Planning and Zoning Commission has an opening for a term expiring 12/31/2015 (and hopefully for a three year term). If you are interested in applying, submit a Commission Application and return the completed application to City Hall as soon as possible.
In case you missed it, here is the feature story from KARE 11 last night (Monday, July 20th) on the Wright-Hennepin/City of Rockford Bantam Solar Project:
ROCKFORD, Minn. – A small city 30 miles west of the Twin Cities is going solar in a big way.
The city of Rockford will soon power its municipal buildings mainly with solar energy, after forming a unique partnership with the locally based Wright-Hennepin Electric Coop.
The city will be providing the space and the electric utility will be building and maintaining the solar arrays. The goal is to supply 67 percent of the energy used in Rockford’s municipal buildings with solar power.
One 60-panel array will go on the roof of the Rockford City Center Mall, a struggling strip mall that was purchased by the city and is being revived.
“This is a city-owned mall with a rooftop that’s not being put to any other use,” Dan Madsen, Rockford’s City Administrator and legal counsel, told KARE.
Wright-Hennepin Electric, which has an existing community solar bank, is headquartered a stone’s throw away from the mall that will host the new energy farm.
“We had a great opportunity to partner with Wright-Hennepin and put in a solar array.”
An even larger array — 200 panels — will be installed on another piece of city land that can’t be developed. It’s a south facing slope near one of the town’s water towers.
Wright-Hennepin will plant low maintenance native plants around the installation that will minimize the need for mowing or weeding in the area.
“Solar energy is one of those resources we’re going to have, and even on a cloudy day there’s some energy being generated by those solar panels,” Rick Martinson, a Rockford City Council member, explained
“And we’ve had good feedback from the citizens and people from the surrounding areas.”
He said the cost savings — estimated at seven percent of the municipality’s electric bill — will be passed along to property taxpayers.
Mayor Renee Hafften said it’s a progressive step that saving the city money with virtually no cost to the city.
“It’s one more way to become more green in our community and also send that cost savings on to the community residents, because they are the ones in the end who pay the city’s electric bills.”
Press Release – The City of Rockford and Wright-Hennepin Cooperative sign agreement for State’s first Bantam Solar Project
The City of Rockford Presents:
Movie in the Park – Friday, July 24th (about 9:00 pm)
Riverside Park, 8220 Elm Street, Rockford
Concessions items for sale by the Dollars for Scholars Program
Bring a chair/blanket, bug spray and enjoy the movie!!!
*Movie will be postponed to a further date if the weather is not favorable. Information will be posted on the City of Rockford’s Facebook page if the event will be postponed.
THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING:
Movie rental fee is being sponsored by: Hanover Athletic Association
Movie screen and personnel provided by: Wright/Sherburne Cable Commission
Set up by Volunteers— The Rockford Fire Department