Thorsby bans trucks on two town streets

Published 9:35 am Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Thorsby’s Town Council on Monday unanimously approved an ordinance banning “through trucks” on two town streets.

Through trucks, such as dump trucks and 18-wheelers, will be banned from Concordia Street, from U.S. Highway 31 to Alabama Avenue, and Alabama Avenue, from Concordia Street to County Road 29.

“The main thing is to keep these trucks away from our parks and the school,” Mayor Jean Nelson said.

Emergency vehicles and military vehicles are exempt from the ordinance, as are trucks stationed at residences along the roads listed above.

A warning will be issued upon a first violation of the ordinance, followed by a fine between $100-$500, imprisonment of 30-60 days and impoundment of the vehicle upon subsequent offenses.

The council also unanimously approved Public Works Director Terry Jackson to purchase a used boon truck for $3,800.

The town regularly rents such a truck for projects including putting up Christmas decorations and American flags for July Fourth, so council members and Jackson said they thought purchasing the truck would eventually save the town money.

Council members and Jackson said the truck could also be used to paint the pavilion at Richard Wood Park and for trimming trees.

The truck, a 1991 model with about 90,000 miles, does not have a working reverse gear, and council members said they thought the transmission should be fixed before the truck was put into service.

In other business, the council:

•Approved for Jackson to attend two upcoming wastewater training sessions, as needed to maintain his certification.

•Was presented an activity report for the past month by Police Chief Rodney Barnett.

•Approved the minutes from the most recent meeting of the Parks and Recreation Board.