Resurfacing of Route 251 in plans for Illinois Dept. of Transportation

City approves expenditure to make sidewalks along route ADA compliant

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By KIP CHEEK

Staff writer

MENDOTA – The Mendota City Council handled several items of business at its Feb. 1 regular meeting.

In aldermanic reports, Jim Fitzpatrick presented a resolution for funding the city’s portion of the 13th Avenue resurfacing project. The council approved an expenditure of $17,000 to repair the sidewalks so they comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The Illinois Department of Transportation is hoping to start the process of resurfacing Route 251 throughout the city sometime this year. The agreement between IDOT and the city will be null and void if the project is not awarded by June 1, 2023.

In action from John Holland’s report, the council approved a measure to amend the wage ordinance to reflect the creation of the new position of director of public works.

Mayor David Boelk commended all city workers for their excellent job in dealing with the recent snowfalls that have occurred in the city. He thanked everyone for working together to keep the city moving.

In a weather-related comment, Boelk said extremely cold weather is expected to invade the area this weekend and last for at least a week. He said that the city building on Eighth Avenue will be open as a warming center and the Civic Center might also be open for that purpose as well.

Boelk added that February is the shortest month of the year, “so when we get out of this, we’ve got brighter things to look forward to.”

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