Peoria City Council approves licensing requirements for tire companies, hoping to tackle illegal dumping


PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – Peoria City Council members are taking first steps to tackle the city’s tire problem.

At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, city leaders approved an ordinance that would require any person, organization, business or business that sells, barter or trades any type of tire to have a city permit.

It would also apply to any person, organization, company or business that “repairs, replaces or disposes of tires as part of a transaction or on behalf of other tire companies.”

The ordinance was passed by 7-4 at no cost to businesses.

Joe Dulin, deputy director of community development, said the move would allow the city to start tracking the flow of tires and hopefully start cracking down on the city’s illegal dumping issue, which has been going on for more. of a decade.

“While we understand that a lot of companies are not causing the problem, it should allow us to see exactly who they are putting tires back to, see if they are putting them back on again,” Dulin said. “And finally, from that kind of point A until the point where they meet, go to a tire factory or a tire recycling facility outside of the zone, so that you can audit and track those records.”

Tire-related companies must keep detailed records of tire disposals and allow the city to audit them. They must also agree not to dispose of the tires at a location other than an ILEPA / EPA approved facility or agree to use an approved City of Peoria tire company if they outsource the disposal.

The ordinance as a whole wasn’t really the main topic of discussion on Tuesday night, but rather the idea of ​​charging tire companies an annual registration fee of $ 50 for the license, which would be used to pay for the time and time. the extra effort city staff would put into that.

City manager Patrick Urich said the ordinance would add additional workload to the city’s finance, legal and community development staff.

“There are three departments that are affected by this because we would go ahead with the management of this type of order if we take minutes, if we send someone to our administrative hearing officer or ‘he’s going to court,’ says Urich. “The city incurred time and expense for this, and we felt that $ 50 was an appropriate fee to establish. “

Council members John Kelly, Denis Cyr, Zach Oyler, Kiran Velpula, Sid Ruckriegel, Tim Riggenbach all voted to pass the order at no cost.

Some members agreed that the fees would not help much financially and instead put more pressure on businesses.

“There is going to be additional work, monitoring and accounting work on the part of these operators, so they are going to incur additional expenses just by complying with the order,” said Riggenbach. “So rather than charging them other registration fees on top of that, we thought, the majority of us at least thought it would be appropriate not to have those fees because we are forcing them to do some work.” additional. “

Board members Andre Allen, Chuck Grayeb, Denise Jackson and Beth Jensen were in favor of the order but voted against it without adding the $ 50 fee.

Jensen said it was a necessary fee to compensate for the extra work of city staff.

“The fee was actually put in place at the request of council at our last meeting because we wanted to make sure that the program would be covered by the additional cost it will cost the city,” Jensen said. “We are constantly giving city staff more and more to do, and we continue to cut and reduce city staff. So I just wanted to make sure there was a fee in place to cover the costs. “

The proposal also states that “any person found guilty of violating, disobeying, neglecting, resisting or opposing the application of any of the provisions of this article, unless expressly provided otherwise, shall be punished by a fine of at least more than $ 750.00 and not more than $ 5,000.00 per violation.

Dulin said there would be around 30 to 60 days of awareness raising with companies before any implementation.

“We’ll make sure we go through the process with them, educate them on what is required, what we’re going to be looking for, and then really wait until everyone is in place before any form of enforcement takes place.” , said Dulin. . “


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