With the construction of Mendota's new water tower completed, the city will turn its attention to the existing water tower at Lake Mendota. The Mendota City Council took action to address issues with the old water tower at its Feb. 7 regular meeting.
The existing water tower is in need of maintenance and painting, and the council recently sought bids for that work. With all bids turned in, the council awarded the maintenance/painting project to Am-Coat Painting, Inc. of Homer Glen in the amount of $335,000.
In action from Alderman Del Knowlton's report, the council approved a resolution in support of the DePue site remediation for clean-up of Lake DePue, and also approved a resolution in support of the I&M Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau.
During Alderman Jim Fitzpatrick's report, the council agreed to allow the use of Lake Mendota by Terry Ramer for a Custom Car Show on Sunday, June 5.
The council also approved a request for the use of Veterans Park by Mendota Evangelical Free Church for a concert by the Chosen Ones on Saturday, July 16.
Under Alderman Paul Norris's report, the council approved a resolution in support of the Mendota Sweet Corn Festival.
Norris also reported that the city has used four ton of salt on the streets this winter and has nearly exhausted its supply. Salt will be used sparingly the rest of the winter. Norris added that salt is very hard to come by for purchase by municipalities.
During Alderman Bill Hunt's report, the council heard a presentation by Dan Koehler from T-6 internet service of Belvidere, who would like the use of the city's new water tower to place an antenna for internet service. No action was taken.
Mayor David Boelk read a letter of thanks from officials at Mendota Elementary School District 289 for the city's help in keeping the school district's property safe for children and staff this school year.
Mayor Boelk added that all city workers involved in clean-up and citizen safety during the recent blizzard did an outstanding job.
Ian Ruppert, a Mendota High School senior, received support from the council on an Eagle Scout project he is doing. Ruppert will be constructing 14x30 flag retirement boxes to be placed around town. Anyone wishing to dispose of an old flag may place it in one of the boxes. Ruppert is hoping to complete the project by the end of February.
The next regular meeting of the Mendota City Council will be Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m.