City and employees reach pay agreement on time

Rockford City Manager Michael Young said he was pleased to provide the City Council with fair agreements on time for City staff and the police department (see related story on page 1). “Rarely will you hear a city manager say that negotiations were a pleasure to go through. We have an excellent police department and […]

Chicken rules to be decided over winter

Rockford resident Shawn Raymond asked the Rockford City  Council if they would consider an ordinance allowing hens in City limits. By hatching season next spring he will have an answer. Currently farm animals are prohibited in the City, but council is taking on Raymond’s request and investigating what other  cities are allowing. It has become […]

Merchant thinks time may be right for cultural/convention center

TO DO LIST—A 4,000-year-old merchant’s list on baked clay bears a striking resemblance to a modern ipod. Dale Robertson of the Grand Rapids Public Museum spoke to Rockford Rotary on the value of museums to a community. He is pictured with Floyd Havemeier.

by BETH ALTENA With changes guaranteed to come to downtown with the closing of the Wolverine tannery, one Rockford merchant has a vision he believes would benefit Rockford. Herman’s Boy’s Floyd Havemeier is an idea guy, and he believes now may be the right timing for consideration of an arts and convention center for Rockford. […]

Rogue River trail wins national award

City officials and representatives of the Rogue River Trail Phase II were present to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the nature trail in June, 2008. It earned national honors for alliances.

Phase II honored as Public Works Project of the Year It has been 20 years in the works, but has been worth the wait. The Rogue River Trail Phase II project has been named a Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). “It is a great project, and it’s […]

Letters to the Editor – July 9, 2009

Reader addresses budget issues Dear Editor, First of all, I would like to say that I think Michael Young has done a great job as Rockford’s City Manager. While other towns in similar size have been struggling or dying out, Rockford appears to be doing well. Like others, I was very concerned for our financial […]