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How to enforce an ordinance?

Princeton looks at a new violation process plan

PRINCETON — The city of Princeton is looking for better enforcement of its ordinances.

In his report at this week’s Princeton City Council meeting, City Manager Jeff Clawson said he hopes to bring an ordinance violation process plan to the council by the end of August for consideration. Princeton Police Chief Tom Root and Zoning Officer Brian Gift are looking at other communities to see how they are handling enforcement and violation of city ordinances.

Currently, when the city council passes an ordinance it goes on the city books. If a violation is seen, a letter is sent to the resident, giving the resident needed time for correction of the violation. If the person doesn’t comply, then a ticket is issued. Violations could include things like parking, curfew, misdemeanor police violations or nuisance violations like littering or weeds, Clawson said, adding the city will educate the public once an ordinance is passed, and most violations would be obvious and straight forward.

Also, Clawson reported the city of Princeton has received recognition through the Illinois Public Risk Fund for the city’s improvements to its Workman’s Compensation Safety Program. Princeton was one of the Top 5 candidates for 2013 for loss control. Clawson thanked the city department heads and the council for the support. The city pays a significant cost in premiums to workman’s compensation, and it’s good to keep those costs down, he said.

Concerning economic development news, Clawson said he, as well as Princeton City Clerk Pete Nelson and Princeton Tourism and Marketing Director Joni Hunt, have attended recent meetings of the Regional Economic Development Group, a new group which encompasses Bureau, LaSalle and Putnam counties. He is attending those meeting to see if there is a value to Princeton to participate.

In other news at Monday’s meeting, Commissioner Bob Warren reported the city issued 14 residential building permits in June, at a value of $1,427,890 and five commercial/industrial building permits, at a value of $278,500. Year to date, the city has issued a total of 50 building permits, at a value of $2,449,828.

For the same time period in the 2013 year, Princeton issued a total of 38 building permits, at a value of $1,992,446. For the same time period in 2012, the city issued a total of 34 building permits, at a value of $3,071,322.

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