Three new faces on board

 ROCHELLE — The Rochelle Planning and Zoning commission has three new faces as of Monday evening.

Mike Myers, Gary Chiavini and Lyndon Leisher took their seats for the first time as commissioners, bringing the total to 9.

Following a brief introduction, building inspector Kip Countryman informed the commissioners that the scheduled public hearing regarding a sign variance had to be withdrawn due to circumstances surrounding the proposed signage located in the airport’s glide path. The process has been delayed with the FAA due to the temporary government shutdown.

The public hearing will be rescheduled for a later date.

Countryman took the opportunity Monday to update the commissioners on the various projects in progress including the Love’s Travel Stop, which is slated for opening in late May.

The former Del Monte No. 151 complex has been purchased and will be converted into indoor storage units. The project includes replacing the roof and demolishing the offices in the rear of the building.

Work continues for the Graber buildings downtown on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Lincoln Highway. All new windows and a roof is completed. Countryman indicated there is discussion to completely gut the inside of one of the buildings.

The Manor Court assisted living project is on schedule. The plans have been approved and the concrete is set to be poured once the weather warms up.

Countryman discussed the status of a new solar farm near Twombly Road by the Rochelle Municipal Utilities station. Currently the project is in the process of completing the necessary annexation agreements. The intent is to eventually sell solar power to RMU.

“There’s quite a bit going on in town,” Countryman said. “Activity is continuing at the new Americold facility construction site and the hospital is also adding new locker rooms and a break room.”

He added MightyVine is talking about an expansion along with being down to three prospective leasers/buyers for the former Nippon Sharyo buildings.


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