New fees in store for overweight loads
November 17, 2009
Grand County officials are considering new fees for large and overweight loads transported on county roads.
“Our backbone to this is the structure of the road system,” said county Safety Coordinator Alan Green during a fees public hearing on Nov. 10.
Green said he had learned about new electrical transformer equipment due to be transported into the county, one rumored to weigh at least 250,000 pounds.
The county presently has no standards to address oversized and overweight loads.
Commissioner Gary Bumgarner said he was concerned about loggers in the county, not wanting to deter work being done to remove standing-dead trees.
Green assured the commissioner that once those individuals get a “blanket” permit, they could travel anywhere in the county. Annual permits for oversized loads is proposed to cost $250. For an annual overweight plus oversized loads permit, the cost increases to $400.
A one-time permit is proposed at $15.
The proposed fees would piggyback the state requirements on oversized or overweight loads, Green said.
In another department, the Clerk and Recorder’s office of the county proposes a $25 research fee where no fee exists now. Also, the clerk proposes reducing the fee for obtaining a recording of a public meeting. If approved, the cost of a CD would be $5 rather than $10.
Commissioners held off making a decision on new fees and increases, continuing the hearing until 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
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