Rockford Scanner™: Neighborhood Network Of Rockford, Ceases Operations



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According to the Neighborhood Network of Rockford: After nearly two decades of working to improve neighborhoods in Rockford and Winnebago and Boone counties, Neighborhood Network has ceased operations as of December 31, 2018.

Update: After we posted this, we heard back from them.  We asked for a list/link of the neighborhood watch groups, so we can share that with everyone.  Hopefully will have that shortly.

Wester Wuori said “There are about 75 neighborhood groups and associations in existence and about 40-50 of them are active currently.”

Wester Wuori also said: “The mayor and I personally have been presenting at and meeting with neighborhood groups since about a month after he took office and we will continue to do so, as is noted below.”

Wester Wuori sent us the following:

To: Rockford Area Neighborhood Groups and Associations, 

As you are most likely aware, Neighborhood Network has advised the City that it will dissolve at the end of 2018.  In an effort to ensure there is not significant disruption, we have met recently with Neighborhood Network Director Cyndie Hall and Board President Cathy Johnson to help us effectively transition into the new year.  

Mayor McNamara, since taking office in May 2017, has made it a priority to strengthen our city’s neighborhoods. With the support of the City Council, that’s included everything from adding staff and technical resources to the Police Department to allocating additional revenue to neighborhood streets and sidewalks in the annual Capital Improvement Plan.

We believe the timing of this change is appropriate to take a holistic review of our neighborhood strategies to ensure the City and community efforts are aligned with our budget, department work and City Council’s top priorities in strengthening our neighborhoods.   This includes the Guiding Principle on Safe and Vibrant Neighborhoods—“Rockford values all its citizens, their knowledge and talents and the city offers residential options to promote economic strength and inter-connected neighborhoods.”

Based on the feedback we have received to date, we intend to reallocate funds within the approved budget to create an internal position focused on neighborhood alignment.  This would allow us to expand the strategic focus of our neighborhood efforts throughout the City of Rockford organization. 

As we look to make this transition, we need your feedback on what you’d like to see in that position as it relates to our neighborhoods:

                What skill sets are needed to effectively strengthen neighborhoods?

                What key attributes and/or experience do we need in this position?

                What role should our neighborhood groups and associations play?

                What is you group currently doing well? What could it improve upon?

                How can the City better work with neighborhoods in the context of this position?

The mayor and I have, between us, attended dozens of neighborhood group meetings since shortly after he became mayor—we will continue to do that, as it’s vital both to share information with residents and hear concerns and questions.  Laura Maher, the City’s Strategic Communications Manager, also has expanded our use of the City’s website, social media channels and NextDoor to share City information with residents.

Thank you for your input and for all the work you do to help strengthen our neighborhoods and move our community forward.   Please keep me updated with your meeting schedules, contacts and any additional information you may need in working with your group.  We look forward to continuing our work together.

Wester Wuori


Tanker Replies to Neighborhood Network

As you are most likely aware, Neighborhood Network has advised the City that it will dissolve at the end of 2018.  In an effort to ensure there is not significant disruption, we have met recently with Neighborhood Network Director Cyndie Hall and Board President Cathy Johnson to help us effectively transition into the new year.  Mayor McNamara, since taking office in May 2017, has made it a priority to strengthen our city’s neighborhoods.

I don’t want my “neighborhood strengthened.” I want the violent thugs out of Rockford. Is there a way we can “prioritize” that?

With the support of the City Council, that’s included everything from adding staff and technical resources to the Police Department to allocating additional revenue to neighborhood streets and sidewalks in the annual Capital Improvement Plan.  We believe the timing of this change is appropriate to take a holistic review of our neighborhood strategies to ensure the City and community efforts are aligned with our budget, department work and City Council’s top priorities in strengthening our neighborhoods.  

Well thank goodness our strategies are holistically reviewed and well-aligned! Can we now start working on getting violent thugs out of Rockford?

This includes the Guiding Principle on Safe and Vibrant Neighborhoods—“Rockford values all its citizens, their knowledge and talents and the city offers residential options to promote economic strength and inter-connected neighborhoods.”

I don’t value all our citizens. I don’t value violent thugs. I want them out of Rockford. I don’t care about how “vibrant” and “inter-connected” my neighborhood is. That’s a bunch of mealy-mouthed nonsense that distracts us from the major problem of violent thugs shooting up our city.


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Rockford Scanner™: Servicom Shuts Down 2 Locations, Doesn’t Even Give Their Employees Notice. Many Employees Mad

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UPDATE from Servicom: Final Pay Notification
As a necessary practice to ensure the accuracy of final paychecks, we will need to process the final payroll on Tuesday, 10/09/2018, for those whose last day was 9/29/18. Employees with direct deposit could begin to see their direct deposits as early as Tuesday afternoon; but certainly no later than Wednesday. Live checks will be mailed directly to the address of record. Therefore, to ensure timely receipt of your live checks, please provide HR with any recent address changes only by end of day Friday, October 5th.
There will be no live checks received on site in the call centers. Checks will be mailed from the CT office directly to the employees. Please know we are working as quickly as possible to get each of you the final complete and accurate pay.
If you are currently assigned to an active program and/or confirmed for an upcoming training class, the above will not apply to you. You will receive your pay through the usual payroll cycle and timing.
For any questions, please refer them to HR@servicom-llc.com


 
SEE IT, SNAP IT, SEND IT
Sources reporting Servicom shut down 2 locations in Rockford.
Numerous people out of work
Unknown why they shut down the locations at this time.
The business did not tell their employees.  Just up and closed down.
All these employees showed up to go to work, and realized Servicom shut their doors without giving their employees notice.
Video by Samara Cheyenne


Servicom posted this on social media:

“…We have fundamentally examined every part of our business and we will continue to actively consider all options that allow ServiCom to put maximum effort where we can succeed and operate profitably. As part of this process, our goals need to be focused on a select group of core businesses. Unfortunately, reaching that goal requires the tough decision to eliminate jobs, which means losing colleagues and parting with friends and co-workers. The decision was difficult and we are sure it will impact many of them in the days to come and we wish them the best in their future endeavors.”