[Adopted 1978 by Ord. No. 507 (Ch. 1.12 of the 1979 Code); amended in its entirety 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
Any person found guilty of violating, disobeying, omitting, neglecting, or refusing to comply with, or resisting or opposing the investigation or enforcement of any of the provisions of this Code, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $750; provided, however, that all actions seeking the imposition of fines only shall be filed as quasi-criminal actions subject to the provisions of the Illinois Civil Practice Act, as amended (735 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq.). Repeated offenses in excess of three within any period of 180 days may also be punishable as a misdemeanor by incarceration in the county jail for a term not to exceed six months under the procedure set forth in Section 1-2-1.1 of the Illinois Municipal Code (65 ILCS 5/1-2-1.1) and under the provisions of the Illinois Criminal Code of 2012 (720 ILCS 5/1-1 et seq.) in a separate proceeding. A separate and distinct offense shall be regarded as committed each day upon which said person shall continue any such violation, or permit any such violation to exist after notification or knowledge of the existence thereof.
A penalty imposed for violation of an ordinance may include, or consist of, a requirement that the defendant do one or both of the following:
Complete an education program, except that a holder of a valid commercial driver's license who commits a vehicle weight or size restriction violation shall not be required to complete an education program under this section.
Perform some reasonable public service work, such as but not limited to the picking up of litter in public parks or along public highways or the maintenance of public facilities.
[Added 7-1-2019 by Ord. No. 1019]
In the event the City retains an attorney or private collection firm or private collection agent to collect any fine or penalty resulting from a violation of any code or ordinance of the City of El Paso, any fees or costs incurred by the City with respect to such attorney or private collection firm or agent shall be charged to the offender and added to the amount owed under the fine or penalty.