YORKVILLE - The first reading of an ordinance about vacant property and building registration was given during a recent meeting of Village Council.
Members also approved a motion regarding residential handicapped parking spaces.
The ordinance regarding properties is to establish a program for identifying and registering vacant residential and commercial buildings to determine the responsibility of owners of the vacant buildings and shifting the cost from the citizens to the building owners, council members said.
Councilwoman Karen Vargo thanked Councilman Blair Closser and Solicitor Bernard Bettistel for their work on the ordinance.
Applying for a residential handicapped parking space, requirements for such a space as well as other information were discussed after the matter was brought up by Councilman Danny DiCenzo.
In other matters, council discussed ways to stop residents from putting grass and paint cans in their garbage bags. It was noted if the village is fined by the landfill, then sanitation fees will be increased. One official suggested letters or fliers be prepared and sent to residents about items that the landfill doesn't accept.
A sanitation worker said if residents would leave the lids off paint cans and let the paint harden, then they would be accepted.
Items not accepted by the landfill are batteries; tires; yard waste; grass; limbs; bushes; hedges and related cuttings; toxic liquids; anti-freeze; chemicals; paint unless the lid if off and paint is dry; pesticides; motor oil; toxic waste; medical waste; sludge of any kind; septic tank waste of any kind; asbestos of any kind; gas tanks such as propane, gas and others; refrigerators (with or without freon); and air conditioners.
Council approved a motion to have signs made regarding the1.5-mill renewal levy for the village's current operating expenses. The renewal levy is proposed for five years.
Vargo reported that she attended a Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission meeting, and among the items discussed was the Jefferson County revitalization plan, which includes Yorkville as well as other municipalities.
Paving has been completed on Second and Jones avenues, according to Mayor John DeFilippo.
Vargo said work still is being done on curbs, and yellow lines need to be extended on Martha Street so traffic can make the turn onto Martha Street.
Large trucks are parking on village sidewalks on Public Road, according to Councilwoman Valerie Klubert.
Council's next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5.