A momentous 2022 and volunteer work

What a momentous year 2022 is shaping up to be. Our extraordinary team at Rochelle Municipal Utilities and BHMG Engineering worked with ComEd to complete our new 100 MWh substation by the self-imposed deadline of May 31.

The RMU water and water reclamation team has been working hard to complete and bring online the rehabilitated well four located at 2nd Avenue. Our staff in community development is overseeing the redevelopment of Hickory Grove and several projects in the downtown and southern corridors. The team in economic development continues working to help Zekelman Industries and many other industry partners with workforce development issues and probable future growth opportunities.

Finally, partnering with Northern Illinois University, our exceptional mayor and city council are leading our entire organization through a new strategic planning and goal setting process. It is such an exciting time to be your city manager.

All these wonderful projects coming to life continues to remind me how blessed and honored I am to serve the City of Rochelle. However, it is not always about the city as an organization.

After all, we only exist because of our residents and business owners. There are many amazing groups I have had the pleasure of volunteering for and working with the past few years. There are too many to name and I do not want to leave anyone out.

However, what I will encourage everyone to do, if you feel a calling to it, is volunteer. Sure, the city as an organization can be successful, but as a community we cannot, without volunteers supporting all the local nonprofits and social service organizations that serve our community.

For the past several months a small group of volunteers planned and implemented the Cinco De Mayo event in early May. I attended the event and heard from numerous residents about their appreciation. I could not agree more, however that event would not have happened without the resolute volunteers who worked to see it happen.

In August, our community will once again host the Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival. Again, another community event completely started by and run by volunteers. I urge you to reach out to them to volunteer and give of your time.

Thank you to everyone who gives more than they receive and who works to make our community a better place. Blessings to you all.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”-Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Volunteer! Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe  

Jeffrey A. Fiegenschuh, MPA, ICMA-CM is the city manager of the City of Rochelle.


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