MENDOTA – Leaves are falling and the city of Mendota can help you get rid of them. The start of the leaf vacuum program and several other items were discussed at the Mendota City Council meeting on Oct. 15.
Alderman Jim Fitzpatrick announced that the city’s annual leaf vacuum program began on Tuesday, Oct. 16. 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.
Alderman John Pierson informed fellow council members that there have been issues in the past with people putting fences, etc., on easements. Pierson said by ordinance, nothing can be put on an easement. He said he will direct the building inspector to pay special attention to this matter.
Alderman Walt Weiland wished everyone a happy Halloween and to be especially careful crossing streets since there will be an increase in vehicle traffic. Halloween trick-or-treat time in Mendota will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Under Mayor David Boelk’s business, the council briefly discussed the procedure for issuing licenses. Boelk said the city has to make sure it fulfills its responsibility to the public when considering a license request.
The mayor also announced a Fairness and Equality proclamation, which was approved.
Water Department superintendent Tim Kimrey said the Lake Mendota water tower is back online after recently being painted.
Kimrey added that the flushing of fire hydrants began on Oct. 16 and will likely continue through Friday, Oct. 26.
Four aldermanic seats will be up for election in April 2019. They are John Hessenberger, Ward 1; John Holland, Ward 2; Randy Morris, Ward 3; and Walt Weiland, Ward 4. Morris has indicated that he will not run for re-election.
Election packets are available at the city clerk’ office. The first day to turn in petitions is Monday, Dec. 10 and the last day to submit them is Monday, Dec. 17.
The next regular meeting of the Mendota City Council will be Monday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m.