Town won’t change trucking ordinance

WILTON — The town decided not to amend its through trucking ordinance after a public hearing on the issue Monday.

The town held the hearing to decide whether Maple Street should be added to Main Street in the town’s no through trucking ordinances. The hearing came after Police Chief Brent Hautanen made contact with a trucker hauling a wide load through Maple Street, which is a narrow street with on-street parking, and cannot support heavy loads, Hautanen told the Select Board during its Aug. 12 meeting. The trucker told Hautanen the state had directed him to Maple Street as a way of detouring Main Street, which doesn’t allow through trucking. At a public hearing on the issue Monday, however, the board decided there was not enough truck traffic in that area to support an addition to the ordinance.

Resident Jerry Greene noted that while there might be the occasional truck using village roads, because the mileage was slightly shorter than diverting to a highway, for most truckers, it would not be worth the aggravation of the numerous stop signs and turns. Greene, who is a former selectman, added that when the town changed Main Street to a no through trucking area, it was never a thought that trucks might divert to other village streets, simply because it wouldn’t make sense for that to happen.

“I think it’s a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist,” said Greene.

Steve Elliott, the town road agent, said that all the residential roads in the village are inadequate for through trucking, because the streets are narrow and many have side-street parking. “I wouldn’t be opposed to no through trucking in the whole residential district,” he said. However, the village district does not have a large amount of truck traffic, he added.

The board ultimately voted unanimously not to amend the through trucking ordinance to include Maple Street, after agreeing that there was not enough traffic or issues arising from use of the road to warrant the change.

The Select Board will meet next on Sept. 9 at 6:30 in the town offices.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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