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Minooka residents seek more ordinance violation enforcement from board

Village is in process of creating new fines for those who break the rules

Minooka on Thursday, April 19, 2018.
Minooka on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

The village of Minooka wants to take a close look at efforts to enforce ordinances.

At its meeting Tuesday, the Minooka Village Board of Trustees heard concerns from residents about the issue.

Minooka resident George Rydman took time to express his views on several issues. Those included ordinance enforcement of open burning, access to sidewalks and rules regulating the parking of boats and campers during the winter.

Rydman said part of the trouble with ordinance enforcement is “no one likes to call the police on a neighbor.”

The topic of ordinance enforcement arose at last month’s meeting, as well. At the time, two residents took time express their concerns.

Trustee Terry Houchens said people have to start realizing there is a reason ordinances exist.

Rydman said he thinks there are no teeth to the village’s efforts to enforce the rules.

“I think the frustrating thing is nothing is done about it after you call,” he said.

Typically, Minooka follows a three-part procedure to enforce ordinances. It includes a warning for the initial offense, and a fine is assessed if the issue persists.

Rydman asked that the village insert a notice into its newsletter to remind residents of rules to adhere to.

“The village needs to step up and inform these people [through] the newsletter,” he said.

Village President Patrick Brennan said this is something the village will look into.

The village is in the process of establishing new fines for ordinance violations.

Other business

• Trustees adopted a resolution for a deicing salt contract for fiscal 2020. The village will have up to 2,100 tons of salt to use during winter snow removal operations.

• A motion was passed authorizing a contract renewal for loss control. The village will pay for an additional year at the annual cost of $18,660.

• The board decided to execute a professional services agreement with Upland Design for the Aux Sable Springs Park. The cost to fund the project is valued at $122,800.

• The village president issued a proclamation declaring March as Certified Government Financial Manager Month.

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