Rockford adopts two ordinances, pays off loan
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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
During its January meeting, the Rockford Town Council unanimously approved adopting two ordinances, as well as paying off a loan at First Bank.
One of the ordinances proposed at the meeting was in reference to the “Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.” That ordinance is for the exemption of municipal sales and use taxes on certain purchases related to educational use as covered by the Code of Alabama.
The other ordinance regulates the business license for the Town of Rockford. The primary change to that ordinance was to increase the issuance fee from $10 to $13.
The council also discussed the possibility of paying off the town’s roof loan at First Bank. As of December 27, the balance on that loan was $15,278.46.
Council members discussed using all the funds that are available in the town’s Road and Bridge Capital Improvement Account and for the remaining balance to be paid from the town’s General Fund.
Councilmember Robert Smith made a motion to check with First Bank to obtain the balance that should be left in the Road and Bridge Capital Improvement Account to avoid any changes to the current account, as well as to use the remaining funds in that account along with money from the General Fund to pay off the loan.
Smith further asked that Town Clerk Lesle Nelson call each council member with the balance amount that should be left in the account. After discussion, the motion was unanimously approved for the town to proceed with paying off that loan.
In other business, the council discussed updating the list of names regarding who is able to access the town’s safety deposit box at First Bank.
Smith made a motion to change the current list at the bank to the following three positions: mayor, town clerk and mayor pro tem. Those positions are currently held by Mayor Scott White, Town Clerk Nelson and Pro Tem Lynn Anne Castleberry.
It was also noted that two of the three must be present to open the safety deposit box. After brief discussion the council unanimously approved Smith’s motion to update the list to those three individuals.
Also at the meeting, librarian Susan Rogers asked for the council’s permission to obtain a debit card for the Town of Rockford Library Fund. She explained that the library board had voted not to renew the current book lease program and to instead just purchase all items through the library.
It was mentioned that having a card would make that process easier. During discussion it was stated that the card would be from First Bank for the Town of Rockford Library Fund Account and that the name on the card would be Susan Rogers.
After discussion the council unanimously approved allowing Rogers to obtain such a card for that account and to use it solely for library purchases.
Also during the meeting it was mentioned that the town will be hosting Senior Citizen Prom on February 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rockford Event Center.
The evening will include dancing, finger food and fellowship. The event is free for any senior citizen wishing to attend. For more information, call Town Hall at 256-377-4911.
The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Rockford Town Council will be held at 6 p.m. February 21.