By KIP CHEEK
MENDOTA – The Mendota City Council handled several items of business during a special meeting on Oct. 6, including setting trick-or-treat hours.
Mendota will allow trick-or-treating on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. The state of Illinois has announced Halloween COVID-19 guidance encouraging social distancing while trick-or-treating.
Those passing out candy should maintain six feet from trick-or-treaters and wear proper face coverings, according to the guidance, and trick-or-treating should be done in groups with household members only. Also, state officials said households should consider leaving individually wrapped candy on a table in driveways or in front of walkways to allow for social distancing.
Further, the state said that a costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering. If face coverings are worn under the costume mask, please ensure that this does not create any breathing problems, and if it does, don't discard your face covering. Put the costume mask aside.
In Aldermanic reports, John Holland presented an ordinance amending salaries of elected and appointed officials, which was approved by the council to be effective May 1, 2021. Officials and their annual salaries are: mayor - $8,000; treasurer - $4,000; city clerk - $31,500; aldermen - $7,200; city attorney - $12,000. City clerk compensation is for those duties performed in the capacity of city clerk only.
The annual city fire hydrant flushing began on Oct. 13 and will continue until approximately Friday, Oct. 23. The work will be performed between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. each weekday. Residents should be reminded that red or rusty colored water can occur even when flushing activities are not in your immediate area. Residents are encouraged to check their water prior to routine household activities such as laundry. If laundry staining does occur, do not dry the affected clothing as this will ‘set’ the stain. Clothing should be kept wet until laundry aids that can remove the staining are applied.
Fire hydrant flushing is an important part of the Mendota Water Department’s maintenance program of the water distribution system. The most important aspect of this program is the assurance of properly operating fire hydrants in the event of an emergency.