Following several months of discussions with area trucking companies, city officials in Rochelle last night approved an ordinance dealing with permit fees for over weight semi-trucks. The ordinance involves trucks traveling on Rochelle streets that are over 80,000 pounds.
The fee per truck would be $25 a day or a yearly cost of $350. City Manager David Plyman was pleased to finally get an agreement on this issue.
The vote was 5-1 in favor of the permit fee. Councilman Dave Eckhardt voted against the proposal while Councilman Ed Rice was absent from the meeting.
The money collected would be used to upgrade the roads in the future in the Hub City.
The changes begin May 1st of next year when the city accepts the remaining section of Steward Road. The moratorium for the truck drivers will remain until May 1st.
The council approved an engineering agreement for a water main project on 2nd Avenue at a cost of $42,000. During the past 8 years, 8 water main breaks have occurred in the 100 and 200 blocks of 2nd Avenue.
An amendment to the lease agreement was approved for the Chicagoland Skydiving Center. Changes included winter jumping, hosting parties in their hangar in association with their new restaurant and RV's that would park year round at the airport. The vote was 5-1 in favor of the proposal as Councilman Dan McDermott voted against the changes. He was concerned with the RV's parking year around at Koritz Field. Plyman said that the city can control this issue and remove any RV from the airport if it's in poor condition.
The council met in executive session to talk about pending litigation. No action was taken.