Proposed Three Rivers Park District Trail Survey

A new regional trail is being proposed by Three Rivers Park District, in coordination with Wright County, in Rockford – and your input is important! The Crow River Regional Trail’s proposed route stretches from to Dayton through the cities of Rogers, Hanover, and Greenfield – with potential to incorporate Wright County into the recommended route. The Crow River Regional Trail’s 30-mile route aims to provide an exclusively off-road trail experience, which in turn provides a safe and enjoyable recreation and non-motorized transportation option for users regardless of ability.

For more information please visit one of the following:
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Compost Site Closing for the Season

The City Compost Site is closed for the season.

Snow Season Parking starts Sunday, November 1, 2015

During the period from November 1st to April 1st it shall be unlawful for any person to park a vehicle on or within six feet of the roadway between the hours of 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. and anytime after there has been ice accumulation, continuous or intermittent snow fall during which there has been accumulation of two inches or more of snow on any street until plowed or removed the whole width of the roadway. Vehicles parked in violation of this ordinance will be towed and stored at the owner’s expense. At NO TIME shall a vehicle be parked on ANY street for more than twelve (12) hours.

SNOW PLOWING—It is unlawful to deposit snow onto ANY city, township, county or state road. Doing so is a violation of state statue and you will be fined.


Wastewater Billing Calculation

Historically wastewater rates had only been calculated based on the average water used between November 15th and April 15th and recalculated annually. In 2014 the City Council passed an ordinance to allow residents the choice between being billed for their wastewater use based upon their actual water use or continuing with the old system which averaged winter water use and billed that average as the wastewater usage over the summer months.

All properties in Rockford are assigned the averaging billing system for wastewater unless you contact City Hall between December 1st and December 31st, with the change effective for the January billing. This is the only time you can change your wastewater billing calculation.

If you do not want to be billed based upon your assigned system you can change your billing system by contacting City Hall before December 31, 2015. Annually you can change your wastewater billing system in December.








Downtown Main Street Redevelopment Opportunity

Wright County is conducting a paving and resurfacing project on Main Street (County Road 20) this coming spring and summer of 2016. This project will mill and overlay Main Street which will correct the road surface issues in this area.

This project presents an opportunity for the City to improve our Downtown area and feature Riverside Park by expanding the city’s sidewalks, burying overhead power lines and planting trees to create a scenic and walkable Downtown District. We would like your thoughts and comments on this potential project. Here are some of the details we have at this point:

  • We do not need to do this project. If we decide not to move forward, the County will resurface Main Street and the area will be the same after the project is completed. We would likely not review a Main Street project for the downtown area again until the new road is in need of repairs, which is anticipated to be 25 to 30 years.
  • Improving / Revitalizing Downtown has been part of the city’s Capital Improvement Plan for many years, and reviewing our Downtown options is one of the City’s goals for this year. If we decide to improve our Downtown area we would likely expand the sidewalks to improve walkability to the park, downtown businesses and slow traffic that currently speeds down Main Street. We would also look at burying the overhead power lines, installing antique street lights and planting trees to beautify our Downtown District. This improved area would run four blocks down Main Street from Highway 55 to Elm Street. Cities that have done similar projects have seen a noticeable increase in walkers, shoppers and retail businesses that are drawn to the increased commerce and improved location.
  • The City would establish a Tax Increment Financing District that would capture the increase in property tax values from new construction and redevelopment in the Downton District, and use that source of revenue to fund the project. We would also receive funding from the County in cost savings they have in paving less road, would use state provided funding for street projects, existing bond proceeds, and funds previously allocated for road and sidewalk improvements in our Downtown area. We believe these funding sources could be sufficient to cover the expense of the project without associated increases in property taxes or levying special assessments.
  • Finally, our planning process is in the very early stages. At this point we are trying to gather information and community input to determine whether or not a Main Street redevelopment project should be planned. We believe this project could be extremely beneficial to our community, but we would like to hear from you to understand your thoughts about this possible project.

The attached pictures are very rough drafts showing what the expanded sidewalks may look like, with pictures from Main Street in Ely, Minnesota showing a similar design and layout to what is shown on the draft drawings. Based upon what we know at this point, is this type of project something you would like to see in Downtown Rockford?

Rockford Streetscape Layouts


Ely Example I Ely Example II (2)