Skaneateles farmers speak against truck enforcement

Discussion about an important and controversial matter brought out members of the farming community and several residents from throughout the town of Skaneateles on the evening of Oct. 29.

The farming community met with Mayor Bob Green and Skaneateles Police Chief Lloyd Perkins to talk about trucks and the stepped up enforcement of state regulations which effect residents, farmers and those who work or do business in Skaneateles.

The meeting was packed, mainly with other farmers and local business people who wanted a word with the powers that be. The idea for the meeting was generated by local cash crop farmer and town councilman Jim "Skinny" Greenfield after one of his guys was pulled over and delayed almost two hours while the officer inspected the vehicle for violations.

This wasn't the first time a farmer had been pulled over and detained to the point it that affected their business, nor the first time other local truck traffic had been pulled over.

It apparently has been happening a lot -- all because the village's local law enforcement has admittedly stepped up its truck regulation enforcement in an effort to decrease the amount of trucks traveling through the village center.

"I figured after it happened to me that it was time for both sides to sit down and talk about this," Greenfield said.

The intent of the regulations, according to Green, is to deter downstate trucks, mainly garbage trucks, and other vehicles that should be using roads built for the loads they carry, such as the Thruway and Route 81. The regulations are also meant to deter them from using the village of Skaneateles as a short cut to places like upstate landfills.

So far it's worked. Last year almost 200 trucks would pass through the village on a daily basis, Green said. This year, that number has decreased.

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