Rockford Council approves facilities plan
The Rockford City Council meeting Feb. 12 was conducted with Councilor Rick Martin standing in for Mayor Renee Hafften.
Councilors Denise Kesanen and Todd Wenz were in attendance.
The city’s engineer, Mark Statz proposed action from the council that included adoption of a facility plan for the city’s waster water treatment plant, and approval to submit it for the PPL (Project Priority Plan) that will help defer costs related to phosphorus reduction. All cities need to meet more stringent guideline in regard to phosphorus, and the city is utilizing the need for statutory improvements with regular maintenance and growth planning.
As far as waste storage, the facility plan presented at a public hearing in January included increased holding space, housed so that chemical treatment could be managed despite weather conditions and below freezing temperatures.
Discussed were the original proposal of two 500-gallon tanks and the cover of a small brick building.
Larger tanks, 2,000 to 3,000 gallon capacity, are now being proposed. The larger tanks will require a larger shelter, and a less expensive type of building is being considered. Larger tanks would require fewer deliveries, and the chemical cost goes down significantly when purchased in larger quantities.
The board approved a resolution adopting the facilities plan, with revisions. and application to the PPL.
The city’s administrator, Nancy Carswell, presented a revised settlement agreement to the council regarding the Hurst Woods development. The agreement releases the developer from developing the property as initially platted for three years with a lower park dedication fees during this time for properties developed. The developer has agreed pay $38,000 toward a storm water channel improvement. The council had discussed this settlement agreement, prepared by the city’s attorney at a January meeting, and has been working on it for several months. The council approved the settlement agreement 3-0.
In other news, Carswell reported that she’d met with a group of residents concerned about rental housing standards in the city. She proposed that a committee be formed with council representation.
And for the outdoor ball enthusiast, there will be a grand opening of the new ball field in the Park wood Development, tentatively set in May. This project is a great example of a local collaborative bringing a common goal to fruition, benefiting the entire community.
After several months of working with the city of Rockford and Parkwood developers, residents of that development began meeting over a plan for park dedication land. The Rockford Area Athletic Association (RAAA) approached the residents, and proposed that the site host a ball field, one that would meet tournament standards and for which there was funding available to get the a significant amount of work done through the Twins Youth Athletics Grant. This idea was supported by the residents of the development, and RAAA led the grant application and fundraising effort. Carswell also reported that the Crow River Food Coop is hosting some upcoming events (all which include food) in an effort to gain members. The city has attempted over that last several years to bring a grocer into town, but are now trying to build interest in cooperative retailer. Membership is needed to launch this effort. For more information, visit www.crowriverfoodcoop.com.
The next regular meeting of the Rockford City Council is Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Rockford, City Hall, 6031 Main St.