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Holiday Hills considers outsourcing violation hearings to Island Lake

HOLIDAY HILLS – Some Holiday Hills officials are hoping to capture more of the revenue from ordinance violations, but with only six to seven ordinance violations a month, its just not worth it for the village to set up its own adjudication process, its village president said.

Instead, the Village Board is looking at a proposed agreement with neighboring Island Lake, which already has its own adjudication hearing process, Village President Dan Drury said.

Adjudication hearings are a way for municipalities to bypass the county court system for its ordinance violations and keep more of the revenue from fines, and with budgets staying tight, more villages are looking at adopting the hearings.

The adjudication process has benefits to violators, too, its advocates say.

An ordinance violation doesn't show up on a driver's record with the Secretary of State and can cost less than going to court, Drury said.

Bringing the process in-house has its costs. The municipality has to hire a clerk and judge and that would be "very expensive," Village President Dan Drury said.

How much the proposed deal with Island would cost hasn't been worked out yet, Drury said. The villages' attorneys are still working on the agreement.

The two options on the table include a flat monthly fee and a smaller monthly rate plus a per use fee, he said.

Drury doesn't have a timeline on when he expects the agreement to be brought before the Village Board for a final vote, but he said he thinks they are "very close."

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