ROCHELLE CITY COUNCIL
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
City of Rochelle Council Chambers
420 North 6th Street, Rochelle, IL 61068
I. CALL TO ORDER:
· Pledge to the Flag
II. ROLL CALL:
III. PROCLAMATIONS, COMMENDATIONS, ETC:
IV. REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:
· Mayor’s Report
· Council Members
· Remarkable Resident
V. PUBLIC COMMENTARY:
VI. BUSINESS ITEMS:
1) CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS BY OMNIBUS VOTE with Recommendations:
a) Approve Minutes of City Council Meeting – 09/28/20
b) Accept and Place on File Minutes of Planning and Zoning Commission - pdf 09/08/20 (171 KB)
c) Approve Exceptions – pdf 09/23/20 (209 KB)
d) Approve Payroll – pdf 09/21/20-10/04/20 (59 KB)
e) Resolution Regarding the Release of Executive Session Minutes
2) Ordinance Approving Amended Agreement with MECEN, LLC
3) Ordinance Amending Chapter 2-110 Of the Municipal Code of The City of Rochelle Regarding Vacancy in the Office of City Manager
4) Ordinance Amending RMU Shop Local Program
VII. DISCUSSION ITEMS:
VIII. EXECUTIVE SESSIONIX. ADJOURNMENT
Council members may participate in the City Council Meeting remotely as a result of the Governor suspending the requirement for in-person attendance at Public Meetings.
The Council Meeting will be broadcast live on Facebook
Agenda Item #1e - Resolution Regarding the Release of Executive Session Minutes
Staff Contact: Sue Messer, Assistant to the City Manager/City Clerk
Summary: The Mayor and Council went into executive session on September 28, 2020 for the semi-annual review of the executive session minutes as mandated per the Open Meetings Act, Section (c) (21). Following review and discussion the council recommended that 8 executive session minutes be released, and 47 executive session minutes remain confidential at this time due to content. The minutes being released are identified on Exhibit A and the minutes remaining confidential are identified on Exhibit B of the Resolution Regarding the Release of Executive Session Minutes.
Approve the Resolution Regarding the Release of Executive Session Minutes
Agenda Item #2 - MECEN, LLC Amended Easement Agreement for Deck and Stairway Located at 407 Lincoln Highway - Artist's Garden
Staff Contact: Michelle Pease, Community Development Director
Summary: MECEM, LLC (Artist Garden), is requesting an amendment to the easement agreement to install a deck and stairway located in Page Park (City Owned Property) to the South of their building located at 407 Lincoln Highway. The deck and stairway will allow access to the Acres Café that will be opening in 2020. The amendment will increase the square footage by 15.5 sq. ft. The deck will not impede the pedestrian traffic through Page Park and will add an ADA ramp.
This easement agreement is for a period of thirty (30) years with an option for two ten (10) year extensions. MECEN, LLC will construct and maintain the deck and stairway in accordance with all applicable City Building and Fire Codes.
Strategic Plan Goal Application: This project continues to support the City’s Strategic Plan goals by improving and developing our Downtown.
Recommendation: Approve the MECEN, LLC Easement Agreement for a deck and stairway.
Agenda Item #3 - Ordinance Amending Chapter 2-110 Of the Municipal Code of The City of Rochelle Regarding Vacancy in the Office of City Manager
Staff Contact: Nancy Bingham
Summary: The Municipal Code: Vacancy in the Office of City Manager is updated to reflect the current standard of 365 days for temporary appointment, which replaces the original 180 days and the timeframe of one (1) year to fill the vacancy, which replaces the original six months.
Strategic Plan Goal Application:
Attract and retain quality employees allowing the departments to provide quality services to the City and its residents.
Recommendation: Approve an Ordinance Amending Chapter 2-110 Of the Municipal Code of The City of Rochelle Regarding Vacancy in the Office of City Manager
Agenda Item #4 - Ordinance Approving Shop Local RMU Credit Program
Staff Contact: Jeffrey A. Fiegenschuh, City Manager
Summary: The proposed extension for the Shop Local RMU Credit Program is designed to be an economic tool by the City of Rochelle to encourage our residents to patronize local businesses who were forced to close during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Participating in Program provides a $60 reimbursement in the form of a credit on a future Rochelle Municipal Utility (RMU) bill for qualifying purchases at retail/service shop and restaurant establishments located within the RMU Service Territory.
- $60 credit on your RMU bill
- Residential household within RMU Service Territory (3 per household)
- Purchases made at qualifying businesses, August 15 through December 31, 2021
- A minimum $300 spent at a qualifying retail/service shop and/or local restaurants deemed non-essential by gubernatorial executive order
Strategic Plan Goal Application: This request continues to support the City’s Strategic Plan goals and objectives by promoting, retaining and enhancing small business development
Recommendation: Approve the ordinance to facilitate the Shop Local RMU Credit Program