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Oglesby mayor pledges to ‘put teeth’ into building ordinance

Mayor will meet with commissioners to step up enforcement

Oglesby Mayor Dom Rivara is getting fed up with some of the city’s dilapidated homes and he’s calling on commissioners to “put some teeth” into the ordinance.

Rivara announced at Monday’s meeting of the Oglesby City Council he’s going to meet with city commissioners and discuss ways to step up enforcement for a frustrating number of structures in need of repairs.

“We’re getting people who are dragging this out a year or more,” Rivara said. “We have to find a way to address our residents’ complaints.”

Separately, the council directed a request for zoning variances by Hi-Tech to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Rivara said the company plans an addition to the building as well as reconfiguring the overall design.

Finally, the city is pursuing plans to raze the old Reizner building, though Rivara left open the possibility of what will become of the parcel.

“I’m sure will have some discussion about what to do with that property,” he said.

In other matters, the council also:

  • Announced trick or treat hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.
  • Issued a reminder leaf pickup will be Oct. 18 to Nov. 19. Fall chipping dates are not available yet.
  • Announced hydrant flushing continues this week.