StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-117692904432702.jpg’, ‘Photo by Stuart R. Wahlin’, ‘Mayor Morrissey honored the Rockford Icemen for another exemplary season.‘);
As Rockford City Council began, all in attendance observed a moment of silence to honor victims of the Virginia Tech shootings earlier in the day. Notable items of the evenings agenda were:
Aldermen approved a Finance and Personnel Committee report recommending $126,290 be awarded to TCI Concrete, of Rockford, for citywide patching of sewer and water-main breaks throughout the year.
The council also approved a lease agreement whereby the city will rent the Ingersoll Building, 201 S. Water St., to DMTG Ingersoll for one year at a price of $288,000. Asked whether renting out the building would interfere with city plans for the area, such as a whitewater rafting facility, Legal Director Patrick Hayes said the one-year lease would not stall existing plans. Barring new developments requiring them to vacate a year down the road, DMTG Ingersoll would pay $24,000 a month if more time is required to complete their Northstar engine re-tooling work for General Motors.
Aldermen approved an honorary name change for a frontage road along 11th Street to F.O.E. [Fraternal Order of the Eagles] Parkway. Ald. Lenny Jacobson (D-6) noted the nearby Eagles Club had recently invested $400,000 into renovating its 11th Street location.
Mayor Larry Morrissey (I) proclaimed April 2007 to be Rockford Icemen Month as congratulations for another spectacular season. Coach Tim Mattila recently received the Amateur Hockey Associations Illinois Coach of the Year award after his team racked up a 60-8-1 season. The Icemen are celebrating their 11th consecutive State Combined High School Championship.
Mayor Morrissey also proclaimed April 2007 to be National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Rockford, and asked residents to support our children and those who have suffered abuse and neglect.
To much applause from aldermen, Mayor Morrissey announced hed received word the state of Illinois would be providing nearly $160,000 to area municipalities affected by the Labor Day flooding last year. The funds, of which Rockford will receive $148,000, are to reimburse local governments for expenses, such as overtime, incurred while responding to the Sept. 4 flood.
Mayor Morrissey reported the Swedish-American Entrepreneurial Days, or E-Days, had begun. Morrissey said hundreds of Swedish visitors will be in Rockford for events related to the automotive, logistics and distribution industries. Rockford is hosting the event in partnership with the City of Chicago in an effort to promote regional globalization in the marketplace.
The mayor said Illinois Secretary of Transportation Milt Sees has given the Chicago Rockford International Airport a little more wind under its wings by providing marketing assistance in the form of about 30 new airport signs to increase the airports visibility to potential travelers.
The mayor was proud to relay a recent report from Rockford Public School District 205 indicating truancy continues to decline. District 205s current truancy rate is 6.5 percent, which Morrissey said is 32 percent lower than last year. The mayor credits his Truancy Intervention Initiative, but acknowledged theres more work to be done.
Morrissey congratulated the City of Chicago for being awarded the United States bid to host the Summer Games in 2016. He pledged to continue pursuing partnership opportunities should the Games ultimately land in the Windy City.
Mayor Morrissey gave a word of thanks to aldermen whod supported the April 17 sales tax referendum, as well as the hundreds of community members who volunteered their time to support the plan.
Ald. Bill Timm (R-9) made a last-minute plea for his constituents to vote in favor of the referendum when they headed to the polls the next day.
Step up to the plate tomorrow, Timm urged. If I did not believe this was a good deal, if it was not proper, I would not be standing before you tonight asking for your vote. Please help us out.
Aldermen passed three committee reports recommending $100,000 in funding to three local agencies for 2007. Southwest Ideas for Today and Tomorrow (SWIFTT) is to receive $50,000, and the Rockford Area Affordable Housing Coalition (RAAHC) will get $20,000. The Regional Access Mobilization Project (RAMP) is to receive $30,000 for the year. Ald. John Beck (R-12) abstained from the vote related to RAMP, where he is employed.
Aldermen approved a committee report recommending awards totaling nearly $60,000 for street signs. $53,470 was approved for Signs & Blanks, of Akron, Ohio, for posts and blank and finished traffic signs. Hall Signs, of Bloomington, Ind., is to receive $6,275.50 for additional traffic sign posts.
The council passed an ordinance related to an intergovernmental agreement with Winnebago County for the shared ownership, maintenance and use of a road-striping machine.
Ald. Linda McNeely (D-13) was absent.
from the April 18-24, 2007, issue