WINFIELD | The hiring a town marshal last August is creating a little extra work for the council now.
The town's ordinances are getting a full-metal going-over by Planning and Zoning Administrator Nick Bellar and Marshal Dan Ball to update them and make them easier for Ball to enforce. Last month, the council approved four ordinances that had gone through the review and amending process and Tuesday they had eight more to consider.
Those dealt with Tuesday added specific penalties to what had been a general penalty clause matching state law allowing fines up to $2,500. The revised ordinances break down the fine for the first, second and subsequent offenses in several categories.
In rapid fire succession, the council introduced, suspended the rule to hear the ordinances at a second meeting before adoption and then adopted ordinances dealing with violations of various parking, speed limit, stop sign, truck use and traffic control device regulations. They also approved penalties for health and sanitation violations and those dealing with peddlers and solicitors.
Another series of ordinances on seat belt use, off-road vehicles, bicycles and ordinance violations is expected to be on the agenda for the council's next meeting.
The council also approved a contract with engineering consultant DLZ for the development of a sanitary sewer system master plan at a cost not to exceed $58,300.
Clerk-Treasurer Rick Anderson said DLZ will look at the whole wastewater collection system and lay out where lift stations will be needed, what size they should be and what upgrades will be needed to the treatment plant as the town grows.
"This is so the expansion will be driven by the town and not by the developers," Anderson said.
The council said the master plan is needed before a decision is made whether to allow Crown Point Christian Village to connect to the sewer system. The DLZ study is expected to take about 90 days, but it could focus on the Christian Village issue early on to allow the council to make a decision sooner.