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Police to give parents help in monitoring computers

Computer Cop provides enhanced ability to supervise children

CHANNAHON – Village trustees Monday agreed with Police Chief Joe Pena that purchasing Computer Cop CD’s would be a good investment in the community.

Technology is a positive tool, Pena told the board, but with the good, sometimes comes the bad.

The Computer Cop CD’s contain a program parents can use to monitor photos and language on their home computers, especially those used by children. With the program, parents can view any pictures and selected words on the computers and monitor what Web sites are being used on a particular computer.

The department will spend $5,060 to purchase 5,000 of the CD’s, which will be distributed at community functions, from the police department, and within grade schools.

Ordinance updates

Village trustees Monday also considered several updates to village ordinances that they could take up for official votes in a later meeting.

A telecommunications ordinance addresses requirements and restrictions on construction of telecommunications facilities, towers and antennas.

Regulations will include zoning placement, heights, and screening requirements. Antennas would not be allowed in residential districts or in several commercial districts. Heights for towers could be limited to 50 feet in other commercial districts and 100 feet in Industrial-1 zones.

Trustees also considered changes in building codes, updating fees for sign permits and increasing fees for moving of foundations and demolitions from $25 to $50.

Changes would also require vacuum tests on all sanitary manholes; field tiles tied in at property lines; street lighting spaced more closely; and options for decorative street lighting.

Trustees also discussed placing regulations on wind turbines constructed in village limits.

Although the regulations are only in discussion phase right now, Director of Community Development Mike McMahon said the energy-generators are increasing in popularity.

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