CRETE | Local car owners now have a summertime deadline for buying village vehicle stickers without penalty.
The Village Board on Monday approved an ordinance amendment to set a July 1 deadline for people to buy a sticker to avoid a penalty. For this year, however, people have until Aug. 1 to make the purchase.
Vehicle stickers cost $50 per automobile. Residents who miss the deadline to buy a sticker will pay double — in addition to any tickets they are issued for not displaying a valid vehicle sticker.
Village President Michael Einhorn has said that when officials reinstated the requirement for a vehicle sticker five years ago, no late penalty was imposed. Officials believed a majority of residents would buy the stickers in a timely manner in May or June.
But Einhorn estimated some 1,000 vehicle owners in Crete — of about 8,200 residents — are avoiding buying the stickers. He said he hopes the threat of a late fee persuades residents to make the purchase on time.
In other business Monday, the Village Board reviewed several measures that are scheduled to come before trustees for final approval at their next meeting July 8.
Trustees held a public hearing prior to Monday's meeting to review the appropriations ordinance for the current fiscal year. The ordinance details how some $14.5 million will be spent by the village.
Some changes were made Monday, which Einhorn said were of a technical nature — many related to the cost of health benefits for village workers. The village’s fiscal year began May 1, but the board has until July 31 to adopt the appropriations ordinance.
Also on July 8, the board may approve a land purchase contract to allow CTI to buy a 50-square-foot parcel to build a cellular tower that will be part of a broadband link between Chicago and Indianapolis. The land is located along Hartmann drive near one of the village’s wells.
The board also will consider a contract between the village’s engineering firm, Tech III, and HR Green to do a study of the village’s well water system and how it can be improved. Einhorn has said he wants this contract approved without submitting the study for bids, and trustees have expressed no opposition to such action.