PEORIA (WEEK) – Peoria City Council members hope an ordinance they approved Tuesday night will help solve a long-standing problem of illegal tire dumping in the city.
Improper disposal of tires is not only considered a nuisance, but also an environmental standard.
The ordinance adopted by the council requires tire businesses to obtain a license from the city requiring them to provide information about their operation.
The ordinance requires businesses to keep detailed records of what they do with tires, and they must be disposed of at facilities approved by the state and federal Environmental Protection Agencies. Businesses must also agree to city audits when they’re requested.
The only dispute among council members was whether the businesses should pay a $50 license fee. On a 7-4 vote, the council waived that fee.
Council member Zachary Oyler said the city should not be charging tire businesses complying with the law.
“At the end of the day, that isn’t the money that’s going to pay for the staff work to go into this anyway. It’s a drop in the bucket, and we shouldn’t put that on the people who are doing the right thing,” said Oyler.
Council members Andre Allen, Chuck Grayeb, Denise Jackson, and Elizabeth Jensen all favored charging the fee to help fund enforcement.
“I think the fee is necessary for the staff to be able to do a good job, and to make it go forward as we want it to,” said Jensen.
Currently, city staffers don’t know for sure the number of tire-related businesses in the city, perhaps between 75 and 150.
Ordinance violators would face fines of between $750 and $5,000.
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