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home : news : local   June 26, 2016

1/8/2013 3:53:00 PM
Mendota council OKs variances for CVS Pharmacy

Tamara Abbey
Mendota Bureau Chief

MENDOTA — Aldermen passed several zoning variances and ordinance text amendments so quickly during the regular Monday night council meeting that representatives with CVS Pharmacy didn’t realize the process was done.

Andrew Kolb with Vanek, Larson and Kolb of St. Charles, representing CVS, was asked about when the company planned to start construction. He told aldermen they would most likely start in the spring, sooner if the ordinances and text amendments were approved.
He then asked when the council would meet again about the company’s request.

“It’s already done,” said several aldermen.

The 13,225-square-foot, freestanding store will be on the southwest corner of Meriden Street and 13th Avenue. The current CVS just northeast of the proposed site wouldn’t easily accommodate a drive through pharmacy.

“This is CVS’s prototype pharmacy,” said Bradley Prischman, civil engineer with V3 Companies which was hired by the company. “It has the drive-through feature which they feel is important.”

He said it would take 20-24 weeks for construction to be completed. The company purchased the current Goslin Drug Store along with three other parcels that were consolidated into one parcel. Several existing drives will be eliminated and two will be upgraded in accordance with the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Skate park
Alderman Paul Norris said he has received complaints about the skate park. The park was converted from tennis courts in 2001 and mayor David Boelk said a group of citizens had pledged to take care of it.

Instead there has been an increase in vandalism and graffiti at the park with police chief Tom Smith also noting numerous problems there.

Boelk said the future of the skate park should be debated but not until next month since he will be out-of-town for the next regularly scheduled meeting.

“I was here in 2001 and I remember that,” he said. “I want to be here to debate that.”

Kanteen building sold
The former Kanteen building, 820 Main St., most recently used as a data center by First State Bank, was sold to the city. The $50,000 cost will be paid from Tax Increment Finance funds. Alderman Randy Morris said the city has not determined a use for the property.

Missing signs
Mendota fire chief Dennis Rutishauser alerted aldermen to a number of missing street signs around town. He said other departments that respond to assist in an emergency could have trouble finding the location due to the missing signs.

Carl Ambler, streets and parks superintendent, has replaced many of the aluminum signs only to find they have been stolen again. The problem is at intersections around the city.

“Carl puts them up and they get stolen again,” he said. “There’s one that Carl’s replaced five times. The new ones that Carl has have a pin that goes all the way through to the pole.”

Rutishauser has asked the public’s assistance in reporting the thefts or if any one has any information about the thefts.

Tamara Abbey can be reached at (815) 539-5200 or

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