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Rock Falls reclassifies more downtown zoning

First read given to extension for well water users

ROCK FALLS – The city continued to pave the way for future development by changing zoning in portions of the downtown for mixed-used development.

The City Council’s action at Tuesday’s meeting brings the entire downtown area into mixed-use classification, thus giving the city a leg up in developing the riverfront. Mixed use allows for everything from retail and office building to recreational and residential entities. It gives officials an advantage if the zoning is already in place for a variety of uses.

Aldermen Brian Snow, Glen Kuhlemier and David Hand were absent. Alderman Daehle Reitzel recused himself from voting, because he has a business in the downtown TIF district, so Mayor Bill Wescott voted on the ordinance.

Reitzel also recused himself, for the same reason, from two other items that were approved. In one, the council authorized City Administrator Robbin Blackert to seek proposals from engineers for a project to subdivide areas north of East Second Street in the RB&W district.

The other was to approve a motion for publication of requests for proposals for redevelopment of a portion of that RB&W district east of the assess drive.

An ordinance to extend the deadline for residents using well water to hook up to the city system was given a first read. The deadline, originally April 2014, would be backed up to Oct. 1.

“We have been dealing with some other water issues, and the weather has backed things up a bit,” Wescott said.

Alderman Jim Schuneman wanted reassurance that the city would be ready by October.

“I want to make sure that if we extend this, our end will get done by Oct. 1,” Schuneman said.

About 248 well water users are now required by ordinance to connect to the city water supply. Water Department Superintendent Ted Padilla said he was confident they would be ready by the time the new deadline hits.

“We have approximately 150 left to do,” Padilla said. “About 50 to 75 of those need boxes yet.”

The council went into executive session for a collective bargaining issue.

Next meeting

The Rock Falls City Council next meets at 6:30 p.m. April 1, at City Hall, 603 W. 10th St. 

The agendas will be posted at and at City Hall. Call 815-622-1100 for more information.

The City Council meeting also can be viewed live on Channel 5.

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