With the support of the Village of Shiloh Board of Trustees, Mayor Jim Vernier and Police Chief Jim Stover, the Home Rule referendum is slated for the April 7 election to make way for the implementation of Crime Free Housing.
The question on the ballot reads as follows, “Should the Village of Shiloh become a Home Rule unit?”
Village of Shiloh Board of Trustees has been discussing bringing Home Rule and Crime Free Housing to Shiloh since last year. In a dated Oct. 9, 2014. from Village Administrator John Marquart, he recommends the village pursue Home Rule status in an effort to enact and enforce a Crime Free Housing Ordinance if the obtaining the necessary votes.
Marquart advised the board in February that Home Rule designation confers broad powers to the village for the local good.
“These expanded powers allow the village more flexibility to address local issues and problems and be less dependent upon the State Legislature by being able to pass laws or regulations without depending upon the permissions of the state statutes,” Marquart noted.
Other local Home Rule communities include Alton, Edwardsville, Belleville, Collinsville, East St. Louis, Cahokia, Fairview Heights, Granite City, Sauget, Mascoutah and Valmeyer.
“In this unsettling economic climate, both State and National level, the village should have the same powers and authority as our neighbors,” Marquart touted at a recent village meeting. “The village ought to have the increased flexibility to address local problems, develop solutions in a creative fashion—and Home Rule will allow that.”
To improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods by taking a proactive approach to crime, another local community like O'Fallon, has adopted the Crime Free Housing Program with what Keith Townsend, O’Fallon police department crime-free housing coordinator, said is a successful crime prevention initiative.
The O’Fallon Crime-Free Rental Housing Program is a partnership between the City of O’Fallon, residential property owners, O’Fallon Police and renters to reduce crime in and around residential rental properties in the City of O’Fallon.
In O'Fallon, to obtain a Residential Renter License, all owners, managers, representatives must comply with the requirements of the O’Fallon Crime-Free Rental Housing Ordinance.
These requirements include, but may differ from what the village stipulates if or when this program is introduced officially.• Successful attendance of an eight hour Crime-Free Rental Housing seminar;
• Attendance at the eight hour training must be within ninety days of application;
• Each residential rental unit must pass a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (C.P.T.E.D.) inspection;
• Pay an annual license fee of $45 per rental unit. (This may not apply in Shiloh);
• Add a Crime-Free Addendum to rental leases and obtain signatures from persons renting the unit(s);
• Must enforce the addendum by an eviction process after notification of sufficient violations by the lessee from the program coordinator; and
• The program coordinator will work with all owners/managers/representatives to resolve all matters involving residential rental properties prior to any eviction process.