House Bill 1800 makes it easier for counties to negotiate contracts to utilize crops as snow breaks in winter.
“I’m glad this piece of legislation was able to move through the committee process and advance out of the House so quickly,” said Wheeler. “This is a straight forward piece of legislation that gives our counties the latitude they need to find cost savings for residents by utilizing natural structures as snow breaks in winter and reduce the cost of snow removal services.”
House Bill 1800 passed both the Counties and Townships Committee and the full House by unanimous vote and is now in the Senate where Wheeler hopes it will advance just as smoothly to the Governor’s desk for final approval.
Illinois is one of the largest growers of row crops not only in the U.S., but the world, giving the State an abundance of natural snow breaks along highways throughout downstate and collar counties, including Lake and McHenry Counties. The legislation affords counties extra leeway to negotiate with the growers of these crops to buy standing strips of crops to remain in place along highways to act as natural snow breaks. These natural snow breaks reduce the cost and need for snow removal and melt services that are major annual cost drivers in highway maintenance budgets.
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