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Village of Lemont cracks down on building permits, traffic tickets

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 5:55 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:46 a.m. CDT

LEMONT – The Lemont Village Board of Trustees approved an amendment to the Lemont Building Code during its Nov. 25 meeting that will require all new construction and remodeling projects to be started within 30 days of receiving the building permit.

Previously, all permits were given six months to start and one year to finish.

Under the amendended code, new construction projects would need to be finished within a year and remodeling would need to be finished in six months. All other permits will require the project to be completed in 45 days.

Lemont Building Commissioner Mark LaChappell said the village will allow permit renewals for people who do not start the project within 30 days if there are mitigating circumstances. Otherwise, the person would have to reapply for the permit.

LaChappell said the department's new software program no longer allows it to set notices for when it needs to check on construction permits.

He said it will be easier for the department to keep track of when to check on permits with a 30-day deadline.

Most people who receive permits are ready to start immediately, he said.

LaChappell also said six months is too long to wait before the village is required to inspect the project.

"If we wait six months, the job could be done, there was no inspections and there are problems," he said.

The village also approved an ordinance amendment reducing the number of outstanding traffic tickets needed before the village can tow or put a boot on a vehicle to three.

According to the ordinance, vehicle owners will still receive notice of impending vehicle immobilization and will have a right to a hearing before or after the immobilization.

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Tax levy hearing held

The village of Lemont held a public hearing on its 2013 property tax levy during its Nov. 25 Village Board of Trustees meeting.

No comments were made.

The board will vote on the property tax levy ordinance and tax levy abatement ordinances during its Dec. 9 meeting.

The tax levy of $2.85 million is a 2.5 percent increase from the previous year.

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