The City Council on Oct. 16 set iron-clad fees on what companies can charge to remove boots from illegally-parked cars.

The new fees are as follows:

–          Single vehicle, less than 10,000 pounds:  $75

–          Vehicle heavier than 10,000 pounds up to 20,000 pounds: $150

–          Vehicle heavier than 20,000 pounds: $300

–          Loaded tractor trailer: $450

Councilman Gabriel Sterling made the fee recommendations which the City Council unanimously approved during its regular meeting. Prior to the council’s decision, there were no fees established in the city’s code.

The council approved the fees at the request of Police Chief Terry Sult. He said companies charging exorbitant fees were leading to disputes between drivers and employees removing the boots.

“The goal of the police department is to basically just protect the public from unreasonable practices of a few impound agencies that would boot vehicles,” Sult said.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com