MENDOTA - Fall means falling leaves, and it also means the second season of the city of Mendota's highly-utilized leaf vacuum program.
Street Department superintendent Carl Ambler told Mendota City Council members at the Oct. 1 council meeting that the city workers will begin collecting leaves the week of Oct. 15. Like last year, residents who participate in the program are asked to place their leaves at the curbside so the vacuum can pick them up from the street. Residents are also asked to put only leaves in the piles, and no tree branches or limbs.
Pickup throughout the city will take place the day after your regular garbage collection.
In action from Alderman Del Knowlton's report, the council approved a zoning variance request from Mike DeLong to construct a two-car garage at 506 Ninth Ave. The existing garage will be torn down.
During Alderman Paul Norris's report, the council approved a subordination of surface rights for public road surfaces at Mendota Community Hospital. This will allow the hospital to receive state reimbursement on work done on the hospital roads.
Alderman Bill Hunt presented several items to fellow council members. First, the council approved a recommendation by the Mendota Historic Restoration and Preservation Commission to issue a grant in the amount of $3,500 for facade work on the building at 711 Washington St., which houses Anderson-Mosshart Clothing. Total cost of the work, which will be done to match that being done to the adjacent buildings owned by First State Bank, is $7,000.
The council will take into consideration a redevelopment agreement with the Stough Group, developers of the new senior housing complex on Plaza Drive, at its next meeting.
The council also acted on a franchise agreement with Comcast, which allows for the communication company to put up fiber and wire lines in the city's easement. The city, in turn, can charge a 5 percent franchise fee.
Alderman Walt Weiland said the drilling of the new well #9 east of town will begin within the next several weeks.
Weiland also informed the council that the metal roofing will be installed at the Mendota Civic Center in the next few weeks.
The next regular meeting of the Mendota City Council will be Monday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m.