Towing companies can now increase towing fees

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PEORIA, Ill.– After almost a decade, area tow companies are able to increase fees.

City Council Tuesday voted to allow local companies to increase their fees. Various companies made complaints about fees staying stagnant from 2011.

The standard fee is $155. Now companies are authorized to raise the tow fee $5 a year, but it can exceed a total of $175.

The towing code is now reflective of and in compliance with current state law.

[We’re] making sure that the tow companies are required to respond to all tows that they’re dispatched out on, so no picking and choosing of the calls that they want to go on.

Chrissie Peterson, Interim Corporation Council

The updated code also requires tow truck companies to respond within 30 minutes, making sure that they respond to at least 85 percent of the calls that they are dispatched on.

Tow company storage fees and location fees are also subject to increase. Lot storage fees will increase from $25 to $35 and location fees from $30 to $40.

Also, council leaders discussed providing more money for future projects. Community Developers say they need more funding to revitalize the roofs of 24 houses on Peoria’s South Side.

The Peoria Community Committee of Economic Opportunity (PCCEO) and Busey Bank are taking on this project.

They received $360,000 from the affordable housing committee, but are requesting another $120,000 from the South Village TIF Fund.

Peoria Community Development Director, Ross Black, said he applauds the Community Action Agency and Busey Bank for securing the first grant.

“The community action agency will actually manage the grants so city staff our role in this would be to coordinate and administer the $120,000,” Black said.

Black said fixing the roofs allows low-income households to stay in their properties as opposed to potentially becoming homeless.

In addition, council members are considering a plan that will require fewer people to make animal control decisions in 2020.

The Animal Review Board is responsible for reviewing cases of unruly animals.

This includes animals that are dangerous, make excessive noise or a reckless.

City leaders are looking to consolidate that power. A county hearing officer would take on that workload. Council members said this transition has been long-awaited.

“It’s a very good idea,” Peoria City Councilwoman Beth Jensen said. “I actually wrote this ordinance developing the animal review board. It was set up to take those cases out of the circuit court and bring them here because they caused a lot of headaches for the judges and were very time-consuming.”

Jensen said she is surprised that they didn’t transition power to the hearing officer sooner.

Tuesday, the council voted to approve the South Village funding and animal control as a first reading. They will make a final decision at the next meeting.

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