Citing an increase in truck traffic in the city, especially overloaded trucks attempting to avoid state routes, which is damaging city streets, the council moved to prohibit trucks from using E. Rocky, John Huskins, Little, Railroad and School streets, Richards Road, Whispering Pine Lane and Whispering Pine Circle.
The council defined a truck as “any van, van-style, dump body, tractor trailer, tractor, or any truck and trailer combination containing more than six wheels touching the roadway at any one time.” The penalty for violations “shall be a fine in an amount not to exceed $1,000.”
City Attorney Boyd Pettit made a few recommendations to change some wording and the council will hear the second reading in September.
Council member Dennis Huskins expressed his concern that the ordinance might be too far reaching, affecting people towing campers, farm wagons and utility trailers, but he was assured the problem would be addressed before the second reading.
Council also voted to move the September meeting from Sept. 1 to Sept. 2 due to the Labor Day holiday.