Good appointed Rochelle Firefighter Lieutenant

ROCHELLE — Jeremy Good was appointed to the position of Firefighter Lieutenant Monday evening, bringing with him a long list of credentials including licensed paramedic, trained rescue diver, trench rescue technician, hazardous materials technician, and certified fire officer.

Good joined the Rochelle Fire Dept. full time in May of 2006 after paid on call and as a volunteer for the Flagg Center Fire Dept. His father, Orville Good, Flagg Center Fire Chief officially pinned Good during the swearing in ceremony with Sue Messer, City Clerk.

Rochelle Fire Chief Dave Sawlsville officially welcomed Good to the position, crediting him with being a large contributor behind the scenes at the Fourth of July fireworks display last week.

Rochelle City Council approved the contract for the new Transloading yard for the City of Rochelle Railroad after considering all bids, Railworks Track Services has been awarded the project totaling over $1.4 million of which $202,280 is funding by the city. The remaining 85 percent of the project is funded through the Economic Development Administration and the Illinois Dept. of Transportation.

In relation to the rail expansion project, council approved the professional engineering services agreement with Hanson Professional Services at a cost not to exceed $398,896. The agreement is for all three contracts pertaining to the rail expansion — transloading yard, rail extension, and bridge construction over John’s Creek.

Jason Anderson, Economic Development Director explained the city’s portion of funding for this project is all generated from businesses that utilize the railroad.

“We’ve been setting money aside for years for this and so there is cash on hand to handle our portion of this,” Anderson said. “This money is generated through the private industry that uses the railroad.”

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