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7/14/2017 7:26:00 AM
Woodruff board discusses year-round weight limits
Mid Lake Road construction to cost more than anticipated
Abbey McEnroe/Lakeland Times

The Woodruff town board met Tuesday to discuss year-round weight limits, among other items. Pictured, from left, are supervisors Barry Seidel, Jr. and Corky Sheppard, chairman Michael Timmons, deputy town clerk Kristin Kanzelberger, and supervisors Shirley Jacoby and Ed Richardson.
Abbey McEnroe/Lakeland Times

The Woodruff town board met Tuesday to discuss year-round weight limits, among other items. Pictured, from left, are supervisors Barry Seidel, Jr. and Corky Sheppard, chairman Michael Timmons, deputy town clerk Kristin Kanzelberger, and supervisors Shirley Jacoby and Ed Richardson.

Abbey McEnroe
Lakeland Times reporter


The Woodruff Town Board discussed repealing year-round weight limits on the roads between Highway 47 and Highway 70 at their board meeting on Tuesday.

Supervisor Ed Richardson questioned why some roads had summer weight limits and restricted through truck traffic while others did not.

"Why do we have it on that particular road and no other town roads, the no through truck traffic and the weight limit?" Richardson asked of Blumenstein and Country Lane roads.

"It's not just those roads," chairman Michael Timmons responded. "North Ridge Way, Maulson Street, Mid Lake Road, Pine Cone, Wayne, that whole general area there ... to stop trucks going through from Highway 70 to Highway 47 is what the purpose was. No through trucks was requested by the police department to put the five ton weight limit on it as well."

The weight limit and through truck restriction requires truck drivers to be granted permission before they can legally drive down the roads, according to Chapter 435-7 special year-round highway weight limitations in the Woodruff Code of Ordinances.

"It's an inconvenience for some of the local business people," Richardson expressed. "Every time they have to go through there they have to make a phone call to get permission to go through."

Richardson then made a motion to remove no through truck traffic and weight limits on the aforementioned roads.

Supervisor Barry Seidel Jr. seconded the motion to get it to the table.

Since the year-round weight limitations is an ordinance, the process to amend or repeal requires a lengthier process.

"If it isn't a public hearing it's just short of a public hearing," Timmons stated.

The conversation continued on to the exceptions in the ordinance, which includes the inability to limit commerce.

"We cannot limit commerce in any shape, way or form so ... plumbing trucks, sewer trucks are exempt from all ordinances," Timmons explained. "... we have to allow them as long as the road is not seasonal weight limited."

It was further explained that trucks over the weight limit which have business down one of the roads are allowed to be there, after permission is granted, but trucks using the roads for shortcuts are restricted.

Woodruff resident Heidi Fink expressed her concern for safety along the narrow backroads if large trucks were allowed.

"The only concern I have, Ed ... but that corner ... on Blumenstein, you put a semi around that, that isn't wide enough for two cars to meet," Fink said. "I'd be really concerned about the safety of just a bigger truck on those narrow roads."

Woodruff resident Todd Albano then questioned whether the board could amend the ordinance to allow local deliveries only.

"Could you amend the ordinance to say local deliveries only and still stop all the cut-through traffic?" Albano questioned. "Because it doesn't seem to me like a fair exchange to expose all those residents in that quiet neighborhood to all the traffic that we know is going to be cutting through there for the couple of trucks that might need to go in there for a delivery and I don't see that as being unfair as long as we're not inhibiting local deliveries."

"I don't think that's unfair to ask larger trucks not to drive through a residential neighborhood just to save a couple of minutes for their convenience," Albano continued.

Timmons assured he would research local deliveries and bring it back to the board.

The motion failed 4-1 with only Richardson voting in favor.

The item will be on the next agenda so the board can discuss it further after gathering more information.



Mid Lake Road construction

Timmons received a call from Brad Pitlik of Pitlik and Wick saying the amount of rock suggested was not enough and Mid Lake Road would still be in the water level.

Timmons approved a couple more loads of rock, raising the final bill a couple thousand dollars more than anticipated.

The total amount the bill was raised is unknown at this point.



The board also

• Discussed high water concerns on town roads, right of ways, and private property and will be putting the item on next month's agenda.

Abbey McEnroe may be reached via email at amcenroe@lakelandtimes.com.





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