Rockford provides project updates, continues events
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The Rockford Town Council presents an automatic external defibrillator, or AED, to the Rockford Senior Center. Pictured from left are Lynn Anne Castleberry, Shirley Ogle, Mayor Scott White, Nieshia Whetstone, Cordarius Lee, and Melvin Larmon, representing the senior center. Photo by Christa Jennings
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
During the relatively short Rockford Town Council meeting last Tuesday evening, Mayor Scott White provided the council with an update on the town’s projects and a grant.
White stated that the town had applied for a Rebuild Alabama Grant in the amount of $224,710. If the town is approved for and awarded the grant then he said the town will use those funds to repave roads around the courthouse.
White also gave a brief update regarding town projects, stating that all of the town’s restrooms and Event Center restrooms have now been remodeled. He added that the concession stand at the Event Center has also been renovated, stating that it “looks nice.”
Regarding town events, White reported that the town only had $538 remaining in its Holiday Market Account, which is used for the town’s various events throughout the year.
White said that the events held each year take $3,000 to $5,000. He mentioned adding money to that account in order to help keep the events going.
He explained that the town can use General Fund money to move into the Holiday Market Account. After brief discussion, with Councilmember Robert Smith absent, the council unanimously approved moving $5,000 from the General Fund to the Holiday Market Account.
The town’s next planned events include the annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 8 and Spring Fling at the Park on May 20.
During the meeting, the council also presented an automatic external defibrillator, or AED, to the Rockford Senior Center, with Melvin Larmon in attendance as a representative of the center.
The town purchased the AEDs from COVID-19 funds and has installed them at Town Hall and the Event Center, as well.
“Let me say thank you to you, mayor; Town Council, and all of Rockford,” Larmon stated.
White said that the town would be installing the AED at the center and would also hold training for using the machine.
In other business, the council unanimously approved and adopted an Opioid Settlement Resolution, which White said essentially stated that the town is OK with accepting those funds. Town attorney Tom Young had reportedly reviewed the resolution and stated it was OK.
The council also unanimously approved reappointing Lena Johnston for a 4-year position on the Rockford Public Library Board.
Additionally, the council unanimously approved accepting Pat Windsor’s resignation from the library board. It then also approved appointing Shannon Atkins to the board to finish out Windsor’s term.
During the meeting White also read the council a “thank you” card from Upward Sports for the town’s monetary donation.
White also provided the council with copies of the audit packet for review, which is done annually. He stated that he is happy with where the town is, adding that all of the town’s debts are paid off and that it is in good financial standing.
The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Rockford Town Council will be held at 6 p.m. March 21.