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MISSOULA — The Missoula City Council has voted to make permanent a $200 fee for companies seeking permits to haul oversized loads through the city.

Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil is seeking permits from Idaho and Montana to haul 200 loads of oil field equipment from Lewiston, Idaho via U.S. Highway 12. The loads would be brought through Missoula and travel through northwestern Montana and into Canada. The loads are up to 24 feet wide, 30 feet high, 210 feet long and can weigh more than 30 tons.

The commission passed an emergency ordinance in August to double to $200 the permit fees for oversized loads. The emergency ordinance expired Monday.

The Missoulian reports the city council voted unanimously Monday for a similar temporary emergency ordinance and passed a permanent ordinance that will take effect in 30 days.

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