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'Jake brakes' are outlawed

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

The City of Weston expanded its nuisance ordinance on Monday night to include noise created by trucks traveling through town using “jake brakes.”

The ordinance specifically prohibits “creating additional noise that is considered offensive by utilizing a compression release braking system known as a 'jake brake.' When used improperly this brake system causes a noise that is considered offensive.”

During the meeting, C.R. Carter, alderman, asked how the city would determine at what point the noise became offensive.

Quint Shafer, attorney, responded that the ordinance would not allow trucks to use a “jake brake” between signs which would be posted at the city limits. Shafer said the truck drivers would have to take appropriate precautions while driving through Weston knowing they cannot use a “jake break.”

The ordinance was approved by the board with a vote of 3-1. Carter voted against the ordinance.

The city also approved an ordinance to ask the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to place signs restricting the use of “jake brakes” with the city limit signs along 45 Highway. The ordinance passed with a vote of 4-0.

The newly elected city officials took their oaths of office on Monday. Greg Hoffman took the position of mayor after previously being an alderman and winning the election over former mayor Cindy Seward.

Hoffman received 251 votes and Seward had 169 votes. The city had a total voter turnout of 35.1 percent.

Carter also took the oath of office to be the new Ward 1 alderman filling the position vacated by Hoffman. Carter beat two other candidates on the ballot to win the position.

Carter had 95 votes. The next candidate was Sharon Lyons with 67 votes. Tim Suarez received 33 votes.

Bob Moore was reelected to the Ward 2 alderman position and had no opponents on the ballot.



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