MENDOTA Further progression on the proposed McDonald's project is slightly delayed after the date of the Plan Commission meeting was changed at the Jan. 20 meeting of the Mendota City Council. Del Knowlton was voted as mayor pro-tem in Mayor David Boelk's absence.
The Plan Commission was scheduled to convene on Jan. 30 to consider variance requests from McDonald's for the project and for zoning changes, however, that meeting was postponed and rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers.
McDonald's is proposing a new 3,615 square foot building to be constructed at 1501 13th Ave., between the First State Bank Plaza facility and Tire Tracks. If all requests are approved, construction would begin as soon as the weather allows.
In other items, Alderman Walt Weiland said that Mendota and surrounding towns have been experiencing a higher than normal amount of water main breaks mostly attributable to the horrendous weather that the area has been seeing in January. He added that the weather does not seem to be improving and more water main breaks are possible.
Alderman Bill Hunt gave a final report on the 2013 Police and Fire pensions. The Police Pension levy amount is $376,513 and the Fire Pension levy is $103,191. He said the Police Pension rose from 55 to 57 percent and the Fire Pension increased from 74 to 78 percent. We're headed in the right direction and trending the way we should be going, noted Hunt.
During Alderman Paul Norris's report, the council approved an Illinois Department of Transportation TARP (truck access route program) agreement where the city is awarded $117,000 that it must match for a road project on Plaza Drive.
The next meeting of the Mendota City Council will be Monday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m.