The City of Collinsville’s primary goal is voluntary compliance with City Codes, including the Property Maintenance Code, Zoning Code, Sign Code,
and any other applicable sections of the City’s Municipal Code in order to help maintain and strengthen the character, safety, and value of
properties of the community. This is achieved by responding to citizen complaints, proactively seeking out violations of City Codes, and working
to solve those problems in a swift and fair manner. Typical issues addressed include the abatement of dead trees, unpermitted construction-related
work, derelict vehicles, overgrown yards, trash and debris, broken windows, and peeling paint. However, priority is given to imminent health
and safety issues such as dangerous structures, inadequate barriers around swimming pools/spas, leaking sewage, and live/exposed electrical
How to Report a Violation
If you believe there is a Code violation in need of attention, please use the online Violation Reporting System or call 618-346-5200 and choose option 4.
The Enforcement Process
1) The City receives a complaint via the web, telephone, email, walk-up, etc.
2) Complaint is logged, prioritized, and routed for response to the appropriate enforcement division of the City; and, when applicable, a receipt
acknowledgement communication is sent.
3) A City Inspector makes a visual inspection of the site to assess the complaint.
4) Upon verification of there being a violation, the Inspector will send a letter to the responsible party. The letter provides the legally-required
amount of time to remedy the situation and/or a court date is scheduled. Re-inspections take place as appropriate.
5) If the responsible party appears at court, they have the opportunity to negotiate with the court - sometimes being granted additional time
to address the problem.
6) If the responsible party does not appear at court, the case is continued - typically for 30 days. If the responsible party does not appear
at the continued date, a fine is typically imposed and notice is sent. This process can continue for several months until, depending on
the violation, additional legal measures are taken by the Court to address the problem.
Resolution of Code Violations through the legal system can take time, and this may lead people to believe that the City is not addressing the
issue. However, the City works to ensure that all complaints are legally addressed and that due process is given to all citizens. Due to
the variation in time for violations to be resolved, City staff will not typically follow up with the person who submitted the complaint;
however, a response will be given to anyone inquiring about the status of a complaint.
Most Code Compliance cases are heard in the City of Collinsville’s “City Court”, which is presided over by a Hearing Officer. Although not
a Judge, decisions made by the Hearing Officer are legally binding and may result in an order to comply, monetary fines and/or community
service. City Court is held every other Thursday at 4 pm in City Hall. More serious violations, or those that are repeat violators, will
be cited in County Court, which is presided over by a County Judge. For Court appearance questions please call Code Enforcement Officer
Sheri Verstraete at 618-346-5200 ext. 1158 or by email at email@example.com.
Community Service Program. As an alternative to fine, both the City’s Hearing Officer and the County Court are authorized to require community
service. The administration of such community service is managed by the Code Enforcement Officer who works with not for profits, churches,
schools, the food pantry, etc. to find available community service hours for those who are penalized through the court system.
Interior Inspections Program. The City of Collinsville has adopted the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC), which intended
to help provide for a safe home environment, free from dangerous living conditions or malfunctioning appliances, etc. If a Collinsville
resident feels that a dangerous or unsafe condition exists within his/her rental unit, the Code Inspector can be contacted to inspect the
structure for compliance with the IMPC. The landlord will be contacted to make repairs or changes that are required in order to meet the
code. For questions regarding the Interior Inspections Program, please contact George Kroder, Code Inspector, at 618.346.5200 ext. 1148,
On Monday, July 10, 2017, automated trash collection will begin for the residents of the City of Collinsville.
All residential customers will receive a new 95-gallon trash cart, during the weeks of Monday, June 26th through Friday, July 7th. These
blue trash carts are similar to the current recycling cart, but with a black lid labeled trash.
Additional trash carts may be leased for $2/month, with a 3 month commitment.
A resident can exchange their 95-gallon trash cart for a 65-gallon trash cart, free of charge, through August 31, 2017.
Residents will no longer need to provide their own containers for trash.
Republic Services will dispose of the personal trash containers through July 31, 2017. If you want
Republic Services to dispose of your trash containers, set them at the curb and mark “take container.”
Some residents may have a change in their service date. Watch your mail the week of June 26, 2017 for service date information.
Proper cart placement for automated service:
- Have your cart at the curb by 6am of your service day.
- Place the cart at least five (5) feet from any object; like a tree, pole, fire hydrant, mailbox, electrical box, cable box, etc. and at least five(5)
feet away from cars so the automated arm can reach your cart.
- Please have this same distance of five (5) between trash and recycle carts.
- Don’t lean anything against the cart.
- Don’t place your cart under a tree or near utility lines.
- Place carts one (1) foot from the curb or edge of the street.
- All trash must be bagged and contained inside your Republic Service cart, with the lid closed.
- Bags/trash lying outside of the cart or personal cans/containers will not be picked up.
For any question about automated trash collection call Republic Services Customer Service at:
The City of Collinsville partnered with Pat & Leonard Reitz to bring you the Hometown Heroes Banner Program. The Banners will be on display in
Uptown Collinsville until after Veteran's Day 2016. This is the first year for the banner program and it has been a huge success with over 140
banners purchased by local family members of our armed services.
Below is the video of the Dedication Ceremony held September 24, 2016. Thank you to Pat & Leonard Reitz for organizing this great program, and
of course, thank you to the Veterans and their families for their dedication and service to our country.
The Mission Lifeline award was recently received by the Collinsville Fire Department.
The Mission Lifeline is an initiative started by the American Heart Association to
address gaps in cardiac care with the goal of improving outcomes through a combined
effort between EMS, Emergency Room, and the cardiac catheterization lab. The
program is a coordinated and proactive system that allows both EMS and hospital staff
to function as a single team with the purpose of improving survival and over all
outcomes from acute coronary syndromes. The parameters used to measure success
are based on a 90 min time window from first medical contact to the revascularization of
the effected artery. In addition, the department is rated on a set of protocols for which
patients should receive a 12- Lead ECG in the field and our compliance to these
The Collinsville Fire Department has received the Silver award this year, a step up from
the Bronze level recognition received last year. This designation indicated we are an
effective partner in improving overall outcomes and reducing the likelihood of significant
disability or death. In 2015, we diagnosed and treated 11 ST- Elevated myocardial
infarctions with excellent outcomes occurring in all cases. These are 11 residents who
previously would have experienced lengthy delays in their care and the probability of a
negative outcome would be high.
At the City Council Meeting June 27th, 2016, Mission Lifelife Director Art Miller presented Captain Tim Rainey, along with Mayor John Miller & City Manager Mitch Bair the award from the American Heart Association.
The Collinsville Police Department is offering to local schools, businesses & organizations, a free training course on Armed Intruder Response. Officer Mike Brown, of the Collinsville Police Department, gives an overview of the class. For more information contact Lt. Eric Herman at 618-344-2131