Nov. 27 Rockford City Council briefs

Ald. Doug Mark (R-3) presided over the meeting for Mayor Larry Morrissey (I), who was absent due to illness.

In the mayor’s absence, Ald. Mark declared Tuesday, Nov. 28 to be American Association of University Women (AAUW) Day in Rockford. The AAUW was founded in 1881, and there are 1,300 chapters nationwide. The Rockford chapter was founded in 1929. The goal of the AAUW is to promote education and equity for women and girls. It is the oldest women’s organization in the country.

Ald. John Beck (R-12) conducted a public hearing regarding the 2006 property tax levy to be collected in 2007 for police, fire and library funding.

The council awarded contracts totaling $31,037 for the painting of three fire station interiors. The contracts go to Lenz Decorators and Nova Painting and are funded by the Fire Department Capital Outlay Budget.

A contract for the rehabilitation of five wells was awarded to low-bidder Layne-Western Company for $472,680. Layne-Western was also awarded a contract for well construction near Stanley and Preston streets in the amount of $567,060. Both contracts are funded by Capital Improvements Program water bonds.

Attorney Joseph Kosek was awarded the position of Parking Ticket Hearing Code Officer at the rate of $95 per hour, funded by the Motor Vehicle Parking Fund. Ald. Ann Thompson (D-7) voted no.

McMahon Associates, Inc., was awarded a $565,000 contract for engineering design for the renovation of 10 well sites, the design of an automated control system and water system improvements, funded by water bonds.

Gerald Buchanan, Maryjane Seward and Joyce Anderson were re-appointed to the Citizen Participation Committee. Their terms will end in May 2008. Lynne Nelson and Stefan Miller were appointed to the Citizen Participation Committee. Their terms end in May 2009.

The council passed a resolution to begin the application process for grants related to USEPA Assessment and Cleanup Grants and a Brownfield Cleanup Revolving Loan.

Ald. Mark reminded residents the City of Rockford is in its last two weeks of leaf and yard waste collection.

Ald. Leonard Jacobson (D-6) spoke about working with the Salvation Army to disburse $30,000 in funds to the hardest-hit victims of the Labor Day flood.

Ald. Mark reminded the community of Congressman Don Manzullo’s Nov. 28 public meeting regarding the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s denial of flood relief funds.

Ald. Jeff Holt (D-11) expressed concerns on behalf of a West Side Alive Program participant who wishes to end her contract because of numerous problems within her home and neighborhood. The West Side Alive Program finances the private purchase of newly-built homes on city lots.

From the Nov. 29 – Dec. 5, 2006, issue

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