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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Meeting Minutes: April 2 ,2019

                        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 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...
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Meeting Minutes: March 19 ,2019

            RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:   Council called to order by Mayor Joseph on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.   Invocation – Steve Gehle   Pledge of Allegiance   Those present: Gehle, Pontsler, Now, Heitkamp Young and Fox absent Also attending: Tom Stankard – Daily Standard, Srgt. Stetler, Judy Koesters and Robby Peel.   Motion Gehle. Second Now to accept the agenda as orders. Pontsler called for the question.   Gehle = y, Now = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 4 yes.   Motion Gehle.  Second Heitkamp to accept the minutes from the February 19, 2019 council meeting as presented. Now called for the question.  Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Pontsler = y. Passed 4 yes.     Visitors to Address Council:   Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:   Mayors court paperwork noted and reviewed.   Community Announcements and events:   Saturday – March 23 – Make Bryan Great Again – Community Building Benefit for kidney transplant   Saturday – March 30 – Lions Club Quarter Auction – Community Building Doors open at 11 am – auction at noon   Tuesday – April 9th – Brush pick up   Saturday – April 13 – Pancake / Sausage breakfast – Rockford Fire Dept   Saturday – April 13 – Parkway Prom   Sunday – April 14 – Classic Country & Bluegrass Jam – 1:30 – ?? Note new location – Rockford Community Building Free Public Event   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 20 – Easter Egg Hunt – Shanes Park – 1 pm   Sunday – April 28 – Heartbeats for Andrea – Community Building Benefit to help with medical expenses     Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long – absent     Committee Reports   Finance Committee – Steve Gehle   Motion Pontsler to pay bills as submitted – $ 77,229.33 – of that total $63,427.91 to Shinn Brothers for WWTP project. Second Heitkamp. Gehle called for the question. Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Now = y, Passed 4 yes.   Motion Pontsler to accept Mayors Court pay in – $111. Second Gehle. Heitkamp called for the question. Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y, Now =...
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Chamber News: March 14, 2019

Welcome – 6 executive board members present   – Next meeting will be held on April 11 at 8 am for Board.   Opening Remarks February Meet and Greet – good feedback, good attendance.   The Community knows there is something happening with the Chamber Thank you to RCO for providing snacks!   January minutes – reviewed and approved minutes.   Financial report – Amanda gave report. Not much happening at this time. We will continue to work on memberships.     New Business Chief May – request funds from Crime Awareness Fund for Vests – Fund balance $6951 can use up to 10% – per Leota Braun Foundation guidelines for this account.   Committee approved the 10% withdraw. Amanda will start process talking with Jordan to see what he needs to proceed. We will do a press release for presentation.   Chamber benefits for newer businesses for this year.   Next year will be NEW – brand new moving forward. 1st year of Rockford Chamber membership is FREE Pre-ribbon cutting press release Ribbon cutting and photo/promotion Post-ribbon cutting press release – mention Chamber Benefits with releases $50 ad to help get the new business going (online or print) Laura Putman member to help keep track, and approach new members Anytime we are together representing Chamber need to wear blue chamber shirt   Upcoming – Ribbon Cuttings Stained Glass Paradise – extend stay home in Rockford Mercer Metal Luginbill Construction Laura Putman Photography Curvy Closet Women in Business   Community Days Face Painting – Festival of Arts – may be sponsored by The Laurels – Leah to check Charge $1 fee — proceeds to Parkway Scholarship Laura Putman – may sponsor a Photo Booth Charge $1 fee – proceeds to Parkway Scholarship   $10 fee for each event to sign up – Lisa will donate $20 2019 Fun Challenge – Marie, Leah and Andrew working on details. Letters will soon be going to local businesses for information and participation requests.   Updated Chamber membership to members.     Marketing needs – more discussion at next meeting. Social media promotion for fun challenge #MembershipMonday posts Determine direction for downtown banners   2nd Quarter chamber member event – May 3rd Quarter chamber member event – August 4th Quarter chamber member event – October 7th – Chamber Banquet Brand It Sponsorship of Banquet.   Old Business Determine an Executive Board representative for big areas of Chamber...
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