Oversized loads see increased fees

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 21, 2024

Council raises rates based on Consumer Price Index

At a Jan. 11 meeting of the Ironton City Council, members voted to raise the rates companies will have to pay to bring oversized loads through town.

When an oversized load, like construction equipment or a temporary building, is brought through town, it requires the city to pay employees to escort the truck safely and the fees helps cover the cost.

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The ordinance, which passed, requires an annual fee of $500. And the larger the load, the more additional fees will increase with loads between 80-90,000 pounds adding $250, loads between 90,001-105,000 pounds adding $500, loads between 105,001-120,000 pounds adding $750 and in excess of 120,00 pounds adding $1,000.

The fees are adjusted annually according to the federal Consumer Price Index.

If city workers have to assist the oversized vehicles, the company are billed at two laborers at two hours of minimum pay plus one-half fringe benefits.

The other item on the agenda was Ordinance 23-82 which would not allow “marijuana businesses for the growing and/or dispensing of marijuana be prohibited in R-1, R-1A, R-2, and R-3 districts of the City, other than for personal use,” which means that those businesses could not be in the areas of Ironton that are designated as residential areas.

The ordinance was tabled for further readings until after public meeting is held at 5:15 p.m. on in council chambers.

Vice Mayor Craig Harvey said the council’s Planning Commission met on Jan. 4 and gave a favorable recommendation on the ordinance.

The Ironton City Council meets next at 6 p.m. on Jan. 25 in Council chambers on the third floor of the Ironton City Center.