Truck limit law meets opposition in Skaneateles

Town officials have much to mull over following a public hearing on Sept. 18 regarding a local law that would limit the tonnage of vehicles permitted to drive on Franklin Street to five ton or less.

Supervisor Phil Tierney said there were several pieces of correspondence that had been submitted to the town along with a petition signed by residents on and in the vicinity of Franklin Street.

Five residents opened the public hearing with comments in favor of the local law, each voicing concerns about the number of trucks and the speed at which they drive down Franklin Street. There were several concerns for the safety and welfare of residents who live on the street.

"I'd like to see Franklin Street a no truck street," said George Batlle, a Franklin Street resident. "There is no need for our street to be hammered day after day by through truck traffic."

Batlle said there are many people who walk on Franklin Street. According to Beth Batlle, it is a common occurrence that once school begins in the fall that students use the street as part of the jogging route.

Bill Aaron said that on any given day there at least 10 to 40 concrete trucks that drive down Franklin Street. The frequency and volume of large tucks on Franklin Street "creates a lot of danger," he said.

As the person who initiated the circulation of the petition to residents, Aaron said he appreciated the town board holding a public hearing after much debate about the weight limit. Due to the width of the road, there is no room for two large trucks on the road and someone walking on the side, he said.

Tom Higgins said the street is zoned residential and there is a wide age range of people who live on Franklin Street -- from the very young to senior citizens. The street, aside from being very narrow and not lined with sidewalks, has deep drainage ditches making it dangerous for people walking to get out of the way of large trucks.

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