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A lot of discussion, but no action yet on an engine idling ordinance in Decorah

Posted: Mon, Jun 4, 2018 6:41 PM

Decorah City Council members on Monday evening decided they needed further discussion of a proposed ordinance to limit the idling time of vehicle engines.

Last year the Decorah City Council approved such an ordinance--but it was vetoed by Mayor Don Arendt, who stated that there is already a State Idling Ordinance and that there was no documentation on the potential problem in Decorah.

City Attorney John Anderson was among those Monday night suggesting there are a lot of questions that must be answered before any vote should be taken on the ordinance.  He urged city council members "to sit down and get a better idea of what the concerns are."

The issue has been referred to the city council's Public Safety Committee--the same committee which reviewed last year's proposed ordinance.