Council OKs license & donation requests


Staff writer

MENDOTA – The Mendota City Council approved a license addition and a donation request at its June 20 regular meeting.

Alderman Jay Miller informed the council of a request from Mendota Banquet Center LLC for a Class H rental hall license, which was approved by the council subject to the passing of life-safety code requirements for the building. The facility will be located at the old Classon’s Foods building on Meriden Street.

Alderman John Holland presented a donation request from Mendota Area Senior Services. The council agreed to donate $5,000 to MASS.

Holland also called for a finance committee meeting to be held Monday, June 27 at 5 p.m. The purpose is to discuss employee wages.

Alderman John Hessenberger said a Plan Commission meeting will be held Monday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers to discuss Zoning Text Amendments pertaining to solar farms.

Police Chief Greg Kellen played a video for the council pertaining to mental illness and prepared by Arukah Institute of Healing based in Princeton. Arukah serves LaSalle, Bureau, Putnam and Marshall counties. Arukah provides client-centered, complementary health and counseling services to foster prevention, wellness and mental health in rural communities.

Kellen said that approximately 20 percent of the calls answered by the Mendota Police Department are associated with mental health issues. He added that MPD officers are trained in crisis intervention for handling mental health cases.

The next regular meeting of the Mendota City Council will be Tuesday, July 5 at 5:30 p.m.


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