Rockford meeting: a little past, present and future

At its Oct. 23 meeting, the Rockford City Council was addressed by Rockford Ambassador Royalty, received a report from the Rockford Area Historical Society and learned the progress of several city issues and projects.



Members of Rockford’s Ambassador Royalty were on hand to thank the city of Rockford for its support in this program. The annual crowing occurs over Rockford River Days, the second weekend in August, and affords scholarship dollars to Ambassadors, one representing Rockford at the annual Aquatennial Celebration.

The council, in return, thanked the girls for taking an interest in the city and representing it.



Rebecca Mavencamp, Director of the Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) presented the council a report detailing events, grants and plans.

Among upcoming dates to note are Sat. Dec. 8 for a family open house “Christmas Tea” event, and Sunday, Dec. 9 for a formal holiday tea event.

RAHS has secured grant dollars that helped it develop a flour mill curriculum to be shared with schools. Grant dollars are also going toward digitalizing letters and diaries dating back over a hundred year ago from some of the Stork House’s early family members.

There are garden projects, including a walking path and wildflower/butterfly garden, planned for 2013 that will involve local scouting groups.

The RAHS web site has some new historical postings, and can be used to order advance tickets:



Rockford City Administrator, Nancy Carswell, reported to the board that a residential property the council deemed dangerous had been brought into compliance. The property, on the 5500 block of Sunset Cr., was first brought to the council’s attention over a year ago. Negotiations over filling in a vacated basement faltered on several occasions, and legal counsel was obtained. Carswell informed the council that the property was being purchased and had been filled in.

In other news, Carswell told the council that it would receive information regarding options for a proposed city event center in the following week. Councilors will be given a spreadsheet that includes the pricing of each.

In closing, Carswell added that insurance issues/responsibility for damages to properties affected by a May 10 sewer backup will be fulfilled by the contractor’s insurance company.

And, in public works, staff is preparing for the end of fall and onset of winter. Plowing equipment is being inspected, as are storm and water pond structures. In the city’s parks, irrigation systems are being blown out.

It’s good to be ready.

The next regular Rockford City Council meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Rockford City Hall, 6031 Main St.