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Lake in the Hills considers new towing contract

LAKE IN THE HILLS – The village is set to have a new provider for its towing services.

Under a proposal from the police department, towing in the village would be handled by Whitey's Towing in Crystal Lake. Since 2009, the service has been handled by All Around Towing and Auto in Huntley.

Every four years, the department asks for proposals for towing services, said Chief of Support Services Mary Frake.

The contract with All Around was for one year with up to three renewals.

The new contract with Whitey's also would be for one year and can be renewed annually for up to three additional years.

Whitey's and All Around were the only two companies to submit proposals for the towing contract.

The department calls for tows about once or twice a day, Frake said.

According to a memo from Frake to the Village Board, the majority of fees the village is charged for towing are recovery rates for accidents, arrest tows and daily storage.

Whitey's had a lower fee when it came to storage for arrest tows, but a slightly higher storage fee when the tow occurs because of an accident.

Among the storage fees proposed by Whitey's were $25 a day for a vehicle towed because of an arrest and $50 per day for a car towed from an accident. All Around proposed $45 a day for a car towed for an arrest or an accident.

Winching rates for heavy-duty tows were $150 an hour for Whitey's and $225 an hour for All Around.

Whitey's will charge $85 per arrest tow. All Around planned to charge $100 per tow.

"This scenario, Whitey's had the most competitive price schedule," Frake said.

Under the village ordinance, when any vehicle has to be towed because of an arrest for a crime or driving under the influence, the offender would have to pay a $500 administrative penalty, plus any of the towing and storage fees.

"For DUIs, traffic arrests and offenses and criminal offenses, the cost should be borne to the offender, as opposed to strictly to the residents," Frake said.

The Village Board is set to vote on the towing contract at its Thursday meeting.

To attend

What: Lake in the Hills Village Board

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate

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