Thomasboro fines updated

THOMASBORO — It is now more costly to violate the law in Thomasboro.

The village board voted unanimously at the May 7 regular meeting to increase penalties for a variety of offenses. Police Chief Robert Rea introduced the updated fine schedule at the April board meeting. He said then that the fines are not as high as in other communities but that he thought the increases are reasonable.

The new penalties for violating provisions of the following ordinances are:

Garbage, trash and public appearance of property: $150 first offense; $350 each subsequent offense
Liquor operating hours and sale of liquor to minors: $150 first offense; $350 each subsequent offense
Other liquor violations: $350 first offense; $750 each subsequent offense

Certain parking violations: $25 if paid within 72 hours; $35 for each 72-hour period until the fine is paid in full

Snowmobiles: $150 first offense; $350 each subsequent offense

Bicycles: $25

Golf carts: $150 first offense; $350 second offense; revocation of permit after third offense

Notice of inoperable motor vehicles: on private property, the owner has 10 days to show that the vehicle is operable or to remove it from the village; on public property, the owner has 48 hours to remove it from the village. Failure to comply will result in a fine of $150 for the first offense and $350 for each subsequent offense.

Weeds: $150 for each offense as well as charges for village mowing.

Noise: $150 first offense; $350 each subsequent offense

Unauthorized solicitation: $150

Curfew: $150

Public sexual displays, prostitution, disorderly conduct, assault and battery, controlled substances, possession of tobacco by minors and sale of tobacco to minors: $150 first offense; $350 any subsequent offense.

Other business
In other business, the board approved patches on Schluter and Lincoln streets, but delayed approval of an annual plan to put down oil and chip on parking and other areas that most need repair.

“You don’t think either one of these (Schluter and Lincoln) are something you could handle yourself?” trustee Tony Grilo asked Village Superintendent Tyler Martin.

Martin said the village doesn’t have the proper equipment and there’s a waiting list for rental of such equipment.

“The only reason I pushed back on this is it’s a Band-Aid,” Grilo said. “Wouldn’t it be better to do the whole road?”

There was a brief discussion comparing the cost of doing the work in-house and contracting it out.
The patches on Schluter and Lincoln will be done by Rick’s Tractor Services, Ogden, at a cost not to exceed $2,300.

Raises approved
Other action taken by the board included approving a 2 percent raise to the office manager, treasurer and clerk; approval of the daily expenditure authorization to $300; and authorizing purchase of a pressure switch for the detention tank from Gasvoda and Associates, Calumet City, at a cost not to exceed $7,100.

Two actions were tabled to seek additional bids: a bid from S&K for $14,800 for fencing at the public works facility and the purchase of three computers for a total of $3,400 through a state contract.

Martin said the fencing is needed to improve security.

“We’ve been missing stuff,” he said.

Trustee Dustin Rhodes said all of the emergency sirens are now working properly. One malfunctioned last month late at night.

Grilo made a plea to residents to contact the village when issues arise with trash pickup. He said two residents had difficulty having large items picked up recently.

“Getting a mattress picked up shouldn’t be a big deal,” he said.

He pointed out it is the village that holds the contract with the trash company rather than individual residents.

A question was raised about mosquito fogging.

Mayor Tyler Evans said he thought the cost when it was looked into last year was about $6,000, but Trustee Kyle Henegar suggested Martin check out the costs of licensing, the chemicals and recalibrating the machine.

“Let’s look at it again and see,” Henegar said.

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