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Electric scooters will soon be revving up in Rockford

Floating docks were also approved for the Rock River near Davis Park.
City council members approve several plans Monday night, bringing scooters and new docks to town.
City council members approve several plans Monday night, bringing scooters and new docks to town.(WIFR)
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 10:47 PM CDT|Updated: May. 4, 2021 at 4:11 AM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A busy Monday night at Rockford City Council with an eye on transportation by both land and water.

Alderpersons give the green light to electric scooters coming to Rockford, passing a pilot operating agreement with Bird Rides, Inc. Ninth Ward Alderperson Bill Rose says we can expect to get the scooters rolling within the next month.

Floating docks are also coming to the down, to be installed on the Rock River near Davis Park. Council members approve a plan to install two four-unit docks that could hold up to 16 boats. State Senator Steve Stadelman says he was able to secure a $250,000 grant to help pay for the docks. The city plans to build the docks once the funds are freed up this summer, but it could take up to a year to complete.

A proposed hookah lounge was sent back to committee. Some alderpersons feel it was the right decision due to the major turnover on council.

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