Kaneville discusses changes in search for enforcement officer
by David Maas
KANEVILLE—The Kaneville Village Board last Thursday decided to change directions with tits current search for a Zoning and Building Enforcement Officer, while members are still trying to solidify the officer’s duties, and re-evaluate the financial aspect of outsourcing the job.
At previous meetings, the board had discussed paying over $3,000 a year for this position.
“I just don’t feel we have that amount of money,” Trustee Pat Hill said. “Residents don’t think we should be spending that much on this.”
The board has discussed other means of getting the zoning and building enforcement done, such as a pay-by-pay basis with the county, but they feel they need an individual outside the village.
“Is it expensive? Yes,” Trustee Paul Ross said. “But the reason we’re doing this is some of us have been personally accosted. We aren’t doing anything but trying to uphold ordinances.”
“We definitely need to hire an individual,” Trustee Jon Behm said.
The board then decided that they needed to look at their options.
“Let’s try to cut the previous number in half,” President Bob Rodney said. “Maybe we could go with a monthly retainer.”
“We still have to keep in mind that we need to make it worth their while to do this job for us,” Ross said.
While, for the time being, the board will be re-evaluating this position, they will also be continuing research.
“I think it’s time that we look around at neighboring communities,” Rodney said. “Let’s see how they are doing this.”