Por­terdale or­di­nance bans gar­barge trucks

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - MERIS LUTZ mlutz@cov­news.com

The City of Por­terdale passed a new or­di­nance Mon­day ban­ning ve­hi­cles from us­ing com­pres­sion and en­gine brakes ex­cept in emer­gen­cies in an ef­fort to pro­hibit large garbage trucks from pass­ing through the town as the county weighs a deal to ex­pand and pri­va­tize the land­fill.

Mayor Ar­line Chap­man con­firmed that

the mea­sure, known as the “Jake Brake” or­di­nance, was in­tended to pre­empt the agree­ment and pro­tect Por­terdale’s his­toric and res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

“It was some­thing that we had dis­cussed in the past… and we don’t know how this land­fill thing is go­ing to end,” she said. “I be­lieve in stay­ing ahead of the hounds if you pos­si­bly can.”

Chap­man said Litho­nia has im­posed a sim­i­lar mea­sure, adding that it should not af­fect the trucks head­ing to the ex­ist­ing mill.

The or­di­nance reads: “It shall be un­law­ful for any per­son in ac­tual phys­i­cal con­trol of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, in­clud­ing but not limited to a truck or trac­tor-trailer truck, to use an en­gine break or com­pres­sion brakes while trav­el­ing along the streets of the City un­less... to af­fect an emer­gency stop of the mo­tor ve­hi­cle.”

It also es­tab­lishes a min­i­mum fine of $500.

New­ton County is con­sid­er­ing a tri­par­tite deal to set­tle a law­suit that would lease the county land­fill to a pri­vate op­er­a­tor. That op­er­a­tor would in­crease daily dis­posal rates by more than four times and open the land­fill to bring in waste from out­side the county.

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