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Special to the News
Mayor Scott White provided the following “year in review” for the Town of Rockford in 2021, looking back on his first year in office.
2021 year in review:
- Senior center demolition started December 8 before grant funding of $349,000 was lost and $60,000 spent on project had to be repaid from the town’s general fund.
- Town Hall updates and planning start to enhance look and provide better signage on Town Hall.
- Funding appeal application started to recover $20,000 spent from tree debris removal from April storms. Fast forward: ADEM changed rules, and four small towns will recover funds thanks to the work of Rockford. We recovered $20,000 plus administration fees.
- Overall improvements start in town to sidewalks, roads and general clean up.
- Maintenance job created to add additional maintenance worker to help better upkeep the town.
- New equipment purchases are made, helping maintenance to better perform job duties.
- New lighting proposal for LED upgrades through town. The old system would have at least six bulbs burned out every month with 30% efficiency. The new system was approved and had a 90% lighting efficiency; this allowed for improved lighting for citizens and travelers with minimal down time and repairs needed.
- Town police vehicles get maintenance upgrades, as well as new lettering.
- Grant for beautification project applied for through Extension Office and RC&D board for $1,200 for raised beds and flowers/trees at the event center/park and throughout town. This project was awarded and completed.
- New senior center completed, and seniors are moved in to the new facility.
- Grant application submitted for $1,000 for beautification at the park and baseball field through Alabama Power. The grant was awarded, and this project will be completed in spring 2022.
- Police department restructuring takes place for better coverage and financial savings. This allowed us to add three more officers for more patrolling hours to protect and serve our citizens while moving the department forward to grow in the future.
- Several new all-day events throughout town, which takes a lot of preparation and planning.
- Added $123,067.74 to the town’s general fund; spent more than $50,000 in repairs, maintenance and upgrades.
- Changed business operating system to upgrade old equipment to new service plans while saving on monthly cost.
- Grant application submitted for $2,500 for welcome sign upgrades north and south of town. Additional signs to be added east and west of town. GoodRoots grant approved through Alabama Power and will be completed summer 2022.
- Library upgrade to add kid-friendly reading space.
- Library grant awarded to add new computers; this will be completed by spring 2022.
- Grant submitted for $24,000 for a new patrol vehicle for police department. Award period announcement spring/summer 2022.
- Disc golf to be added to Magnolia Trail.
- Created a part-time clerk position.
- Central Access high-speed internet through town at no installation setup cost to citizens.
Upcoming projects for 2022 going forward:
- Forming municipal court
- Ordinances reviewing/enforcement
- Kid activities during spring/summer
- Additional grants/infrastructure
- Old school
- Baseball field
These are some of the accomplishments of the previous year the mayor and the town council have been able to achieve. We would like to thank all of our supporters for believing in us and giving us the opportunity to serve you.
We also appreciate our town employees and everything they do to help operations run smoothly.