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™: Sources Reporting 2 Scenes: Vehicle Plows Through A Crowd, Large Disorderly Group



 

 

RS sources are reporting the following:

  1. “Police present on Lori dr in Rockford, A large crowd was in street yelling, police still have road blocked and are walking up and down the block.”
  2. “Hi a few minutes before 9 pm tonight I witnessed at least 2 people that were ran over by a car. There was at least 30 people up my block In a huge crowd fighting and a car just plowed right into people I saw one person get hit from the back of the car and they kept going a ran them over with both driver side tires then ran them over again when the were leaving the scene. It was the worst thing I have ever seen and I am still upset I called 911 asap then I went in my house so I dont know what happened to any of the people that were hit. This happened in Beloit on Dewy ave”