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A resolution that recently was adopted April 8 by the Williams Bay Village Board authorizes Building Inspector Bob Babikan to enforce the village's building code more quickly.

The resolution also increases the fine from a range of $25 to $100 to more than $154 for landlords who have not registered their rental properties or have not had them inspected.

Landlords had a Jan. 1 deadline to register their rental properties and have them inspected, Babikan said. The deadline was extended to May 1, he said.

"Being that it's a new ordinance, we're cutting people some slack by giving them until May 1 to comply," Babikan said.

As of Monday, about 12 to 18 property owners have not paid the $25 registration fee or have had their properties inspected, Babikan said.

Inspection fees are $30 for the first rental unit on the property, $20 for the second and $10 for each additional unit, Babikan said. For a 10-unit complex, the total inspection fee would be $130.

The resolution also authorizes Babikan to write a municipal court citation for building code violations, which means he can enforce safety and health issues as he observes them, he said.

"Our biggest problem has been no smoke alarms (in properties) or smoke alarms that are not working," Babikan said. "People sometimes take batteries out of them."

In the past, the village attorney was required to apply for a court injunction to prohibit the violation to continue, Babikan said.

The recent board action has been well received by the village, Babikan said.

"The village residents have said to me that it is about time the village did something like this," Babikan said. "I was surprised. I thought there would be complaints."

Babikan announced that the Williams Bay Recreation Center will be closed at least until mid-May.

In March, the board unanimously approved a bid from Bob's Floor Covering, Elkhorn, for $3,194 to install vinyl tile in the center.

Babikan said installers requested closing the center in order to allow the tile sealant time to set. Installers requested that no foot traffic be allowed in the center for at least two weeks after the tile is installed, Babikan said.

Installers began the job Tuesday.

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