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Canastota: Big trucks a problem

The question of whether tractor-trailers should be parking along side village streets for an extended period of time was brought up at the Canastota Village Board meeting Jan. 3.

At the Dec. 18 board meeting, Jim Grago, a Bruno Road resident said a tractor-trailer, believed to be owned by another Bruno Road resident, was parked along the side of the street, was coming and going at all hours of the night and had been turning around using Francis Street. Grago felt it was a safety issue because many children live in the Bruno Road area.

Ron Bennet, DPW foreman said he was concerned with road wear because Bruno Road had just been resurfaced.

"There should be no trucks parked along village streets except for local deliveries," said Mayor Todd Rouse. "We have three of them [tractor-trailers] parking in the village right now. All from the same company."

"The problem is there is no parking ban right now," said Ann Marie Rossi, village trustee.

"He's not parking overnight," said Trustee Scott Rapasadi. "He's pulling in around 5 a.m."

Rouse mention alternative parking areas including near the Department of Public Works building.

According to Chrissy Palamara of the Canastota Police Department, there is no parking from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. from Nov. 1 through April 1 within the village limits.

Police Chief James Zophy said there were no transport laws prohibiting parking.

"There was at one time," Zophy said, "but the local laws were reorganized. We can monitor speed and overnight parking."

Zophy said when the department investigated the situation; just the tractor was parked in the resident's driveway.

"We are working on adopting legislation governing the use of roads in the village for heavy equipment," said Michael Adsit, village codes enforcement officer.

Adsit said the trucks could park at the Thruway interchange on Route 13, but according to a spokesman at the state Department of Transportation office in Syracuse, Thruway Exit 34 can only be utilized for parking tandem trucks. A no-cost permit is required, although there are parking limitations and time limitations.

Adsit said that tractor-trailer drivers also could use the town municipal parking lot located just west of Depot Street.

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