Rockford firefighter graduates from Police Academy

Double proud—Rockford’s Robert Berkstresser, who has been a firefighter for the city since 1992, has graduated from police training academy. His daughter Holly, a 2004 Rockford High School graduate, also graduated from a police academy this summer.

by BETH ALTENA “It was a challenge, especially being older. If I was in my twenties like everyone else in the class, it would have been easier,” Bob Berkstresser, 51, made the statement about a grueling 16-week, 594-hour police training academy. Berkstresser just completed the class, allowing him to join the ranks of Rockford’s relatively […]

Rockford unanimously approves NKSA agreement

Rockford City Council discusses the benefits of the new cost-sharing agreement for the North Kent Sewer Authority. Ten years in the works, the agreement covers work formerly outsourced to the Department of Public Works of Kent County, which is no longer willing to perform that role.

City joins Cannon Township in agreement that is expected to save money, improve services by BETH ALTENA “This does not sound like an exciting item, but it is very exciting,” said Rockford City Manager Michael Young. Young was describing a proposal before the board for cost-sharing different elements of the North Kent Sewer Authority (NKSA), […]

Young has full city council support after excellent review

Rockford City Manager Michael Young

Michael Young, Rockford’s city manager for 17 years, had his employment contract extended one year after his recent annual city council evaluation. Young’s contract is a three-year agreement. He asked for and was given a two percent salary increase. Once again this year, the increase is in line with the City of Rockford employee groups […]

City Council adopts 2012-13 budget

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On May 21, 2012, the Rockford City Council unanimously approved its 2012-13 fiscal year budget. The budget as approved represents a balanced budget and maintains the City’s millage rate at 10.9 mills, the third lowest for a city in Kent County that does not levy an income tax. “Our priority was to adopt a balanced […]

Two 2012 Parade of Homes showcased in Rockford

Builder Gary Jurkovich, of Pathway Homes, in front of his Rockford Parade of Homes entrant. Yes, it’s already SOLD!	Photo by CLIFF HILL

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL A housing industry slowly shaking off the worst economic conditions in decades finds Rockford well positioned for a long awaited turn around in new home construction. New home starts have been flat in Rockford for the past 5 years and Rockford City Manager Michael Young was more than happy to […]