Rockford DPS quick to fix broken pipes The news comes right to the front door at The Rockford Squire newspaper. Bright and early Tuesday, July 5, a wet front parking lot dampened any lingering holiday cheer. Water coming up from under the sidewalk area was addressed by crews from the Rockford Department of Public Services (DPS). The DPS team cut through the road surface and used a backhoe to pry up chunks of the surface. They then dug down in search of the service main suspected of the leak. One DPS staffer said they suspected a service main break instead of a main pipe break, because of the lower volume of water coming from the problem area. He said main breaks often shoot water into the air. One main break in front of Parkside Elementary School years back caused jets of water to lift the entire surface of the road into the air, he reported. In mid-afternoon, Advanced Hydrovac brought in a truck and sucker hose to vacuum out the water and mud from the sizeable hole DPS had created. The truck and hose system, called a “mud dog,” allowed the workers to reach the valve cutting off the flow of water to the break. By the time the newspaper was put together for the night and sent off to the printer, the break had been repaired. According to DPS crews, they stay on the job until repairs are complete. “We like to play in the mud, or we wouldn’t be doing what we are doing,” one crew member said.
July 14 2011
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Monday evening’s July Rockford City Council meeting had, what was most certainly, an unusual twist. Making a presentation before City staff and council members, past Rockford City Manager Joe Salitros (1980-1984) had scheduled a stop in Rockford to thank the City for the role it had played in his 30+ years of public service. Salitros has recently retired from public service, having served as either city administrator or city manager for five municipalities throughout the Midwest. Salitros haltingly told the Council that, “Rockford carries a special place in my heart. We started our family here and I feel I laid part of the foundation of what Rockford has become today.” We learned, that evening, that the first time Salitros was introduced to Mary Eadie was when both, driving separate vehicles, arrived at the same time in the center of an intersection. (He didn’t say who was at fault!) Coincidentally, Eadie was a Rockford Councilwoman at the time, a position she still holds to this day. Salitros’ stop in Rockford was part of a multi-city thank-you visit to the cities he had served in moving on in the furtherance of his career. In a gesture, heretofore unheard of by your reporters, Salitros said he felt compelled to offer up a nominal token of appreciation (based on length of service) on behalf of himself and his family to each and every city he was privileged to serve. Salitros then presented City Manager Michael Young with the original 1982 Rockford City Code Book, a codebook he was proud to have been a part of developing. Moving on, Salitros closed his presentation by presenting the City with two checks, one in the amount of $300 to the Rockford Area Community Endowment and the other in the same amount to the Rockford Rotary Club to be used towards Rotary Pavilion improvements. Way to go Joe, Rockford in turn thanks you. All retiring public officials should be so beneficent.
With eight weeks left in the contest, surging voting totals show the Rockford Farm Market currently holding a strong lead over all farm markets entered in the state of Michigan. With 723 votes, our hometown farm market’s closest state competitor is Grand Rapids Fulton Street Market with 125 votes. On the nationwide level, where there will be four winners based upon market size category, Rockford is currently in first place in the small market category. Amazingly, Rockford Farm Market finds itself, at this time, a scant 27 votes short of also holding first place in the ENTIRE nation regardless of market size. All voting numbers reflect votes cast as of 8 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2011. Quote of the week from a Rockford Farm Market fan: “The Rockford farmers market is tiny but mighty, and showcases the bounty of fruits, vegetables, plants and locally produced foods grown and made right here in West Michigan. Unlike other local markets, the Rockford market focuses on food and plants exclusively. This makes the Rockford market a must-do destination for local foodies, from novices to gourmands!” If you haven’t voted already, there’s no time like the present. Remember, Rockford is a community of winners! Go online to www.farmland.org/vote.
The Happy Hounds Dog Walk, which benefits the Rockford Dog Park, will hold their first planning meeting on Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. at the office of Blakeslee Rop Attorneys, 240 Northland Dr., Rockford. The group is looking for help in the following areas: sponsorship, entertainment, logistics, advertising/marketing, and volunteer recruitment. If you plan to attend, please e-mail to email@example.com. If you cannot attend but would still like to help, please e-mail with your interest. Feel free to invite others you think will be valuable to the planning process.