, Srgt Stetler, Chad Miller, Tom Beahrs

 

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

 

Motion Heitkamp.   Second Pontsler to accept the minutes from the

September 4, 2018 council meeting as presented.  Young called for the question.   

Heitkamp = y , Pontsler = y, Young = y, Gehle = y, Now = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Visitors to Address Council:

 

Chad Miller addressed council with questions as to what is going on with the case in his neighborhood?   Several issues have been filed with the municipal court.  It is being handled but will take some time within the court system.

 

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

Mayor noted receipt of the Mayors court pay in, bank reconciliation and bank statement.

 

Community Announcements and events:

 

Wednesdays each week – Community Meal at the Rockford United Methodist Church at 5:02 pm.  – after Kids Club – no school/no meal.

 

September 22nd – 9th Annual Sock Hop and Cruise in

@ The Rockford Belle - 4 – 8 pm

 

September 22nd – Rockford Fire Department / Open House –

Chicken dinner – Reverse Raffle – 5 -7 pm – tickets on sale now!

 

September 29th – Mercer County Household Hazardous Waste Day and Steel drop off – Mercer County Fairgrounds – 9 – 1 pm

 

 

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long

 

Nothing at this time – will answer any questions?

 

Committee Reports

 

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

 

Motion Pontsler to pay bills as submitted - $11,493.51    Second Young.   Heitkamp called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Young = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y. Now = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Motion Pontsler to accepts Mayors Court pay in -  $1064.30.  Second Heitkamp.  Now called for the question.  Pontsler = y , Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Young = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

RESOLUTION 07-18

A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUND FOR YEAR 2019:  $29,273 OR $6.63%.

 

Motion Young.  Second Heitkamp.  Pontsler called for the question.  Young = y, Heitkamp = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle =  y, Now = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

RESOLUTION 08-18

A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED BY THE BUDGET COMMISION AND AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY TAX LEVIES AND CERTIFYING THEM TO THE COUNTY AUDITOR:

General Fund - $24,587 and Current Expense - $37,857

 

Motion Now.  Second Pontsler.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Now = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y. Gehle = y, Young = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Rockford Village tax levy will be on the November ballot – no new taxes.

 

Radio Station update:

 

We are finally getting caught up with past due accounts.  We have set up a budget for the year and things are looking better.   We are happy with the way things are going.   Very happy with the board members they are doing a great job!

Motion Pontsler.  Second Now to approve updated By-Laws for WRKD.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Young = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

That time of year – Budget 2019.   Jeff will have some information at the next meeting.

 

Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler

 

Columbia Street / Race Street – needs hot mix along with several other areas.

 

Clean up bushes on Columbia St.

 

Safety Committee:     Chris Heitkamp

 

 

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

 

Tammy report on Subdivision – would like to see some investors build a spec house.   Subdivision will take off once there is a home built. 

 

Next RADC meeting – unknown at this time.

 

Public Utilities Committee:   Wilbur Fox – absent

 

 

Rules Committee:      Brad Now

 

Old Business

 

New Business

 

Tom Beahrs requested / proposal to Council – wanting to retire and rehire for mowing and leaf pick up.  Would be rate of $6,000 – April – October.  Would be a savings of $50,000.   No benefits included.   Contract Labor.

 

Thank you Tom.  Finance committee will discuss – Next Tuesday at 7 pm.

September 25th.

 

___________________________                  _____________________________

Mayor                                                              Fiscal Officer

 

Meeting adjourned 8:00 pm

 

 
 
 
 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

 

Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

Invocation – Steve Gehle

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Those present: Gehle, Young, Now, Heitkamp

                        Fox and Pontsler - absent

                                                                                                                                   

Also attending:   Tom Stankard of the Daily Standard, Robby Peel, Chad Miller, Srgt Stetler.

 

Motion Now.  Second Young to accept the agenda as orders of the day. Gehle called for the question.  Now = y, Young = y, Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

Motion Gehle.   Second Heitkamp to accept the minutes from the

August 7, 2018 council meeting as presented.  Young called for the question.   

Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y, Young = y, Now = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

Visitors to Address Council:

Chad Miller expressed concerns regarding people living in a camper near his property and the conditions of another property owned by the same person on E. Pearl St.   When is the Village going to take action?   More discussion on the topic.   Paperwork has been served.

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

Community Announcements and events:

 

September 8th – Fall Craft and Vendor Show – 10 am – 3 pm

Community Building

 

September 9th – The Larry Seibert Memorial Concert featuring the

Lima Area Concert Band - $7 donation – Parkway Auditorium – 3 pm

Proceed to Parkway Band –

 

September 22nd – 9th Annual Sock Hop and Cruise in

@ The Rockford Belle - 4 – 8 pm

 

September 22nd – Rockford Fire Department / Open House –

Chicken dinner – Reverse Raffle – 5 -7 pm – tickets on sale now !

 

September 29th – Mercer County Household Hazardous Waste Day and Steel drop off – Mercer County Fairgrounds – 9 – 1 pm

 

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long - absent

 

Committee Reports

 

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

Motion Young to pay bills as submitted - $165,162.67.    Second Now.   Heitkamp called for the question.  Young = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y.  Passed 4 yes.   Bills included 1st pay application for the WWTP project.

$83,000 was grant monies rest loan money.

Motion Young.  Second Gehle to accept Mayors Court pay in of $580.70.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Young = y, Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y, Now =  y, Passed 4 yes.

The next Tree Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday – August 28th at 7 pm.

 

Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler - absent

 

Safety Committee:     Chris Heitkamp

 

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

Fremont – moving dirt !  Their 27 million dollar expansion has begun!

Public Utilities Committee:   Wilbur Fox - absent

 

Rules Committee:      Brad Now  

 

Old Business

Now – Will we be marking the properties at the subdivision ? 

Gehle – Trailer Park clean up coming along.  Several more trailers to be taken down yet.

 

New Business

 

___________________________                  _____________________________

Mayor                                                              Fiscal Officer

 

Meeting adjourned 7:48 pm

 
 
 
 

                        RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

 

Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

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

 

Invocation – Jeff Long

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

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

                        Fox - absent

                                                                                                                                   

Also attending:   Tom Stankard of the Daily Standard, Robby Peel, Alyssa Joseph, Megan McGeorge, Mary Beougher, Bret Peel, Lowell Beougher, Jane Now, Nancy Leighner, Marti Lentz, Yvonne Patch, Roger Patch, Jennifer Miller, Susie Miller, Ken Kilgore, Shirley Green, Bob Green, Vivian Mohler, Rita Blossom, Brenda Barker, Linda Hart, Amy Noll, Joe Noll, Gary Brehm, Barry Peel, Sr., Chad Miller, Srgt Stetler, Chief May.

 

Motion Gehle.  Second Heitkamp to accept the agenda as orders of the day with addition of those wanting to speak to council – Mary Beougher, Ken Kilgore, Brenda Barker, Yvonne Patch, Barry Peel Sr., Jennifer Miller.

 Pontsler called for the question.  Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y , Pontsler = y, Young = y, Now = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Motion Young.   Second Now to accept the minutes from the

July 10, 2018 council meeting as presented.  Heitkamp called for the question.   

Young = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

 

Visitors to Address Council:

 

Mary Beougher -  Lived here a long time, TJ’s in business a long time without liquor permit and made it fine.  We have 4 places that already sell in a 2 block area.   We appreciate the stores we have and want them to remain successful. 

We don’t need another place to sell liquor in such a small town.

 

Ken Kilgore of Rockford RoadDog / Duncan Oil – 12 + years.  Family owned company with hands on owners purchased TJ’s 3 months ago.   Want to make a lot of improvements to be able to compete in the business.  Planning to add a well-known taco/burrito franchise, do renovations inside and outside.  Wanting to compete with the truck-stop business where people are looking for one stop shopping.  We want to be a part of the community in the future and whether this goes through or not we need community support. 

 

Brenda Barker – Same feelings as Mary.  We need businesses that are already here to remain successful.  Had problems with the people going around asking for signatures on a petition -  Mom 90 years old was talked into signing something she didn’t even know what it was for.  Evidently was for Sunday sales ?

 

Yvonne Patch -  Same feelings – didn’t appreciate the petition going around for Sunday Sales before they even knew the outcome of the meeting. 

 

Barry Peel Sr. -  Yes – has a vested interest in Rockford, but what is good for the citizens of Rockford.  Question to those in attendance to come up with 1 positive reason to approve permit?  If approved would just cut the pie into 5 slices instead of 4.   Doesn’t feel it would actually bring more revenue to the village.   If they succeed and takes out one of the other 4 businesses then Rockford is losing instead of gaining.  We already have enough places to purchase liquor.

 

Ken Kilgore – feels positive of increase of business in Rockford.  Would cement the corner as an established place to do business as a one stop shopping instead of going to several locations for needs for those traveling and living in the village.

 

Jennifer Miller – works at the Eagles and has talked to a lot of people doesn’t seem to be any positives.  Tom and Joyce ran a successful business for 30 years without permit.  Again we already have 4 places for carry out and several sit down places that serve liquor.   We don’t want a Walmart type business coming in and putting the other establishments out of business.

 

Barry Peel Sr. – would like to ask again – can anyone come up with 1 positive for allowing the permit ?

 

Gehle -  Thank you to everyone coming and voicing your thoughts and concerns.  We appreciate your interest in the community.

 

 

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

Community Announcements and events:

 

August 18th -  Parkway Prayer Walk @ 8:30 am

Begins at the Parkway High School Entrance

 

August 20th -  Parkway Back to School

 

August 20th – Meet & Greet Parkway’s New Football Coach – 7 pm

Pizza and homemade ice cream -  Rockford Eagles Fellowship Hall

 

September 8th – Fall Craft and Vendor Show – 10 am – 3 pm

Community Building

 

September 9th – The Larry Seibert Memorial Concert featuring the

Lima Area Concert Band - $7 donation – Parkway Auditorium – 3 pm

Proceed to Parkway Band –

 

September 22nd – 9th Annual Sock Hop and Cruise in

@ The Rockford Belle - 4 – 8 pm

 

September 29th – Mercer County Household Hazardous Waste Day and Steel drop off – Mercer County Fairgrounds – 9 – 1 pm

 

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long

 

Thank you to the Rockford Fire Department for flushing the hydrants last weekend.  Waiting on report.  No water problems so far !

 

Pontsler – Light at the park – not fixed yet.

 

Sewer plant project – equipment for lift station ordered as this will be the 1st part of the project.

 

Fremont has broken ground on their 27 million dollar expansion.  They will be hiring an additional 70 people.  This is great news !

 

Committee Reports

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

Motion Pontsler to pay bills as submitted - $28,462.88.    Second Young.   Now called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Young = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Motion Young to approve the monthly financial reports –

Cash Summary by Fund,  Appropriations report, Revenue Report,

Budget vs Actual activity report and Bank reconciliation:  also the monthly transfers.  Second Pontsler.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Young = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Now = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Motion Now to approve monthly transfers, supplemental appropriations to date and approve additional purchase orders.  Second Heitkamp.  Pontsler called for the question.  Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Young = y.  Passed 5 yes.

Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler

 

Have worked on some pot holes with cold mix and will be working on more with hot mix once cooler.

 

Safety Committee:     Chris Heitkamp

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

Excited about Fremont expansion – reminder they are hiring !  This will be a boost to Rockford. 

 

The RADC and the Bicentennial committee held a meeting together last night.  Lots of plans for 2019 to prepare for year long event in 2020.  The south side of the Fire Department is prepped for the mural to begin later in the year.

 

Public Utilities Committee:   Wilbur Fox - absent

 

ORDINANCE 01-18

AN ORDINANCE LEVYING ASSESSMENTS FOR DELINQUENT WATER BILLS, AND DECLARING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

1ST reading – 06/19/18

2nd reading – 07/10/18

3rd reading – 08/07/18

 

Motion Gehle.  Second Heitkamp.  Pontsler called for the question.  Gehle = y. Heitkamp = y, Pontsler = y, Young = y, Now = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

 

Rules Committee:      Brad Now  

Duncan Oil / Rockford RoadDog has requested a TREX transfer for a liquor permit to the Village.     Council to vote on the issue to approve or reject the request.     Discussion:

Gehle did some research and feels that competition in business is good, however, Mercer County has already decided that we have enough liquor permits based on our population and we would be going against that quota by allowing a transfer to take place.   We are maxed out on permits and shouldn’t allow one to be transferred in. 

Motion Pontsler to deny the TREX transfer for a liquor permit.  Second Gehle.  Now called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Now = y, Young = y,  Heitkamp – abstain conflict of interest.   The request has been denied.

 

Old Business

Several trees will be taken down at the park on Thursday or Friday this week. 

Have not received word on the final gas disconnect at the Trailer Park. 

New Business

___________________________                  _____________________________

Mayor                                                              Fiscal Officer

Meeting adjourned 8:11 pm 

 

 
 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

 

Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

Invocation – Jeff Long

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

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

                        Fox - absent

                                                                                                                                   

Also attending:   Tom Stankard of the Daily Standard and Robby Peel

 

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

 

Motion Pontsler.   Second Young to accept the minutes from the

June 19, 2018 council meeting as presented.  Heitkamp called for the question.   

Pontsler = y, Young = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Now = y.  Passed 5 yes.

Visitors to Address Council:

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

Community Announcements and events:

 

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long

 

Committee Reports

 

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

Motion Pontsler to pay bills as submitted - $39,870.38.    Second Heitkamp.   Now called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Young = y,  Passed 5 yes.

Motion Young to approve the monthly financial reports –

Cash Summary by Fund,  Appropriations report, Revenue Report,

Budget vs Actual activity report and Bank reconciliation:  also the monthly transfers.  Second Heitkamp.  Now called for the question.  Young = y, Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Gehle = y. Pontsler = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Motion Heitkamp to approve supplemental appropriations to date and approve 3rd Q blanket purchase orders.  Second Pontsler.  Young called for the question.   Heitkamp = y.  Pontsler= y . Young = y, Gehle = y.  Now = y.  Passed 5 yes.

Tree Committee meeting – June 24th at 7 pm.  Still looking for new members !

 

Need to look at several trees that need some attention.

 

 

Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler

 

Park board meeting last month – reviewed a list of items that need attention at the park. 

 

Srgt Stetler working on the weeds / rubbish list.

Safety Committee:     Chris Heitkamp  -

Motion Gehle   to approve – part time officer Kyle Balthis.  Second Pontsler.  Now called for the question.  Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y, Young = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

 

The RADC and the Bicentennial committee will hold a meeting together on

August 6th at 7 pm.

Public Utilities Committee:   Wilbur Fox - absent

 

Salt bids opening this Friday.

 

ORDINANCE 01-18

AN ORDINANCE LEVYING ASSESSMENTS FOR DELINQUENT WATER BILLS, AND DECLARING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

1ST reading – 06/19/18

2nd reading – 07/10/18

Rules Committee:      Brad Now  

Motion Gehle – to approve Petition from Jordan Belna to vacate all of Sugar Street as shown on the Plat of said addition – pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 723.04. Second Pontsler.  Heitkamp called for the question.   Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y. Young = y, Now = y.  Passed 5 yes.

Old Business

Signs need looked at.

Gas company will be shutting off the service to the trailer park.

 

New Business

___________________________                  _____________________________

Mayor                                                              Fiscal Officer

Meeting adjourned.

 

 
 

                        RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

 

Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

Invocation – Jeff Long

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

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

                        Fox - absent

                                                                                                                                   

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

Robby and Barry Peel, Prosecutor Matt Fox and assistant, Martin Emerine from the Sheriff’s Office and Judy Koesters.  Chris Rasbach showed up a little later.

 

Motion Gehle.  Second Now to accept the agenda as orders of the day with addition of Executive Session to discuss litigation.  Pontsler called for the question.  Gehle = y, Now = y , Pontsler = y, Young = y, Heitkamp = y. 

Passed 5 yes.

 

Motion Gehle.   Second Young to accept the minutes from the

June 5, 2018 council meeting as presented.  Now called for the question.   

Gehle = y, Young = y, Now = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

 

Visitors to Address Council:

 

Rob Rutledge long time community member approached council to share his views on the possible liquor permit request from Rockford RoadDog.  He is against another permit in the Village.

 

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

Mayor noted receipt and review of Mayors Court pay in,

bank reconciliation, and bank statement.

 

Thank you regarding Community Days – working on the Financials.

 

Community Announcements and events:

 

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long

 

Updated on the Trailer Park clean up.

 

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

 

Motion Young to pay bills as submitted - $83,170.25.    Second Now.   Heitkamp called for the question.  Young = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle =y, Pontsler = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Motion Pontsler.  Second Young to accept the Mayors Court Pay in of $854.00.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Young = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, now = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Finance Committee meeting was held on Tuesday, June 12th at 7 pm – liability insurance, budget and water rates were discussed.

 

The Finance Committee recommends that we stay with Stolly Insurance for coverage of our liability insurance. 

 

Motion Now to stay with Stolly Insurance.  Second Heitkamp.  Pontsler called for the question.  Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y.  Young = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

We will be doing a water / sewer rate restructure that will begin with the July billing.  We passed Resolution 05-17 last year at this time.  Some of the numbers have changed with our financing of the WWTP.

 

Budget Hearing – was held this evening at 7:15pm.  The information above was discussed.

 

 

RESOLUTION 06-18

A RESOLUTION DECLARING THE VILLAGE’S INTENT TO PROCEED TO PLACE ON THE NOVEMBER 2018 GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT A 2.8 MILL RENEWAL LEVY FOR GENERAL FUND EXPENSES FOR THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD.

 

Motion:  Young.  Second Pontsler.  Now called for the question.  Young = y, Pontsler = y , Now = y,  Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

 

Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler

 

Safety Committee:     Chris Heitkamp  -

 

 

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

 

Fremont Company had presence at Community Days – working on getting hiring event to the public.  The next RADC meeting – June 25th at 7 pm.

 

 

Public Utilities Committee:   Wilbur Fox

 

Will be sending out information for salt bids – open bid date will be July 13th at 1 pm.

 

ORDINANCE 01-18

AN ORDINANCE LEVYING ASSESSMENTS FOR DELINQUENT WATER BILLS, AND DECLARING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

1ST reading – 06/19/18

 

 

Rules Committee:      Brad Now  

 

Old Business

 

Grass clippings in the streets and tall weeds – list to Stet. 

 

New Business

Motion Gehle.  Second Young to go into  “Executive Session” to discuss litigation at 7:51pm.   Chris Rasbach invited to attend the session.  Pontsler called for the question.  Gehle = y, Young = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Motion Young to come out of Executive Session at 8:22.  Second Gehle.  Pontsler called for the question.  Young = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler =y, Now =y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

No action taken.

___________________________                  _____________________________

Mayor                                                              Fiscal Officer

Meeting adjourned 8:22 pm

 

 
 
 
 
 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

 

Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday, June 5, 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 and Barry Peel, Kathryn and Ryan McDaniel, and Nick – operations manager of Rockford Duncan Oil.

 

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

 

Motion Fox.     Second Heitkamp to accept the minutes from the

May 15, 2018 council meeting as presented.  Gehle called for the question.   

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

 

Visitors to Address Council:

 

Ryan and Kathryn McDaniel introduced themselves and their operation manager Nick.  They are the new owners of TJ’s.   They shared some of their vision and some changes that may be coming.  They will be called Rockford RoadDog and will be getting the signage installed soon.     

 

Council thanked them for coming to introduce themselves.

 

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

 

Community Announcements and events:

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

 

Working with Tammy Cheek on some marketing ideas for the Subdivision as we are about ready to begin selling lots. 

 

Dynegy will be the electric supplier for the aggregation beginning in August.  Residents will receive a letter – do nothing and you will be enrolled.  Additional information to go out via Facebook and press release.

 

Wastewater treatment plant – final funding has been approved.  A pre -construction meeting will take place on Monday at 10 am.  Shinn Brothers was awarded the contract for 2.1 million.  Rate structures will be changing.  Residents will see little or no change.    We are changing from lagoon to a mechanical plant – the 1st in Ohio.  Took longer time for EPA to approve.

 

Pontsler asked that some of the street signs and stop signs get replaced. 

 

We are continuing to work on the water meter issues. 

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

 

Motion Young to pay bills as submitted - $23,560.10.    Second Pontsler.  Gehle called for the question.  Young = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Fox = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Now to approve the monthly financial reports –

Cash Summary by Fund, Appropriations report, Revenue Report,

Budget vs Actual activity report and Bank reconciliation.  Second Heitkamp.  Fox called for the question.  Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Fox = y, Gehle = y, Young = y, Pontsler = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Young to approve monthly transfers, supplemental appropriations to date, and purchase orders.  Second Pontsler.  Now called for the question.  Young = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Fox = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Finance Committee meeting – budget and liability insurance to be held on Tuesday – June 12th at 7 pm.

Renewal Levy -  will scan and email to review for next meeting.

 

Budget Hearing – next meeting – June 19th at 7:15pm

 

Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler

Park looking very nice.  We have made some improvements with more to come !

Joyce doing a good job keep flowers beautiful.

 

Safety Committee:     Chris Heitkamp  -

 

Motion Young.  Second Gehle to approve the Tri County Alcohol annual agreement for transportation of behaviorally impaired citizens.  Fox called for the question.  Young = y, Gehle = y, Fox = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

Reminder – pot holes need repaired.

 

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

 

The next RADC meeting – June 25th at 7 pm.

Public Utilities Committee:   Wilbur Fox

 

Will be sending out information for salt bids – open bid date will be July 13th at 1 pm.

 

Rules Committee:      Brad Now  

Old Business

 

Trailer park – 3 units cleaned up.  6 more units to be done this week and over the weekend.  Will continue until finished.

Need to keep up on tall grass notices.

New Business

Chief May requests permission to close streets for the Annual car show on Friday – June 15th and the parade on Saturday – June 16th.

 

Motion Gehle.  Second Fox.  Young called for the question.  Gehle = y, Fox = y, Young = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

Chief May requests “Executive Session” to discuss personnel.

Motion Gehle to enter Executive Session at 7:49.  Second Fox.  Pontsler called for the question.  Gehle = y, Fox = y, Pontsler = y, Young = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Gehle to come out of Executive Session at 8:02.  Second Pontsler.  Fox called for the question.  Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Fox = y, Young = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes with no action taken.

 

___________________________                  _____________________________

Mayor                                                              Fiscal Officer

 

Meeting adjourned 8:03 pm

 

 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

 

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.

 

RESOLUTION 04-18

A RESOLUTION OF NECESSITY TO PLACE ON THE NOVEMBER 2018 GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT A 2.8 MIL RENEWAL LEVY FOR GENERAL FUND EXPENSES FOR THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD, OHIO.

 

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.

 

 

___________________________                  _____________________________

Mayor                                                              Fiscal Officer

 

Meeting adjourned 7:49 pm

 

 
 
 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

Council called to order by Council President Steve Gehle on

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

Invocation – Jeff Long

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Those present: Gehle, Young, Pontsler, Now

                                    Heitkamp & Fox - absent

                                                                                               

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

Robby Peel, Nancy Leighner, and Mike Maharg.

 

Motion Now.  Second Young to accept the agenda as orders of the day. Pontsler called for the question.  Now = y, Young = y , Pontsler = y, Gehle =  y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

Motion Young.     Second Pontsler to accept the minutes from the

April 17, 2018 council meeting as presented.  Now called for the question.   

Young = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y, Gehle = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

Visitors to Address Council:

 

 

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

Community Announcements and events:

 

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.

 

 

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long

 

Discussion on the Verizon small cell towers.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

 

Motion  Pontsler to pay bills as submitted - $9023.07.  Second Now.  Young called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Now = y, Young = y, Gehle = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

Motion Young to approve the monthly financial reports –

Cash Summary by Fund, Appropriations report, Revenue Report,

Budget vs Actual activity report and Bank reconciliation:   Second Now.  Pontsler called for the question.  Young = y, Now = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

Motion Now to approve monthly transfers, supplemental appropriations to date and Purchase orders.  Second Pontsler.  Young called for the question. 

Now = y, Pontsler = y, Young = y, Gehle = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

Renewal Levy - review updated information from the Board of Elections. 

Council approved moving forward towards November ballot.

 

2019 – Budget to auditor’s office by July 20th.

 

Service Committee: Greg Pontsler

 

Park police protection.

 

Safety Committee:   Chris Heitkamp  - absent

 

 

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

 

The RADC meeting guest speaker was Andrew Peel owner of  Rock Solid Performance.  Discussed some of the details – goals, key fob system, personal trainer access, fitness classes, $30 per month.

 

 

Public Utilities Committee: Wilbur Fox - absent

 

 

Rules Committee:    Brad Now  

 

 

Old Business

 

Motion Pontsler to agree to terms of deal for Jeff to have papers and designated signatory official for the clean up of the trailer park.  Second Now.  Young called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Now = y, Young = y, Gehle = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

 

New Business

 

Pontsler – brought up issues regarding parking, sidewalks, and trees.

 

 

___________________________                       _____________________________

Mayor                                                             Fiscal Officer

 

Meeting adjourned 7:54 pm

 

 
 
 
 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

 

Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

Invocation – Jeff Long

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

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

                                    Fox - absent

                                                                                               

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

Robby Peel, Chad Ransbottom – little later.

 

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

 

Motion Young.     Second Gehle to accept the minutes from the

April 3, 2018 council meeting as presented.  Now called for the question.   

Young = y, Gehle = y, Now = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Visitors to Address Council:

 

 

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

Noted receipt and review of Mayors Court pay in,

bank reconciliation, and bank statement.

 

The Parkway Arbor Day presentation was held on April 10th. 

 

Community Announcements and events:

 

 

Bicentennial Fundraiser Auction – April 21st – 10 am –

Something for everyone – come out and support a good cause!

Rockford Community Building – 420 N Holly Lane

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long

We re-fabed a piece of equipment to drag the alleyways.   We should be able to do the work faster and more often.    Pot Hole issues still need addressed once the weather is nice enough for asphalt. 

Street sweeper has been fixed and back in operation.

Trailer park clean up -  have been made an offer to clean up for land swap.  Current estimate to clean up is $30,000 in disposal fees.    Need to post no trespassing signs as people are trying to steal whatever they can get their hands on for scrap.  The Finance committee will review information on April 24th at 7 pm.

We will be working with Fremont as they continue to expand.  We are looking at putting in a new entrance 33 east to keep semis out of the residential area.  We are looking at a grant of $650,000 for this project.  They are planning job creations of 60+ jobs.   They have signage that they are now taking applications.  Once the entrance is done we will post – No Truck signs.  The current entrance would only be used by employees.

 

Committee Reports

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

Motion Pontsler.  Second Young to pay the bills in the amount of

$13,666.18.  Now called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Young = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.

Motion Young to accept the Mayors Court pay in of $498.  Second Pontsler.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Young = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Now = y.  Passed 5 yes.

Inspected tree at Dooley property.  Doesn’t look to be urgent.  Will try to contact him to see what his plans are.

 

Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler – nothing at this time.

Safety Committee:     Chris Heitkamp  - nothing at this time.

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

RADC Meeting scheduled – Monday – 7 pm – Library basement  

 

Public Utilities Committee:   Wilbur Fox - absent

Jeff mentioned that he received a call from small cell tower service.  Will contact and get more information.

 

Rules Committee:      Brad Now  

Renewal for liquor permits – all ok at this time.

 

Old Business

Mayor would like to review the junk / weeds spreadsheet.  Have given out at least 12 notices.   Several properties that need some action soon.  Will contact the new Mercer County Judge to verify court proceedings in case we have to do some referrals in that direction.

 

Radio Station – going good.  Steve is getting the quarterly updates.  We have a 2 signature checking system.  Everything is being posted to quick books.  We have several accounts that we are working to get caught up.   Good music changes.  Encourage the public to give it a try!  Station working on Parkway spring sports broadcasts.  We are moving in the right direction and will be making more improvements once we get additional underwriters.  The Board continues to meet once a month.  Please let Brad Now know the next meeting date and time. 

 

Street light issues – working on them.

 

New Business

 

 

___________________________                  _____________________________

Mayor                                                              Fiscal Officer

 

Meeting adjourned 8:16 pm

 

 
 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

 

Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday,  March 6, 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, and Srgt Stetler.

 

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

 

Motion Heitkamp.   Second Young to accept the minutes from the

February 6,  2018  council meeting as presented.  Now called for the question.   Heitkamp = y, Young = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Fox = y, Pontsler = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

 

Visitors to Address Council:

 

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

Received letter from Joyce Emans regarding some part time hours at the park to take care of the flowers.  No one else has stepped up to take over.  Would be for no more than 10 hours a week anything over the 10 hours is a donation to the Village.  Would be paid at $8.30 per hour. 

 

Motion Gehle.  Second Young.  Fox called for the question to approve April through September taking care of the flowers.  Gehle = y, Young = y, Fox = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y , Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

 

Community Announcements and events:

 

 

Bicentennial Committee Meetings – 1st Monday each month at 7 pm

 

Bicentennial Committee Fundraiser Auction in April –

** donations being accepted now. 

 

 

 

Parkway Carnival – March 17th – Parkway High School

 

Duck Races – March 17 – Community Building

 

Easter Egg Hunt – March 31st – 1 pm – Shanes Park

 

Lion’s Club Variety Show – April 6 & 7 – Parkway High School

 

Mom to Mom Sale – April 14 -  Community Building

 

Bicentennial Fundraiser Auction – April 21st – 10 am

 

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

 

·         Please give information to the Radio Station so they can help us promote these events.

 

 

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long

 

We will be advertising for bids for the WWTP project this week and next week.  We will open bids March 28th at 2 pm.   Should have 6 – 10 bidders easy.  We have a 1 year completion for improvements.

 

Will be meeting with Fremont on March 12 to discuss their needs regarding utilities and storm water issues.

 

This week we are beginning to reroute the electric from the Old Shane Hall building at a cost of approximately $4,000.  We are increasing to a bigger service line.  Once that is completed the old building will be coming down.  We plan to make the area some green space.   Thank you to Rob Belna as he will be taking the block and for the use of his equipment.  We will be getting rid of the wooden structure and roof.   It worked out good that the fire department used the building for several training exercises. 

 

Some discussion on street lights and handicap parking on Main Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

 

Motion  Pontsler..  Second Now to pay the bills in the amount of

$14,665.19.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y,  Young = y, Fox = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Fox to approve the monthly financial reports –

Cash Summary by Fund, Appropriations report, Revenue Report,

Budget vs Actual activity report and Bank reconciliation.  Second Young,  Heitkamp called for the question.  Fox = y, Young = y , Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y .  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Fox to approve monthly transfers.  Second Heitkamp.  Young called for the question.  Fox = y, Heitkamp = y, Young = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Young to approve supplemental appropriations.  Second Pontsler.   Heitkamp called for the question.   Young = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Fox = y, Now = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Young to approve additional purchase orders.  Second Heitkamp.  Fox called for the question.  Young = y Heitkamp = y, Fox = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

RESOLUTION 03-18

ANNUAL APPROPRIATION RESOLUTION BY THE BOARD OF COUNCIL OF THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD, MERCER COUNTY TO PROVIDE FOR THE CURRENT EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES FOR ROCKFORD, DURING FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2018

 

Motion:  Pontsler.  Second Heitkamp.  Young called for the question.  Pontsler – y, Heitkamp = y, Young = y, Gehle = y, Fox = y, Now = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

 

Current Levy for Expenses will be expiring.  Discussion on renewal vs replacement.   Need several resolutions and approval by the end of July for the November ballot.   Resolution for approval will need to go to the county auditor for their review and approval.  Then will need a resolution to approve the ballot language.

 

Council agreed to renewal – no new taxes.   There will be a resolution for approval at the next meeting.

 

                                        2017 Tax Year

                        **** Required Information ****

 

1.         Page 1 of your Federal 1040 MUST be attached along with all W-2’s and 1099’s.     RETURNS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED UNTIL 1040 IS RECEIVED.   This could result in late fees  - see #5.

 

2.         All RESIDENTS – 18 years and older MUST file a local income tax return.  All municipalities are “Mandatory Filing”, even if you don’t work !!  (Retired taxpayers that have no Earned income and have registered with the tax office as being retired – need not file a return)

 

3.         All individual and business returns are due by April 15th.  Business returns with a F/Y ending date are due the 15th of the fourth month following the year end date.  Extensions must be filed by April 15th.

 

4.         ALL RETURNS MUST BE SIGNED.

 

5.         A $25.00 per month late fee, up to 6 months or $150 will be added to any late filed returns – even if no tax is due.

 

6.         Late returns with balances due will be charged 15% penalty plus interest until balance is paid in full. 

 

 

We will need to amend our Tax Ordinance as the State is making it a requirement that we comply with Centralized Collection of municipal net profit taxes be paid via the Ohio Business Gateway.   Lisa to get Judy a sample ordinance for review.   Does not make financial sense for the smaller villages. 

 

Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler

 

Park board will be purchasing some additional equipment for the park.  2 swing sets and 3 other items. 

 

 

Safety Committee:     Chris Heitkamp  

 

We will be holding a safety meeting on March 20th at 7 pm.

 

 

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

 

 

Jeff gave out some information to review regarding some Covenants and Restrictions for the Subdivision.   This will be discussed on Wednesday March 14th at 7 pm.   Suggestions will be brought to the next council meeting.

 

Barn Quilt Class will be held on March 31st at the Rockford United Methodist Church.   Limited seats – cost $15.00.

 

Bicentennial Benefit Auction – April 21st – 10 am

 

 

Public Utilities Committee:   Wilbur Fox

 

Need to work on grading allys after the building demo then move on to the

Trailer park clean up.

 

Pearl St and Main street issues.

 

 

Rules Committee:      Brad Now  

 

Employee Handbook -   2.7 Attendance and Tardiness – discussion of handbook policies.  Mayor stated that request for time off be reported – paperwork, email or texting.     Several council members have not reviewed the handbook and will be sending email with information.   Please review for any updates that need to be handled.

 

Motion Gehle.  Second Young.  Designate Lisa Kuhn as representative for Mayor and Council for the Public Records training – March 21st.    She will also be attending continuing education on March 22 and 23.   Heitkamp called for the question.  Gehle = y, Young = y, Heitkamp = y, Fox = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

 

Old Business

 

New Business

 

 

___________________________                  _____________________________

Mayor                                                              Fiscal Officer

 

Meeting adjourned 8:36 pm

 

 
 
 
 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

 

Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

Invocation – Jeff Long

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

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

                                    Fox - absent

                                                                                                                                                           

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

 

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

 

Motion Gehle.   Second Young to accept the minutes from the

January 16,  2018  council meeting as presented.  Heitkamp called for the question.   Gehle = y, Young = y, Heitkamp = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

 

Visitors to Address Council:

 

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

 

Community Announcements and events:

 

 

Bicentennial Committee Meetings – 1st Monday each month at 7 pm

 

Bicentennial Committee Fundraiser Auction in April –

** donations being accepted now. 

 

Park Board Meeting – rescheduled to February 15th

 

Presidents Day – February 19th – Village offices will be closed.

 

Family Fun Night – March 3rd – Community Building

 

Parkway Carnival – March 17th – Parkway High School

 

Duck Races – March 17 – Community Building

 

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

 

 

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long

 

2018 Goals – Plan of Action

 

Infrastructure Goals

Chemical rehabilitation and analysis of South well – approx. cost $12,000

Inspection of 250,000 gallon and the 100,000 gallon water towers – cost apprx $5,000

Wastewater Treatment Plant – Rehab project will enable 400% industry growth and 25-40% residential.   Hoping we can do without raising rates.

Eliminate 1/1 in our wastewater collection system.

This should keep us good for the next 30 years.

Blair and Bubba will be gaining more responsibility with WWTP and WTP – will be retiring in 1 – 2 years.

 

Shanes Park –

Remove and replace existing electric meter service currently to old Shane Hall building.

Demo the Old Shane Hall building

Use Time Warner building for storage.

Clean up trailer park of old buildings and trailers.  Turn into green space for park as we plan for future use.

Install and operate a new electronic sigh at Shanes Park – Holly Lane extrance

Hedges park design for Veteran’s Memorial

North of Community building – pond and sledding hill

 

Streets –

Seal cracks and maintain current streets

Plan the extension of Franklin Street to Buckeye – look for ways to fund.  Safe route to school funding a possibility

Program to replace current street lights to LED lighting.

 

Subdivision Development –

Finish utilities

Develop a marketing plan / signage

Sell 4 lots

 

Economic Development

Review retention expansion of existing businesses

Develop program to assist and encourage new entrepreneur development

Continue to pursue the development of an industrial park

Review and address empty lots and buildings.  Goal to reduce by half.

 

Community Economic Development –

Review various organizations and boards from which the community benefits by reviewing their goals for the future.  This way several organizations may want to work together.

Energize the various organizations and board and develop creative way of capitalizing opportunities they represent.

Provide the conceptual framework and educational assistance that enables our community to do it’s own economic development.

Develop plan to use the WRKD radio station in communicating with residents.

 

Committee Reports

 

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

 

Motion Young.  Second Heitkamp to pay the bills in the amount of

$48,701.93.  Now called for the question.  Young = y, Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Motion Pontsler to approve the monthly financial reports –

Cash Summary by Fund, Appropriations report, Revenue Report,

Budget vs Actual activity report and Bank reconciliation.  Second Heitkamp.  Young called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Young= y, Gehle = y, Now = y,  Passed 5 yes.

 

Motion Heitkamp to approve monthly transfers.  Second Now.  Pontsler called for the question.  Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Young = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

Motion Now  to approve supplemental appropriations.  Second Heitkamp.  Young called for the question.   Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Young = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

WRKD update – The Board has been put in place and is working together to move forward.   Letters will be going out to past underwriters to let them know of changes and see if they would be interested in underwriting again.  The music has been changed to adult contemporary with some Christian contemporary in the mix.  We will be working on the programming and playlists.   One request was to bring back the Blue Show.   Brad Now may be interested in putting together a Jazz Show.   Will be adding more of the Public Service announcements.  Will be working with students to get them involved.  Right now everything is on a volunteer basis.   Looking down the road – once the bills are caught up and we are running smoothly we may look at creating some scholarship opportunities.  With that we need to approve the WRKD bylaws to give them a starting point.

 

Motion Pontsler.  Second Gehle.  Now called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Now = y, Young = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

 

Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler

 

Rec Board goals – Finish Diamond 5 will be used for t-ball and coach pitch.

Stone around outfield diamonds and electric to the new building.  Jeff to talk with Rec Board to help with that plan.

 

 

Safety Committee:     Chris Heitkamp  

 

Snow removal  - request maybe start a little earlier in the mornings.  We did get more snow than was predicted.

 

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

 

Attending the RADC meetings-  request to review the Shanes Crossing restrictions and covenants – review the square footage.  Jeff  to do some research for the next meeting.   Would like to see the new Chamber directories out in local businesses.   Yes – have that on the plan.  The end of March will be a barn quilt painting class.  This is a fundraiser for the Bicentennial.  Working on a barn quilt map from Spencerville to Berne. 

 

 

 

Public Utilities Committee:   Wilbur Fox

 

Notice of Public Hearings for Rockford’s electric aggregation to be held on

February 26th – 4 pm and 6 pm

 

Notice of Public Hearings for Rockford’s gas aggregation to be held on

February 26th – 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm

 

Location the Village Hall – 151 E Columbia St.  The public is invited to bring questions to the meetings.

 

 

Rules Committee:      Brad Now  - nothing at this time

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Business

 

 

 

 

 

New Business

 

Chief May is having problems finding part time patrol officers to work for $11 an hour.  He is asking council to raise the pay of the part time police position to $15 per hour. 

 

Motion Gehle.  Second Young to increase the hourly pay to $15.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Gehle = y, Young =  y, Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Pontsler = y .  Passed 5 yes.

 

Motion Gehle.  Second Heitkamp to rehire former part time officers Stose and Clevenger.  Now called for the question.  Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Young = y, Pontsler = y.  Passed 5 yes.

 

 

 

 

___________________________                  _____________________________

Mayor                                                              Fiscal Officer

 

Meeting adjourned 8:35 pm

 

 
 
 
 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday, January 16, 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:  Chief May, Tom Stankard of the Daily Standard, and Srgt Stetler.

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

Motion Gehle.   Second Young to accept the minutes from the

January 2, 2018  council meeting as presented.  Now called for the question.   Gehle = y, Young = y, Now = y, Fox = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

Visitors to Address Council:

 

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

Noted receipt and review of Mayors Court pay in, bank reconciliation and the bank statement.

 

Community Announcements and events:

 

RADC Committee Meeting – January 22 – 7 pm – Library basement.

 

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long

 

Committee Reports

 

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

 

Ohio checkbook  - Council ok to go live.

 

Motion  Pontsler to approve the monthly financial reports –

Cash Summary by Fund, Appropriations report, Revenue Report,

Budget vs Actual activity report and Bank reconciliation.  Second Heitkamp.  Gehle called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Young = y, Fox = y, Now = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Fox to approve monthly transfers.  Second Young.  Gehle called for the question.  Fox = y, Young = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Now to approve supplemental appropriations to date.  Second Pontsler.  Fox called for the question.  Now = y, Pontsler = y, Fox = y, Gehle =y, Young = y. Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

 

Motion Fox to approve the 2018 purchase orders and 1st quarter blanket certificates. Second Heitkamp.  Young called for the question.  Fox = y, Heitkamp = y, Young = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

 

Motion Fox to accept the Mayors Court pay in of $714.00.  Second Pontsler.  Gehle called for the question.  Fox = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Young = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Pontsler to pay bills submitted in the amount of $52,665.77.  Second Young.  Fox called for the question.  Pontsler = y, Young = y, Fox = y, Gehle = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Service Committee: Greg Pontsler

 

Park goals for 2018 – 2 people interested in helping decorate the park for Christmas next year.  Looking at purchasing 2 – 3 more play equipment for younger children.  The digital sign for the Community Building should be here soon.    

 

Need the 2018 Rec Board Members for council approval.

 

Mayor side note – hasn’t received anyone’s goals for 2018.  Please have them to her by the next meeting.

 

 

Safety Committee:   Chris Heitkamp  

 

Snow removal going ok – request to hit some areas turning on the highway with some salt or grit for traction.  (West st on to 33 – incline) 

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young

Will start attending the RADC meetings to give council update on what they are doing.

 

Public Utilities Committee: Wilbur Fox

 

When weather breaks need to grade out allys and fix pot holes.  There is also a sink hole that needs attention.

Rules Committee:    Brad Now  - nothing at this time

 

 

Old Business

 

Village information card to be updated.  Still waiting on the Pearl St real estate sale paperwork to be done.

 

Motion Fox.  Second Pontsler to go into Executive Session at 7:47 regarding security and personnel.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Fox = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Young = y,  Now = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Fox.  Second Gehle to come out of Executive Session at 8:24.  Pontsler called for the question.  Fox = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Young = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes. 

 

Action taken –  Council approved a Security Audit.

 

Action Taken – Motion Gehle.  Second Ponstler  because of management issues Jim Crocker and Crocker Media Group LLC will be dismissed as general manager of WRKD radio station.   Now called for the question.  Gehle =y, Pontsler = y, Now = y, Young = y, Fox = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Fox.  Second Young that Jim Crocker is not allowed on Village property without an appointment and supervision.  Gehle called for the question.  Fox = y, Young = y, Gehle = y , Pontsler = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

Motion Fox.  Second Gehle for Jim Crocker to return license plates with WRKD radio to Village personnel.  Heitkmap called for the question.  Fox = y, Gehle = y, Heitkamp – y, Young = y, Pontsler = y , Now = y.  Passed 6 yes.

 

 

New Business

 

 

 

___________________________                       _____________________________

Mayor                                                             Fiscal Officer

 

Meeting adjourned 8:34 pm

 
 
 
Columbia Street Reconstruction Project Well Under Way in Rockford
Click on smaller thumbnails below to enlarge them
 
 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:

 

Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

Invocation – Jeff Long

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

MAYOR JOSEPH GAVE OATH OF OFFICE TO NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS:

 

STEVE GEHLE, SHANE YOUNG, BRAD NOW, CHRIS HEITKAMP

 

Thank you for being willing to serve the community.

 

Those present: Gehle, Young, Now, Heitkamp

                        Fox and Pontsler - absent

                                                                                                                                   

Also attending:  Chief May, Tom Stankard of the Daily Standard, and Judy Koesters.

 

Motion Gehle.  Second Heitkamp to accept the agenda as orders of the day. Now called for the question.  Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Young = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

Motion Gehle.   Second Now to accept the minutes from the

December 19, 2017 council meeting as presented.  Heitkamp called for the question.   Gehle = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Heitkamp = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

Open nominations for Council President.  Heitkamp nominated Gehle with Now making a second motion.  No other nominations were presented. 

 

Motion Young, Second Gehle.  Heitkamp called for the question.  Young = y, Gehle = ab, Heitkamp = y, Now = y.  Passed 3 yes.

 

Congratulations Steve – 2018 Council President.

 

Visitors to Address Council:

 

Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:

 

Thank you letter from Mark Wulfhorst.

 

2018 Council committees will remain the same with Shane Young replacing Rob Rutledge. 

 

 

Community Announcements and events:

 

Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long

 

It’s very cold outside !  Plowing snow question – normally we plow when we get more than 2” of snow with no winds.   

 

Committee Reports

 

Finance Committee –  Steve Gehle

 

Rockford information on the Ohio checkbook has been updated.  Will be getting council log on and password information to review before going live.

 

 

Service Committee: Greg Pontsler - absent

 

Safety Committee:   Chris Heitkamp  - nothing at this time.

 

Economic Development Committee:  Shane Young – nothing at this time

 

Public Utilities Committee: Wilbur Fox –absent

 

RESOLUTION 01-18

A RESOLUTION CREATING AND ACCEPTING THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD NATURAL GAS AGGREGATION PROGRAM PLAN OF OPERATION AND GOVERNANCE.

 

MOTION: Gehle.  Second Heitkamp.  Now called for the question.  Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Young = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

RESOLUTION 02-18

A RESOLUTION CREATING AND ACCEPTING THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD ELECTRIC AGGREGATION PROGRAM PLAN OF OPERATION AND GOVERNANCE.

 

MOTION: Now.  Second Heitkamp.  Young called for the question.  Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Young = y, Gehle = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

 

Rules Committee:    Brad Now  - nothing at this time

 

 

Old Business

 

Rockford Radio Station WRKD – License holder Village of Rockford.

 

Motion: Gehle.  Second Heitkamp -  Village of Rockford requires the following steps be taken by January 9th at 7 pm.  Now called for the question. 

Gehle = y,  Heitkamp = y,  Now = y, Young =  y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

•           New Account dba – WRKD – be closed and funds returned to the Village of Rockford / WRKD account.

 

•           Bank Statements from account dba WRKD -  October, November and December by January 9th meeting and January statement by February 10th. All statements turned into the Village of Rockford Fiscal Officer – to determine the total of funds to be returned to the Village of Rockford / WRKD account.

 

•           Verification from bank that the dba WRKD has been closed.

 

•           Jim Crocker to be removed from the Village of Rockford/WRKD account as a signatory.

 

Any reference to Crocker Media Communications address needs to be changed to personal address. 

 

 PO Box at the Post Office should not be referencing WRKD.

 

Need to disclose any references to other accounts that may contain WRKD and or dba WRKD.

 

 

Council established and approved the Board of Directors for WRKD –

 

Todd Henkle

Kevin Browning

Chris Rasbach

Steve Gehle – Financial Committee – Council representative

 

 

Motion Gehle.  Second Heitkamp.  Young called for the question.  Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y, Young = y. Now = y.  Passed 4 yes.

 

 

Radio station Board members and council members to have a meeting on January 9th at 7 pm.   Meeting will begin by verifying financial steps listed above have been done.  .  Review and finalize the by-laws.

 

By motion at the next Council meeting to be held on January 16th – need to have WRKD By-Laws approved.

New Business

___________________________                       _____________________________

Mayor                                                             Fiscal Officer

 

Meeting adjourned 8:13 pm

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

ROCKFORD VILLAGE RESIDENTS –


DID YOU KNOW~~~    YOU CAN PURCHASE LARGE ITEM TRASH TICKETS AT THE VILLAGE OFFICE?    

MOST TICKET ITEMS ARE $5.00.   

THE TICKET IS THEN PUT ON THE LARGE TRASH ITEM AND PUT OUT WITH YOUR TRASH ON THURSDAYS.

IT’S A GREAT WAY TO CLEAN UP AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE. !

 

 
 
 
 

Longtime Former Mayor and Councilman Retires
Story and pictures by Lisa Kuhn

Gene Steiner was honored at the Rockford Village Council meeting on May 19th.  Mayor Joseph presented Gene with a plaque giving thanks for his dedication and loyal service as Mayor and Councilman to the Village of Rockford.  Gene retired from council in March of this
year.  Cake and punch was served after the meeting.  Thanks again to Gene Steiner for helping to make Rockford a better place.

Left:   Gene Steiner and his wife Mary.
Above:  Awarded plaque thanks Gene for being the Mayor of Rockford as well as Councilman over the past 40 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rockford Village Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Rockford recently was recognized as a Tree City USA at the
Northwest Ohio awards ceremony at West Unity, Ohio.


It's the 27th time Rockford has been honored with the
nationally recognized award.

Awards were presented by the Ohio Department of Natural 
Resources Division of Forestry.

The title of Tree City USA was bestowed on Rockford for
its ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the quality of
life through a comprehensive street tree management program.

The program is guided by the Tree Commission and the Rockford 
Village Council.

ODNR's Division of Forestry acts as a guiding hand in helping a
community to become qualified as a Tree City USA.  To
achieve the title and the honors, a community must meet four
standards: An established tree ordinance, an active tree commission, a comprehensive urban forestry program supported by a minimum of $2 per capita and an annual Arbor Day proclamation and public service observance.

Ohio has the greatest number of Tree Cities in the United States with 244.  For more information about the Tree City USA program or the
Arbor Day Foundation, go to www.arborday.org

The Rockford Tree Commission is seeking volunteers to serve on the Tree Commission Board. The board meets once a monthe and taks care of the trees in the Village right of ways, in the downtown area, and at Shanes Park. Please contact the Village Office
if interested at 419-363-3032 ext 1.

Thanks for Nikki Fox of Fox Photography for sharing this picture.

Lisa Kuhn

Village of Rockford
 

 

 
 
 
Abandoned Buildings Being Demolished in Downtown Rockford
The old Rockford Locker building and former offices of Dr. Bradrick (in the 70's) and Dr. Santanello in the 80's in the brick apartment complex on Main Street in Rockford are being torn down to make way for future expansion of the Rockford Fire Department and other Village ventures. Click on smaller thumbnail pictures to enlarge them.

If anyone knows some interesting history of these buildings, let me know. Send to: editor@parkwayindependent.com

 
 
Demolition Work on Rockford's Main Street  Buildings
Thank you to Bob Maurer for taking these early morning pictures this week of the demolition work on Rockford's Main Street  buildings next to the fire station. The buildings were abandoned and approved for razing. No plans for the empty lots as of yet.

 
 
 
 
 
The Rockford Tree Commission was recognized and presented the National title of Tree City USA at the annual banquet for 23 years of tending to and replacing trees in Rockford. The banquet was held on May 9 in Rockford and represented Tree City recipients from Northwest Ohio. Other communities co-hosting the event with Rockford were the villages of Rockford, Coldwater and Ft. Recovery as well as their tree commissions. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, were the presenters and they honored the communities for their ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the quality of life in their respective communities through a comprehensive street tree management program. These three communities were recommended by the Urban Forester to the Arbor Day Foundation for their awards based on meeting four standards: a tree ordinance; an active tree commission; a forestry program supported by $2 per capita; and an annual Arbor Day Proclamation and activity. The State of Ohio has more Tree City USA than any other state with 249 this year.52 are from the Northwest and all of them were honored in Rockford at the Community Building ceremony. Shown above are Rockford Tree Commission Members: Ed Long, Tim Williams, Tom Ransbottom, Bob Bollenbacher; Steve Gehle and Karen Long.
 
MERCER COUNTY TREE COMMISSIONS SPONSOR BANQUET

The Villages of Coldwater, Fort Recovery, and Rockford will host the Northwest Ohio "Tree City" awards program at the Community Building in Rockford on May 9, 2012. The Village of Rockford has been a Tree City for the past 23 years. The "Tree City USA" awards are presented by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, to communities for ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the quality of life through a comprehensive street tree management program.

The state of Ohio currently boasts the greatest number of Tree Cities in the country with a grand total this past year of 249. 52 of Northwest Ohio's communities are Tree Cities and are being recognized for their achievements at the Mercer County's awards ceremony.

Pictured: Red Horse Chestnut tree on Main Street of Rockford.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Golf Cart and ATV Driving Rules

Village of Rockford Rules for Golf Carts / ATV operation
on streets:

1.  Must have a valid drivers license
2.  Insurance on cart (must be shown if asked by Law Enforcement)
3.  Front and Rear lights if operated at night
4.  Obey all normal traffic laws
5.  Not to be driven on Main Street in business district
6.  Not to be driven over 20 mph on any street

 
 
 
 
Council Buys Golf Cart as New Cruiser
Patrolmen in Rockford are using a new mode of transportation this summer (2010). The Rockford Village council bought a new $5,100 golf cart for the Police Department. It is gasoline powered, and is so far using a lot less gasoline than the cruisers.

Chief Paul May uses it just like the cruiser or their bicycles when it comes to investigating complaints and ticketing motorists.  Paul used it last weekend to help with the 5K run.

It can get in a lot tighter spots than the original mode of operation. 

 

 
Police Remind Motorists
Due to recent power outages and the upcoming winter weather, the Rockford Police reminds motorists of the law when approaching an intersection with a malfunctioning traffic signal. The law does allow for citations if a motorist enters the intersection before coming to a complete stop. It is NOT a caution ~ it is an all stop - 4 way stop. Thank you - Chief Paul P. May III
 
 
 
 
Rockford Police Remind Parents to Talk with Their Children About Playing Outside.
Teach children the following pedestrian safety rules:
  • Do not cross the street alone if younger than age 10.
  • Never play in the road.
  • Always try to walk on paths or sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks or paths, walk facing road traffic.
  • Look both ways for danger before and while crossing the street.
  • Walk, do not run, into the street.
  • Dress in bright colors or wear retroreflective materials so drivers can easily see you.

Teach children the following bicycle and motorbike safety rules:

  • Wear a bicycle or motorcycle helmet on every ride. Check to see if your helmet should have a safety certification.
  • Ride so drivers and cyclists can see you.
  • Look both ways for oncoming vehicles before turning or crossing a street. Go only when it is clear.
  • Watch out for potholes, cracks, rocks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks or anything that could make you lose control of your bike.
  • Make sure your bike fits your height, weight and age.
You may also look up other safety rules / guidelines at safekids.org

 

 
 
 

The Rockford Police Offers "House Check” to Citizens Leaving for the Holidays

The Rockford Police is reminding citizens that if they are leaving for more than one day for vacation, please contact the Police. The Rockford Police offer "House Checks”. A simple form is filled out, and the Police Department will check the outside of your residence while you are gone. Many times, people will leave for three or four days and don't think to advise the local Police. We will check your residence twice a day for anything out of the ordinary. You simple stop in or call and a form is filled out with name, address, telephone numbers and key holders. The Rockford Police generally do not enter your residence unless there is something wrong, and then a key holder is contacted. This is also used during vacation time or for some residents who leave for the winter. The Rockford Police can be reached at 419 363 3215 or e-mail rockfordpd@bright.net. We encourage residents that are leaving to make us aware. Thank you Chief Paul P. May III

 
 
 
 
Rockford Police Reminds Citizens to Never Leave Children Unattended in a Motor Vehicle

The Holiday Season is fast approaching and the Rockford Police would like to remind citizens of the dangers of leaving children unattended in Motor Vehicles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that from July 1, 2000 through June of 2001 an estimated 9,160 children (14 and younger) where treated in hospitals from injuries caused by being left in unattended vehicles.

The Rockford Police offer the following safety tips for parents:

1. Plan ahead to use drive-through services where available such as pharmacies and banks.
2. Use your debit card or credit card at gas pumps.
3. Have the grocery clerk load your bags and return the cart.
4. Keep vehicles locked at all times- even at home in the garage.
5. Never leave car keys within reach of children
6. Ensure that your garage doors have sensors that will not allow the door to come down if "beam is broken".

"Most police agencies offer emergency "Unlock of Vehicle" if a child is locked inside. A simple chore of running in for milk could result in an unintended injury to your most precious cargo. Remember NO ONE would leave a million dollars in their vehicle or leave their child play with a loaded gun, so NEVER LEAVE YOUR CHILD INSIDE an unattended motor vehicle. For more information please visit www.kidsincars.org " says Paul P. May III, Chief of Police, Village of Rockford.

 
 
 
 
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