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2/5/2013 1:31:00 PM
Mendota starts dismantling skate park


Mendota streets and parks employee Mark Mellott guides a ramp from the skate park to a waiting dump truck as a city crew dismantles the skate park in Mendota on Tuesday. Aldermen unanimously approved the action during the regular city council meeting Monday night.NewsTribune photo/Tamara Abbey
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Mendota streets and parks employee Mark Mellott guides a ramp from the skate park to a waiting dump truck as a city crew dismantles the skate park in Mendota on Tuesday. Aldermen unanimously approved the action during the regular city council meeting Monday night.
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Mendota city council decided that the city's skate park was more trouble than it was worth, and voted Monday night to remove it.NewsTribune photo/Tamara Abbey
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Mendota city council decided that the city's skate park was more trouble than it was worth, and voted Monday night to remove it.
NewsTribune photo/Tamara Abbey
Tamara Abbey
Mendota Bureau Chief



MENDOTA — Aldermen unanimously approved permanently closing Mendota’s skate park during the regular meeting of the city council Monday night.

Alderman Jim Fitzpatrick said a letter from police chief Tom Smith recommended the skate park be dismantled immediately. Carl Ambler, superintendent of the city’s streets and parks department said his department would begin the work immediately at Lake Mendota Park.

“Tomorrow it will be gone,” he said.

Health insurance renewed
Aldermen then approved renewing the city’s health insurance plan with Humana, the current provider. Alderman Bill Hunt said he had researched several different plans and coverage levels. The 2013 plan will be the same as in previous years but will be about $5,000 a month, or a little more than 10 percent over last year’s rates.

“Health insurance increases are the norm, it’s not the exception any more,” he said. “The truth is we are trying our darnedest.”

In other business:
Aldermen will begin considering constructing a new building at the site of the city’s new well near the industrial park on U.S. 34. Alderman Walt Weiland said the building would house a water treatment plant and provide storage for city equipment and vehicles.

A finance committee meeting followed the council meeting. The city will begin hearing from different departments about expected needs before finalizing a budget later this year.

Tamara Abbey can be reached at (815) 539-5200 or mendota@newstrib.com.










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