Mayor decides snow removal deal, Water Street parking deck to come down

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey (I) broke a deadlock Monday, voting for a deal with a local contractor to provide the city’s snow removal services at the Oct. 6, meeting of the Rockford City Council.

Before the mayor decided the measure, the vote was 7-7 to hire Valentine Industries, of Rockford, to remove snow from the city’s sidewalks this winter. Those against the contract wanted to see more bids from local companies. Aldermen did approve $300,000 worth of road salt to be used on city property.

The council also approved $489,830 to demolish the parking deck on the northeast corner of Water and East State streets. The city estimated the services at $600,000. The structure was already up for demolition when a delivery truck ignored a weight restriction and drove onto the deck in August, causing a 12-foot chunk of concrete to fall on a parked car. The deck will be razed Northern Illinois Services.  A canopy will be built in its place. Bidding will begin for that project next spring. Cost is estimated at $400,000.

No action was taken by the full council Monday on a measure to bring additional cell towers to the city. The item could receive a vote next week.

The Rockford City Council meets every Monday at City Hall, downtown.


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