Town board sets public hearing for new road use law

Proposed law would allow town to regulate high impact vehicles, such as those used in hydrofracking, wind farming

— The Cazenovia Town Board is moving forward with regulations to protect town roads from possible damage by high impact trucks such as those used in the currently-contentious industries of gas mining (hydrofracking) and wind farming.

The board unanimously approved at its Jan. 14 meeting a resolution that will allow it to move forward to enact Local Law No. 1 of 2013, “A local law to enact a local road use and preservation law in the town of Cazenovia.” The law would establish a comprehensive scheme for the regulation of high impact vehicles on town roads and for the preservation of such roads. The high impact vehicles to be regulated by the law includes those such as are used in the hydrofracking, wind farming and other heavy industries, said Town Attorney John Langey.

The proposed law, which is currently not available for public viewing on the town website but can be requested from the town clerk, states that the intent is to “protect the town roads from excess damages caused by frequent passes of heavy trucks.” It requires all developers of large construction and high impact projects to submit a haul route application and project traffic worksheet with the town highway superintendent, who will determine if the proposed activity will exceed allowed road usage.

There are currently 78 roads covering 60 miles that are designated as “town roads” in Cazenovia, according to the town highway department website. The proposed law would not affect heavy industry traffic on county or state roads, which would include the major thoroughfares of routes 20, 13 and 92.

Applicants will be responsible to pay for repair of any roads damaged by their trucks, to pay for any necessary upgrades to town roads required to allow their trucks to pass over town roads or to find an alternate route for their trucks if necessary.

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