ROANOKE—The village board expects to look at raising penalties for unpaid ordinance violation fines in the near future, they determined by Monday night's meeting.
Residents who violate ordinances are generally given notice and a limited amount of time to correct the violation(s). If a violation is not corrected, the village fines the individual(s) $100. But, according to ordinance committee chair Jerry Hasler, the fines are sometimes not paid and the violation(s) are not corrected. The small fine usually does not warrant taking the matter to court, which would cost more money, leaving the village little recourse to enforce ordinances. But Hasler added not forcing action against violators causes more problems.
“If we do nothing, pretty soon everybody knows we’re going to do nothing,” Hasler said. “There (are not) a lot of avenues.”
He also hinted at a possible proposal that would increase a second fine for a follow-up notice of unpaid violation fees to $500.
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