South Holland board OKs new rules for police to impound vehicles

2013-06-19T00:00:00Z 2013-06-19T07:38:03Z South Holland board OKs new rules for police to impound vehiclesGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board on Monday approved five new reasons for police to impound an automobile.

Trustees voted 6-0 on Monday to amend village ordinance, adding the new reasons for which police can tow someone’s vehicle and require payment of a fine to get it back.

The new reasons approved without public discussion by the board include involvement in a hit-and-run accident if someone is injured or killed.

Other reasons for impounding a vehicle, according to Village Attorney Timothy Lapp, are reckless driving, causing property damage, a driver being found with open alcohol containers in the car, or improperly using license plates.

Village President Don DeGraff said he supports the addition of the five new reasons to the village ordinances.

“These all seem very, very appropriate,” he said.

Trustees also approved sale or scrapping of a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer owned by the village.

In other business, the board approved 104 building permits for various residents. Trustee Larry DeYoung said all the permits are for home repairs.

“People are putting in new roofs and blacktops and everything else,” he said, adding that the village benefits because these homeowners collectively are “investing $600,000 into their homes.”

Village Engineer Pat Barker announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation will be doing significant repair work to South Park Avenue in Dolton, South Holland and Thornton.

Work is supposed to begin next week, although Barker said she has not been told by state officials how traffic will be reduced on the street during construction. Nor is she sure which direction of traffic will be worked on first.

Barker said she has been told work is expected to be complete by Oct. 1.

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