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(A) The township hereby establishes a Municipal Ordinance Violations Bureau to accept admissions of responsibility for municipal civil infractions in response to municipal civil infraction violation notices issued and served by authorized township officials, and to collect and retain civil fines and costs as prescribed by this chapter and any related ordinance.
(B) The Bureau shall be located at the township hall, and shall be under the direct supervision and control of the Township Clerk. The Township Clerk, subject to the approval of the Township Board, may adopt rules and regulations for the operation of the Bureau and appoint the Township Treasurer or any other necessary qualified township employees to administer the Bureau.
(C) The Bureau may dispose only of municipal civil infraction violations for which a fine has been scheduled and for which a municipal civil infraction violation notice (as compared to a citation) has been issued. The fact that a fine has been scheduled for a particular violation shall not entitle any person to dispose of the violation at the Bureau. Nothing in this chapter shall prevent or restrict the township from issuing a municipal civil infraction citation for any violation or from prosecuting any violation in a court of competent jurisdiction. No person shall be required to dispose of a municipal civil infraction violation at the Bureau, and instead may choose to have the violation processed before a court of appropriate jurisdiction. The unwillingness of any person to dispose of any violation at the Bureau shall not prejudice the person or in any way diminish the person’s rights, privileges and protection accorded by law.
(D) The scope of the Bureau’s authority shall be limited to accepting admissions of responsibility for municipal civil infractions arising out of municipal civil infraction violation notices and collecting and retaining civil fines and costs as a result of those admissions. The Bureau shall not accept payment of a fee from any person who denies having committed the offense or who admits responsibility only with explanation, and in no event shall the Bureau determine, or attempt to determine, the veracity of any fact or matter relating to an alleged violation.
(E) Municipal civil infraction violation notices shall be issued and served by authorized township officials under the same circumstances and upon the same persons as provided for citations as prescribed in this chapter. In addition to any other information required by this code of ordinances, the notice of violation shall indicate the time by which the alleged violator must appear at the Bureau, the methods by which an appearance may be made, the address and telephone number of the Bureau, the hours during which the Bureau is open, the amount of the fine scheduled for the alleged violation, and the consequences for failure to appear and pay the required fine within the required time.
(F) An alleged violator receiving a municipal civil infraction violation notice shall appear at the Bureau and pay the specified fine and costs at or by the time specified for appearance in the municipal civil infraction violation notice. An appearance may be made by mail, in person or by representation.
(G) If an authorized township official issues and serves a municipal ordinance violation notice, and if an admission of responsibility is not made and the civil fine and costs, if any, prescribed by the schedule of fines for the violation are not paid at the Bureau, a municipal civil infraction citation may be filed with the District Court and a copy of the citation may be served by first class mail upon the alleged violator at the alleged violator’s last known address. The citation filed with the District Court does not need to comply in all particulars with the requirements for citations as provided by this chapter, but shall consist of a sworn complaint containing the allegations stated in the municipal ordinance violation notice and shall fairly inform the alleged violator how to respond to the citation.
(Ord. 32, passed 7-9-2018)