By KIP CHEEK
MENDOTA – The Mendota City Council heard information on the 2023 tax levy and handled transactions with property at its Dec. 5 regular meeting.
Alderman John Hessenberger presented a pre-annexation petition from Kurt and Mary Bruno, 40 N. 42nd Road, Mendota. A date for a public hearing will be set at a later time.
Alderman Jim Fitzpatrick informed fellow council members that cleaning and surveying of sewers is on the agenda for the city, and at some point, lining of sewers that need to be repaired will be done. Fitzpatrick said that residents will be informed as to when crews will be in their area for the lining work.
Alderman John Holland gave information on the 2023 tax levy. Preliminarily, he said the levy will increase by 4.73 percent, while homeowners should see a slightly less increase on their tax bills. Voting on the 2023 tax levy will be done at the Dec. 19 regular council meeting.
In other action from Holland, the council approved the Risk Management Insurance renewals. He said that the premium will increase by $31,000 (6.8 percent), but added that the worker’s compensation part of the insurance went down.
The Police & Fire Pension levy requests are down slightly. The Police Pension is funded at 66.9 percent and the Fire Pension is funded at 78.5 percent. The levy requests will be placed on file.
An executive session was held prior to the beginning of Aldermanic Reports to discuss the sale and purchase of property. During Holland’s report, the council authorized the sale of municipally owned real property at 1017 Main St. in the amount of $105,000 and authorized the purchase of real property at 807 Illinois Ave. in an amount up to $45,000.
Finally, the council approved Christmas bonuses for all full-time city employees in the amount of $100 Mendota Chamber Bucks.
The next regular meeting of the Mendota City Council will be Monday, Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m.