As of Friday May 19th, the boil orders for Sunset Terrace, North 14th Street, Scott Avenue and Highland Avenue have been lifted.
We are continuing boil orders for 1101-1353 Sunset Terrace and 14th Street; 1416, 1420 and 1425 Highland; 1122 to 1146 N 14th Street; and 1102-1301 Scott Avenue. These boil orders are in effect through Friday or until further notice.
A precautionary boil order is in effect for Sunset Terrace in Rochelle through Wednesday due to a water main break in the area.
Rochelle’s City Council is pleased to announce that the search for the City’s newest City Manager has begun. The City will accept applications through June 12, 2017.
The Council is searching for a City Manager who understands the issues facing a municipality such as Rochelle in today’s economic climate with at least ten year of executive level management experience.
The City Manager form of government was approved by public referendum in 1994 and therefore the City Manager services as the Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Rochelle. The City Manager works closely with the City Council, staff, community organizations, the business community and citizens to ensure that quality services and programs are available to meet the needs of the citizens of Rochelle.
For details and instructions on how to apply, click here.
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.
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