Rochelle Information-Chief | Metropolis council: Presentation made on deliberate new house constructing

ROCHELLE — A brand new house constructing is deliberate to come back to the south facet of the Metropolis of Rochelle. 

At Monday’s Rochelle Metropolis Council assembly, metropolis officers heard a presentation and had their first introduction to New Instructions Housing Company and its president, Rodger Brown. NDHC needs to place a three-story, 30-unit workforce housing house constructing at Willis Avenue and Randall Highway on the town which may have household housing of two and three-bedroom residences. Rents can be from $500 to $1,180. It’s going to have a group room, library, train room and laundry services. Residences may have full kitchens and loos and on-site parking. 

Workforce housing is for households with earnings between 60-120 p.c of the realm median earnings. Rochelle’s median earnings is $50,000. 60 p.c of that’s $30,000 and 120 p.c is $60,000. 

The proposed house constructing will go earlier than town’s planning and zoning fee on Monday and can come earlier than town council after that. Brown stated he and NDHC are usually not asking for any incentives from town. 

Brown stated engineering and architectural paperwork have been submitted to town and state this week and he hopes to start out building early in the summertime and it’ll take a few 12 months to finish. 

NDHC is a nonprofit and has constructed and rehabilitated greater than 500 multi-family and single-family items since its inception in 1994. In line with Brown’s presentation on the assembly, its sole objective is to supply high-quality reasonably priced housing to households who would in any other case be unable to afford protected and first rate housing with out undue hardship.


The council unanimously permitted an ordinance waiving the aggressive bidding necessities and approved Metropolis Supervisor Jeff Fiegenschuh to just accept a proposal from Bruns Building, Inc. for the demolition of 300 Cherry Ave. for not more than $60,150. 

The town obtained a demolition order for the constructing on Dec. 9, 2021 and an asbestos inspection was performed and was discovered unfavourable. Bids have been sought from a number of demolition corporations and two quotes have been obtained. The Bruns Building proposal was the bottom.

Photo voltaic

The council unanimously permitted a decision adopting a buyer self-generation internet metering coverage and an interconnection and internet metering program for renewable power for Rochelle Municipal Utilities prospects. 

The Local weather and Equitable Jobs Act was just lately signed into regulation and required town to develop a coverage for small industrial and residential prospects that need to self-generate with photo voltaic panels. RMU prospects with photo voltaic panels will get a credit score again onto their payments for energy technology that they put again onto the grid in the event that they don’t use all of it. 

“Web metering is when somebody has a photo voltaic array on their home and their array is producing greater than they’re utilizing,” RMU Superintendent of Electrical Operations Blake Toliver stated. “They’re placing power again onto the grid. We’ll be giving them a credit score for these kilowatt hours which can be being pushed again into the system. A greenback quantity can be credited onto their invoice for that technology. Each meter we now have has bidirectional functionality.”

Fiegenschuh stated the method will now start with prospects with the ability to join onto RMU’s system. The town’s bills for sustaining the facility grid are calculated into the coverage.


The council unanimously permitted a decision opposing state state Senate Invoice 2298, which might change town’s means to make the most of tax increment financing to stimulate redevelopment. 

The town’s assembly agenda packet stated the proposed invoice “makes an attempt to remove the effectiveness of an important instrument obtainable to municipalities to boost constructive financial change.”

“We have instituted one TIF since I have been right here and earlier than that, the downtown TIF was put in,” Fiegenschuh stated. “I believe we use them in line with what the statute intends. If you happen to take a look at Hickory Grove and Kennay Farms Distilling, these initiatives would not have occurred and that is what it is there for. If you need a real definition of blight, take a look at what Hickory Grove was.”

Electrical research

BHMG Engineers Undertaking Supervisor Jason Jackson introduced a overview of a system planning research of town and RMU’s electrical system.

The presentation included potential future enhancements totaling $25.5 million that included one other new substation, new overhead excessive capability energy strains throughout city, transformer work and distribution line upgrades.

“Nearly all of these enhancements are to maintain up with an aggressive enterprise growth that you simply guys have been experiencing with heavy energy load development coming into city,” Jackson stated.

Swearing in

John Kaltenbach was sworn in because the Rochelle Police Division’s new detective sergeant through the assembly. He is been with the division since 2004.

“John brings much-needed enthusiasm and wit to a troublesome job,” RPD Chief Eric Higby stated. “He is a excessive performer at his job, however his finest work has been setting an instance for the remainder of us to comply with as an trustworthy, healthful particular person.”


The town council acknowledged the retirement of Sharon Hawkins from its Water Division lab after 23 years on the assembly.

“Sharon is well-known by Rochelle faculties and Kishwaukee Faculty for internet hosting excursions of the wastewater remedy plant,” RMU Utilities Superintendent Adam Lanning stated. “Sharon prided herself on conserving her lab in good order and at all times assembly all high quality management standards set by the EPA.”


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