City Council adopts ordinance creating code hearing unit


MENDOTA – The Mendota City Council created several ordinances dealing with city ordinance violations and gave its support to the values of the Reimagine Mendota organization at its Feb. 5 regular meeting.

Alderman John Hessenberger presented a resolution in which the city would give its support in a partnership with the Illinois Housing Development Authority for housing needs assessment and community revitalization planning. The council passed the resolution with two dissenting votes.

Annie Short, city project director, said IHDA offers at no cost such things as a feasibility study to see what kind of housing is needed in a community as well as making aware grant opportunities to communities. It was emphasized that there are no strings attached to a partnership with IHDA.

Alderman John Holland presented several ordinances for the council’s consideration. The council approved an ordinance creating a code hearing unit effective March 1. Beginning in May and continuing every other month, a hearing officer will handle cases in Mendota involving city ordinance code violations instead of them being heard in Ottawa. By having the hearings in Mendota, it will allow the city to keep a larger portion of the fine revenue.

In a related matter, the council approved an ordinance amending Chapter 1 of the Municipal Code specific to fines.

Also during Holland’s report, the council adopted an ordinance establishing a fund balance/net assets policy and approved an ordinance declaring surplus revenue from TIF 2022 in the amount of more than $26,000. That money will be returned to the county for distribution.

Alderman Jay Miller presented a license addition request from the Mendota Moose Lodge to add two video gaming terminals, which was approved by the council.

Alderman Vicki Johnson shared a resolution concerning the Reimagine Mendota-Community Heart & Soul organization asking for the city’s acceptance of the group’s value statements. The council passed the resolution.

The group has developed the following value statements:

People: We love the small-town feel of our friendly, caring community where people can engage and connect, creating a sense of home.

Community: We are dedicated to sustaining a safe environment, excellent schools and community activities that make Mendota a great place to live and raise families.

Businesses: We value our local businesses, services and health care systems, providing hometown convenience in meeting everyday needs.

Location: We appreciate Mendota’s location as a crossroads of highways and rails, giving us convenient access to larger cities while still benefitting from living in a small town.

Recreation: We cherish our lakes and parks that enhance the quality of life and connection to the community and others.

Events: We treasure our long-standing events while embracing new activities that reflect our evolving community and bring our community together.

History: We take pride in our unique history and encourage growth and revitalization so all can feel like they belong.

The next regular meeting of the Mendota City Council will be Monday, Feb 19 at 5:30 p.m.