August 8, 2013

Trucks need to find a new home

Trucks need to find a new home
By Jerry W. Kram
The Parshall City Council has had it with complaints of semi trucks parking in residential areas and the damage the trucks cause to city streets. As of Tuesdays, only trucks making deliveries in Parshall will be allowed on city streets north of the CP Railroad tracks.
The truck ordinance got its second and final reading at the regular meeting of the city council on Tuesday. Trucks would still be allowed access to the city water depot and the Dakota Quality Grain Elevator under the new ordinance, as well as the used of North Dakota Highway 37. But any other trucks better be carrying something into or out of Parshall if they want to go downtown.
The city council passed the ordinance because of numerous complaints of semi trucks being parked in residential areas. According to some complaints, some trucks had been parked in the same place long enough to leave wheel marks in the asphalt.
With the city halfway through a major reconstruction of all its streets, council members also thought it would be prudent to guard the streets against the damage caused by the heavy trucks. The city instructed Public Works Supervisor Al Christianson to have city employees keep an eye out for trucks in town.
One place the trucks could wind up is in a truck parking area that was permitted by the city at the same meeting. Barry Arfa, who is working to develop a 320 acre parcel north of the high school, requested a building permit for 25 units of worker housing that would house 100 worker and a truck parking area. The worker housing would have been limited to three years and then removed.
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