CROWN POINT | Tickets for junk vehicles and overgrown weeds would be paid similarly to parking tickets in a proposed change to city code.
The revision, approved on first reading Monday by the City Council, would make citations for nuisance-type code violations payable at the clerk-treasurer's office, as parking tickets are.
Currently the citations are sent through the city legal system and can come with court costs of up to $141 attached, officials said. Often the court costs are more than the ticket, officials said.
The form used to cite both parking and other code violations would be standardized under the proposed revision.
"It streamlines things for the police department," Police Chief Pete Land said.
Revising the code had been considered for some time, but interest was renewed as the city prepares to begin to issue citations related to rental housing regulations adopted last year, officials said.
"I thought maybe this is our opportunity," Land said.
The rental housing regulations, adopted in July 2012 and effective in January, call for the annual registration and inspection of every rental unit in the city. About 2,500 rental units are estimated to be in the city.
Dean Luebcke was hired earlier this year as inspector.
The proposed revision to city code also would increase the cost of parking tickets for violations of handicapped parking and fire lane restrictions from $75 to $100.
The proposal is subject to a public hearing and a second reading before a final vote on its adoption.