Violations in Holiday Hills to be handled by Island Lake

HOLIDAY HILLS – Tickets for lacking a village vehicle sticker or playing music too loudly will now be handled by the village of Island Lake.

Both the Holiday Hills and Island Lake village boards unanimously approved the intergovernmental agreement, though Island Lake's OK is contingent upon attorney sign-off.

Under the agreement, the neighboring village of Island Lake, which already has its own adjudication hearing process, will handle the village of Holiday Hills' ordinance violations in exchange for $25 per violation.

That means ordinance violators won't have to go to the McHenry County Courthouse in Woodstock to address the ticket – or pay the often hefty court fees, which can top $160. (Misdemeanor and felony charges for state statute violations will still go to the county.)

Instead, they will likely have to cover the $25 fee plus the fine. The fee structure still needs to be approved by the Holiday Hills Village Board, Holiday Hills Village President Dan Drury said.

The village of Holiday Hills also will get to keep 100 percent of the fine instead of only a percentage, Drury said.

The $25 fee should be enough to cover Island Lake's costs, Island Lake Village President Charles Amrich said.

"They don't do a lot of local ordinance [violations]," he said. "They make maybe two or three a month, so it's not a big burden."

Because Holiday Hills writes so few tickets for ordinance violations, it doesn't make sense cost-wise for it to set up its own adjudication system, which would require hiring a clerk and administrative judge, Drury said.