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Council OKs annexation of campground property

ROCK FALLS – The City Council on Tuesday approved the annexation of property just east of the city limits that is being developed for use as a campground and RV park.

Local businessman Brent Porter wants to build the seasonal campground at 600 E. 17th St., just behind Crystal Lake, his swimming and go-cart facility.

About 17.44 acres for the project will be annexed into the city so the campground can hook up to city water, electric and sewer services.

City Building Inspector Mark Searing said he plans to meet with Porter to discuss what’s next with the three-phase project.

“The zoning is all ready, and now we’ve got him annexed in, so I will meet with him soon, just to make sure we’re on the same page,” Searing said. “I know he’s rough-cut the roads in, but that’s about all he’s done so far.”

Porter’s rezoning request from Ag-1 to Ag-1, special use was approved early last year. The council has also approved Porter’s requests to place signage advertising the campground near the intersection of U.S. Route 30 and Industrial Park Road.

In other action, City Administrator Robbin Blackert updated the council on video gaming receipts.

The city has 46 machines, and will receive $57,880.41 from the recently closed fiscal year.

“I wanted to wait for the end of the fiscal year,” Blackert said. “It appears that it’s leveling out somewhat, but we do have some new machines coming in.”

Blackert also shared numbers from the Illinois comptroller’s Debt Recovery Program. In the 2 years the city has turned over utilities debts to the free state program, the city’s collections have been up between $90,000 and $100,000.

“This program has been so successful in the utilities office, other debts are now being turned over to the program,” Blackert said.

The council approved a raise for the city administrator after an executive session. Blackert’s salary will increase from $65,000 to $68,250 for the next fiscal year.

The city also approved a $935 bid from James Friedricks of Sterling for the lease of 17 acres for hay harvesting at the industrial park. The 2-year agreement saves on manpower the city uses for mowing.

Bethany Bland, Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce CEO and president, announced that a circus, complete with elephants, will be in town June 24. The Carson & Barnes Circus will be at Gieson Motorsports, 800 E. Route 30, for shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets, available at Community State Bank and the chamber, are $6 for children and $12 for adults. Tickets bought at the gates will be $10 for kids and $16 for adults.

Next meeting

The Rock Falls City Council next meets at 6:30 p.m. June 3, 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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