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Stung by the refusal of North Shore Towing to reimburse the city for costs of equipment damaged fighting a fire at the tow yard last August, Evanston aldermen this week strengthened provisions of the city’s hazardous material cost recovery program.

Corporation Counsel Grant Farrar said the new ordinance removes provisions in the old version that limited recovery in the event of a fire involving hazardous materials.

It also substantially raises the fees charged for the use of fire equipment and personnel to respond to hazardous material incidents.

The city has billed North Shore Towing over $40,000 for costs of the Aug. 31 fire.

The ordinance was adopted unanimously on the council’s consent agenda.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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