City leaders are pleased about the police department’s more-aggressive enforcement of tractor-trailer violations.
The city has had problems with trucks speeding and with damage to infrastructure along North Main and Liberty streets, said police Chief Jim Taafe.
He said bridge work on Interstate 80 diverted traffic through the city, causing damage to storm sewers and curbs.
“Trucks weren’t being weighed at the scales,” he said at Monday night’s city- council meeting.
The city sent a police officer, Dominic Pagano, to training on how to spot tractor-trailer violations, such as trucks that are overweight, Taafe said. Pagano finished the training at the end of last year, and more-aggressive enforcement began right away, he said.
“People were complaining,” he said. “Liberty and North Main were getting damaged.”
He said overweight trucks collapse the storm sewers.
“We have nothing against truck traffic,” he said. “But they have to respect our standards.”
“Trucks are 10 times more dangerous, when you have that much weight going down our streets, said Councilman Raymond Moffitt.
“I can’t thank the chief enough for reactions to the trucks,” said Mayor John Darko.
“There’s not much we can do about the traffic, but at least they’re going to respect the city’s laws,” he added.
The city will be faced with more truck traffic when other overpass projects on I-80 begin this spring, Taafe said.
The police department also hired another full-time officer.
Dennis J. Dripps, 24, who was a reserve officer for the city, began Jan. 23, Taafe said.
The department now has 13 full-time officers, including the chief, and 10 part-time officers.