WAGRAM – Wagram town officials are looking for the best path to fix secondary roads used by commercial trucks without alienating workers and business interests.
The issue came up at a recent town board meeting where Commissioners Robert McLaughlin and Kendrick Thomas said they have each heard residents complain about heavy trucks using the roads and particularly parking on the shoulder of Gorham Circle.
“They say they are tearing up the streets and they want us to do something about it,” McLaughlin said.
According to town officials, secondary roads are not designed to handle repeated use by heavy equipment. Constant use causes roads to crack and parking erodes road shoulders leading to washouts, they said.
Still Wagram has no ordinance in place to curb commercial trucking use in those areas, Mayor Milton Farmer said.
Farmer also reminded commissioners that some of those parking tractor trailers along the road live in those neighborhoods and Wagram Paper Stock’s facility is on a secondary road.
“We have to proceed carefully because this is these people’s livelihoods,” Farmer said.
In 2016 Wagram repaved portions of Gilchrist Street and Bundy Street and made repairs to railroad tracks at a cost of $62,500, according to Town Clerk Phyllis Lowery. If Gorham Circle or another street were to be repaved costs could be lower or higher depending on a number of factors.
Several possible solutions were discussed including repacking road shoulders, asking residents to park their trucks elsewhere and asking heavy truck and equipment owners to share in the cost of repairs.
A decision was tabled pending further discussion and study of the areas.
In other business, the board approved the construction of an $800 steel cage to protect the central air conditioning unit from theft and vandals.
The unit was stolen earlier in June but recovered in a wooded area near the town. Reinstalling and rewiring the unit, recharging it with Freon and checking it for damages cost the town $1980. The unit was insured, but Wagram had to cover a $500 deductible.
Reach Beth Lawrence 910-506-3169