Michael Young

City maintains high AA bond rating

July 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

Household buying level at 111 percent of nation Standards and Poors considers Rockford’s financial practices good under their Financial Management Assessment (FMA) methodology. “In  our opinion the city’s overall debt burden is moderate at 4.3 percent of market value and $3,632 per capital,” read a credit report provided after a review of the city’s bond [...]

Past City Manager visits Rockford in Sentimental Journey

July 14, 2011 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Rockford Mayor Steve Jazwiec, flanked by Rockford City Manager Michael Young and Councilwoman Mary Eadie, receives a monetary gift to the City of Rockford from past Rockford City Manager Joe Salitros (1980-1984). Monday evening’s July Rockford City Council meeting had, what was most certainly, an unusual twist. Making a presentation before City [...]

Sponsors stepping up to Healing Fields memorial

June 23, 2011 // 0 Comments

by BETH ALTENA Art Johnson speaks at a press conference this spring to announce the Healing Fields of West Michigan memorial to those lost on September 11, 2001. United Bank’s CEO and president Art Johnson, honorary chair of the West Michigan Healing Fields, has stepped up to present his bank as Field Sponsor for the memorial tribute to those killed on 9/11. The [...]

Ten Mile expansion to be delayed until 2012

June 23, 2011 // 0 Comments

by BETH ALTENA Members of the Rockford City Council were surprised to learn during their monthly meeting on Monday, June 13 that the Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) has pushed back the timeline on expanding Ten Mile Road from three lanes to five. Because of restrictions on bidding portions of the project mandated by federal regulations, the project will not be started [...]

Young receives contract extension, excellent review

June 2, 2011 // 0 Comments

Michael Young, Rockford’s city manager, had his employment contract extended one year after his recent annual council evaluation. This extension makes his contract a three-year agreement. He graciously asked for a salary freeze so he would be in line with other City of Rockford employee groups with whom he had negotiated wage freezes and concessions. In spite of the [...]
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