Do We Need a 'Sidewalk Inspector'? Business Owner Says No

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Byline: Matt Arado

Resident and downtown business owner Mark Busse asked Mount Prospect trustees Tuesday not to add a "sidewalk inspector" to the village's staff.

"It's an idea whose time has not come," he said at the village board meeting.

Trustees recently discussed the idea of hiring a part-time inspector whose job would be to walk through the neighborhoods and study the exterior of residents' homes, looking for property maintenance problems.

Supporters say the program would allow the village to resolve more property maintenance problems faster, without relying on neighbors to "tattle" on one another. Opponents say the program, in addition to being difficult to administer fairly, would lend an intrusive, "Big Brother"-type feeling to village government.

Busse said he comes down squarely on the side of the opponents. He believes the program would be intrusive to residents, and he suggested that with the economy the way it is, the village's financial priorities should lie elsewhere.

He also told trustees that he simply doesn't think the program is necessary.

"I don't think we have a major problem (of unsightly properties) in the village at this time," he said.

Trustees will discuss the inspector program further at a future meeting.

Welcome to town: The village will host a Welcome New Residents program from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Mount Prospect Senior Center, 50 S. Emerson St.

Village trustees, state legislators, and representatives from park districts, school districts, the library, churches and numerous clubs and organizations will be on hand to tell new residents what they do and what the village is all about. …