Sidney Village Board listens to codification firm's pitch

Sidney Village Board listens to codification firm's pitch

SIDNEY — Sidney's vehicle ordinance hasn't been updated in decades and still refers to buggies and wagons.

To bring the language into this century — and collect and organize its laws in a user-friendly format — the village board is planning to hire a codification service.

Marcia Clifford of Rochester, N.Y.-based General Code made her pitch to the board Monday night. Clifford said her company's editors could ensure that the town's ordinances are consistent with Illinois statutes, make sure there are no inconsistencies and suggest laws that other communities have passed that Sidney might consider.

Once a draft is made with the changes, the laws will be organized alphabetically and by topic, Clifford explained.

The basic service would cost $7,826. There would be an additional charge for the company to update the code when new laws are passed. Alternatively, the village could buy a CD of the documents and update the code itself.

In addition, the company can provide a way for the public to have access online at additional charges to the village ranging from $695 to $1,195, depending on the features chosen. The first year of online access would be free.

"It's a great service, and I think we need it, but there are other companies that do the same work," Trustee Mark Catron said, proposing that the village investigate other codification services.

Clifton said her company differs from others in that she is an attorney and is willing to travel to meetings to meet with customers. General Code serves about 17 communities in Illinois, she said.

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