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RMU Receives Renewable Energy Award

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Rochelle Municipal Utilities has been selected as a recipient of this year's Northern Illinois Renewable Energy Summit & Expo's "Leadership by Example" award. This recognition is meant to highlight area individuals, businesses, organizations, and Municipalities that have implemented renewable energy projects and practices in Transportation, Utility Scale Generation, Building Integration and Controls Technologies, Green Roofs, Large and Small Scale Solar, PV and Solar Heating/Cooling, Wind, Manufacturing, Waste to Energy and Recycling or Repurposing and more.

RMU is receiving the Renewable Energy Urban Initiative Award as a result of investments in solar and bio-gas energy solutions. Construction is underway on a 313KW Photovoltaic Solar Plant located at the water treatment facility. The City of Rochelle received a $500,000 grant from ICECF to fund the project

Electrical Project Status Update

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Rochelle Municipal Utilities 5kv conversion underground electrical project is underway. Residents have likely noticed our contractor, Utility Dynamics with equipment and construction in utility easements throughout back yards over the past several weeks and work will continue as weather permits in the coming months.

The 5kv project is a five-phase project with one phase slated to be completed each year, as funding permits. Phase 1 is underway now in the North and West sections of Rochelle including the following streets:

-Carrie Avenue
-North 14th Street
-Sunset Terrace
-Highland Avenue
-Scott Avenue
-Joanne Lane
-Tilton Park Drive
-1000-1100 blocks of North 7th Street

Residents are asked to leave any flag markers in their yard until work is completed. Missing flags will result in additional location services and an increase in project time and cost. Please keep children and animals away from any construction equipment.

The City of Rochelle is pleased to announce the addition of Adam Lanning to our team as the RMU Superintendent of Water and Water Reclamation. He will begin his new position on September 29.


Mr. Lanning holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Illinois State University in Geology and a Master of Science, also from Illinois State University, in Hydrogeology. He was most recently employed as the Deputy Director of Operations for the City of Frankfort, Kentucky Sewer Division. Well versed in his field, Lanning says, "The position offers an opportunity to build my professional career in the water and wastewater field as this represents my personal and professional interests. I look forward to helping the community of Rochelle provide clean water to the residents as well as to the receiving waters of Illinois."


A native of Northern Illinois, Lanning is ready to return to the area. "I am looking forward to the position in Rochelle because it is close to my home town of Ashton where my family resides," he said.

Community Alert Drawing Winners

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The following people won the weekly drawings in May and June as a result of registering for the Community Alert Program.

Rosita.jimenez3213
Valhall
Oconnor
Ladonnacook47
Kiddyland
Amy.tsimple
Chardon4
Tdanner630

GRAND PRIZE WINNER (NEST THERMOSTAT): gwenhayes

If this is the first part of your e-mail address, please send an e-mail to from that e-mail address listed above. You will be given information on where to pick up your prize.

Thank you to everyone who signed up for the Community Alert Program. Anyone can still sign up at any time. The program is designed to assist customers with conserving electricity, controlling future electric costs and reducing the environmental impact.

If you have any questions, please contact the RMU Customer Service Department at 815-562-4155 or .

Pride in Public Power

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Monday, July 14th, 2014 RMU Water Operators repaired the water main break in the 1100 block of North Seventh Street.. As a result of the work, a Precautionary Boil Order has been issued for customers along Highway 251 between Carrie Avenue and Flagg Road.

As a reminder during the precautionary boil order, all customers in the affected area should boil all water used for drinking and cooking for a minimum of 5 minutes before using. Customers will be notified once the boil order is lifted and the water is safe to drink.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

pdf Boil Order Map 1100 Block N. 7th (66 KB)

RMU will build a 300 kW Solar Plant at the Water Treatment Plant to add to its Renewable Energy sources.  Solar Plants have the capability to reduce peak demand which is an increasing part of energy costs.

RMU already has renewable energy in its mix with the Bio-Gas plant at the landfill.  RMU is continuously looking at ways to reduce cost of energy to its customers in Rochelle and surrounding areas.

Road Closure

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, Caron Road is scheduled to be closed in the Industrial area between Steam Plant Road and Timber Lane.  Weather permitting; the roadway will be closed for water main work between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Signage will be placed on both Caron Road and Steward Road indicating the road closure.  If you have any questions, please contact the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

May 27, 2014 Power Outage

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Due to the events of the weekend power outage, the generation plant had to restart an engine which caused a short power outage this morning.  Approximately 3000 customers were affected.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

RMU is introducing a new incentive for commercial and industrial customers in the area of Renewable Energy.  Solar Plants have the capability to reduce peak demand which is an increasing part of energy costs.  RMU is offering a $100/kW installed/year rebate for the first 5 years of a solar plant.

Contact RMU Customer Service for more information on this incentive.  RMU is continuously looking at potential ways to reduce cost of energy to itscustomers in Rochelle and surrounding areas.

RMU WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION

 

On Thursday, May 29, 2014 weather permitting; Martin and Company is scheduled to abandon a section of water main as part of the School Avenue bridge project.

 

In order to perform the work, water service will be interrupted in the 1000 block of Parkview Drive from McConaughy to School Avenue and a precautionary boil order will be issued. Service will be interrupted from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 29th.

 

The customers affected by the shutdown should boil all water used for drinking and cooking for a minimum of five minutes before use. Customers in the affected area will be given notice when the boil order begins and when it is over.

 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

 

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 RMU Water Operators repaired a water main break in the 500 block of South Second Street. As a result of the work, a Precautionary Boil Order has been issued.

As a reminder during the precautionary boil order, all customers in the 500 block of South Second Street should boil all water used for drinking and cooking for a minimum of 5 minutes before using. RMU anticipates that the boil order will be lifted on Saturday, May 24th. Customers will be notified once the boil order is lifted and the water is safe to drink.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155

Friday, 1:15 p.m. the Boil Order on Garfield Drive has been lifted.  Notices will be delivered to each residence within the hour.

Kathy Cooper, Water/Water Reclamation Superintendent

RMU Water Operators had to shut off the water on Garfield Drive in order to repair the water main.  A boil order has been issued for the residents on Garfield Drive and in the 400 and 500 blocks of South 9th Street.  Customers are reminded to boil all water used for drinking and cooking for a minimum of 5 minutes.  We anticipate the boil order will be lifted on Friday, but customers in the affected area will be notified once the boil order has been lifted.

Any questions should be directed to the Customer Service Office at 815-562-4155.

 

Annual Hydrant Flushing Update

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The annual city-wide flushing program is completed.  The operators will continue to do flushing on some dead end mains on a monthly basis.

Annual Hydrant Flushing

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014, Rochelle Municipal Utilities will begin their annual hydrant flushing project.  The fire hydrants are opened and allowed to run in an effort to circulate water in the underground water mains.  It will take approximately three weeks to complete the entire system.  RMU Water Operators will be flushing the hydrants on Monday through Friday each week from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

RMU reminds water service customers that they may experience some discoloration in the water supply for a short period of time following the work.  We advise customers to open cold water faucets for several minutes until the water becomes clear to insure all of the discoloration has been removed.  Customers are reminded not to launder clothing in water that has been discolored, since the clothing may become stained.

If you would like to see what area of town is affected, we will post a daily notice on our web site at www.rmu.net.  If you have any questions, please contact RMU Customer Service at 815-562-4155.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 (weather permitting) RMU Water Operators are scheduled to repair the water main at 115 North 15th Street.  RMU Operators intend to work from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 22nd.  Flaggers will be in the area as vehicular traffic will be impacted.  Traffic will be limited to one lane during the repair.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

Water Main Repair - 195 Irene

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, RMU Water Operators will repair a water main break at 195 Irene.  The break is in the parkway and repairs will begin at approximately 10:00 a.m.  RMU does not anticipate any water service interruptions, but customers in the area may experience low water pressure and discolored water when the operators are making the repair.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

Residents can expect to see a great deal of activity along the IL Route 251 corridor between IL Route 38 and Flagg Road in the coming months as Rochelle Municipal Utilities begins Phase 1 of its electrical system infrastructure upgrade.

The five-phase project, Rochelle 5KV Conversion, will increase the efficiency of the power of the lines by limiting system loss and increasing capacities from 5,000 volts to 13,500 volts. "The City of Rochelle began electrical operations in 1893 as City Light and Power and much of the infrastructure we are replacing was built in the early 1920s," said Joe Orlikowski, RMU Superintendent of Electric Operations. "Over time, the lower voltage results in more system loss and, as you can imagine, the average household demand for electricity is much greater today."

In addition to the residential demand, Rochelle industry also continues to grow."The City of Rochelle's load growth has gone up 3 percent each year for the last three years," said Jeff Sartorius, RMU Assistant Superintendent of Electric Operations. "Before the economic downturn, it was 7.5 percent each year." The anticipated five-year project partitions the city into five phases, each to be completed in subsequent years.

"If the City keeps its current funding commitments, the project will take five years to complete – approximately one phase per year," Orlikowski said. Some areas will receive new wires, either overhead or underground, and others will receive utility pole replacements. Phase 1, estimated to cost $1.4 million, is scheduled to commence construction on May 5 and be completed in early October of this year.

"We can't upgrade the entire city at the same time," Orlikowski said. "We chose to begin on the north end as the State of Illinois is planning to widen Route 251
to five lanes between Route 38 and Flagg Road. We need to install our underground infrastructure before that happens."

Cost estimates for the remaining phases are $1.5 million for Phase 2; $1.5 - $1.8 million for Phase 3; $2 million for Phase 4; and $1.2 million for Phase 5. The differences in the cost of the phases are primarily due to the necessity of placing some of the upgraded infrastructure underground, as will be the case with the downtown business district. The cost is four times greater to go underground.

"Rates will not go up due to this infrastructure upgrade,"Orlikowski said. "That's not to say residents won't see a rate increase for other reasons. What forces us to raise rates is the power we purchase – those rates may go up."

Rochelle Municipal Utilities wants the community to be aware that there will be many utility workers in the residential neighborhoods, mostly Monday through Friday during business hours of 7 a.m. through 5 p.m, however,some Saturday work may also take place especially if weather delays happen.

"This is a massive job and safety is the big concern for me," Orlikowski said. "We'll be in neighborhoods and kids need to be warned to stay away from the equipment. There will be a lot of activity and big trucks. Parents, please keep a close watch on your children."

Residents in Phase 1 should also be aware that construction workers will periodically be on their property marking the placement of underground infrastructure and upgrading the system. Residents are asked to please leave the flag markers in their yard until the work is completed.

"We know it's a pain to mow around the flags, but it should only be one or two week sections at a time and workers will remove the flags when they are done," Sartorius said. "If the flags are missing, JULIE will have to locate again, which will delay the project and increase the costs."

The construction contract is scheduled to be awarded on April 14. "RMU will announce the name of the construction company when it awards the contract. Residents will be able to identify the workers by the name on their trucks in addition to the hard hats and reflective vests they will be wearing. These workers should also be able to produce a company I.D. if asked," Orlikowski added.

The first portion of Phase 1 will be prep work and laying the underground cable. The second portion will be installation and cutting over to increase voltage.

"There will be coordinated outages during the installation portion of the project," Orlikowski said. "We will
give residential customers notice a couple of days in advance and businesses a one-week notice of the planned outage as we transfer service."

Rochelle Municipal Utilities, local people providing local services, thanks the community in advance for their cooperation and understanding during this important electrical infrastructure upgrade.

"We've gotten our money's worth out of our old system," Orlikowski said. "It's time to improve our efficiency and capacity for our current customers and prepare for the future.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, RMU Water Operators will repair a broken water main at 108 Shirley Avenue.  The work will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m.  RMU does not anticipate any water service interruptions, however customers in the area may experience low water pressure and discolored water during the repairs.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

Friday, March 7, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. the Boil Order was lifted.  Customers have been advised that the water is safe to drink. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014 RMU Water Operators will repair the water main break at 303 8th Avenue.  The work will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m.  and as a result of the work, a Precautionary Boil Order has been issued.

Customers residing at 221 and 303 8th Avenue, 311 6th Avenue and the 600, 700 and 800 blocks of North 3rd Street have been affected.  As a reminder during the precautionary boil order, all customers in the affected area should boil all water used for drinking and cooking for a minimum of 5 minutes before using.  Customers will be notified once the boil order is lifted and the water is safe to drink. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155. 

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