Community college bond up for vote Tuesday, May 8

Lisa Freiberger, vice president of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), stands with her informational packet in Rockford City Hall. Freiberger presented information about a much-needed bond millage to be voted on Tuesday, May 8. All of Kent County residents may vote on this issue, which will provide GRCC with money to renovate two dated buildings, allow improvements in the early education/preschool program, renovate other existing buildings, update classroom technology and other campus-wide improvements. The bond would cost a homeowner of a $150,000 residence $2.19 per month or $26.25 per year.

by BETH ALTENA Renovations to buildings, classroom technology at stake One in three college-bound students in Kent County first attend Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), and the average savings per student is $22,000 in two years. Lisa Freiberger, vice president of GRCC, spoke before Rockford City Council on Monday, April 9, explaining the extreme need […]

Cuts have allowed City to maintain strong fund balance

Audit ‘not what you are seeing in a majority of municipalities’ by BETH ALTENA The results of the audit for the City of Rockford’s year-end finances as of June 30, 2011 were reported at the Rockford City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 14. According to Peter Haefner, who presented the report, the results are “not […]

Ten Mile expansion to be delayed until 2012

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 […]

Water tower paint job comes in $10,000 under budget

The Rockford water tower is about to be repainted at a final cost of nearly $10,000 under budget.

The low bidder on an exterior painting of the North Rockford Middle School water tower asked to withdraw his bid after he learned his Google picture of the structure was out of date, Rockford City Manager Michael Young told Rockford City Council at the Monday, June 13 meeting. The tank’s interior was painted last year […]

Rockford staff pass up negotiated pay raises to help city

As part of their regularly scheduled May meeting, the Rockford City Council approved the 2011-2012 budget. The City of Rockford’s fiscal year runs from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. The budget adopted by City Council represents a balanced budget and maintains the City’s strong financial position. “We have been able to present this […]