By Marianne Mueller

Rockton Village Trustees approved a Special Use Permit for a new cosmetic tattoo parlor. Business Owner and petitioner Michelle Grin of “About Face” will be renovating property at 112 S. Blackhawk Blvd, in Rockton. The property sits in the Commercial Retail Zoning District and is owned by Todd Elliott.

Prior to a unanimous vote of support by the village board the Zoning Board of Appeals approved the application  resulting in a four yes vote, with two members absent.

Business owners ensure continued compliance with all appropriate permits from the State of Illinois and Winnebago County, including the State of Illinois. Department of Public Health and Winnebago Health Department.

Services offered will be cosmetic tattooing and permanent makeup performed by an esthetician. Grin said that after the building is completed a ribbon cutting will be held. It is estimated that the business will be open sometime this spring.

Trustee Jodi May gave the police activity report from Feb. 1-13. Police had 132 traffic stops, 77 warnings were given, they issued 55 tickets, had seven criminal arrests, and 10 traffic accidents; one with injuries and one involving a deer.

Deputy Chief of Police Matt Hollinger lauded life saving efforts of Patrol Officers Scott Brooks and Officer Jason Newell. An Armed Guard at Walmart in Roscoe was in need of help and both officers jumped into action taking life saving measures. “This is the first time that officers had to break into an armed vehicle by using a special piece of equipment,” Hollinger said.

Trustees approved the purchase requisition for Stateline Technologies for computer upgrades in the police department. In a 6-0 vote Trustees approved this  at a cost of $2, 412.

Trustee Justin York proposed having a meeting on Feb. 18 regarding the Cyber Infrastructure Survey through CISA. (Cyber Information Security Agency) )He asked for determination of who would attend the meeting. Village President John Peterson asked if Attorney Aaron Szeto should be at the meeting.

It was stated that department heads should be there to hear plans about what the village needs from the company. A question arose as to whether or not the tech guy might  needed at the meeting.

“I have had the subject included on some official village meetings to provide explanations of services available to our municipality and to validate some consensus on moving forward. However, there have been no public meetings specifically designated to CISA only,” York said.

Separately, York has personally met with CISA on his own to inquire what services the federal agency can provide to Rockton.

 We agreed this meeting with CISA would include Village President, John Peterson and York with no other trustees but  department heads are expected to  be invited. However, no meeting has happened with CISA.

“We are still working out scheduling for all required members, “York said.

“I think it’s important to note that while we may discover actions that could have an expense to address, there is not a cost attributed to these assessments themselves. We are not paying this federal agency to perform the services that I am seeking,” York adds.

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