Rockford saves on water tower maintenance

The Rockford City Council meeting of Oct. 9 covered a number of topics, from maintenance, to growth strategies, to recognition of local manufactures.



The Rockford Public Works Supervisor, Dennis Peterson, gave the council a little history on the last 30 years of water tower maintenance, and shared two quotes he received regarding future work.

For over 30 years, Macguire Iron has inspected, cleaned and painted the city’s water towers. Peterson identified another company, Water Tower Clean and Coat, to get a likewise quote for the necessary service of the towers. After examining the two quotes, and what they entailed, Peterson recommended that council approve hiring Water Tower Clean and Coat for a five-year contract at $22,500. Macguire’s contract quote for the same period came in at $32,250. Peterson told the council that he’d checked with other cities who had contacts with Water Tower, and that he’d received good reports.

Water Tower will also inspect ad clean the towers while wet (with divers) which provides additional saving to the city as it does not have to empty the towers prior to work as it has in the past.

The council unanimously approved Peterson’s recommendation, which should result in nearly $10,000 in savings over five years.

Inspection of all three towers will begin in 2013, with the 75,000-gallon tower receiving interior painting.



A visioning session that included council, staff and several area stakeholders, business professionals and residents, was recently conducted at the Rockford High School to elicit and channel ideas that could aid in the development of the Rockford area.

After an informational panel session, the forty, or so, attendees broke up into smaller groups to discuss challenges, strengths and possible options related to growth. A second session is scheduled for later this month, and Rockford Administrator Nancy Carswell expressed optimism over the event and stated in her report that several good conversations had been started.



It’s mid-October, and in Rockford that means recognition for the men and women in the manufacturing business.

Mayor Mike Beyer, at this meeting, read into record a proclamation declaring Oct. 22 to 28 “Manufacturer’s Week”. Rockford council and staff are highly aware of what the city’s industrial park, Millennium Park, means to the area in jobs and as a footprint of industrial health. For several years, the city had recognized its manufacturing businesses with a breakfast, a tour of a manufacturing facility, and an award ceremony. This year is not exception, and an early meal and meeting will be conducted on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 a.m. at Centre Manufacturing. A newspaper photo opportunity is probable.

In other news, for those wondering what’s being done behind the scenes to promote business in Rockford, the city’s economic advisor, Joanne Foust, will give a presentation at an ERA meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 6:15 p.m. at the Rockford City Hall (prior to the regularly scheduled council meeting).

Also, a Rockford Planning Commission seat is open. Information regarding the position, and what it entails, as well as the application process is available on the city’s website:,

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Rockford City Council is Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Rockford City Hall, 6031 Main St.