City Engineer, Sam Tesreau, has announced the closure of 20th Street from 8th Ave to 100 feet north of West Gate Court will begin June 13th to allow the completion of the final hot mix asphalt surface, pavement striping and associated restoration. The project is expected to be complete by June 23rd.
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, road closed signage and other temporary traffic control devices within or in advance of the work zone. We appreciate your patience during this project.
Rochelle officials along with the Howard Hayes family celebrated the completion of the newest water tower today. The project, with a total cost of nearly $5 Million includes a 750,000 gallon elevated storage tank, well house, pump, and connecting water main. The new tower also includes the City’s new branding with the rustic red and gold logo.
The land on which our newest water tower now resides has been in the Hayes Family of the Rochelle area for over sixty years. “The farming operation was a family affair that extended to sons and grandsons who raised hay, bailed it and sold to Brookfield Zoo as feed for the elephants.” said Judy Connolly, daughter of the late Howard Hayes.
The Master Plan for the City of Rochelle water system includes, as a priority, the construction of a well in the southeast quadrant of the City due to the continued industrial growth in this area. The industrial corridor on the south side of town has increased demand for water from 1.9 million gallons per day in 2004 to 3.0 million gallons per day in 2014.
In 2012 the Mayor and Council approved engineering agreements to facilitate the construction of this well. Since that time the City has applied for an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) revolving loan, received approval of the project plan from the IEPA, purchased land for the well site and drilled the well.
“The need for additional capacity in our water system is a good thing for Rochelle. We’re growing steadily and the addition of our newest water tower is proof of that growth,” said Rochelle Mayor Chet Olson.
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.
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