January 12, 2023

Your Weekly City News...City Views!!
This weeks photo provided by Public Works Director Brent Anderson.
Non-Emergency City Offices will be closed January 16, 2023

Non-Emergency City Offices will be closed Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King Day. City Offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 17, 2023.

The City of Belvidere would like to welcome the newest member of the Belvidere Police Department, Jonathon Hernandez. Jonathon was sworn in on Friday, January 6th. Congratulations!

Pictured above: DC Patrick Gardner, DC Matt Wallace, Officer Jonathon Hernandez, Police Chief Shane Woody and Mayor Clinton Morris.
New Developments

Planning Zoning Commission Meeting of January 10th:

Cases 2023-01, 2023-02 and 2023-03 are all related to Project Yukon.  In order to meet the needs of this 1.24 million square-foot cold storage distribution center, 55 acres located southwest of S. Appleton Road and the R/R tracks needed to be rezoned from general industrial to heavy industrial in order to mirror the surrounding property's zoning. The remaining lots in Crosslink Business Park plus the 55 acres were preliminary platted to show 2 detention lots, one large lot for Project Yukon and a smaller building lot west of Crosslink Parkway. Also, due to traffic safety concerns and logistical needs- Crosslink Parkway and Morreim Drive’s intersection will be reconfigured. The project will be developed as a planned development. Although the majority of the property has been zoned industrial since at least 1973 and distribution centers and semi-truck parking are permitted uses, the applicant requested deviations from the zoning ordinance. Deviations include the height of the building, due to enclosing the roof-top mechanical and space needs, portions of the building will be up to 125 feet. Parking lot design and signage will also be catered towards truck traffic versus passenger vehicle traffic. PZC recommended approval for all 3 cases and forwarded them to city council for consideration.

Case 2023-04 is for a daycare center that will be occupying the vacant medical building (2170 Pearl Street) between Belvidere Family Pet and Symphony Northwoods nursing home . The applicant intends to accept children between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 years and there will be a fenced in outside play area. The applicant requested a special use to allow a daycare center within the planned office district. PZC recommended approval and forwarded to city council for consideration.

Case 2023-05 is for a variance for the General Mills distribution center being constructed at 1210 Irene Road. Due to the realignment of Irene Road, in order to avoid access points on the curve, all traffic is being directed through a singular access drive. Due to the amount of semi-truck and passenger vehicle traffic, this drive aisle will function more as a road than a driveway so it is being constructed wider than the code permits in order to accommodate 6 lanes of traffic and turning movements. PZC approved (variances are not forwarded to city council).

Cases 2023-06 and 2023-07 are for a cannabis dispensary at 1874 Crystal Parkway. Once an end user was located, it was determined that Lot 3 was too small so 4 lots within the 7 lot Belvidere Retail Subdivision are being replatted in order to increase the size of Lot 3. The request of a planned development for Lot 3 is to permit the retail sales of cannabis products (no on-site consumption) as well as certain parking, lighting and signage deviations. In order to avoid numerous curb cuts, a frontage road type access drive is being created to cater to Lots 3-7 of the subdivision. Due to this, the drive will be wider than a typical parking lot driveway. Signage will also be larger so that those exiting the tollway will be able to see it and a large freestanding sign will advertise numerous businesses within the subdivision, not just the dispensary. In order to accommodate expected traffic levels, the parking lot has almost 4 times the required parking spaces. PZC recommended approval of both and forwarded to city council for consideration.

Happy Law Enforcement Appreciation Day !
January 9th was Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

If you know a police officer or have a police officer as a friend or family member, National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on January 9 is the perfect time to show officers we appreciate them and understand how difficult their job is.
Pictured above: Belvidere High School wished School Resource Officer Golden Happy Law Enforcement Day!!!
For the year 2022 your Belvidere Fire Department ran 3,242 calls for service averaging almost 9 calls a day. This is an increase of 3% over the last 5 years, an increase of 38% over the last 10 years and an increase of 80% over the last 20 years. Professional firefighters, providing professional service, Staffed 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year.

Our department will continue in 2023 to provide excellent service to the citizens of Belvidere, and those visiting or passing through, as we have done for for almost 140 years. These next few years are set up to bring a significant amount of growth to our city which will continue, and increase, our needs for service.
Upcoming Community Activities!
The Peanuts Movie will be playing at the Community Building on Friday, January 13th! Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Movie Starts at 6:30 p.m.

Free Entry, $1.00 Concessions and Free Popcorn. Bring the Whole Family!
New Police Officer Testing

We have immediate openings!
Great Pay! Excellent Community Support, Retiree Insurance, and Rapid Opportunities for Specialty Assignments!

Starting Pay: $61,431

12 hour shifts- work 7 out of 14 days

Benefits include but are not limited to: Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Deferred Comp. Eligible FSA Eligible, Generous Uniform Allowance- $1500/year Partial Tuition Reimbursement.

Minimum Qualifications:
21 years of age, High School Diploma, Valid Driver’s License, United States or Naturalized Citizen, meet Illinois Law criteria for criminal arrests.

The application window is currently open. All applications must be submitted by January 18, 2023 no later than 4:00pm.
Employment Opportunity - Public Works
The City of Belvidere, Illinois is seeking a highly motivated, qualified individual to serve as its Assistant Director of Public Works. The Assistant Director of Public Works reports to the Director of Public Works and provides management and oversight of the Public Works Department consisting of 31 employees and an annual operating budget of $7.5 million. Click here for more information.

For Eligible Residents of the City of Belvidere

LIWAP(Low Income Water Assistance Program) can help income eligible households who have received a Disconnection Notice to pay their Water/Sewer Bill.

Please call the United Way of Boone Co. 815-544-3144 for further information.
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City Hall Closed
Monday, Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

City Council Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7p.m.
Belvidere City Hall

Committee of the Whole Meeting
Jan. 23, 6p.m.
Belvidere City Hall

Historic Preservation Meeting
Jan. 24, 5:30p.m.
Belvidere City Hall
City Hall
401 Whitney Blvd.
Belvidere, IL 61008