Current as of: 2010
(70 ILCS 405/25)
(from Ch. 5, par. 130)
Performance of work by the directors.
Where the directors of any district shall find that any of the provisions of land-use regulations prescribed in an ordinance adopted in accordance with the provisions of section 23 hereof are not being observed on particular lands, and that such non-observance tends to increase erosion and is interfering with the prevention or control of erosion and erosion, floodwater and sediment damages on other lands within the district, the directors shall notify the owner of such lands of such non-observance and that upon his failure to comply with the provisions of such land-use regulations within such reasonable time as may be fixed in such notice a petition for authority to perform such work will be presented to the Circuit Court for the county in which the land of the defendant or a major portion thereof, may lie. If the owner of such lands then fails to comply with the provisions of such land-use regulations, the directors may present to such Circuit Court a petition, duly verified, setting forth the adoption of the ordinance prescribing land-use regulations, the failure of the defendant land owner to observe such regulations, and to perform particular work, operations, or avoidances as required thereby, and that such non-observance tends to increase erosion and erosion, floodwater and sediment damages on such lands and is interfering with the prevention or control of erosion on other lands within the district, and praying the court to require the defendant to perform the work, operations, or avoidances within a reasonable time and to order that if the defendant shall fail so to perform the directors may go on the land, perform the work or other operations or otherwise bring the condition of such lands into conformity with the requirements of such regulations. Upon the presentation of such petition, the court shall cause process to be issued against the defendant, and shall hear the case. If it shall appear to the court that testimony is necessary for the proper disposition of the matter, it may take evidence, or appoint a referee to take such evidence as it may direct and report the same to the court with his findings of fact and conclusions of law, which shall constitute a part of the proceedings upon which the determination of the court shall be made. The court may dismiss the petition; or it may require the defendant to perform the work, operations, or avoidances, and may provide that upon the failure of the defendant to initiate such performance within the time specified in the order of the court, and to prosecute the same to completion with reasonable diligence, the directors may enter upon the lands involved and perform the work or operations or otherwise bring the condition of such lands into conformity with the requirements of the regulations and recover the costs and expenses thereof, with interest at the rate of five per centum per annum, from the land owner of such lands.
The court shall retain jurisdiction of the case until after the work has been completed. Upon completion of such work pursuant to such order of the court the directors may file a petition with the court, a copy of which shall be served upon the defendant in the case, stating the costs and expenses sustained by them in the performance of the work and praying judgment therefor with interest. The court shall have jurisdiction to enter judgment for the amount of such costs and expenses, with interest at the rate of five per centum per annum until paid, together with the costs of suit, including a reasonable attorney's fee to be fixed by the court.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 189.)
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