Mendota City Council remembers former alderman

MENDOTA – The Mendota City Council remembered a fellow alderman and heard several recommendations at its Nov. 4 regular meeting.

After the Pledge of Allegiance, a moment of silence was held in the Council Chambers in memory of John Pierson, Second Ward alderman who passed away on Oct. 31.


“John loved Mendota,” said Mayor David Boelk. “He did a lot for the city during his time as an alderman.”

City attorney Mike Guilfoyle said Pierson had less than 28 months left on his aldermanic term and the mayor must appoint a replacement for the vacant seat within 60 days.


Bill Hunt handled all of the business from the aldermen. He said that the Plan Commission met on Oct. 28 to consider an annexation petition from Mike and Catherine Wasmer for land commonly known as 192 E. U.S. Highway 52. The Plan Commission approved the petition.

Guilfoyle said that a hearing must be held on the annexation agreement before the city council to decide terms of who is paying for water, sewer and any other expenses. The hearing was set for Monday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.

The Zoning Board of Appeals met before the council meeting to consider a request from Beck Oil Company for a height variance on a sign at its I-39 location. The Zoning Board of Appeals recommended approving the placement of a 30-foot sign, which was then authorized by the council.

Hunt said a Plan Commission meeting has been set for Thursday, Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers to consider the request for variance for a Conditional Use for the property located at 705 Sixth St. Total Biological Solutions wishes to blend/manufacture non-EPA restricted nutritional products for agricultural use.

Hunt informed the council that an agreement has been made with Gary Campbell to conduct a Phase I environmental survey on property at 805 Illinois Ave., formerly Campbell’s Cleaners. The end result will be demolition of the building.

The city is moving forward on hiring a new full-time firefighter for the Mendota Fire Department, said Hunt. That would bring the total full-timers to six.

Mayor Boelk thanked the Minute Breakers Model Boat Club for a donation to the city to be used in the parks department. The club holds its annual races at Lake Mendota in August.

The next regular meeting of the Mendota City Council will be Monday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m.


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