Digital Access

Digital Access
Access theherald-news.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, sports, business, classified and more! News you can use every day.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, weather, and more.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
Have our latest news, sports and obituaries emailed directly to you Monday through Friday so you can keep up with what's happening in the area.
Local News

Joliet takes another look at bounce-house rules

Joliet City Hall
Joliet City Hall

JOLIET – The front-yard bounce-house ban will be considered again.

A Joliet City Council committee will again consider a proposal to restrict bounce houses to backyards when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The proposal was headed for a vote by the full council in late July when it was pulled off of the agenda after several council members said they did not see the need for it. Since there was no vote, staff is bringing it back to the Land Use and Legislative Committee for discussion, said Michael Schwarz, director of planning.

Schwarz said the proposal basically added bounce houses to an existing ordinance that requires trampolines to be located in backyards.

"We were just treating them similar to how we treat trampolines," Schwarz said.

Council members, however, questioned whether the rule would be unfair to people with backyards too small for bounce houses and whether there was any need to regulate bounce houses since they typically appear for one day for outdoor parties.

Councilwoman Jan Quillman said she asked for the rule after getting complaints about a bounce house left in a front yard too long. Quillman could not be reached Friday for comment.

Schwarz said the city has no rules now regulating bounce houses.

"There is no reference to the term bounce house in the current zoning ordinance," he said.

Electronic signs

The committee also will consider rules for electronic messaging signs lit by LED lights.

A moratorium on new electronic messaging signs ends Nov. 2.

The moratorium was put in place to give staff time to address concerns about electronic signs that are too bright at night.

Schwarz said staff wants to hear from council members before completing a new ordinance likely to be ready for a council vote in early December.

The city also does not now have a zoning ordinance covering electronic messaging boards, but they are allowed through zoning variances.

Loading more