WASHINGTONVILLE - With a third and final reading, village council passed an ordinance aimed at controlling "noxious weeds and rank vegetation and litter" on Monday.
The law declares it a nuisance for anyone to store, place, or allow to remain on any property used building materials, motor vehicles in inoperable condition or unfit for further use, auto parts, scrap metal, noxious weeds or rank vegetation, refuse, or rubbish.
Mayor Will Jones had previously said the village will be cleaned up.
An exception was made for building materials that will be used later and not stored for more than 30 days with further exceptions for other conditions for four months.
The ordinance says property must be kept "free and clear" of noxious weeds and rank vegetation and it will be cut "at least three times every year, once between May 1 and and June 1; once between June 1 and July 1; and once between August 1 and September 1."
Violators regarding vegetation will be given five days to have it cut and destroyed while litter violators will be given 15 days from the day of notification to correct the problem.
Failure to comply can lead to the mayor ordering the problem corrected and all expenses incurred by the village, when approved by council, will be paid by the village and a lien placed on the property's tax duplicate so it can be collected by the village. Violators will be charged with a minor misdemeanor subject to a fine of not more than $100 with each continuing day in violation considered a separate offense.
Council passed the third reading with a 5-0 vote, with Councilwoman Laura Trummer absent.
In other business, council passed a resolution to purchase a rebuilt blower pump for the utilities department at a cost of $1,037.
Utilities Superintendent Brian Gudat also gave council the option of buying a new pump at a cost of $2,759 and Councilman Jim Smith made a motion to buy the rebuilt pump.
In other business, Assistant Police Chief Mark Husk advised council there was a fully-grown tan and black German Shepherd that had been on the loose on the north side of the village for about a month.
He said it has been hanging around near the Robbins Methodist Church and the cemetery and appears to have been injured. Explaining that he has tried to catch it with treats, Husk said he is concerned the dog, which he believes is a male, will be struck by a car.
"When he sees you, he runs," Husk said, "it's been about a month and we can't catch it ... the dog warden won't come because it isn't vicious."
The dog has been taking the treats, Husk said, adding that he can't get close to it and it runs with its tail down.
"It's a beautiful dog," he said, noting it appeared to have a collar.
In other business, council accepted the resignation of police officer John Nelson for personal reasons; and Jones said that the Rasul brothers donated $330 to the Halloween party and G's Pizza World donated gift certificates to the party.
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