CLINTON — The city of Camanche is looking at an ordinance to protect its streets by restricting the roads that trucks weighing more than 5 tons can use to drive through the city.
The Camanche City Council approved a first reading of an ordinance Tuesday night, restricting vehicles exceeding this weight to using U.S. 67 and U.S 30. This ordinance would not apply to vehicles with a fixed terminal in the city or those making a scheduled stop within the city for loading or unloading items. Instead, it has been designed for “through traffic,” which could damage Camanche’s streets.
Drivers whose trucks are found on unapproved roadways will receive a fine. The fines are $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second and $200 for the third or subsequent offense.
The council briefly discussed whether to add a stretch of Seventh Avenue, between U.S. 67 and U.S. 30, which provides a “direct and expedient route” from local industry to U.S 67. However City Works Director Dave Rickertsen and Councilman Trevor Willis voiced opinions against including the road.
“Why would we want semis to tear up that road?” Willis asked.
Councilman Mike McManus asked if this restriction would affect local drivers who drove their trucks home for lunch. City Administrator Tom Roth explained that as it is designed for out-of-town drivers using Camanche as a through-way to Clinton or other cities. He did not see why anyone would bother Camanche citizens.
“I don’t want to see the local people pinched for it,” McManus said.
Citizen Charlie Blount raised a concern about limiting access to industries. He said the city should instead focus on improving its roads.
The first reading of this ordinance was approved and the second and third will be read by title only.