Rochelle News-Leader | City Council: 2022 Strategic Plan approved
ROCHELLE — During its meeting on Tuesday, the Rochelle city council unanimously approved a new strategic plan.
The city’s original strategic plan was developed in 2018. The plan guides city council and staff in making decisions going forward. It was developed with input from the community, city staff, council members, and consultation with the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies.
The city’s five strategic priority areas from 2018 will continue, including economic and business development, financial management and stability, community inclusiveness and engagement, infrastructure efficiency and improvement, and service delivery. of basic services. Quality of life is new to the most recent plan.
The plan’s high-priority short-term goals include sufficient staffing, reassessment of the current debt management strategy, workforce support programs, and intergovernmental agreements. Key long-term priorities include continuing the city’s capital improvement plan, continuing to build community confidence, long-term development of Illinois Route 251, continuing the improvement and maintenance of infrastructure and the diversification of commercial and retail activities throughout the city.
Council unanimously approved a consulting services agreement with Hanson Professional Services Inc. for the acquisition of a property adjacent to the Rochelle/Koritz Field Municipal Airport.
The city will retain Hanson Professional Services to perform the services required for the acquisition of the Large Car Rebuilders Inc. property which adjoins the airport property. The acquisition process requires a separate agreement with Hanson Professional Services to proceed with the project.
Services will include National Environmental Policy compliance auditing, investigation services, and Illinois Department of Transportation grant agreement enforcement. Services are 95% reimbursable through federal-state apportionment funds.
The federal government will pay $23,400 of the work, the state will pay $1,300, and the city’s share is $1,300.
Airport manager Mike Hudetz said the purchase is a 20-step process and will come back to the board in the future.
“It’s been on our radar for a while, so I’m glad to see us moving forward,” Mayor John Bearrows said.
The board unanimously approved a special use permit for the Chicagoland Skydiving Center at 1207 Gurler Road to install a solar generating system. Any use within airport zoning requires a special use permit which must be approved by the city.
CSC will cover both its hangar and office building with a total of 424 solar panels with a maximum net rated output of 140 kilowatts. An interconnection agreement has already been approved with the city and FAA approval is the responsibility of CSC.
City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh called the solar tranche a “really good project” and said a customer solar rate that the council approved last year will be used.
“CSC doesn’t have battery backup, so it’s about 2.9 cents we buy back for any excess power,” Fiegenschuh said. “We are currently looking at the purchasing power of some of our hydroponics, and any off-peak power currently costs more than 10 cents. Anything we can do to promote solar energy and reduce our load, we must do.
Council unanimously approved a proposal from Tip Top Roofing and Construction Inc. to replace the roof of the downtown Rochelle Municipal Utilities Building at 333 Lincoln Highway for $26,795.
The city received bids from six roofing contractors, and Tip Top Roofing’s bid was the lowest. The work will be completed this year.
The candidates’ files are now available at the town hall secretariat at the town hall. The candidates for election are a mayor for a four-year term and three council members for a four-year term. City residents running for office must file as if there were a primary election involving five or more candidates for mayor and 13 or more candidates for council member.
If necessary, the consolidated primary election would be held on February 28, 2023. If there are not five or more candidates for mayor or 13 or more candidates for council member, there will be no primary and the names of the candidates will be listed on the ballot for the consolidated general election to be held on April 4, 2023.
The City Clerk’s office will be open from 8 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. November 21-23 and from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. November 28 for the purpose of accepting petitions or certificates from candidates for the Consolidated Primary Election and the Hall of city will be closed in November. 24-25 for Thanksgiving.