Ordinance prohibiting “jake braking” approved by Hodge Town Council

During their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on May 3rd, Village of Hodge Town Council members Willard Willis and Steve Fox approved the adoption of Ordinance #217 prohibiting “jake braking” within the city limits. The action was taken following a Public Hearing on the matter held prior to the session. Councilman Wayne Buchan was absent.

“Jake braking” is the colloquial term used in reference to the Jacob compression release braking system that large trucks with diesel engines use to slow down instead of applying regular brakes. When a diesel engine slows down using its jake brakes, it opens the exhaust valves on top of the compression stroke, which makes a very loud noise that often is mistaken for a gunshot.

The session also included a decision by Hodge Mayor, Gerald Palmer, to hold no discussion in reference to the possible sale of alcohol inside the city limits of Hodge. As result no referendum will be placed on the upcoming November election ballots, thus killing any action that may have been taken.

In further action the 2021-22 amended budget and proposed budget for fiscal year 2022-23 was presented with a date of June 7th, 2022, set for a Public Hearing to be held on both budgets. Both budgets may be examined at the Mayor’s Office in Town Hall in Hodge, Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00am – 3:00pm.

A 2001 Ford truck owned by the Village of Hodge, that had the transmission go out on it, was approved to be sold as surplus property. Discussion was also held in regard to the cell tower that is to be constructed on Main Street along the west side of the Post Office and leased to AT&T. In response to citizens questions about the status of the Hodge Shopping Center that sustained damage by the March tornado, Mayor Palmer stated that Dollar General had cleaned out their store last week.

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