City moves forward with second phase of South Main Street improvements

ROCHELLE — The City of Rochelle is moving forward with the second phase of the South Main Street improvements after council approved an agreement with the state.

In 2008, the portion of South Main Street, from Veterans Parkway to Steam Plant Road, was identified on the city’s 10-year capital improvement plan.

The approval at the council meeting on Tuesday gives authorization to Mayor Chet Olson to execute the agreement on behalf of the city.

A resolution establishing a Class II designated truck route was also approved.

In 2015 the City of Rochelle requested funding from the Ill. Dept. of Transportation through the Economic Development Program to provide roadway access to Rochelle Foods in conjunction with their expansion.

In November of 2015, IDOT approved the request subject to an agreement between EDP and the City of Rochelle along with other conditions including a resolution to define limits of the truck route.

“The agreement is the mechanism for releasing funds and beginning the period in which the project must be under a construction contract,” as read on the council agenda. “The construction project must be awarded and contracted by Mar. 31, 2021.

The truck route established is along South Main Street from Veterans Parkway to Steam Plant Road.

Council members approved a liquor license for the new Fuzion 6 Casual Bar and Grill to be located at 200 N. Washington Street. The license will allow retail sales of alcoholic beverages by a restaurant for consumption on the premises. This makes the seventh license of that type.

Other business

Council approved an ordinance amendment in regards to the old Lincoln School and Hub Theater agreement to include four parcels inadvertently omitted.

Council also approved several policies including a revised balance policy, expenses policy, and a grant policy for the city.

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