Meeting Minutes: June 4,2019

                        RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:   Council called to order by Mayor Joseph on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.   Invocation – Jeff Long   Pledge of Allegiance   Those present: Gehle, Fox, Pontsler, Now, Heitkamp Young- absent Also attending: Tom Stankard – Daily Standard   Motion Gehle. Second Pontsler to accept the agenda as orders. Heitkamp called for the question. Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Fox = y, Now = y, Passed 5 yes.   Motion Pontsler.  Second Fox to accept the minutes from the May 21, 2019 council meeting as presented. Gehle called for the question. Pontsler = y, Fox = y, Gehle = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.   Visitors to Address Council:     Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:     Community Announcements and events:   Tuesday – June 11th – Brush pick up   Friday and Saturday – June 14/15 – Rockford Community Days   * See Rockford Community Days Facebook page for complete schedule of events!     Saturday – June 22nd – Fox Family Ride for Autism     Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long         Committee Reports   Finance Committee – Steve Gehle   Motion Fox to pay bills as submitted – $ 16,254.48 Second Pontsler. Now called for the question. Fox = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.   Motion Fox to approve supplemental appropriations to date and additional purchase orders. Second Heitkamp. Pontsler called for the question. Fox = y, Heitkamp = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Now = y. Passed 5 yes.   Finance Meeting scheduled for 06/11/19 – 7 pm – Budget items for 2020   Public Budget hearing – 06/18/19 – 7:15 pm     Service Committee:   Greg Pontsler   New furniture at Shanes Park – looks nice. Includes a picnic table, a bench and a bar table with chairs. Cost – $3,000 paid by the Park Board.   Mayor reported – Jessica Yoder has inquired regarding painting up the bathrooms with sports theme.   She would be donating the paint and her time. Council agreed as long as approved by the Park Board.   Bathrooms and bathroom floors have recently been painted and LED lights installed.   Street between Race and Columbia will be fixed yet this...
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Meeting Minutes: May 21,2019

                        RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:   Council called to order by Mayor Joseph on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.   Invocation – Jeff Long   Pledge of Allegiance   Those present: Gehle, Young, Fox, Pontsler, Now Heitkamp – absent Also attending: Leslie Gartrell – Daily Standard, Srgt. Stetler, Robby Peel, Bret Peel, and Josh Gehle   Motion Gehle. Second Fox to accept the agenda as orders. Young called for the question.    Gehle = y, Fox = y, Young = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y . Passed 5 yes.   Motion Fox.  Second Now to accept the minutes from the May 7, 2019 council meeting as presented. Gehle called for the question.  Fox = y, Now = y, Gehle = y, Young = y, Pontsler = 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.     Community Announcements and events:   Monday – May 27 – Memorial Day Remembrance * Village Office closed   The Rockford Community is looking forward to honoring our Veterans on Monday – May 27th with the following services:   The public is invited to honor our fallen veterans at Riverside Cemetery at 10 am. Flags will be placed on the grave markers, a 21-gun salute will be given, and TAPS will be played.   The Memorial Day parade will begin at approximately 11 am (When the band arrives) and travel north on Main street to the service at Hedges Park. This is the site where the new Veterans Memorial will be built. Our guest speaker will be Pastor Chip Steffy of the Rockford United Methodist Church.   Tuesday – June 11th – Brush pick up     Friday and Saturday – June 14/15 – Rockford Community Days   * See Rockford Community Days Facebook page for complete schedule of events!   Saturday am – June 15 – New Horizons Student Ministries – bottle cap collection to benefit the Veterans Memorial   Saturday – June 22nd – Fox Family Ride for Autism     Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long   Wastewater Treatment plant update – Things are going well. We are happy although we are still experiencing odors.   This will just take time as we continue to treat. We are meeting all...
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Meeting Minutes: May 7 ,2019

                        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....
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Meeting Minutes: April 16 ,2019

                        RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:   Council called to order by Mayor Joseph on Tuesday, April 16, 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, Robby Peel and Dr. Means.   Motion Young. Second Gehle to accept the agenda as orders. Pontsler called for the question.    Young = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Passed 5 yes.   Motion Gehle.  Second Heitkamp to accept the minutes from the April 2, 2019 council meeting as presented. Now called for the question.  Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Young = y, Pontsler = y . Passed 5 yes.     Visitors to Address Council:   Dr. Means addressed council with some concerns regarding the library and the gun free zone / no firearms signs. The library is actually run under the School Board administration. We will contact the library with his concerns.   Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:   Mayor Joseph noted the receipt of the Mayors Court reports and pay in.   Community Announcements and events:   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)   Saturday – April 27 – Mom to Mom sale – Community Building   Sunday – April 28 – Heartbeats for Andrea – Community Building Benefit to help with medical expenses   Monday – May 6 – Bicentennial Meeting   Thursday/ Friday – May 9 and 10 – Parkway 3rd graders visit log cabin and museum.   Tuesday – May 14 – Brush pick up   Monday – May 27 – Memorial Day Celebration     Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long   Weather has been working with us and we are very busy.   WWTP – all equipment has been installed and is running. We have some tidy up jobs to complete.   Understand that we did no treatment for 3 months and that is why we are having some odor issues.   This will get better. Fremont is ramping up production.   We have 16 applications to date for the general labor position. We are looking for someone...
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Chamber News: April 11, 2019

Chamber meeting – April 11, 2019   Welcome – 8 board members present along with Guest speakers Michelle Clune and John Yoder.     Michelle Clune to presented information from Ohio Business Week. It’s the only week long business camp in Ohio where high school students practice tackling authentic business challenges while having a real college experience.   This year dates are July 21-27th.   High school students with advisor starts a business from start to finish – business plan, marketing, etc.   Class time, group sessions and speakers are also included in this week long business camp to prepare students for Life and achieve success.   John Yoder presented his experience with the camp 30 years ago. It’s in a college setting and it was good for him as a shy student to work outside of his comfort zone. It made a big difference in his life.   They will be contacting Parkway to see if there might be a student for this year’s camp and requesting that the chamber partner with another business to provide this opportunity to a local student.   The Chamber members thanked them or their time and presenting this excellent opportunity for a Parkway student. The members agreed that if a student is interested we will help support their camp fees.   Total cost of the camp is $949.   The Chamber will offer a $500 scholarship for this and the student would need to raise the additional funds from family / and or business sponsorship.     Reviewed March minutes and finances.   New Business   Chief May gave summary of the vest grant program. The grant pays 75% of the costs. The Chamber via the Crime Awareness Fund presented a check of $695 to the Rockford Police Department . Photo taken and press release will be done.   May 23rd will be the Social Media presentation – open to members and public.   Chamber members will be free – will cost $10 to public and non members. Will be held at either the Library or the Community building from 6 – 8 pm.   The Bicentennial Committee has approached the Rockford Chamber to help organize, advertise, financially support the Bicentennial Grand Ball. The Executive Board all felt this was a great way to illustrate what the Chamber does for the community and agreed to take it on as a community service project. Tom will talk with Talonda...
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Rockford Chamber Donates to Rockford Police Department

The Village of Rockford Police Department recently received a $2,834.00 grant from the Ohio Law Enforcement Body Armor Program. This grant allows law enforcement to purchase body armour and related equipment for officers. Bullet resistant vests have a shelf-life and need to be replaced regularly. This specific grant is a match grant that covered 75% of the costs. The Rockford Chamber of Commerce presented Chief Paul May with a donation of $695.00 from the Crime Awareness budget to complete the purchase of the carrier vests and related equipment to keep the Rockford Police Department safe. Pictured left to right: Lucas Luginbill Chamber Vice President, Amanda Peel, Chamber Treasurer, Laura Putman Chamber Board Member, Chief Paul P May III, Marie Junk Miller Chamber President, Leah Hays Chamber Board Member, Tom Burtch Chamber Board Member Sierra Megan Chamber Board Member. Thank you for all that you...
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