Village focuses on unkempt residential properties

By on February 19, 2010

Officials will use encouragement, enforcement
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARK—Maple Park officials intend to address the issue of residential property appearance, having received complaints about yards with vehicles parked on them or that are strewn with junk or weeds.

“We are going to try to beautify Maple Park,” Police Chief Michael Acosta said Tuesday. “It’s a quality of life issue.”

The village will start the process by simply talking to homeowners about making improvements.

“We’re going to try to get people to voluntarily keep up their properties,” Acosta said.

In the future, the village will conduct a village-wide canvass to determine what properties need attention and may be in violation of village ordinances. The Village Board decided Monday to have the village building inspector, International Codes Consultants and Inspections, Inc. (ICCI), of Oswego, do the canvass at a cost of up to $800.

ICCI will provide the village with a list of addresses that are not in compliance with the village code. Violators who do not respond to a request from the village to comply could be fined, and then prosecuted for continued noncompliance, Village President Kathy Curtis said.

The building inspector and Acosta will work as a team on this compliance/enforcement process, Village President Kathy Curtis said.