Rockford Road Work

Grill One Eleven to revive defunct beer tent, resident complains

May 20, 2010 // 0 Comments

City Council hears variety of information at May meeting Rockford’s Harvest Festival will again offer a beer tent, road construction is underway, and Ron Riebschleger believes he is being unfairly targeted by city officials. These topics were just a few before Rockford’s City Council during the Monday, May 10 meeting at city hall. Also under discussion were the rezoning of Wolverine World Wide property to commercial and kudos to the city on its headway in becoming a National Tree City. Main Street is in the process of being resurfaced, of which anyone driving downtown Rockford is surely already aware. The project was originally planned to take place after Wolverine World Wide demolishes the existing buildings. According to Rockford City Manager Michael Young, plans for the demolition are still uncertain, and funding for the repaving needs to be used. Trucks removing Wolverine debris will be routed out of town via North Main Street through the industrial park. Wolverine has announced plans to move the shoe store from its current location to the southernmost part of the property and rebuild closer to Rockford’s downtown retail. According to a spring update by Wolverine, the existing buildings will be completely demolished and the remaining property, except for the new shoe store, will be left as green space while the company decides how to utilize the riverfront property. The company may take advantage of the city’s Brownfield Authority. If Wolverine pursues that route, both the city and the state must approve it. Resident Mike McIntosh told the council and city staff that he was very impressed by the recent Arbor Day celebration at Valley View Elementary School. “I saw it as a coming together of community, city and schools,” he said. Ron Riebschleger said it has become apparent to him that city notification of violations of code by tenants of his property on Bridge Street are part of a vendetta by the City of Rockford against himself. He believes the problem began when he tried to sign up his son for a spot at the Rockford Farm Market to sell honey and popcorn and was turned down. Riebschleger said the reason he was given for turning down his son’s application for a booth was first that there were no open […]