The Rockford Public Works Department is responsible for operation and maintenance of the city’s roads, water distribution system, wastewater collection system, stormwater collection system, and the city’s various parks and trail systems. Public Works is comprised of three departments: Street, Utilities, and Parks; and consists of 11 full-time employees.
The City of Rockford is approximately 2 square miles in size and contains roughly 20 miles of paved roads and approximately 12 miles of trails and walkways. The Street Department maintains, plows, and repairs these roads; as well as maintaining the city’s stormwater system and various other projects that support other departments.
The Rockford Utilities Department is comprised of the Water and Wastewater Utilities.
The Wastewater Treatment Plant and treatment system serve all properties located within city limits. Operation of the Wastewater Plant has met the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency standards for annual operation awards for the past decade.
The Water Plant and distribution system has a total of three active groundwater wells and two emergency wells. With ample freshwater capacity near 1 million gallons, the current average day production is around 360,000 gallons throughout the city’s 1,500 service connections, 30 miles of mains, and 398 hydrants.
The city’s water supply is taken from the bedrock layers of the St. Lawrence/Franconia Aquifer. Soils in the vicinity are high permeability loamy sand, formed in glacial outwash that overlay the water-bearing sand and gravel. The systems treat the water with chlorine, fluoride, and an aqueous phosphate solution.
Drinking Water Fact Sheets and Information:
2021 Drinking water information will be available July 2022
Minnesota Department of Health Lead in Drinking Water (January 2020)
Minnesota Department of Health Copper in Drinking Water (January2020)
Important Information on How to Protect Your Health – FACT SHEET Lead and Copper in Drinking Water 2019 – 2020
The Wellhead Protection Plan
The city has established a wellhead protection plan to protect the city’s drinking water. We have been working on the plan for several years along with our neighbors and the Minnesota Department of Health. A brochure has been produced for residents regarding your drinking water which has some valuable information.
Water information Rockford Wellhead protection information.
As provided in the Parks and Recreation section of this website, Rockford is home to five major parks, miles of river and areas of green space throughout the city. The Parks Department maintains the landscaping and playground equipment in these parks, as well as conducting repair and maintenance on the city’s expansive trail system.
Trevor Brummer – Public Works Superintendent
Trevor has overall supervision of the Public Works team. He performs complex supervisory, administrative, and professional work in planning, organizing, directing the public works department, including environmental, street, traffic control, lights and other public works projects and programs.
Darcy Desens – Parks Superintendent
Darcy is responsible for the supervision of construction, improvement, maintenance, and operation of Rockford parks, including tree and wildlife preservation, park buildings, shelters, multiuse trails, parking areas and natural areas. Darcy is the liaison to the parks commission to assist with prioritizing projects and improvements throughout our park system.
Renee Oelrich – Wastewater and Water Operator
Renee has direct responsibility for the operation of Rockford’s water supply system, or such parts of the system as would affect the quality and safety of the water and for the treatment of Rockford’s wastewater system. Renee has various top certifications to ensure the highest quality of drinking water based on education, experience, and system requirements.
Chris Quirk – General Maintenance
Chris has a full range of duties including the more complex construction, maintenance, and repairs operating a variety of equipment and is skilled at handling the eventful and unusual situations that arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.
Jason Styve – Street Maintenance
Jason handles a variety of duties in the maintenance and repair of streets, curbs, gutters, storm drains, streetlights, and related public works facilities.
Mark Hafften handles a variety of duties in the maintenance and repair of streets, curbs, gutters, storm drains, streetlights, and related public works facilities.
These fees are paid at the time the building permit is issued.
During the period from November 1st to April 1st it shall be unlawful for any person to park a vehicle on or within fifteen 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.
Public Works Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: I need a final utility billing read. Who do I call?
A: Public Works takes direction from City Hall on final utility reading information. Please call City Hall at (763) 477-6565 ex. 1 to request a final utility reading.
Q: What is the City of Rockford’s snow plowing policy?
A: Insert snow plowing/ice control policy here
Q: Does Rockford have a watering ban? How often can I water my lawn?
A: Yes, the City enforces an odd-even address year-round watering conservation plan. The odd-even system is as follows:
New sod can be watered every other day and an established lawn only needs one inch of water per week. Grass seed, however, does need to be watered every day. If you have gras seed planed, you may contact the Public Works Department at (763) 477-4346, to be placed on a waiver list.
Q: What if I suspect a water main break?
A: Call City Hall at (763) 477-6565 ex. 1 during normal business hours to report an issue. After normal business hours, or on nights and weekends, call the Wright County Sheriff dispatch to report.
Q: I have a question about my utility bill. Who do I contact?
A: Call City Hall at (763) 477-6565 ex. 1 with questions regarding your utility bill. The most common question we receive involves high water use reported through your water meter. Typically, a process of elimination is involved to find out why your water bill appears high or possibly increased noticeably from last month. Before calling City Hall, it’s important to take the first step which is to determine if you have a water leak. To determine this, you will need to shut off all running water in your house then look at your water meter to see if the number continues to increase or the dial continues to spin. If this is the case, you have a water leak. If you have a leak, the probable next cause is a running toilet or lawn irrigation leak. If your water meter does not move when no water in the house is running, then call City Hall at 763-477-6565 ex. 1.
Q: I’m looking at water softeners and I need to know the water hardness level. What is the City grams for the hardness?
A: 479 milligrams per liter = 28 grams.
Q: Where are the city parks located?
A: Rockford Park Map
Q: Are there road restrictions in the City of Rockford?
A: Yes, during Spring at no more than 5,000 lbs per axle unless posted differently.
Q: Are flushable wipes flushable?
A: NO. The wipes may flush down the toilet, but the product clogs the City’s piping and creates added expense and resources to unclog the wipes.
Q: Do I need to clear snow from a fire hydrant that sits on my property?
A: It is incredibly important and helpful that homeowners clear snow three feet around hydrants on or near their property. In the event of a fire at or near your home, the Rockford fire fighters need fast access to the hydrants for the safety and wellbeing of the community. Time spent by our fire fighters shoveling and clearing the hydrant for access are valuable minutes not spent putting out the fire