Kaneville trustees discuss zoning, building code officer

By on December 23, 2011

by David Maas
KANEVILLE—The Kaneville Village Board last Thursday discussed the hiring of a Village Zoning and Building Code Enforcement Officer.

Also in attendance was Mike Stoffa, current Virgil Township Code Enforcement Officer, who is under consideration for the job in Kaneville.

“It is a very good idea to have an officer who doesn’t live in the community,” Stoffa said. “It makes it easier to treat everyone fairly, which is what I do.”

Stoffa made himself available to answer questions from the board, regarding what he would be doing if they hired him for the position.

“We’ve had a few residents worried about what he’d be doing,” Trustee Pat Hill said. “He wouldn’t be handing out fines left and right.”

“We’d want to do this with as much diplomacy as we could,” Stoffa said. “If I see something wrong, we’d start a process to get it resolved.”

Part of that process would be to help the residents start their projects the right way, so they are completed legally and up to code.

“Not everyone knows the ordinances,” Stoffa said. “It’s part of my job to know them and talk to residents, not fine them right away.”

While no decision has been made to hire Stoffa, the board has stated they will be compiling a history of current permits.

“The most important thing is that residents know we will be doing this fairly,” Hill said. “We aren’t looking to cause trouble.”