City Council OKs new TIF District

Chief Greg Kellen, left, congratulates Zachary Urbanski upon his promotion to the rank of sergeant with the Mendota Police Department. (Reporter photo)

By KIP CHEEK

Staff writer

MENDOTA – The Mendota City Council took the necessary steps to for a new TIF District in the city during its Nov. 21 regular meeting.

The council approved three ordinances that forms the 2022 Mendota TIF – an ordinance for the redevelopment plan for 2022 TIF; an ordinance designating the redevelopment area of the 2022 TIF; and an ordinance adopting the 2022 Tax Increment Financing District. In a related ordinance, the council adopted an intergovernmental agreement with Mendota High School.

The Mendota 2022 TIF District was formed to stimulate commercial, industrial/manufacturing and residential development within the city. The intent of the redevelopment plan is to promote and protect the health, safety, morals and welfare of the public, address blighted conditions in the proposed area and institute conservation measures so as to remove and alleviate adverse conditions, encourage private investment, develop business and real estate projects to increase employment and enhance the tax base of the taxing districts by undertaking public and private redevelopment projects within a designated area. 

The overall area consists of 515 vacant and improved properties, 90.5 percent of which qualify as a combination of “blighted” and “conservation” areas, as defined in the TIF Act. The redevelopment project area on the whole has not been subject to growth and development through investment by private enterprise and would not reasonably be anticipated to be developed without the use of tax increment financing. 

The city intends to use the Mendota 2022 TIF District to redevelop property that is currently underutilized for commercial space, commercial/ retail businesses, light manufacturing/industrial purposes, residential development and tourism-related activities to increase population, improve employment opportunities, expand and diversify the local real estate tax base, manage growth and increase the overall quality of life for its residents. 

ALDERMANIC REPORTS

Alderman Kyle Kim turned the floor over to Police Chief Greg Kellen, who then introduced Zachary Urbanski, who took the oath of office as a new sergeant with the Mendota Police Department. Urbanski has been a patrolman with the department since 2019. He will be the lead officer during the midnight shift.

Alderman Jim Fitzpatrick issued a reminder to residents to unhook their garden hose from the outside faucet to prevent freezing of the water line.

OTHER ITEMS

Mayor David Boelk issued a thank you to the Mendota Lions Club for the donation of several basketball hoops to be installed at various parks.

Chief Kellen said there are two police applicants currently in testing.

Kellen also thanked Boelk Truck Lines for use of their equipment in transporting pallets of Christmas goodness on behalf of United Way to distribute to community members in need.

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


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