News Bits — January 21, 2010

Hens, ice rink maybe coming soon to Rockford

A local resident has asked the City of Rockford to revitalize ice skating in the old mill pond located off Rum Creek Trail between Monroe and Courtland streets in downtown Rockford. A City skating rink near the Community Cabin was closed last year due to repeated vandalism of the liner, which cost several thousands of dollars to replace.

At the Monday, January 11 City Council meeting City Manager Michael Young said the City is considering flooding the pond using a fire truck and having Department of Public Works supervise the safety of the pond. There are bathrooms for public use at the Cabin and the City may decide to light the pond.

Also at the meeting Young told council and guests that the City is closer to approving a fowl ordinance that would allow hens to be raised in City limits. Last year a resident asked about having a few hens for his family for fresh eggs.

“We are at the point where we have a draft,” Young said, of the ordinance. He said the City has been taking the best of other municipalities fowl ordinances and will likely have a document to vote on soon. Young said the ordinance is stricter than most he’s seen in terms of what the coop must look like. Roosters will not be allowed.

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