By KIP CHEEK
MENDOTA – The Mendota City Council approved several TIF-related ordinances and amended an ordinance concerning bee hives at its Aug. 16 regular meeting.
Jay Miller presented several items for the council’s consideration, including an issue dealing with bee hives. At a July council meeting, a Mendota resident asked that the council consider adopting an ordinance allowing residents to maintain a bee hive in the city limits. A committee meeting was held earlier in August, at which time it was decided to amend the municipal code to allow bee hives with certain restrictions. The issue came up for a vote before the full council and it passed by a 5-3 margin.
In other action from Miller, the council approved a video gaming license for Frida’s at 714 Illinois Ave.
During John Holland’s report, the council adopted at extension until Dec. 31, 2022, for the completion of Mendota TIF District I, TIF District VII and TIF District VIII redevelopment project area, plan, projects and obligations.
Jim Fitzpatrick presented a request from the Mendota VFW Auxiliary to have its annual Poppy Days on Friday, Aug. 20 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 21 from 8 a.m.-noon at the intersection of Main and Meriden streets. The council approved the request.
Mayor David Boelk extended a huge thank you to everyone involved in whatever capacity in responding to the horrific storm that hit Mendota on Aug. 11. Boelk said there was so much support from so many individuals, organizations and departments in response to the immense devastation that was caused by the storm. He added, “There was a lot of neighbors helping neighbors.” He also personally thanked all city employees that responded to the situation and said he was amazed at how much got cleaned up so quickly.
Mayor Boelk also issued a thank-you to everyone for putting on another successful Sweet Corn Festival.
Dave McNally, chairman of the Police & Fire Commission, addressed the council, stating there is a shortage of manpower in the fire department. He asked that the city look into possibly hiring three full-time employees for the department. The Public Safety committee will schedule a meeting to discuss the matter.
The next regular meeting of the Mendota City Council will be Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m.