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Grayslake plans adjudication merger with Libertyville

Updated: April 9, 2013 2:22AM

GRAYSLAKE — Village trustees have expressed tentative approval to participate in Libertyville’s Administrative Adjudication program. Formal approval is expected at an upcoming Board meeting.

Following approval, the program would begin within three months.

Meeting in an informal Committee of the Whole Tuesday night, trustees approved a draft ordinance and intergovernmental agreement to join its neighbor’s existing program that adjudicates municipal code violations such as property maintenance disputes, building codes, local police codes and parking violations.

Mayor Rhett Taylor said Lake County’s Branch Court is currently providing this service, but the Village could save substantial money by joining the Libertyville effort. The agreement includes a clause that the Village would receive all fines collected on its behalf.

Taylor said the new arrangement with Libertyville would save Grayslake not only money but also staff time as well by its Police and Building Department personnel.

Adjudication provides the public with a forum before an impartial hearing officer to contest their grievances over local code violations.

In Libertyville, there are two ways one can contest a citation, either in person or in writing. Hearings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at the Libertyville Village Hall. Appearance appointments are usually made through the police department, or by posting an online hearing request.

If one contests a violation in writing, sufficient evidence must be provided to support one’s claim. Rulings are sent by mail within three business days.

In other action, the trustees approved a draft ordinance that would finalize the merger of the Plan Commission with the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The process has been under way for quite some time, and the Board is expected to grant final approval for the merger at an upcoming meeting.

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