Walnut City Council approves “Jake Brake” ordinance


January 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Walnut City Council, Thursday, adopted upon the first reading, a new section to the Code of Ordinances, prohibiting the use of compression brakes (commonly referred to as “Jake Brakes”).  The Council waived the second and third reading of the ordinance, which means tractor-trailer drivers will not be able to use their engine brake system to slow their rig. Most communities have enacted a similar “No Engine Braking” Ordinance, to prevent the annoying and disruptive sound the systems make, within city limits.

In other business, the Walnut City Council took no action on a proposal by the fire department, to purchase a new “Quick Attack” vehicle. City Clerk Terri Abel says department officials will hold a meeting with leaders of the Layton, Lincoln and Monroe Townships on January 15th, to discuss the matter. The meeting takes place during the Fire Board meeting at 5:30-p.m. Jan. 15th, in the Walnut Fire Station.

The Council also took no action on a recommendation of a replacement for the Zoning Commission.