After frequent complaints, town finally satisfied with Cold Springs Rd. restrictions
For the second time in recent months, the Saukville Town Board has adopted weight limits on Cold Springs Road.
Technically, an ordinance addressing the issue was voted on and approved twice during recent town meetings.
Residents who live along the road have repeatedly approached the town, saying heavy trucks that frequently use the narrow road to access industrial properties in the Village of Saukville are noisy and pose a safety risk.
That traffic occurs even though “no trucking” signs are posted on the road.
Swayed by the requests for help, supervisors adopted an ordinance earlier this year setting weight limits.
The ordinance limits truck loads to 10,000 pounds per single axle, and no more than 20,000 pounds for vehicles with three or more axles.
The ordinance was unanimously approved by the board in June, but returned for reconsideration a month later because it was felt a clarification was needed on where the limits would be in place.
The revised ordinance, which was also unanimously approved, specifies that the restriction applies to Cold Springs Road from Highway I to High Lane and on the east end of the road from the Village of Saukville limits to Highway O.
As the board was about to wrap up its business for the evening, Supr. Curt Rutkowski said he felt the reconsidered ordinance needed some after-the-fact modifications.
Rutkowski took issue with a sentence in the ordinance which he felt would prohibit trucks serving local properties.
“You can prevent through traffic from using the road but not from conducting their business on the road,” he said.
Left as originally worded, Rutkowski said, companies such as landscaping firms would not be allowed to deliver loads of materials to homes along the road.
To address that concern, the board agreed to strike a line in the ordinance that states, “No person may operate any vehicle on the above highway in violation of the above noted weight limit without a written permit issued by the Town Board.”
Rutkowski said striking that line would keep the road open to legitimate business.
Besides, he said, the town has no such thing as a trucking permit.
Violators of the weight limit could be fined between $250 and $1,000, plus court costs. Each recorded trip is considered a separate violation.
Enforcement of the restriction remains a tricky issue for the town, since it has no law-enforcement officers.
After adopting the new weight limit, town officials noted that an old three-ton limit sign was already posted along the rural road.