Bicentennial Fundraising

You are invited to be a special part of our 200th birthday celebration of our Rockford Community.  Rockford, originally founded as Shanesville in 1820, is the oldest village in Mercer County. Rockford was the first town in the county to have a power plant, street lights and an airport.  It is located in the rich agricultural area of west central Ohio. Our village will be celebrating two hundred years in 2020 and our committee is working diligently to put together an impressive and beautiful celebration. One of our many goals to accomplish before the bicentennial is to display a historical mural. Talented artist and historian, Dan Keyes, will design a mural to depict the values and history of our cherished community. Along with the historical mural, there will be a Veteran’s Memorial, Garden Walk, Barn Quilt Trails, Old Time Baseball Games, and a Mosaic Mural designed by Parkway Students, just to name a few. However, none of this can be done without your generosity and support. Our committee has a goal of $75,000 for material costs, artistic fees, and landscaping needs for these projects. As a valued service provider to our area, we are asking your business for a donation to help bring these many projects to fruition. All sponsors’ names will be predominantly displayed, in addition to being marketed and promoted as part of an aggressive marketing strategy. A sponsorship provides tremendous potential for advertising, publicity, and promotion of your philanthropic efforts. Secure your spot in our birthday celebration! Make all donations to: Leota Braun Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. Send donations to 105 N. Main St., P.O. Box 364, Rockford, OH 45882-0364. In the memo line of a check indicate the contribution: Rockford Bicentennial Projects.  If you have a corporate logo for use in promotional materials, please supply us a high resolution file. We will accept .EPS, .AI, .PDF, .TIF, and .JPG files. Email logos to social@branditonline.com. With your generous donation, you are positively impacting the Rockford Community for generations to come. We cannot wait to celebrate with you!   Warm Regards, The Rockford Ohio Bicentennial Planning...
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Meeting Minutes: August 7, 2018

                        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 –...
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Meeting Minutes: July 10, 2018

                        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...
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Meeting Minutes: June 19, 2018

                        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,...
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Meeting Minutes: June 5, 2018

                        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...
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2018 RCD Face Painting Fundraiser

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is excited to participate in this year’s Community Days Arts & Music Festival. This year’s focus of fine art and music inspired us to do something different this year, and you won’t want to miss out! Marie Miller, social media manager from Brand It Marketing Communications, will have a face painting station Friday June 15 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm and Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm., located near Lake Area Arts member Todd Buschur in Shanes Hall. As a member of the community, you have an exclusive opportunity to support this program. For just $25.00, your business logo will be showcased on the banner and listed in all promotional materials including, but not limited to; press releases, social media advertising, live video on Facebook, etc. What better way to bring yet another fun activity to the youth in our area while directly impacting their future.  All money raised by your donations will go towards the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Scholarship program. Should you wish to donate as an individual community member, and not a business, we will need the full spelling of your name to ensure proper recognition is made. To sign up, please mail check to: Rockford Chamber of Commerce  |  PO Box 175  |   Rockford, OH 45882.  You can contact Marie Miller from Brand It Marketing Communications at marie@branditonline.com with your business logo. We look forward to your participation!   Executive Team Rockford Chamber of Commerce...
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