City Council OKs bids for asbestos abatement, inspections & permits

Listening session held about codes

By Kip Cheek, Managing Editor
Posted 4/3/24

MENDOTA – The Mendota City Council approved several bids and requests, and heard more feedback into the city’s code enforcement plans at its April 1 regular meeting.

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City Council OKs bids for asbestos abatement, inspections & permits

Listening session held about codes

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MENDOTA – The Mendota City Council approved several bids and requests, and heard more feedback into the city’s code enforcement plans at its April 1 regular meeting.

ALDERMANIC REPORTS

Alderman John Hessenberger presented a zoning variance request from Deb Corrigan to build a shed at 509 12th Ave., which was approved by the council.

Also during Hessenberger’s report, the council approved a plat-in-lieu of subdivision request from Butch and Mary VanKeulen for property at the old Mendota Community Hospital site.

Alderman Jim Fitzpatrick presented several items for the council’s consideration. The council approved a request from the Mendota Museum & Historical Society to close a portion of Eighth Street on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the annual Railroad Crossing & Heritage Day event.

The council approved a bid from B&B Environmental Contractors of Rockford in the amount of $70,525 for asbestos abatement at 704 Illinois Ave.

Fitzpatrick announced that applications for lifeguard positions at the Mendota swimming pool are available to pick up at the Mendota City Clerk’s office and will be accepted through Monday, April 8.

Alderman John Holland informed fellow council members of a request from Graves-Hume Public Library for a $5,000 donation for its summer reading program. The council accepted the request.

Alderman Jay Miller said after much discussion, it was decided to accept a contract with SAFEbuilt to do building inspections and issue building permits, effective May 1.

Miller called for a license committee meeting to be held at 5 p.m. Monday, April 8 in the council chambers.

OTHER BUSINESS

Mayor David Boelk issued a proclamation that April 14-20 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

Police Chief Greg Kellen reported that 94 citations for violation of the public nuisance ordinance were issued in March.

In business from the floor, a citizen asked the council if it would consider an ordinance allowing golf carts on city streets. Boelk said the council has considered that in the past and is not accepting of such an ordinance.

A property owner said he was ticketed for a public nuisance violation created by a tenant at one of his properties and questioned why the perpetrator was not issued a violation. City attorney Mike Guilfoyle said the property owner is always the one who receives the ticket, but the city will look further into the ordinance.

At the conclusion of the regular meeting, the council held a listening session focused on building permits, inspections and code enforcement. Earlier this year, the state of Illinois passed legislation (Public Act 103-0510) to require statewide building codes for new or substantially improved buildings starting Jan. 1, 2025. After reviewing its own codes and processes, the city felt a need to streamline its permits, re-establish ordinances and policies, and enforce codes.

The city drafted a Building Construction, Renovation and Occupancy Permitting Handbook for residential and commercial buildings that was available for review at the meeting. Before finalizing the handbook, the council and city officials held a listening session for residents to give feedback of the permits and processes needed to be followed as well as the changes being recommended.

After hearing all comments, the city will make any necessary changes to the preliminary handbook. The handbook is expected to be approved prior to May 1.

The next regular meeting of the Mendota City Council will be Monday, April 15 at 5:30 p.m.