Mendota Police Dept. to add deputy chief

Two LUCAS Chest Compression Systems were awarded to the Mendota Fire Department. (Photo contributed)

MENDOTA – The Mendota Police Department will be adding to its staff and the Mendota Fire Department will be adding vital equipment to its inventory, it was learned at the June 17 regular meeting of the Mendota City Council.

Alderman Kyle Kim presented an ordinance that was adopted by the rest of the council to allow the creation of a deputy chief of police position with the Mendota Police Department. Chief Greg Kellen said an assessment team will be formed and then will begin accepting applications and conducting interviews. At the conclusion of that process, a recommendation for employment will be presented to the mayor and the city council for their consideration.

Alderman John Holland presented two action items for the council. The first was a resolution for sale of surplus property located at the southwest corner of Eighth Street and Sixth Avenue, formerly the Mendota Farmers Co-op gas station. The city has put the site up for sale at 80 percent of its assessed value, which comes to $63,840. If no offers are made, the city will proceed through the normal route for selling property.

Holland’s second item of business was a recommendation from the Mendota Historic Restoration & Preservation Commission to allow for a façade grant up to $7,000 for the property at 814 Illinois Ave., owned by Gabe and Michelle Wade of Triple Service Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric. The council approved the recommendation.

Fire chief Dennis Rutishauser informed the council that the Mendota Fire Department has been selected as a grant recipient of two LUCAS Chest Compression Systems, awarded by the Mercyhealth Development Foundation.

The Mercyhealth Development Foundation Board of Directors recently committed more than $400,000 to purchase 30 LUCAS devices to 25 Mercyhealth EMS agencies. The LUCAS systems deliver high-quality mechanical CPR in a consistent manner, and have proven to improve cardiac arrest survival rates and save lives.

The next regular meeting of the Mendota City Council will be Monday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m.

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