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TR PHOTOS BY ROBERT MAHARRY – Trucks drive through the area around GMG Elementary School in Green Mountain on Tuesday afternoon. During Tuesday morning’s Marshall County Board of Supervisors meeting, Green Mountain resident John Worden suggested an ordinance to address motor braking or “Jake Braking” across the county.

The Marshall County Board of Supervisors discussed the possibility of a countywide ordinance regulating the use of compression-release engine brakes – commonly known as Jake Brakes – in tractor-trailers during the regular meeting Tuesday morning and pledged to explore the matter further with potential for official action in the future.

John Worden of Green Mountain, who was billed as the unincorporated community’s ‘unofficial mayor’, came before the board and asked them to consider a change because Sheriff Joel Phillips noted that some incorporated municipalities in Marshall County already have ordinances prohibiting motor braking in the city. limits (and fines those who don’t comply) because of the loud noise it creates.

Phillips suggested the county could either go after Jake Brakes specifically or categorize them more broadly as loud or disorderly conduct under the state code, finding that a specific order regarding engine braking was ” the best remedy”, in his opinion. Expanding the definition to loud or disorderly driving would require a specific decibel level to be achieved and could be more difficult from an enforcement perspective, Phillips said.

Council Chairman Dave Thompson asked Phillips if such an order could be “an enforcement nightmare” for the sheriff’s office.

“I think it will be. On the one hand, we don’t know exactly the schedules of these commercial vehicles if they are the only offenders, “he said. “I think it’s going to be difficult in terms of prosecutions … Obviously, we have to determine which device is used and certify that it is an engine brake.”

Green Mountain’s John Worden speaks to the Marshall County Board of Supervisors about a possible Jake Braking Order at Tuesday morning’s meeting.

County Attorney Jordan Gaffney also weighed in, saying there were “significant hurdles” to implementing an order, but added he believed it could be done. Worden, who spoke later, said the braking was mostly happening on Wallace Avenue, which runs north to south past GMG Elementary School and the high school baseball field, and came from all types of semi-trailers, not just utility vehicles.

He first contacted supervisor Steve Salasek about the matter last Thursday and said he heard at least nine instances of engine braking between that date and 7:15 a.m. Tuesday morning. Worden said that due to work schedules, it can be difficult to know if people are sleeping at night or during the day.

“In this part of the world, many people work three shifts or shift work at any time of the day or night. Therefore, you have people sleeping during the day,” he said. “We don’t. We work during the day and sleep at night, but you have people who sleep during the day, so they are affected by the engine brakes as well as those who sleep at night.

Worden added that he lives about four blocks from Wallace Avenue, east of Green Mountain, so he imagined the noise would be even more noticeable for those closer to the main road. He also said a JBS representative in Marshalltown, where many trucks are leaving or heading to, said there was nothing the company could do.

“I would like to see the county take the easier first steps. Maybe a few posted signs would encourage drivers to use their brakes instead of their Jake brakes,” Worden said.

Thompson said it would make sense for one of the supervisors to reach out to JBS, citing their long history as a “good corporate citizen.”

“I think if they were told they might be creating a problem, they would want to solve it on their own,” Thompson said.

From there, Salasek and Worden also broached the subject of raising the speed limit in the area around the elementary school from 35 to 45 miles per hour, but Thompson said he was hesitant to endorse one. such decision.

“I would also like to hear from the school system, hear their thoughts, so that we don’t open a Pandora’s box that we can’t close,” Thompson said.

No official action was taken, and Thompson and Salasek (Bill Patten was absent) promised to do more research and investigate the situation further before a future meeting. Thompson also encouraged Worden to collect petition signatures to show his support for such a change.

Before the meeting ended, Marshall County Director of Emergency Management Kim Elder and 911 Communications Director Rhonda Braudis discussed allocating ARPA funds for a potential rescue trailer in the event natural disaster without any official action being taken. As Patten was absent, supervisors elected to let the county funding request from the Marshall County Communications Commission/Technical Supervisory Board to cover radio access and maintenance costs.

In other cases counsel:

Approval of an easement agreement with Royal Young for 0.38 acre of permanent right-of-way and 0.59 acre of temporary entrance fee in the amount of $350 relating to the F-4 bridge replacement project on Jessup Avenue .

Approval of an easement agreement with Melissa M. Ream for 0.41 acre of permanent right-of-way and 0.57 acre of temporary entrance fee in the amount of $2,760 in relation to the same bridge replacement project.

Approved a slight modification to Marshall County’s purchasing policy to accommodate a request for FEMA grants.

Approved the consent agenda as indicated.

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Contact Robert Maharry at 641-753-6611 ext. 255 or [email protected]


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