Oct. 23 Rockford City Council briefs

The Rockford City Council went into closed session to discuss labor negotiations with Police and Fire unions during its meeting Oct. 23, for approximately 45 minutes.

Mayor Larry Morrissey (I) proclaimed the week of Oct. 23 to be Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) Volunteer Week. The VNA is a home care and hospice provider staffed by more than 150 volunteers.

Mayor Morrissey announced he’d sent a letter to Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) requesting he appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) determination to deny funds for Rockford flood victims. FEMA estimated damage at $1 million, which does not qualify for federal assistance.

Ald. Leonard Jacobson (D-6) expressed disappointment with FEMA and said people still need to come forward to report damage. Flood victims are urged to call the Human Services Department at 987-5782.

Ald. Frank Beach (R-10) expressed concerns for flood victims who are still without working furnaces after the Labor Day flooding.

In an 11-3 vote, the council shot down hiring an outside firm for arbitration services. Mayor Morrissey had been pushing to acquire the legal services of Franczek Sullivan, P.C. at a cost of $275 per hour. Only Ald. Joe Sosnowski (R-1), Ald. Pat Curran (R-2) and Ald. John Beck (R-12) voted in favor of hiring the outside counsel. Arbitration is slated to begin in November.

From the Oct. 25-31, 2006, issue

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