The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 20, 2012

Rossville board expands towing ordinance

BY KIM LUTTRELL
Commercial-News

ROSSVILLE — Village trustees approved an addition to the village’s public nuisance towing ordinance on Monday.

The addition gives village police officers the right to have a vehicle towed and impounded for two additional motor vehicle violations; invalid registration and invalid license plate (sticker).

After some discussion, trustee Richard Queen suggested the ordinance amendment be changed to allow a 30-day grace period.

"I would hate to think we are going to tow some elderly woman’s car simply because she forgot to get her license plate sticker," Queen said.

Mayor Terry Prillaman, who presented the ordinance change, said it was still up to the police officer making the stop whether to tow the vehicle.

Queen and trustee Tina Petersen were uneasy with that interpretation.

Queen proposed the 30-day grace period to the ordinance amendment and other trustees agreed.

In clarifying the village’s position with police chief Bill Shannon, board members told Shannon the 30-day grace period is meant only from the time the registration or license plate (sticker) has expired and that police officers still have at their discretion whether to tow the vehicle.

In other board action, trustees:

Agreed to have village employees clean out the second floor of the building at 107 E. Attica St. The village has acquired this building and is preparing it to be placed for sale. Any salvageable items will be moved to the first floor and offered to the public for sale.

Approved the village tax levy. The levy will remain as it has for the past several years at 25 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. Prillaman said the levy is expected to bring in less than $19,255.

Will conduct a joint review board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 with all affected taxing bodies to disburse some $100,000 in tax increment funds that the village does not plan to use. The funds were collected mainly from the inner core portion of the village’s TIF district.

What’s next

Rossville Village Board members will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 in the municipal building.