GLOVERSVILLE - Residents who live in the city's north end told city officials Tuesday they are concerned about heavy truck traffic on the roads adjacent to a housing project now under construction.
They may get some relief from the truck traffic. The Common Council voted Tuesday to restrict truck travel in and out of the site to Northern Terrace rather than on adjacent Lee and Brentwood avenues.
Surface repairs to reinforce Northern Terrace are expected to occur Thursday, City Attorney Anthony Casale told council members.
A tractor moves an equipment storage
container on the Kinderhook project site at the end of Northern Terrace in Gloversville this morning.
Photo by Bill Trojan/
A work stoppage on the project, Casale said, should give crews time to make the road repairs.
The construction of the 48-unit affordable-housing project by Kinderhook Development began recently after a legal battle with the city.
Residents who spoke during the public-comment portion of Tuesday's meeting said they want relief from the heavy road use.
The also said they are concerned about possible sewer or water line damage.
Casale suggested council members at a future board meeting consider raising the fines for massive work trucks that lumber along city roadways.
Trucks that are found to be over established weight limits could be fined at least $150 for a first offense. Currently, such vehicles can be fined $25, a sum that may not deter that traffic use, he said.
In February, the state Court of Appeals denied the city's legal effort to block the housing project. The court denied a motion filed by the city to seek further appeal after the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of Kinderhook.
Using a pen, Gloversville Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones on Tuesday sketched an outline of the construction area and its roadways as six residents looked on.
He said there are no plans to widen Northern Terrace, which leads up to the housing development.
Residents expressed concerns about silt running off the site into the surrounding residential area and sloping land that will run to the base of the roads in that neighborhood. They also are concerned about dust created by the construction.