The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


June 19, 2014

Officials stay on track to limit vehicle weight

CAMANCHE — A plan to reduce damage to Camanche roads moved one more step toward adoption.

A second reading Tuesday of an ordinance establishing truck routes was approved by the Camanche City Council. The third reading and possible adoption of the ordinance will be held at the next meeting.

The ordinance restricting vehicles exceeding five tons to using U.S. 67 and U.S. 30, was first presented at a June 3 meeting. This restriction will focus on “through traffic” and not on trucks making a stop for loading and unloading or those with a fixed terminal in the city. Trucks not adhering to the ordinance would pay $50, $100 or $200 fines.

The council could have waived the third reading and approved the ordinance Tuesday. However, City Attorney Tom Lonergan asked the council to wait so he and City Administrator Tom Roth, who is on vacation, could review ordinances from other communities.

The following also occurred during the meeting:

The council authorized Roth to move forward with a request for qualifications for city engineering services. Mayor Ken Fahlbeck said the city is not having any trouble with Shive Hattery, but is going out for the RFQ to keep the engineering firm “honest” in its pricing.

The council opened bids for the sale of a Public Works dump trunk and approved the high bid of $2,533 from Curt Munck. The city also received offers of $1,576 from A.V. Transporting and $1,015 from Larry Pendleton. A minimum of $500 was required for a bid. Lonergan said all of the bids were higher than he expected.

As it has in the past, the council approved an official order of succession for emergency decision making. The succession will follow the following order: mayor, city administrator, mayor pro-tem, fire chief, police chief, Public Works director, city clerk, the remaining four councilmen by tenure, city attorney, city engineer, assistant fire chief and lastly, assistant police chief.

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