ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Some residents say the City of Rockford is not allowing them enought time to meet a November deadline, which requires that all gravel driveways be paved with blacktop or concrete.
A recently posted notice on Facebook caught some residents, including Charles Milgrim, Jr., off guard.
“Great. Where do I come up with a couple grand?” he asked.
The City’s post reminded residents that all properties with gravel driveways and parking lots must be paved by November 1st, 2019.
“The intent behind a measure like this is to beautify and strengthen the neighborhoods, not to hinder residents,” said 2nd Ward Alderman Jonathan Logemann.
“I understand the want for concrete and blacktop,” Milgrim said. “Like I said, in a new build, it makes sense. In an existing [house], there needs to be a window of opportunity, you know, time to do it.”
5th Ward Alderman Venita Hervey says that, despite the complants of residents like Milgrim, the City gave out plenty of notice.
“I think it’s closer to two-and-a-half years notice,” she said Wednesday. “We tried to make that notice as widespread as we could. A number of people have already complied.”
If homeowners fail to pave their properties, they could face penalties that include fines.
“I believe there is a daily fine that can be imposed. I think we will probably work with it a little bit, looking at individual cases, but I’m not inclined to waive the requirements,” Hervey said.
Logemann says that those who are worried about completing paving projects in time should reach out to their alderman for help.
“I encourage them to reach out to their alderman, because that’s what their job is: to reach out to the alderman or the Mayor’s Office. We can put you in contact with the appropriate City staff,” he said.
To apply for a driveway permit, click here.