July 20, 2017
CITY OF ROCKFORD SELECTS NEW CITY MANAGER
The Rockford City Council has selected Thad M. Beard to be its next city manager. Beard was one of five candidates selected from a field of 31 applicants for the open manager position. Interviews were conducted at a public hearing Wednesday July 19, 2017. After a robust discussion about the qualities of each of the five candidates, Beard was unanimously approved by the city council. The approval was followed by a motion to offer Beard a conditional offer of employment and to instruct the city labor attorney to begin contract discussions. Thad Beard is currently the city manager in Otsego, Michigan a position he has held for seventeen years. Prior to that Beard was the assistant city manager for the city of Wayland, Michigan. Beard lives in Otsego with his wife Tracy. They have two adult children. No time has been set for Beard to take over the city manager duties; it is expected to take several weeks to make the transition.
CITY OF ROCKFORD
NOTICE OF A SPECIAL MEETING
The Rockford City Council will hold a special meeting in the Council Chambers of Rockford City Hall, 7 S Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 8:30 a.m., for the purpose of interviewing candidates for the City Manager position and possibly making a conditional offer.
CITY OF ROCKFORD
NOTICE OF A WORK SESSION
The Rockford City Council will meet in a work session in the Council Chambers of Rockford City Hall, 7 S Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341, Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., for the purpose of holding a Meet the Candidates Open House with the community.
There will be replacement of some curb and gutter and sidewalk ramps. Followed by removal of asphalt and re-paving.
City Manager Open House
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July 10, 2017
MAYOR ANNOUNCES CANDIDATES FOR CITY MANAGER
Rockford Mayor Steve Jazwiec has announced the names of five candidates chosen to be interviewed for the vacant city manager position in Rockford. The announcement made at the July city council meeting also set the dates and times for the public to meet the candidates and the time that the interviews will take place. The candidates selected are:
Elizabeth Ladner, currently the city manager for the city of South Lyon in Oakland County, Michigan.
Adam Poll, currently the planning and development director for the city of Alpena in Alpena County, Michigan.
Jonathan Seyferth, currently the assistant city manager for the city of Coopersville in Ottawa County, Michigan.
Thad Beard, currently the city manager for the city of Otsego in Allegan County, Michigan.
Jon Schneider, currently the city manager for the city of Newaygo in Newaygo County, Michigan.
The five candidates were chosen at a special closed session meeting held on July 5, 2017. There were thirty one people who originally applied for the vacant position. A Michigan Municipal League consultant hired by the city presented nine pre-screened candidates to the city council at the closed session meeting.
A meet and greet of the five candidates has been scheduled for July 18, 2017. The public will be able to attend the event at the city hall from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. It is expected that the candidates will make a brief introduction of themselves at that time.
The interviews will occur on July 19, 2017 beginning at 9:00 am. The interviews will take place at the city hall, and the public is welcome to attend. The selection of the new city manager will be decided at the conclusion of the interviews.
For anyone interested in reviewing the resumes’ of the five candidates, the resumes’ will be available for viewing only at the city hall weekdays from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm, until the day of the interviews.
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The Rockford City Council will go into closed session Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at approximately 5:00 p.m., for the purpose of reviewing and considering contents of applications for employment for the City Manager position.
The Accreditation Program Manager for the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police is Ret. Chief Neal Rossow. “The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar Michigan law enforcement agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview agency members, and visit offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be observed. Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status”, Neal Rossow stated.
Accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
The MACP, through its Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, is the legitimate authority and accreditation agency in the state of Michigan. For more information regarding the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, please write the Commission at: MACP, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 3474 Alaiedon Pkwy, Suite 600, Okemos, MI 48864 or email at email@example.com.
Chief Jones (616) 866-9557
2017-2018 Budget Presentation
Christine Bedford, City Clerk
The City of Rockford is seeking a new City Manager. Its location couldn’t be better. In the midst of the fastest growing, most economically vibrant region in the state, Rockford, Michigan, sits on the banks of the Rogue River 30 minutes from the incomparable shoreline of Lake Michigan or 15 minutes from the lights and energy of Grand Rapids. Additional information at http://www.mml.org/classifieds/results2.php?id=8311.
Persons with special needs, as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act, should contact the City Clerk at 866-1537 or the Michigan Relay Center TDD 1-800-649-3777 for accommodations.
Christine M. Bedford, City Clerk
You may notice Water Department crews working at fire hydrants and see water running down the street. Your first thought may be that we are ignoring our own philosophy of conserving water. Normally in the spring, we flush water lines through the use of fire hydrants, which is an important preventive maintenance activity. Although it may appear to waste water, the process is part of a routine maintenance program necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system allowing us to continue to deliver the highest quality water possible to our customers.
As a result of the line flushing process, residents in the immediate vicinity of the work may experience temporary discoloration of their water. This discoloration consists primarily of harmless silt and air and does not affect the safety of the water. If you experience discoloration in your water after crews have been flushing in your neighborhood, clear the pipes in your home by running all water faucets for a few minutes. The same philosophy of water line preventive maintenance is one that you should use in your own home to ensure the quality of water inside your home. Your home’s water heater should be drained and flushed on a regular basis, according to manufacturers’ recommendations, to keep it working effectively and efficiently.
A: The city’s water distribution system is a complex network of pipes and storage reservoirs where sediment or deposits may naturally accumulate over time. If not removed, these materials may cause water quality deterioration, taste and odor problems, or discoloration of the water. Water may also stagnate in lesser used parts of the distribution system. This can result in degraded water quality.
If the tap water is used during flushing, it could come out full of sediment and discoloration. If you encounter discolored water, shut the water off and wait several minutes. After waiting, check the clarity by running cold water for a few minutes allowing new water to work its way into your pipes. If not, wait a few more minutes and check again. In some cases, you may experience slight discoloration for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water; it does not affect the taste or water quality.
Why does the water look funny after hydrant flushing?
When a hydrant is opened, there will always be temporary incidences of discolored water
containing fine sediment particles. There is no health hazard associated with discolored water.
Allow a few hours for discoloration to dissipate. To verify the water has settled, allow your cold water tap to run a few minutes. If the discoloration persists for more than twenty-four (24) hours, please contact The City of Rockford at (616) 866-1537
For the past two years studies have been conducted of the city water and sewer pipes along with the major and local streets. A 10 year plan to address the aging infrastructure was presented to the city council at three different work sessions earlier this year. City staff has recommended a plan that blends annual funding along with long term bonding to accomplish the goals of the 10 year plan. In order to fund the plan an increase in the current property tax millage is anticipated. The current 10.9 mills levied on city property owners are expected to rise to 12.9 mills. Because of the rise in the millage rate an additional public hearing will take place on May 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm when a more detailed explanation of the 2017/2018 budget will occur.
City staff has responded to the infrastructure studies completed with a conservative approach for the funding. It is within the statutory authority provided by the City Charter for the City Council to set the property tax rate necessary to fund the budget each year.