Works begins on ADM flour milling facility

MENDOTA – The initial phases of the project to construct a flour milling facility for Archers Daniels Midland Company (ADM) in Mendota have begun, it was announced at the July 3 meeting of the Mendota City Council.

Mayor David Boelk reported that large equipment has been moved in and has begun moving dirt. The plant is to be located within and utilize the company’s existing rail loop positioned on the east side of I-39 and south of the BNSF main line. It is expected to be a two-year building process.

Police Chief Tom Smith reported that the Illinois Valley Regional Dispatch Center is now in operation. The dispatch central command, which is located in Peru, handles police, fire, ambulance and public works dispatch services for the cities of Mendota, LaSalle, Peru and Oglesby.

In aldermanic reports, John Pierson reported on the results of a Zoning Board of Appeals meeting held on June 29 to consider a zoning variance request by ADM. The Zoning Board of Appeals recommended to allow the request, which is for a height variance for a silo. The maximum allowed is 200 feet high, while ADM’s silo would be 212 feet. The council approved the request.

During Alderman Bill Hunt’s report, the council passed an ordinance providing for and approving the Third Amendment to the Mendota Tax Increment Financing District I Redevelopment Project Area, Plan & Projects. The area involves Starved Rock Wood Products in which some parcels of land will be removed that are overlapping each other.

The next regular meeting of the Mendota City Council will be Monday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m.

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