At Monday night’s City Council meeting, the commissioners discussed a way forward regarding the brush dump. Mayor Travis Thompson said, “we brought this up a couple months ago, three months ago, about contractors dumping at the brush dump. Again, it happened, so I’m bringing it up again to see if there’s anything that we want to do to prevent it, because we didn’t make any motion the last time.”
He continued, “with them dumping at the brush dump, it can cause us issues because we’re the ones that have to pay for it to be pushed back.”
Street Commissioner Chris James told the council, “Well, I [saw] a big truck up there about a week or two ago, that was coming out of there, so that’d probably be it, wasn’t it? Thompson replied, “I’d venture to say that’d probably be correct.” Chief of Police, David Burrows noted, “we’ve got it on camera.” James continued, “That’s what I thought. I [saw] it coming out with another truck behind it. Well, my question is…unfortunately, are we going to have to put a cable across there and have the guys unlock it?”
The mayor admitted that was one concern he had, “by doing that, you limit for the weekend, when our citizens use it.” He added that was a main reason why, as far as he remembered, it was not addressed with a motion several months ago, stating “it was a difficult question to answer on how we were going to go about maintaining it-keeping the contractors out.”
Gas Commissioner Donavan Baldwin shared his concerns with the council as well, as he noted, “I think if we put a cable up or something, then when our employees are on their weekend off, and I’ve got to trim my rosebushes, and want to take them somewhere, I don’t have any place to go, and that’s probably when the majority of the citizens use that, is on their time off…in the end, our guys could be out on a gas leak or repairing a street, and they’d have to stop to go unlock it.”
It was suggested that a sign-or possibly more than one type of sign-be put up, reminding contractors that cameras were in use at the brush dump site, as well as noting a fee for contactor use of the brush dump since it was for public (local) use only. James also suggested a weight limit sign on the city park road, would also curb large trucks from travelling to the brush dump site, which would also help alleviate road deterioration and the costs associated with that. “It’s a city street, I don’t see why we couldn’t put what we want on it. it is not a class three truck route,” he added, when questioned about how the city would go about imposing a weight limit sign on the “small streets,” as Baldwin referred to it.
Burrows later voiced his professional opinion that “as far as weight limits, you’re probably going to eliminate the commercial trucks with any reasonable weight limit, from going up there, so you might as well say it’s for local use only, and be done with it.”
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