March 12 Rockford City Council briefs

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-117389701115016.jpg’, ‘Photo by Stuart R. Wahlin’, ‘Ald. Jeff Holt (D-11) presided over City Council in the mayor's absence. Morrissey is preparing for his March 15 State of the City Address.‘);
StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-11738971005345.jpg’, ‘Photo by Stuart R. Wahlin’, ‘Aldermen approved Doug Mark's (R-3) ordinance requiring scrap copper sellers in Rockford to be registered.‘);

The Finance and Personnel Committee passed the 2007 budget on to the full council. Per procedure, the budget was laid over and is expected to be voted on March 19. The deadline for budget approval is March 31. The proposed budget is $240 million.

Aldermen voted unanimously to approve five positions to be filled in the Public Works Department. The vote was necessary because of a 60-day hiring freeze still in effect. Public Works Director Bill Bittner said four of the jobs will be temporary summer help.

The City Council unanimously approved a jurisdictional transfer of the Kishwaukee bridge to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The transfer means the state, not the city, will invest $3,480,000 into bridge work.

Aldermen recognized Justin Francis, who was spending his last night as Council page. Francis, who is graduating from Auburn High School this year, has served as page for more than two years. He plans to attend Rock Valley College in the fall.

The week of March 12 was proclaimed Irish Marching Society Week in Rockford. The group’s 30th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 3 p.m., March 17, at Amcore Bank on Seventh Street and end at Beattie Park on North Main Street.

Ordinances creating the West State and Central Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District received final approval. The redevelopment area is bordered by School Street on the north, Green Street on the south, Pierpont Avenue on the west and Lakin Terrace on the east.

Aldermen approved payment of $1.4 million, with a $400,000 credit for payment already made, to Barron Industries for relocation from 120 Morgan St. The land acquisition was necessary to the Morgan Street bridge project.

Robert King was appointed to the Homestead Board for a term expiring June 2010. King is employed at National City Bank and is on the Board of Directors for the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.

Brad Glidden was appointed to replace Mark Glidden on the Mechanical Board. He represents Sheet Metal Workers’ Local No. 219 and is co-chairman of Project First Rate’s Executive Board. His term on the Mechanical Board expires October 2009.

The City Council passed an ordinance requiring sellers of scrap copper in Rockford to be registered. The move comes in response to a rash of copper thefts over recent months as the value of copper has gone up. Ald. Doug Mark (R-3) said he hopes other area municipalities will adopt similar ordinances.

Aldermen unanimously approved a $12,275,000 city-state agreement with IDOT for reconstruction of Kishwaukee Street between Harrison and Buckbee. The city’s share of the project cost is $381,360.

A lease agreement for the vacant Quizno’s space at 211 Elm St. was approved. The new tenant, a restaurant and café called Aries, will pay $990 a month for the downtown locale.

Area contractors are urged to attend the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP) Open House March 21. The OMP expects to offer bid packages worth up to $1 billion through 2007. The Contractor Open House will be held from 8 a.m. to noon March 21 at the Fountain Blue Banquet and Convention Center in Des Plaines. For more information, call (773) 462-7311 or log on to

Aldermen Lenny Jacobson (D-6) and Linda McNeely (D-13) were not present and Ald. Jeff Holt (D-11) presided in the mayor’s absence.

from the issue March 14-20, 2007, issue

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