New firefighter/paramedic joins Mendota Fire Dept.

Dave McNally of the Mendota Police & Fire Commission administers the oath of office to Jennifer Coppes, a new firefighter/paramedic with the Mendota Fire Department. (Reporter photo)


Staff writer

MENDOTA – The Mendota City Council met the newest member of the Mendota Fire Department at its Oct. 17 regular council meeting.

Jennifer Coppes was sworn in by Dave McNally of the Mendota Police & Fire Commission as a full-time firefighter/paramedic. Coppes, 35, of Earlville, has been a member of the Earlville Fire Department for 15 years. She is also a member of the MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) Division 25 Technical Rescue Team. Her hiring brings the fire department up to its full staffing level.


Alderman Jay Miller presented a request from Galaxy Restaurant LLC to obtain a Class G liquor license and a video gaming license. The request was approved by the council. The restaurant is located in the 700 block of Main Street.

Also, Miller said the LaSalle County Veterans Assistance Commission has requested that residents display green light bulbs outside their homes from Nov. 7-13 to honor veterans. Veterans Day is Friday, Nov. 11.

Alderman Jim Fitzpatrick reported that the Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce has requested to close parts of Indiana and Illinois avenues beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 through 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 for “A Mendota Christmas” event. The council agreed to the request.

The city’s leaf vacuum program will begin on Monday, Oct. 24. Leaves are picked up by ward – Monday for the First Ward, Tuesday for the Second Ward, Wednesday for the Third Ward and Thursday for the Fourth Ward. Friday is used as a catch-up day for city workers. Residents are asked to place their leaves at the curb, not in the street, and the leaves must not contain sticks, twigs or tree branches. 

Halloween trick-or-treat time in Mendota will be Monday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. Residents interested in handing out candy should put their porch light on. 

City clerk Emily McConville announced that a public meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the City Council Chambers, 607 Eighth Ave., to discuss an EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant proposal. The city is applying for the grant for activities associated with remediation of the former Campbell and Orozco sites, located at 805 and 807 Illinois Ave., Mendota. Starting Nov. 7, a draft proposal and the draft analysis of Brownfield Cleanup and Alternatives for the sites will be available for public review with the city clerk at the Mendota City Building, 800 Washington St. The draft documents will also be available for public review on the city’s website,

The next regular meeting of the Mendota City Council will be Monday, Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m.


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