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City of Rochelle to Resume Leaf Vacuuming November 4th Due to Snow

The City of Rochelle will resume leaf vacuuming services for residents on November 4, 2019. This delay in service is due to the recent storm event leaving leaf piles cover by snow and frozen to the ground.

Leaf collection will begin at 7:00 a.m. Monday November 4th, the missed route for Thursday/Friday: North of 1st Avenue and West of 7th Street will be collected first, after this area is completed crews will collect regularly scheduled routes.

The following rules shall be followed:

1. Please rake leaves into a pile or row up to the curb, or edge of the road if you do not have a curb. To ensure all leaves are collected, piles and rows shall not exceed 5 feet in width. Do not place leaves on the street as they will clog storm water inlets and could cause flooding.
2. Please do not place leaves behind obstacles such as trees, poles, hedges, etc.
3. Please do not park vehicles within 30 feet of a leaf pile or row.
4. Please do not mix trash, yard wastes such as limbs, weeds, grass or any other material with the leaves. Yard waste or other materials mixed with leaves can cause safety concerns and equipment malfunction. For these reasons, these piles will not be accepted.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Committee of the Whole Meeting Scheduled

The Rochelle City Council will meet as a Committee of the Whole on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm for a presentation of the Actuarial Valuation Reports for the Rochelle Police and Firefighter Pension Funds. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at 420 N 6th Street, Rochelle.

The meeting is open to the public.

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Notice of Annual Joint Review Board Meeting for the Southern Gateway Tax Increment Financing District

The City of Rochelle will be conducting the annual Joint Review Board meeting for the Downtown and Southern Gateway Tax Increment Financing District on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Rochelle City Hall Council Chambers, 420 North 6th Street, Rochelle, Illinois.

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State of Illinois Proclaims September 11th – 17th Illinois Rail Safety Week

The State of Illinois, with support from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Illinois Commerce Commission, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Operation Lifesaver, Illinois Sheriff’s Association, and the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association, has declared September 11th to 17th as Illinois Rail Safety Week in order to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains. In Illinois during 2015, there were 140 crossing collisions involving motor vehicles, which resulted in 79 injuries and 24 fatalities. In addition, there were 41 trespasser incidents that resulted in 18 injuries and 23 fatalities when people trespassed onto railroad property. During 2015, Illinois ranked 3rd in the nation in vehicle collision fatalities and 5th in the nation in trespasser fatalities.

To promote rail safety awareness and education, the Rochelle Police Department will be participating in Illinois Rail Safety Week. Enforcement details are planned throughout the week at various railroad grade crossings within the City of Rochelle to cite both drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property. In addition, police officers will be distributing literature to the public that contains information on how to be safe around trains and train tracks.

Please remember, not only is it against the law to stop your vehicle on railroad tracks, it is also against the law to stop your vehicle anywhere within the highway-rail grade crossing. Highway-rail grade crossings are typically marked by white stop lines located on the pavement in advance of the crossing, and if not marked by white stop lines, the highway-rail grade crossing extends from protective gate arm to protective gate arm.

According to Illinois Operation Lifesaver, more than 50 percent of all collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices (flashing lights, gates, and ringing bells). When crossing railroad tracks, you must always obey the law and be aware of your surroundings. For more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.

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Joanne Lane and Carrie Ave intersection closure beginning June 27th

City Engineer, Sam Tesreau, has announced that the intersection of Joanne Lane and Carrie Ave will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday June 27th at 7 am.

The work is necessary to repair a failing storm tile by Rochelle Street Department crews. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route and avoid the area if possible.
All traffic will need to use other available routes.

Work is expected to be substantially complete by June 28th at 4pm and is subject to weather. 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.

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N. Main St and 9th Ave intersection closure beginning June 27th

City Engineer, Sam Tesreau, has announced that the intersection of N. Main Street and 9th Ave will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday June 27th at 7 am.

The work is necessary to repair a failing storm tile by Rochelle Street Department crews. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route and avoid the area if possible.
All traffic will need to use other available routes.

Work is expected to be substantially complete by June 28th at 4pm and is subject to weather. 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.

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Lincoln Hwy and 10th Ave Intersection Closure Beginning June 23th

City Engineer, Sam Tesreau, has announced that the intersection of Lincoln Hwy and 10th Ave will be closed to through traffic beginning Thursday June 23th at 7 am.

The work is necessary to repair a failing sanitary manhole by Rochelle Municipal Utilities crews. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route and avoid the area if possible. All traffic will need to use other available routes across Lincoln Hwy.

Work is expected to be substantially complete by June 24th at 4pm and is subject to weather. 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.

Categories: City Council News

City of Rochelle Emergency Operations Plan Meeting

The Rochelle City Council will meet as a Committee of the Whole on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 5:30 pm to review and discuss the Emergency Operations Plan. The meeting will be held in the City Hall Conference Center at 420 N 6th Street, Rochelle.

The meeting is open to the public.

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Road Closure 10th Avenue, 2nd and 3rd Street Intersection November 10th through the 17th ,2015

City Engineer, Sam Tesreau, has announced that 10th Ave, from 2nd Street to 3rd Street including the 2nd Street and 3rd Street intersections will be closed to through traffic beginning Tuesday November 10th at 7 am. The closure is necessary to excavate, remove and replace a portion of curb and gutter along with new hot mix asphalt pavement to complete the sewer and watermain improvements that have been ongoing over the past two months. Martin and Company, the City of Rochelle’s contractor, will be performing the work.

There will be no access to May School, School Avenue, or the Rochelle Community hospital facilities through these intersections for the duration of the project. May School and the Rochelle Middle School will be accessible from 2nd Street via McConaughy Avenue and School Avenue. Rochelle Community Hospital facilities will be accessible from 3rd Street or 2nd Street via 8th Avenue. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route and avoid the area if possible.

All other through traffic will be detoured as follows:
Northbound through traffic will be detoured from 2nd Street, west along 8th Avenue to Main Street, north along Main Street to McConaughy Avenue, east on McConaughy Avenue to 2nd Street.
Southbound through traffic will be detoured from 2nd Street, west along McConaughy Avenue to Main Street, south along Main Street to 8th Avenue, east along 8th Avenue to 2nd Street. Work is expected to be complete by November 17th and is subject to weather.

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.

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2nd and 3rd Street Closure November 2nd through the 6th, 2015

City Engineer, Sam Tesreau, has announced that 2nd Street, from 8th Ave north to the Countryside Village entrance, will be closed to through traffic beginning Tuesday November 2nd at 7am. In addition, 3rd Street, from 8th Ave north for approximately 300 feet, will be closed to through traffic beginning Tuesday November 2nd at 7am. The closure is necessary to remove pavement, disconnect underground sewer services, and backfill the excavations along with associated pavement restoration. Anderson Plumbing contractors will be completing the work for the Rochelle Community Hospital expansion.

There will be no access to May School, School Avenue, or the Rochelle Community Hospital facilities through this section of 2nd Street or 3rd Street for the duration of the project. May School, the Rochelle Middle School, and the Rochelle Community Hospital will be accessible from 2nd Street and 3rd Street via 10th Ave and School Avenue. Residents along the affected section will have limited access to driveways. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route and avoid the area if possible.

All other through traffic will be detoured as follows:
Northbound through traffic will be detoured from 2nd and 3rd Streets, west along 8th Avenue to Main Street, north along Main Street to 10th Avenue, east on 10th Avenue to 2nd and 3rd Streets.
Southbound through traffic will be detoured from 2nd and 3rd Streets, west along 10th Avenue to Main Street, south along Main Street to 8th Avenue, east along 8th Avenue to 2nd and 3rd Streets. Work is expected to be complete by November 6th and is subject to weather.

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.

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City of Rochelle Strategic Planning Meeting

The Rochelle City Council will meet as a Committee of the Whole on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm to continue the strategic planning exercise. The meeting will be held in the lower level conference center at City Hall, 420 N 6th Street, Rochelle.

The meeting is open to the public.

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Notice of Annual Joint Review Board Meeting for the Rochelle Lighthouse Pointe Tax Increment Financing District

The City of Rochelle will be conducting the annual Joint Review Board meeting for the Rochelle Lighthouse Point Tax Increment Financing District on October 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Rochelle City Hall Council Chambers, 420 North 6th Street, Rochelle, Illinois.

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Street Pavement Sealing Operations August 21st and 24th, 2015

Rochelle, IL – City Engineer, Sam Tesreau, has announced that beginning at 7am on August 21st and August 24th several streets will be closed or shutdown to one lane for pavement sealing operations throughout the two day roadway maintenance project. Pavement sealing operations will be completed on the following roadways:

12th Street, from Lincoln Avenue to 10th Avenue
Willis Avenue, from ILL Rte. 251 to South Main Street
Lake Lida Lane, from Randall Road to South Main Street
Creston Road, from Caron Road to 1000 feet east of the Interstate 39 bridge

Residents are asked to park off street or remove any vehicle that may be parked on the street. Motorists will not be able to drive on or across the sealed areas for about one hour.

Advance warning and other temporary traffic control devices, including flaggers will be posted near the affected area. Please use caution while traveling in this area and pay special attention to the flaggers and traffic control devices within the work zone. We appreciate your patience during this project.

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Nashville’s Chris Lane to Play Summer Country Jam on August 1st at Rochelle Municipal Airport

ROCHELLE, IL… The Rochelle Chamber of Commerce and 102.3 the Coyote will welcome some of country music’s hottest rising stars to the Summer Country Jam stage on Saturday, August 1 at the Rochelle Municipal Airport, 1201 W. Gurler Road. Five bands from across the country will perform at the annual event. Gates open at 4pm. All tickets are general admission and ticket holders must bring a lawn chair to the open seating arena. Tickets are $20. Kids ten and under are free with a paid adult. Parking is $5. Event is rain or shine.

Music will begin on the concert stage at 4:45pm. Dixon, Illinois’ own Gina Venier will open the festival. Venier was a contestant on American Idol Season 15. Her soulful blues and pop songwriting style make her a true artist on the rise.

Luke Amelang will take the stage at 6pm with his intensely unique voice in modern country music. His writing is based in the traditions of southern folk, blues, and traditional country with ballads of love and loss to swinging numbers about sasquatches and aliens. Luke’s unique style of songwriting comes to life with an amazing line up of musicians including some legendary players on fiddle, tenor banjo, pedal steel and upright bass.

At 7:25pm it’s Dixie Still, the two-time Carolina Music Award-winning, Nashville recording vocal group. Their fresh new sound and tight harmony vocals separate them from other acts. Their sound has been compared to Lady Antebellum and their energy to that of the Band Perry.

Dixie Still will stop by the Switchyard Bar & Grill, 200 N. Washington Street, Rochelle on Friday, July 31 between 7-9pm for a special Summer Country Jam Pre-Party with 102.3 The Coyote. Fans will be able to meet the band and have their last chance to purchase Jam tickets before the price increases at the gate.

Chris Lane will headline the show at 9pm. Chris has opened for Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Chris Young and Brantley Gilbert, and Lee Brice. After playing Rochelle he will travel select dates with Florida Georgia Line. Lane, who signed with Big Loud Mountain, is currently recording his first EP. Rolling Stone Country Magazine recently named Chris Lane “One of 10 Country Artists You Need to Know: Summer of 2015”.

Ticket holders can stay at their seats for the Rochelle Comfort Inn & Suites After-Party from 11pm-1am on the airport stage. Love & Thunder, a high energy country band from Northern Illinois will close out the festival. Concert goers must have a $20 Jam ticket to attend the After Party.

“The Rochelle Municipal Airport is a unique and intimate concert venue and a great place for families and friends to gather”, said Peggy Friday, Rochelle Chamber Executive Director/CEO. This Summer Country Jam will showcase some of the best new and rising country music talent with a variety of music styles to please everyone. I encourage everyone to get there early for the best seat and to take advantage of the Happy Hour specials”, she added.

A food court of local vendors will be on hand from Alfano’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant, Country School Restaurant, The Flight Deck Bar & Grill, and Pizza Hut. A variety of Budweiser beverages and Ritas will be on sale throughout the day along with water and non-alcoholic drinks. During Happy Hour the Budweiser Montego Sampling Team in full Latino costume will be there featuring samples and giveaways. The adjacent Chicagoland Skydiving Center will be operational so concert goers can enjoy watching multi-colored parachutes descend from the sky.

Sponsors include the City of Rochelle, 102.3 The Coyote, Budweiser, Rochelle Comfort Inn & Suites, First National Bank, Kishwaukee College, DeKalb Harley Davidson, Bee Designs, Big R of Rochelle, Holcomb State Bank, McDonalds, Next Generation Wireless, Quinns Jewelry, Stillman Bank, and Swedish American Medical Group of Rochelle.

Tickets are available at the Rochelle Chamber or www.rochellechamber.org; the drive-up windows at First National Bank of Rochelle, Holcomb State Bank, Stillman Bank, and First State Bank; Pizza Hut locations in Rochelle, Dixon, and Oregon, Big R of Rochelle, and the Flight Deck Bar & Grill at Chicagoland Skydiving Center. Will call is available for ticket holders who live outside of Rochelle. The ticket price increases to $25 at the gate.

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Multiple Agency Recource Center to Open

Ogle
County Sheriff’s Office

News Release

4/13/15 3 p.m.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Ogle County Sheriff’s Department at
815-562-1001

Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC)

The MARC is a place where all disaster relief agencies both private and public come
together under one roof to provide assistance – a ONE STOP SHOP for affected
residents. These are never for-profit
agencies. Agencies in the MARC are
vetted and their staff and volunteers adhere to high ethical standards. A
verification system is established to identify those who have been affected by
the disaster. The MARC is configured in a way that survivors receive help while
maintaining confidentiality and dignity. There is a chain of authority that
provides for liability protection and consistent treatment of all those who
come for help.

When: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 8
am – 8 pm & Thursday, April 16, 2015 8am – 12 pm

Where: Beacon on the Green, 531 S. 7th Street, Rochelle,
Illinois

Tentative organizations identified for participation at this time include:

· American Red Cross

· Secretary of State

· Illinois Attorney General

· Department of Human Services

· Illinois Department on Aging

· Internal Revenue Service

· Ogle County Health Department

· Ogle County Clerk Office

· Ogle County Planning & Zoning

· Rochelle Township High School

· Rochelle Community Consolidated School District #231

· Rochelle Municipal Utilities

· Nicor

· Commonwealth Edison

· Sinnissippi Center

· Tri-County Opportunities

· Prairie Legal Services

· Lutheran Social Services

· Rock River Center

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Tornado Recovery Information for Survivors & Volunteers – Monday 4/13 pm

Ogle County Sheriff’s Office

News Release

4/13/15 3 p.m.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Ogle County Sheriff’s Department at
815-562-1001

Temporary Pet Relocation

The following resources have been made available for displaced pets. These organizations have agreed to hold the
pets until they can be reunited with their owners.

· Rochelle Veterinary Hospital (815) 562-5207
located at 1381 N. 7th Street Rochelle, Illinois

· Dachsie’s to Danes (815) 453-2843 located at
1751 Melugins Grove Road, Steward, Illinois

· Pines Meadow Veterinary Clinic (815) 732-6861
located at 1210 Pines Road, Oregon

· Ogle County Animal Control (815) 732-2136 and
ask for Animal Warden Kevin Christensen

Attention Affected Residents Operation
Blessing is standing by to assist and need to hear from you:

o Affected residents are urged to call any
volunteers needs at (757) 226-3858

Personal Property:

Anyone locating personal items (i.e. photos, valuables,
keepsakes) found from affected area storm damages are asked to bring the items
to the Ogle/Lee Fire Protection District Fire Station located at 5288 South
Center Road, Flagg Center. Starting
today the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office posted a resource for found property on Ogle County Sheriff’s Office-FOUND Property Facebook
page.

Donations:

Please do not send donations of clothing, food, water, etc. Officials are requesting
that the general public refrain from those donations as we do not need these
items.

We prefer the following donations:

· Donations of gift cards may be delivered to the
Rochelle Fire Department, located at 401 5th Avenue in Rochelle.

· Monetary donations may be made through the
Rochelle Area Community Foundation at rochellefoundation.org or via postal mail
at PO Box 74, Rochelle, IL 61068.

Burn Ban:

Effective immediately the burn ban has been lifted for all
of Ogle County.

Zoning Permits Required for Storm Damage
Reconstruction:

The Ogle County Planning & Zoning Department is reminding residents of
unincorporated Ogle County that a Zoning Certificate (permit) is required for
the reconstruction of buildings substantially damaged or destroyed by the
recent tornado of April 9, 2015. The staff of the Planning & Zoning Department is
available to assist in completing the required application process, application
fees will be waived, and issuance of Zoning Certificates will be expedited.

If a portion or all of a building was
destroyed, a Zoning Certificate is required prior to reconstruction. For
repairs such as replacement of windows, siding, shingles, or other similar
repairs, no Zoning Certificate is required.

For questions regarding whether or not a Zoning Certificate is required, please
contact the Ogle County Planning & Zoning Department at (815) 732-1190 or .

Press Conference

Next scheduled Press Conference is Tuesday, April 14th at 10:00 a.m. at
Rochelle City Hall located at 420 N 6th Street, Rochelle, IL.

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Tornado Recovery Information for Victims & Volunteers – Monday 4/13

Ogle County Sheriff’s Office

News Release

4/13/15 10 a.m.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Ogle County Sheriff’s
Department at 815-562-1001

Access Points:

Effective immediately, Monday April 13, South Skare Court will
be closed to general traffic and open only for debris removal vehicles. In addition, South Skare Road is closed to
traffic in both directions.

Volunteers:

Volunteers are still needed!
Please check in with the Operation Blessing Mobile Command Center
located at the corner of Jones Road & 9th Street, the Helms
Field parking lot. Check –in is at 9:00
a.m. with orientation and assignment at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and dress
to work with sturdy shoes, safety glasses, long pants and gloves. The volunteers must also provide their own
transportation to and from the work sites.
Volunteer opportunities will be posted daily on the Ogle County
Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

Personal Property:

Anyone locating personal items (i.e. photos, valuables,
keepsakes) found from affected area storm damages are asked to bring the items
to the Ogle/Lee Fire Protection District Fire Station located at 5288 South
Center Road, Flagg Center. Starting
today the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office posted a resource for found property on Ogle County Sheriff’s
Office-FOUND Property Facebook page.

Affected Residents:

Affected residents who require assistance may contact any of
the following resources:

· Samaritan’s Purse International Relief: (815)564-8404

o Samaritan’s Purse is an international Christian relief organization.

o Receiving request for emergency assistance.

o This is a FREE service.

o First come, first serve basis

· Salvation Army: located at United Methodist
Church located at 709 4th Street Rochelle offering vouches for
lodging, dining, and groceries for storm victims. Also available, clothing and food. Please bring identification.

Hours: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

· American Red Cross:

o Located at the Rochelle Township High School
located at Door 15

o Available 24 hours (877) 597-0747

o Affected residents are urged to register with
the American Red Cross. This
registration is important for access to potential future resources.

· Operation Blessing: Residents to call in volunteers needs at (757) 226-3858

· Sinnissippi Centers (24 hours & Crisis): 1-800-242-7642

· Warehouse
105 South Main: Affected Residents
may go to this location for donated supplies/goods.

· Rochelle Elementary District 231 and Lincoln School Cookout on Thursday, April 16th
from 5p.m. -7p.m. at Lincoln 1450 N. 2nd Street Rochelle

o Invites affected residents and EMS personnel to
a free cookout

Contractors:

· All contractors must visit the Illinois Attorney
General’s Representative at the EMAT (Emergency Management Assistance Team)
Trailer located in the West end of the Rochelle Township High School parking
lot. Contractors should enter the
parking lot via North 20th Street at Flagg Road.

Donations:

Please do Not Send Donations of clothing, food, water, etc. Officials
are requesting that the general public refrain from those donations as we do
not need these items.

We prefer the following donations:

· Donations of gift cards may be delivered to the
Rochelle Fire Department, located at 401 5th Avenue in Rochelle.

· Monetary donations may be made through the
Rochelle Area Community Foundation at rochellefoundation.org or via postal mail
at PO Box 74, Rochelle, IL 61068.

Burn Ban:

Effective immediately the burn ban has been lifted for all
of Ogle County.

Skare Park Closed:

Skare Park is closed until further notice.

Debris Management:

PLEASE NOTE FOR RESIDENTS IN AFFECTED AREAS OUTSIDE OF ROCHELLE CITY LIMITS

· Debris needs to be sorted

· Residents in affected area may
place trees and landscape debris in ditches outside of city limits

· Construction debris and
demolition debris includes any dimensional lumber, plywood, scrap metals,
shingles, siding, etc: Must be separated
from landscape waste. Home owners are
requested to work through insurance carriers

· Restricted items not
accepted: Appliances, TV, Electronics, and
Hazardous Materials

o Appliances, electronic waste and household hazards are banned from
landfills and must be recycled or managed separately from waste going to the
landfill.

o A recycling event for electronics is scheduled for April 18, 2015,
from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Elementary School parking lot in
Rochelle

· Scrap metals may be taken to
local recycling facilities. The
responsibility of handling these materials is up to individual property
owners.

· Regular household waste
collection by area waste haulers will continue as usual

· If debris is not sorted, it will
not be collected

· Behr Iron & Metal in Rochelle
is open to collect recyclable scrap metal and appliances until 1pm on Saturday
4/11 and from 9-Noon on Sunday 4/12.

· Contractors with existing
accounts with Northern Illinois Disposal may utilize the Rochelle Landfill from
1-6pm on Saturday 4/11 and 7am-3pm on Sunday 4/12.s

· For more information contact the
Ogle County Solid Waste Department at (815) 732-4020 or visit www.oglecounty.org

Zoning Permits Required for Storm Damage Reconstruction:

The Ogle County Planning & Zoning Department is reminding residents of
unincorporated Ogle County that a Zoning Certificate (permit) is required for
the reconstruction of buildings substantially damaged or destroyed by the
recent tornado of April 9, 2015. The staff of the Planning & Zoning Department is available to assist in
completing the required application process, application fees will be waived,
and issuance of Zoning Certificates will be expedited.

If a portion or all of a building was
destroyed, a Zoning Certificate is required prior to reconstruction. For
repairs such as replacement of windows, siding, shingles, or other similar
repairs, no Zoning Certificate is required.

For questions regarding whether or not a Zoning Certificate is required, please
contact the Ogle County Planning & Zoning Department at (815) 732-1190 or .

Next scheduled Press Conference is Tuesday, April 14th at 10:00 a.m. at
Rochelle City Hall located at 420 N 6th Street, Rochelle, IL.

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February 23, 2015 City Council Meeting Cancelled

The Rochelle City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, February 23, 2015 has been cancelled due to lack of a quorum.

The next regularly scheduled Rochelle City Council meeting will take place on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

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Steward Road Closure February 17 and 18

The Lee County Highway Department will be closing Steward Road from Perry Road to the Ogle County Line to through traffic on February 17th and 18th.  This will allow the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad to perform track maintenance work at the crossing of their rail line and Steward Road.  Traffic will not be allowed over the crossing for this period of time.  If there are questions, please contact the Lee County Highway Department at 815-857-4141.

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IDOT Announces Construction on IL 38 West of Rochelle

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces today that, weather permitting, construction work on IL 38 west of Rochlele will begin on Monday, July 14, 2014.  Martin & Company will be starting the $1.2 million project to make improvements to IL 38 from the west edge of Rochelle to Thorp Road.  The 3.5 mile project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane and controlled by flaggers.  The contractor will be milling off the existing bituminous surfacing and making pavement repairs before resurfacing the roadway.  Drivers should be prepared to stop for the flaggers and slow moving construction equipment.  

Motorists are reminded to slow down and drive carefully through all construction zones.

 

More than 600 New Jobs are Created in Rochelle, Illinois

 

More than 600 New Jobs are Created in Rochelle, Illinois

The “Hub City” adds jobs through new Industrial and Commercial Growth


The City of Rochelle and the Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corporation (GREDCO) announced today that more than 600 new jobs have been created in Rochelle, Illinois during the past year. The attraction of new industries and the expansion of over a dozen businesses has created a surge in employment in the “Hub City”. Located 1 hour west of Chicago and just 25 minutes south of Rockford Illinois, Rochelle (pop 9,745), has attracted manufacturing, logistics and commercial businesses who find Rochelle to be an ideal location to do business.

 

City Manager, David Plyman commented: “Our efforts to promote the community as a “Center for Manufacturing and Logistics” is paying off. We have seen numerous plant openings, which have provided new job opportunities for people throughout the region”. The bulk of new jobs that have been created are in the “Industrial/Logistics” sector, however new commercial and retail developments have also been opening in Rochelle. “We have seen two new medical clinics and a number of commercial/retail outlets “set up shop” in Rochelle over the past 18 months”, said Mayor Chet Olson. Why has all of this new development been occurring in Rochelle? According to Doug Zuehl, President of the Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corporation, “vision, strategic planning, location and leadership are a few of our keys to success. Rochelle has been planning for this development for more than 35 years and it is happening today”.

 

Companies who have opened new facilities or expanded their operations in Rochelle include Nippon Sharyo, Central Refrigerated Services, Illinois River Energy/CHS and Quick Start Products and Solutions. “With all of the news about the poor economy, we are pleased to let people know that Rochelle has become a community where employment opportunities abound. We are also working hard to become a destination point for commercial and retail shopping too” said Peggy Friday, Executive Director of the Rochelle Area Chamber of Commerce.  Rochelle, with a population of less than 10,000, has proven to be a community that can attract economic development opportunities in spite of a bad economy.  

 According to the City of Rochelle Economic Development office, businesses/industries have added more than 2200 new jobs over the past decade. The economic development efforts to expand the industrial base has resulted in more than $100 million being added to the City of  Rochelle’s economy .   


Contact:  Jason Anderson

    (815) 562-7595

 

 

 

                                                                     

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Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

The 2014 Memorial Day Parade will kick off at the corner of 6th Street and 7th Avenue at 10:00 am on Monday, May 26th.  The parade will proceed east on 7th Avenue, south on Lincoln Highway, west on Lincoln Avenue, north on 9th Street, west on 8th Avenue and proceed to the Lawnridge Cemetery.  Members of the local VFW Post will hold a ceremony near the Lawnridge Mausoleum at 11:00 am.  

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City of Rochelle Budget Workshop – April 15th

The Rochelle City Council will meet as a Committee of the Whole on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the 2014-15 Budget. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at 420 N 6th Street, Rochelle.

The meeting is open to the public.

Kishwaukee College Career Fair

Mark you calendars for the Annual Kishwaukee Career Fair!

April 9, 2014  * 2:00pm -7:00pm

 

  Take advantage of a great opportunity to meet a qualified applicant pool from the college and the community.  

This is a simple and cost-effective way for employers to run a search to fill multiple positions, all while gaining exposure and name recognition for your company.

 

For more information, please contact Kishwaukee College

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Categories: RMU News

RMU Customers Can Take Simple Steps to Conserve Energy

RMU is continuously monitoring the increased energy requirements for heating and other equipment usage during the cold weather. While there is no immediate need for conservation, the demand for electricity is expected to be highest Tuesday (1/28/2014), especially between 6 am until 10 am and 5 pm until 9 pm.

Electricity customers can take simple steps to help conserve energy:

• Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits.

• Postpone using major electric appliances such as stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers until mid-day or after 9:00 pm, when the demand for electricity decreases.

• Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.

Conserving electricity will help ensure adequate power supplies for everyone.

City of Rochelle Announces Railroad Extension Complete

 

     Locomotive “Banner Busting” event held in Rochelle to celebrate Railroad Extension

 

            ROCHELLE, IL… In 1986 the Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corporation  (GREDCO) Board of Directors and then Executive Director, Ken Wise gave birth to an idea that if you build your own railroad “they will come”. The “they” are businesses and industries would come to Rochelle because of the unique Short Line rail system which connects industries to two Class I Railroads. This group of pioneers took the gamble and won, as now 14 industries are served by the City of Rochelle Railroad and more than 2000 jobs have been created.

 

On Friday morning City and State Officials gathered next to the Illinois River Bio-Fuels plant to celebrate the most recent expansion of the City of Rochelle Railroad. Nearly 4 miles of new track has been built with the support and cooperation of the Illinois Department of Transportation/Bureau of Railroads, the Economic Development Administration, the City of Rochelle, GREDCO, Illinois River Energy, Coated Sand Solutions, Nippon Sharyo and Prologis. The total project was constructed over a two year period at a cost of $8.25M. To celebrate the completion of the project, local dignitaries climbed on board the Burlington Junction Railway locomotive and drove it through a banner commemorating the opening of the rail system.

 

The City of Rochelle Railroad (CIR) has been a major economic development engine for the City of Rochelle”, said Mayor Chet Olson. More than 4000 railcars are switched on the CIR annually and with the extension of the rail system the railcar volumes will more than double. City Manager David Plyman was on hand at the event and said: “We are fortunate to have such a unique rail asset in Rochelle. Our Short Line Railroad not only provides great service to our industrial community but it also generates over $300,000 of revenue to the City on an annual basis”.

 

95% of the cost of constructing the rail extension was covered by public and private grants. Mark Delhotal, the City of Rochelle Railroad Director stated: “We are so fortunate to have this railroad system as it is a great marketing tool to bring more businesses and industries to Rochelle”. 

 

Jason Anderson, Economic Development Director for the City of Rochelle added, “We have been  capitalizing on our infrastructure assets to bring more industry to Rochelle for more than 50 years.  We have interstate highways I-88 and I-39, the Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroads, a City owned Short Line railroad, and our own municipal airport. In Rochelle when it comes to transportation infrastructure that new and expanding industries need, we have it all”.

Categories: Airport News

City of Rochelle Announces Airport Expansion

 

Groundbreaking held at Rochelle Municipal Airport for Runway Extension

 

           

ROCHELLE, IL… In the mid 1940′s business man LaVerne Schultz created a grass runway near his factory on Highway 251 south first known as Shultz Field. In 1963 Mr. Schultz donated 27 acres of land to the City of Rochelle in this same location and construction began on a 2100′ hard surface runway. In 1988 the runway was lengthened and widened to the current 4226′ x 75′ runway. 

 

Over the last 5 years the City of Rochelle has worked closely with the Illinois Division of Aeronautics, the Federal Aviation Administration, local land owners and City officials to purchase land necessary to extend the runway to 5001’x75’.  This additional length will allow current industries based in Rochelle to utilize the Rochelle Municipal airport instead of neighboring airports.  The additional runway length will also act as a catalyst for more economic growth in the region.  “The City of Rochelle has always been an innovative community and the airport runway extension is another example of the infrastructure assets that City has invested to further grow the local economy” said Mayor Chet Olson.  

 

Fifty years after the City of Rochelle took over Schultz Field it was renamed Koritz Field. Hosting a ground breaking event for the 2013 expansion of the City of Rochelle Municipal Airport Koritz Field the City Officials boasted about their economic development progress. David Plyman, Rochelle City Manager said “Rochelle has become a very attractive location for industrial clients, especially those that require air and rail service.  We are blessed to have the support of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and IDOT’s Division of Aeronautics on this project”.

 

The nearly $1,500,000.00 project expands the city’s runway length to 5,001’ allowing larger corporate jet aircraft to utilize the Rochelle Municipal Airport, giving the airport the ability to handle these types of aircraft will add to the amenities that Rochelle has to offer. Funding for the project is 90% funded by discretionary money distributed by the State of Illinois and a 10% by the City of Rochelle. Mark Delhotal, Airport Manager for the Rochelle Municipal Airport added, “The increased runway length will allow aircraft from across the country to fly directly into Rochelle instead of neighboring airports, which will allow more opportunities for businesses to be based in Rochelle”.   

 

Jason Anderson, Economic Development Director for the City of Rochelle added, “We have been capitalizing on our infrastructure assets to bring more industry to Rochelle for more than 50 years.  We have interstate highways I-88 and I-39, the Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroads, a City owned short line railroad, and our own municipal airport. It makes “logistical” sense to be in Rochelle”.

Kish CareerLink Ready For A New School Year

Kish CareerLink is the area’s online workforce development program that gives students a “step-up,” by providing career exploration and allowing them inside access to fields about which they may be interested in learning. The program is a unique, collaborative effort between Kishwaukee College’s Career Center, the Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corporation (GREDCO) and the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) and sponsored by many businesses and community organizations throughout Ogle and DeKalb Counties.

The need for a program like Kish CareerLink that bridges the academic and the work world has become more critical in today’s economy. A near constant refrain in the media from business and industry across the nation is the difficulty in finding skilled employees to fill position openings. Parents and students, meanwhile, face rising education costs which does not allow students the opportunity to take extra time attending college, to investigate careers, or to change programs.  Knowing beforehand what a career entails can streamline the academic path. 

With the cooperation of the local school districts in Ogle and DeKalb Counties, along with many local employers – 52 over the spring semester – supporting and participating in the program, Kish CareerLink, has become an innovative way to bridge the knowledge and skill gap for young people who will be the future workforce.  Kish CareerLink allows area middle, high school and college students to explore occupations and careers via an online community of business and industry, educators, and career choice professionals.  Once registered with the program, students can receive information and mentoring from professionals in their career area of interest. 

Michelle Allen, Coordinator of the Career Center at Kishwaukee College, explained, “Often students do not really know what happens day-to-day in a career field. Experiences offered through Kish CareerLink allow students to see firsthand what working in the field means.”                                                                                                                                                                                 

Rochelle Township High School students, Ben Eggleston and Ryan Weise, participated in Kish CareerLink last May, visiting Driv-Lok in Sycamore.  Eggleston, who is interested in pursuing engineering, found that the experience clarified and affirmed his career choice.  “I really appreciated the opportunity to job shadow at Driv-Lok,” he said.  “It gave me good insight into both mechanical and civil Eggleston will be studying engineering at Northern Illinois University this fall.

Ryan Weise hopes to own his own business someday and his experience gave him insight into running a business. “Spending time at Driv-Lok gave me a real world look at what it takes,” he said. Part of the students’ day was spent with Gary Seegers, President and CEO of Driv-Lok.  “Ben and Ryan spent a half day with five of our production and engineering professionals. They were well-prepared and asked excellent questions. They left that day with appreciation and enthusiasm about their futures.”

Gary Seegers is thrilled and impressed with the Kish CareerLink program.  “We at Driv-Lok look forward to offering such experiences as Ben and Ryan had to many more of our area students. We prefer to hire locally and hope offering these experiences lead to fulfilling careers in our company for many of our local students.”

For more information on the Kish CareerLink Program visit www.kishcareerlink.org or email

 

 

Pictured during a day of job shadowing last May are Rochelle Township High School students Ben Eggleston and Ryan Weise with Gary Seegers, President and CEO of Driv-Lok in Sycamore. 

 

Categories: City News

Mulford Road Closure Begins July 23rd

Mulford Road, between Route 38 and Creston Road, will be closed to through traffic beginning July 23rd in order to perform paving on Mulford Road between Route 38 and the Union Pacific Railroad. A detour route will be established routing traffic to Dement Road.  The closure is expected to be in place for approximately three weeks.