Two new aldermen join Mendota City Council

City attorney Mike Guilfoyle issues the oath of office to newly-elected Mendota aldermen at the May 6 meeting. Left to right, are Mark Peasley, Jay Miller, John Holland and John Hessenberger. (Reporter photo)

MENDOTA – Two new aldermen were welcomed to the Mendota City Council at the council’s regular meeting on May 6.

Before the council members were sworn in, the previous council handled several items of business in the first of two meetings on the night.

Alderman John Holland gave a report on the Police & Fire pensions. He noted that the Fire Pension was up 5.9 percent as of March 31, 2019, and the Police Pension showed an increase of 6.6 percent.

Holland presented a request from the Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce for a $4,000 donation for this year’s fireworks show. Last year the council donated $4,000 because the Chamber was trying new things, however, Holland recommended that the council go back to donating its usual $1,500, which was approved by fellow council members.

In the Department Head portion of the meeting, police chief Greg Kellen complimented the city water department for helping stem the flow of water around the police department’s building during the heavy rains last week.

Kellen also issued a reminder to all dog owners that dogs must be kept on leashes at all times and in all areas of the city.

The council adjourned the first meeting and opened the second meeting with the swearing-in ceremony for aldermen elected to the council in April. Two new aldermen took the oath of office from city attorney Mike Guilfoyle – Jay Miller in the Third Ward and Mark Peasley in the Fourth Ward. Also sworn in were incumbents John Hessenberger (First Ward) and John Holland (Second Ward).

In other items, alderman Jim Fitzpatrick presented the annual Motor Fuel Tax resolution in the amount of $255,000, which was approved by the council.

The council also agreed to a request from the Knights of Columbus to hold its annual Tootsie Roll Tag Days on Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21 at the intersection of Main and Meriden streets. The event benefits people with intellectual disabilities.

In action from Holland’s report, the council approved amending the wage ordinance that was passed on April 15.

Alderman Kyle Kim issued a thank you to the Mendota Garden Club for planting tulips around the Mendota Civic Center sign at Route 251 and Tom Merwin Drive, and stated that more beautification will be done around the civic center property in the future.

Kim also reported that a Mommy & Me Princess Tea was held at the civic center on May 5.

The next regular meeting of the Mendota City Council will be Monday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m.


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