Oct. 10 Rockford City Council meeting briefs

In committee, funding for CeaseFire was cut from $240,000 to $230,000.

Mayor Larry Morrissey (I) declared October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Rockford. Judge Rosemary Collins, chairman of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court Family Violence Coordinating Council, spoke about the Working Against Violent Environments (WAVE) program, which served nearly 2,000 adults and children last year.

George Davis spoke about October being Head Start Awareness Month. Local Head Start participants testified to the positive impact of the program locally.

Ruth Miller and Elaine Harrington of Communities In Bloom proudly displayed the flag won in a Brandon, Manitoba, competition.

Mayor Morrissey praised FEMA, IEMA and local efforts in assessing flood damage. The mayor said it is still not known when the area will receive any word regarding relief funds for flood victims.

Mayor Morrissey reminded council member of the City Council Retreat to be held at Cliffbreakers Oct. 19.

Mayor Morrissey announced a press conference for Oct. 11 regarding the historic National Guard Armory.

The mayor said garbage collection would not be affected by the Columbus Day holiday.

The mayor spoke briefly about his two-week trip to Rockford’s sister city in China.

Ald. Dan Conness (D-14) argued his support of the proposed dollar store is not an act of partisan politics.

Ald. Ann Thompson (D-7) spoke about shootings on the west side over the weekend, urging police to do more.

Ald. Leonard Jacobson (D-6) called the flood benefit turnout “neighbors helping neighbors” and thanked everyone who participated.

Ald. Frank Beach (R-10) praised the Kids Around the World program for repairing the Nelson School playground.

Ald. Nancy Johnson (D-8) also gave her thanks to the community for the success of the benefit for flood victims and reminded everyone that fire stations 9 and 11 are having open houses Saturday, Oct. 14. She also mentioned the fire fighter gala to be held Friday, Oct. 13.

Ald. Linda McNeely (D-13) addressed the new 5-minute time limit for officer reports and questioned who was enforcing it, after a lengthy speech from Ald. Conness, who had sponsored the time limit.

Rock River Service, the sole bidder, was awarded $12,010 for fixed radio equipment, funded by the police department operating budget.

An intergovernmental agreement for city police services between Rockford Police and District 205 was approved.

After discussion by Aldermen Beach and Jacobson, a draft of proposed code amendments for outdoor liquor for special occasions and an increase to six “S” permits for non-profits was approved.

An ordinance was amended, requiring that handicapped parking signs be updated from “$100 Fine” to “$250 Fine” by property owners within 90 days of the ordinance’s effective date. Violation is subject to fines of up to $750 per day until the correction has been made.

The council went into closed session to discuss collective bargaining agreements with Police, Fire and Public Works.

From the Oct. 11-17, 2006, issue

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