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Overweight vehicles traveling on city streets may soon have to pay a price, according to the City of Baker City Council.

According to Mayor JoDee Pratt, there may be a reason to establish license fees for the overweight vehicles which use and damage the city streets, she explained in the May 6 city council meeting.

The first step would be to set up a committee to examine the problem and possible solutions, including paying license fees for overweight vehicles to use the city streets.

“(City of Baker Police Chief) Mike Reddick said he would be willing to be on the committee, but we need to work out some numbers for what and how we can approach this so that we can get these heavy vehicles off our streets,” she said during the meeting.

“This is for all of our Baker streets. The streets in town that are state highways, we can do nothing with those. This is just for our city streets,” the mayor said.

“We need to get a committee formed to make some decisions,” adding that she was looking for volunteers to work with Reddick because “he would have the transportation rules and the regulations there.”

Once the committee is finished, it would bring its findings to the council at a future meeting.

“They (the trucks) should be going on the highways in and out (of town),” the mayor added.

Set up fee

The city council also decided to create a committee to investigate a possible set up fee for inactive water and sewer accounts on empty lots.

“We’ve run into problems where people have an empty lot that they do nothing with. If there is a water line break or anything in that property, it ends up costing the City of Baker money and they have never contributed to any of our funds for doing work. We need to start charging, even if it is a flat rate … for every empty lot to do their part,” she explained.

“We need to work that up,” the mayor said.

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