Toronto discusses weight limits for trucks

TORONTO – Truck weight limits on state routes within the city limits were discussed during Monday’s City Council meeting.

City Police Chief Randy Henry told council state legislators defeated a bill that would have allowed truck weight limits on state routes in municipalities to increase from 80,000 pounds per truck to 90,000 pounds, according to Dorothy Blaner, 2nd Ward councilman.

“Chief Henry had brought up the topic of increased weight limits on trucks,” said Blaner, adding Henry had discussed the issue at a previous meeting, and the city had sent a letter to state legislators opposing the increase. “(Henry) informed us he was against the weight limit increase.”

The state House passed House Bill 35, which would have allowed the increase. However, state senators refused to OK the bill, effectively killing it, said Blaner.

“(Henry) had received word the bill was defeated in the Senate,” said Blaner.

In other business

It was announced the city’s annual Easter egg hunt for children would begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the city shelterhouse.

Councilman at large Ron Holmes told council members he would draft and have ready a certificate of congratulations to city seventh-grader Nathan Keenan for winning the 29th-annual Herald-Star Jefferson/Harrison County Regional Spelling Bee on March 2.

There will be a meeting of the finance committee at 6:30 p.m. and a meeting of the service committee at 7:30 p.m. on April 15. Both meetings will be in council chambers.