By Melissa McCaghren
The City of Slaton Council tabled a revision to Article 12.06 regarding truck routes Monday evening (Aug. 10) during its regular monthly meeting.
Commissioner Ward IV Charlie Haynes Jr. said he had been receiving complaints from residents in his Ward about the excess truck traffic going down residential streets. Several of these roads.
He then presented a presentation to show how the City needed to repeal or revise the article, citing Section 12.06.002.
The Section reads “It shall hereafter be unlawful for a truck to be operated on 2nd St. as any point North of the North line of east Murray Street and South of the South line of Scott Street.”
He said that the area in question is also part of the issue at hand, adding that he thinks it was an omission there is nothing in regard to that part of the City.
“I’m thinking that we need to put something in writing, because you can talk to the company, and they’ll stop for a week and all of the sudden, they’ll start up again,” he said.
Haynes said the sized and weight of the trucks were causing damages to roads and curbs.
He was also concerned that it would eventually hit a fence or cars, especially at churches
“They barely clear the vehicles,” he said. “That is dangerous.”
Haynes added there were state routes so why not see the trucks take them instead of the residential areas. “We need to have regulations put in writing because drivers are not being responsible,” he said.
City Administrator Mike Lamberson said that by state law there must be two routes for trucks to exit from in case there is a train crossing. He added that he has driving all the routes to look at the roads and need to have one as primary.
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