The City of Rochelle would like to remind property owners, including owners of rental property or vacant lots, that local ordinances require lawn maintenance. Any grass or weeds exceeding eight inches in height are considered a nuisance and will be cited by the City of Rochelle’s property maintenance inspector.
Interested in hosting a garage sale? Each resident is permitted to have up to three garage sales each year, for three consecutive days at a time and one month apart. Signs may be placed on private property. Please do not place signs in the parkway, on street signs or on utility poles.
We also remind the community that chickens are not allowed to be kept inside the City limits.
At this time of year, the City receives a large number of complaints regarding such lawn maintenance. Once the property is viewed by staff, a citation will be issued. Compliance with the citation is requested within seven days. Failure to comply can result in a court appearance and fines.
The Rochelle City Council is pleased to announce that Sue Messer has been named Interim City Manager for the City of Rochelle. The interim period may last as long as six months from the date of the vacancy created by the outgoing City Manager, per City Code. Once the incoming Council Members are seated in May, the search will begin for a permanent City Manager to fill the position.
“I truly appreciate the confidence the Council has shown in me. The City of Rochelle is fortunate to have a very professional staff and I look forward to working with them to maintain a positive momentum until the full-time City Manager is selected,” said Interim City Manager Sue Messer.
Sue has been with the City of Rochelle and RMU for over seventeen years. Sue administers and coordinates special projects, assists in developing and implementing policies and programs and conducts City Council Meetings in the absence of the City Manager. In addition, Sue conducts and participates in biweekly staff meetings, conducts biweekly Project Management meetings to ensure staff accountability and develops City Council agenda items and related background materials. Sue Messer serves as a City representative on both the Police and Fire Pension Boards, as Deputy Clerk for the City, is a member of the City of Rochelle Employee Committee, is a member of the City’s Emergency Management Planning Committee and assists with event planning.
The City of Rochelle Street Division will resume work along 20th Street the week of April 10th, weather permitting.
Beginning next week, work will resume on the ditches along 20th Street beginning on the East side of the street, followed by the West. In May, we will accept bids for the final resurfacing of the road to happen over the summer months.
While we do not anticipate a road closure at this time, please pay attention to advance warning signs in the area and use caution while driving along 20th Street and using the bike path.
Beginning April 5th, the City of Rochelle Street Department will be clearing Kyte Creek banks from Parkview Drive running North along the bike path (behind Alfanos & First Presbyterian Church).
Crews will be repairing creek bank and clearing debris from drainage tiles through the end of the week. Please use caution around the equipment and keep away from coned areas while utilizing the bike path this week.
The City of Rochelle welcomes two new City Council Members as a result of the April 4th Election: Kathryn Shaw-Dickey and John Bearrows. Dan McDermott will serve another term on the Council.
We offer our thanks and gratitude to our two outgoing Council Members: Kathy Hollonbeck and Dave Eckhardt.
The new Council Members officially take their seats at the May 8th meeting at 7pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
The City of Rochelle is in the process of searching for a new City Manager to replace David Plyman, one of the longest serving City Managers in the history of Rochelle. A decision was made by City Council to allow the new City Council Members to appoint their own City Manager. On March 23, 2017, the current City Council approved a severance agreement with Mr. Plyman.
Mayor Chet Olson stated, “I thank Mr. Plyman for all his dedication to the City of Rochelle and his years of service. This Mayor, Council, and employees wish him well in the future.”
Mr. Plyman stated, “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Rochelle. I will miss working with Mayor Olson and Rochelle’s hard-working and talented staff. I firmly believe that Rochelle has a very bright future if it continues to strive for excellence and resists the urge to remain complacent in our ever-changing economy.”
During Mr. Plyman’s tenure and under his leadership the City achieved the following:
- Rochelle has earned about $3 million over two years to support transmission expenses as part of an electrical transmission tariff.- Implemented GIS mapping and asset management systems for use by the RMU and engineering department, which increased productivity and provided better record keeping.- Guided the City’s initial efforts in restoring its downtown as a focal point in our community.- Brought new industry and development to the City, including greenhouses and the redevelopment of the Hub Theater and former Lincoln School, preserved the golf course for public use and facilitated private investment in the golf course restaurant and banquet facility.- Reduced General Fund expenses and reorganized administrative functions of City Staff.- Achieved “Quiet Zone” status at the City’s many rail crossings.
Moving forward, the Mayor and the current City Council have 14 days to appoint an interim manager and must commence a search for a permanent City Manager within 30 days. Ultimately, the permanent City Manager will have to be hired and start his or her position within 180 days of the vacancy created by David Plyman.
S&P Global Ratings affirmed its A+ long-term rating on the City of Rochelle’s outstanding general obligation (GO) alternative revenue source bonds, meaning the outlook is stable.
In order to assess a rating, S&P reviews many aspects of the City of Rochelle’s financial picture including our local economy, management procedures, budgetary performance, liquidity and debt positions.
"I am very pleased that we were able to maintain the A+ bond rating from S&P in light of various economic challenges. Our A+ rating reflects our commitment to financial stability through implementation of various fiscal policies and a strong fund balance,” said Finance Director Chris Cardott.
S&P Global Ratings considered the City’s management as strong with good financial policies and practices. The most noteworthy practices and policies include realistic and well-grounded assumptions when setting the annual budget; monthly budget-to-actual monitoring reports to City Council; five-year capital plan; formal investment management police and a fund balance policy.
The City faces several budgetary challenges with large pension obligations and the community’s overall weak economy.
Overall, the S&P’s stable outlook reflects the expectation that the rating will not change in the next two years because the City will maintain at least balanced operations and sustain a strong general fund balance in accordance with the fund balance policy in place.
Northern Illinois Disposal will resume weekly Yard Waste Recycling with pick-ups beginning March 20th. Yard waste is collected on your regular garbage day.
All yard waste such as grass, leaves, flowers, plants, and sticks are recyclable through the yard waste recycling program every week, beginning March 20 and continuing through December 15. All stick bundles must be tied together with string and cut in lengths of five feet or less with individual limbs not to exceed four inches in diameter. Larger limbs should be placed out for brush pickup. Yard waste may be placed in kraft paper bags or a standard garbage container with handles, although not a recycling container, at a maximum size of 32 gallons and weighing less than 50 pounds. Plastic bags are not permitted for yard waste recycling. Place your yard waste at the curb by 5:00 AM on the morning of pickup.
Large piles of brush that are too large for yard waste recycling, will be picked up once a month, beginning March 20th, by the City of Rochelle Street Division. The City’s brush program is intended for the disposal of limbs and branches removed by the property owner. Brush collected by a contractor must be properly disposed of by that contractor. The City will not accept brush collected by contractors. Brush should be placed curbside in piles not exceeding 8 feet in length. Limbs larger than 6 to 8 inches in diameter should be in a separate pile cut for crews to safely handle. Brush should be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. for pickup on the third Monday of the month beginning March 16 and running March through November. Brush may be chipped or tractor loaded and wood chips are available free of charge to all Rochelle residents. Call the City of Rochelle Street Division at 562-2494 with questions or if you would like wood chips..
The City of Rochelle Street Department, has announced that the southbound lane of S. Washington St. from First Avenue to S. 6th St. intersection will be closed to through traffic while crews are on site beginning Wednesday March 8th 2017 at 7 am.
The work is necessary to repair a failing storm water discharge pipe. Work is expected to be substantially complete by March 10th 2017at 4pm and is subject to weather.
Motorists are advised to use an alternate route and avoid the area if possible. All South Washington St. southbound traffic coming from 1st Avenue will be detoured one block west to S. 6th St. Advance warning, detour and other temporary traffic control devices will be posted near the affected area. Please use caution while traveling in this area and pay special attention to the advanced warning signage, Lane closed signage and other temporary traffic control devices within or in advance of the work zone. We appreciate your patience during this project.
For the third year in a row, the City of Rochelle has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) for the fiscal year 2016 by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to City Finance Director, Chris Cardott as the designee primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.
“I am proud of our Staff’s continued accomplishments in financial reporting. Accurate financial reports give the Council and I the opportunity to make the most fiscally responsible decisions for our City,” said Mayor Chet Olson.
The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
“We are thrilled that the GFOA has recognized Rochelle’s commitment to providing accurate financial reports,” said City Manager Dave Plyman. “Our finances are the backbone of all of our operations which makes superior reporting essential to providing our citizens with the highest-quality service possible.”
The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “sprit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C.
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