Council OKs ordinance dealing with solar farms


Staff writer

MENDOTA – The Mendota City Council approved an ordinance concerning solar farms at its July 18 regular meeting.

Alderman John Hessenberger presented the Plan Commission results from its July 11 meeting pertaining to text amendments to solar farm requirements. Per the recommendation of the Plan Commission, the council approved the ordinance. The ordinance amends the text of Articles IV, VII and XII of the zoning chapter of the Mendota Municipal Code to allow solar farms as a permitted use in Conservation-Recreation Districts.

In other action from Hessenberger’s report, it was learned the Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8 to discuss a setback variance request from Beck’s BP on 13th Avenue. Beck’s is asking for a setback variance on the south side of the lot from 40 feet to 20 feet.

Alderman Jim Fitzpatrick informed the council of a request from the Ballet Folklorico De Colores group to use Strouss Park to hold a fundraiser for the academy on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. The council approved the request.


During Mayor David Boelk’s report, the council approved the mayor’s recommendation to appoint Jan Phalen, Linda Hessenberger and Chris Ossman to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Mayor Boelk issued a thank you to the Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce and everyone else involved in putting on the city’s 4th of July fireworks celebration, which was held on July 9. He described it as a “spectacular show.”

The next regular meeting of the Mendota City Council will be Monday, Aug. 1 at 5:30 p.m.


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