MENDOTA – Information on this year’s leaf collection program and Halloween activities were among the items discussed by the Mendota City Council at its Sept. 4 regular meeting.
Alderman Jim Fitzpatrick announced that the city’s annual leaf vacuum program will begin on Monday, Oct. 15. Pick-up will be on the day after your garbage collection. The leaves should be placed at the curb (not in the road) and must not contain sticks or branches.
Fitzpatrick presented a request from Scott Bickett to use Lake Mendota Park for an All-American Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. The council approved.
The city’s 2018 street maintenance program has been completed. Also, the First Avenue project is finished with the exception of sodding around the bridge. The street is now open to traffic.
Council members were presented with three bids for Phase II of the Mendota sanitary pump station and associated piping for the ADM flour mill facility. By a straw vote, the council accepted the low bid of SKI Sealcoating & Maintenance, Inc. of LaSalle in the amount of $105,000. The council will formally vote on the measure at its next meeting.
Alderman John Pierson reported on the results of two issues that went before the Plan Commission at an Aug. 30 meeting. Per the recommendation of the Plan Commission, the council agreed to allow a request from Garry and Rita Borelli to divide a parcel of land, including with variances.
The other matter pertained to adding solar farms as a permitted use in M District. No action was taken by the council.
Alderman Bill Hunt said that the city received a request to make a monetary donation to the American Legion Post 540 for new Christmas lights in Veterans Park. The city had already decided to use its equipment and manpower to install the lights, so the council agreed that it would not donate money.
Mayor David Boelk presented the date and times for Halloween Trick or Treating in Mendota. Trick or treating will be on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 3-5 p.m. at Mendota businesses and from 5-7 p.m. in the neighborhood.
Mayor Boelk said the city received a letter from operators of a proposed pet store in downtown Mendota. The store owners would like to include reptiles for sale, however, there is a city ordinance that does not allow private ownership of reptiles in Mendota. After discussion, the council decided it does not want to change the ordinance.
The next regular meeting of the Mendota City Council will be Monday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.