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Most public information can be obtained upon request. However, there are times when a Freedom of Information Request Form (FOIA) is required to obtain information. Once you have submitted a FOIA Request, you will receive a reply within 5 business days, and in some instances, a 10-business day response may be necessary. FOIA requests for commercial requests will receive a reply within 21 business days of receipt of the request. A statutory fee of $.15 per page will be charged for all requests containing fifty (50) or more pages. Also, if you would like your FOIA certified, a fee of $1.00 applies. All responses will be provided via U.S. Mail unless arranged otherwise. A FOIA request form is available through the Law Department, City Hall, 619 - 16th Street. Contact Amanda Rodell at 309.524.2015. Forms are also available at the City Clerk’s office, 619 - 16th Street, 309.524.2004, or on the
If the violation is not timely corrected, the owner will be issued a Notice to Appear at the Municipal Code Enforcement System (MUNICES) before a hearing officer. The minimum fine for such a violation is $100 plus court costs.
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If the noise created by a dog or cat is not repetitive but rather an isolated incident, and/or you feel the animal may be in danger or is not being properly cared for, please contact the Animal Control Division at 309.797.0741 or the Moline Police Department's non-emergency number at 309.797.0401.
For continued and repetitious noise situations, the City encourages neighboring residents who encounter such a situation to first talk to the animal's owner or keeper regarding the situation. It is possible that the owner or keeper may not be aware that the animal is frequently or persistently creating noise or that the noise is disturbing to neighboring residents.
The minimum fine for any person convicted of violating Sec. 7-2102(a) of the Code as a first offense is $50.00 plus court costs. The maximum fine is $750.00 plus court costs.
To file a complaint with the Animal Control Division, also known as the Community Service Section of the Moline Police Department, please call 309.797.0741. The Animal Control Division follows the following procedure:
Any person wishing to register a complaint against the owner or keeper of a dog/cat creating a nuisance by frequently or excessively barking, howling or yelping must first maintain a Dog/Cat Noise Complaint Log. A detailed, specific, and accurately kept log will give the City a better chance of success if the case should be referred to court or an administrative hearing unit. After this log is completed and signed, please return it to the City Attorney's Office, Attn. Deputy City Attorney, City Hall, 619 16th St Moline, IL 61265.
All Dog/Cat Noise Complaint Logs will be reviewed, and if warranted, charges will be filed against the animal owner or keeper. To further increase the City's likelihood of success if legal action becomes necessary, please provide the names of other witnesses/neighbors and ask them to complete Dog/Cat Noise Complaint Logs as well. Without more than one witness, the matter becomes your word against that of the owner or keeper and prosecution is unlikely.
In response to a complaint, the Animal Control Division will send a letter to the dog/cat owner or keeper notifying him or her that a complaint was made and providing the owner or keeper with information about ways to solve the problem of excessive noise. The letter encourages the owner or keeper to cooperate by voluntarily taking action to solve the problem.
No. The City Attorney does not represent individuals in private legal matters and is not authorized to give legal advice to the public. Corporation Counsel for the City of Moline represents City officials and employees in matters arising out of the course of their duties and City departments and agencies in the course of their business as City entities. The City Clerk and Legal Services Specialist are available to answer inquiries about City ordinances and to refer complainants to the appropriate City department when allegations of ordinance violations are received or as other requests for services are generated. If you need assistance with a private matter, two services may be of assistance. Both Help Legal Assistance and Prairie State Legal Service offer legal assistance to qualifying low-income individuals or families. Help Legal Assistance is located at 736 Federal Street in Davenport, Iowa; the telephone number is 563.322.6216. Prairie State Legal Service is located at 1705 2nd Avenue, Suite 314, Rock Island, IL 61201; the telephone number is 309.794.1328 or 800.322.9804. If you do not meet the income requirements of Help Legal Assistance or Prairie State Legal Service, you may contact the Lawyer Referral Service at 563.324.1772.
The Moline Code of Ordinances can be found online. The Code is routinely codified as ordinances are adopted by the Moline City Council. Copies of the Code are also available for viewing at the City Clerk’s office, City Hall, 619 16th Street, Moline, 309.524.2004. Questions regarding the Code may be directed to Amy Saunders, Legal Services Specialist, 309.524.2012.
If you are not sure if your situation involves a violation of the Moline Code of Ordinances, you should document the facts of the situation and contact the Police Department at 309.797.0401 or the Neighborhood Improvement Officer at 309.524.2014 for assistance.
If you have received a Notice and Order or a Courtesy Notice and have specific questions, you may email Neighborhood Improvement Officer Brad Hauman or call at 309.524.2014.
If you were issued a City of Moline ordinance violation citation and have general questions regarding same, please view the Ordinance Violation webpage. If you have additional questions, please contact the Neighborhood Improvement Officer at 309.524.2014.
For questions or information regarding the rental housing and inspections program, view the webpage.
For ordinance violation cases, you are not required to have an attorney present in Rock Island Circuit Court nor will a public attorney be appointed to your case. Each individual ordered to appear in Rock Island Circuit Court must use his or her own discretion in deciding whether to hire an attorney to defend his or her case. Please be advised that the Attorneys who represent the City of Moline in ordinance violation cases act in the role of prosecutors for the City and cannot provide you with legal advice.
The City’s Attorneys do not authorize community service work; it is only granted by the Court’s presiding judge. To request community service work as a penalty for your offense, you must appear in Court.
For clarification of the rights and responsibilities involved, or if your property has been damaged because of falling branches from a neighbor's tree and you wish to seek payment for damages, you should seek the services of a private attorney, as a tree on private property is generally considered a private matter.
Obtain a Weed & Vegetation Appeal Form.
To report a weed nuisance, call Neighborhood Improvement Officer Brad Hauman at 309.524.2014 or submit a request.