Thomasboro nuisance ordinance to be visited next month

By Nikolle Keeney
Rantoul Press correspondent

THOMASBORO — The village of Thomasboro has made further progress on the adoption of a formal nuisance ordinance.

Village Attorney Holten Summers said the ordinance is “almost ready for approval” minus the inclusion of a certificate of occupancy.
Scheduled to be discussed at January’s meeting, the certificate of occupancy will be a code designed to prevent unoccupied houses cited in the nuisance ordinance from being sold without inspection.

“We do not anticipate the need for a certificate of occupancy to come into place very often, but we should have some kind of mechanism in place should the situation arise,” Mayor Tony Grilo said.

He said the focus of the ordinance is to ensure that an old, dilapidated house is not sold without some kind of inspection. Should a house be sold with a mortgage, the necessity of a certificate of occupancy will be moot.

Officials also discussed landscaping items to be included within the nuisance ordinance. The board decided that grass should be considered a nuisance if longer than 8 inches or if it presents an “unkept appearance.”

The final ordinance will be presented at January’s meeting.

Grilo made clear that he does not want the ordinance to surface as an excuse for picking on one’s neighbors.

“The approach to this ordinance is that, once notified of a violation, the homeowner takes action in the direction of improvement,” Grilo said. “If people can’t fix it, they can’t fix it. If people can’t afford to get something fixed, they can’t afford to get something fixed. There’s only so much the village can do.”

Also discussed at the Dec. 5 board meeting:
The board decided to use leftover loan money from the water tower project to repair broken water meters. Public Works Superintendent Jay Arnold said that there were about 50 broken meters in town.

Grilo recommended saving money by buying parts to fix the meters rather than purchasing new meters.

Foth Infrastructure, which administered the project, will require an escrow outlining what the village intends to use the money for before issuing the remaining loan.

Greg Gustafson of Foth Infrastructure said fixing the water meters is exactly what the firm expected the village to do with excess loan money.

The next Thomasboro Village Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. The meeting was pushed back from Jan. 2, in observance of the New Years holiday.

Village meetings will continue to be held on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. inside the village office.


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