Summit County officials are speaking out against the prospect of higher truck weight limits on state highways.
The limit on non-Interstate state routes would go up from 80,000 pounds to 90,000 pounds.
An advocate for the group "Coalition Against Bigger Trucks" spoke to Summit County Council.
Afterwards, council president Jerry Feeman - a former dock worker at a trucking company years ago - says the heavier trucks are a bad idea for roads the county has to maintain.
"The state highways and the interstates were built at different specifications," Feeman tells AkronNewsNow.com. "And the problem that I see, that extra weight is going to deteriorate our roads."
Heidi Swindell with the county engineer's office says that cost will expand beyond fixing existing roads.
"The roads are originally built to a certain set of standards, and those standards are right now, 80,000 pounds," Swindell tells AkronNewsNow.com, "When we build new roads, and we have to build them to 90,000 (pounds), they're going to be even more costly to even build new roads, not to even speak to maintaining and repairing that damage."
Feeman and Swindell say the state should step up to the plate with more road repair funding with a higher limit in place.
As expected, Summit County Council approved its end of a consent decree settlement over gender-based assignments for female sheriff's deputies.
The county will adjust the sheriff's department jail staffing budget over the next four years to pay 400-thousand dollars. to go along with the decree.
21 female sheriff's deputies said the county discriminated against them by assigning them by gender, in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The agreement must still be approved by Judge Sarah Lioi.
Council members and officials say they can't talk about ongoing litigation.
County council also held its first "paperless" meeting, using iPads to deal with legislation and its supporting "paperwork".
It's part of a trend in local government - with Akron City Council among the bodies heading for paperless meetings.