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Gresham pulls tow ordinance from agenda

Gresham city councilors have temporarily put the brakes on a proposed towing ordinance, pulling the item from a Tuesday, Dec. 5, agenda.

Councilors are not scrapping the idea, but want more time to draft fees for inclusion as part of the ordinance's initial approval, said Councilor Paul Warr-King, who with Councilor David Widmark, initiated the ordinance.

Originally, the council expected to approve an ordinance draft, while ironing out set service fees before the ordinance took effect in April.

Based on Portland's towing ordinance, Gresham's was designed to regulating towing and impounds on private property while prohibiting predatory business practices.

Warr-King said some councilors wanted to set the fee schedule and adopt it as part of the ordinance, instead of setting fees later. Some councilors also expressed concerns about the registration process that called for 'any other information necessary for a criminal history check.'

Under the ordinance, tow companies would apply for a special permit through the city that would enable the city to track and regulate the industry.

Although Widmark's term ends on Jan. 1, Warr-King has vowed to make sure the ordinance returns to the council for approval as soon as possible.