By KIP CHEEK
MENDOTA – The Mendota City Council took action toward establishing a dog park and hired a new employee at its Sept. 6 regular meeting.
Alderman Jim Fitzpatrick presented a recommendation to hire Jeff Schillinger to the city’s Public Works Department, which was approved by the council.
Alderman Kyle Kim’s report included a proposed ordinance regarding additional costs for ambulance billing. The council approved the ordinance, which increases the cost for treatment during non-transport calls and also for refusals.
Alderman Jay Miller informed the council of a request from Beck Oil Co. for a Class D liquor license. The council approved the measure for Beck’s I-39 location.
Alderman Mark Peasley said three bids were submitted for fencing around a planned dog park in Mendota. The park is targeted for the area behind the sand volleyball court at the west edge of Lake Mendota Park. The low bid of $17,500 was accepted from A & K Fence of Peru for five-foot tall chain link fencing with black vinyl coating. The fenced area will be 100x200 feet and will be sectioned off for large dogs and small dogs. There will also be an unleashing area and agility obstacles for the dogs to play. It is hoped that the fencing can be installed before the end of the year. More work on the park will likely be needed next spring.
Mayor David Boelk proclaimed that Sept. 17-23 is Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Constitution Week.
Also during the mayor’s report, the council approved a resolution to include compensation as IMRF earnings.
City Clerk Emily McConville stated that information packets will be available at her office starting Tuesday, Sept. 20 for the April 4, 2023 Consolidated Election.
Fire Chief Dennis Rutishauser gave a report to the council regarding the Aug. 22 fire in the 800 block of Main Street. The chief said he was preparing a more detailed written report for the city officials. At the time of his report, demolition was still in progress and he anticipated opening the street to traffic by the weekend of Sept. 10.
The next regular meeting of the Mendota City Council will be Monday, Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m.