Village approves changes to ordinances regulating upkeep of property

2013-05-27T00:00:00Z Village approves changes to ordinances regulating upkeep of propertyGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LANSING | The Village Board gave its approval to changes in ordinances to make people more aware of the condition of property around their homes.

By votes of 5-0, most of the measures were meant to improve public appearances.

One will specify homeowners are responsible for maintaining the condition of any alleys or parkways adjacent to their homes, while another says the village has the authority to order to residents they immediately mow lawns if they are deemed “a nuisance,” said Village Attorney Timothy Lapp.

He said village ordinances previously allowed officials to order grass be cut within 10 days.

“In 10 days, grass can become very unwieldy,” Lapp said.

Yet another change states anyone selling property would have to receive a certificate of payment from the village ensuring all water bills and any potential code fines have been paid in full.

Village Trustee Tony DeLaurentis was unsure if a fee for the certificate was being charged, while Lapp said it was not. If officials had put a fee on the certificate, it would be regarded as a transfer tax by the state, which would require the crafting of a new ordinance by village officials.

Also approved was a measure requiring anyone who wants to have a garage sale or other special sale on their residential property to have a village-issued permit.

In other business, trustees reappointed Village Treasurer Arlette Frye to represent Lansing on the Fire Pension Board.

Village Trustee Mike Skrbina said he has been told by Cook County Highway Department officials all construction work on Wentworth Avenue will be complete by the second week of June.

County officials began last year a restructuring of the road from Ridge to Glenwood/Lansing roads to turn it into a three-lane road with a middle turn lane.

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