Rockford councilor appeals to council for support of veteran’s memorial

At its Nov. 27 meeting, the Rockford City Council learned about a project the Rockford Lions would like city participation in, and discussed an antenna site lease agreement with Hennepin County.


Council member Rick Martinson relayed to the council that during a special meeting of the Rockford Lions Club it was decided that the organization would like to pursue the addition of a Veterans Memorial in the city’s Riverside Park.

He said that, in this effort, the Lions were seeking a partnership with the city and its parks department, as well as involvement by veteran’s, veteran’s organizations, friends and family of past or enlisted military personnel or anyone interested in the project.

“Our goal,” said Martinson in reference to the Lions, “is to establish a fitting and much deserved memorial to those that gave so much with their personal life and to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our country’s continued freedom. At this point in the project, we are canvassing other communities for project ideas and costs. Photos and layouts are welcome as all options are open at this time.”

Martinson also conveyed that the second annual “Blue Ball Golf Tourney”, hosted by the Lions, will be held on Feb. 23 at Riverside Park with all proceeds going to fund the memorial project.

Also in the spirit of community support is the Rockford Fire Department’s Toy Drive, which will run through Dec. 17. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off the Rockford

Fire House (Santa will be on hand, and photo-ready, Dec. 8), city hall and several area businesses. This drive fills the needs of local families first.



Hennepin County is proposing to install public safety antennas and related safety communications equipment on one of the city’s water towers. This is in conjunction with new broadband radio/transmitting equipment and will enhance public safety communications in areas of the city. The council showed support for the proposal with some minor changes to the lease and is expected to approve it.

The next regular meeting of the Rockford City Council is Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Rockford City Hall, 6031 Main St.