GOFFS: A group of residents aired their concerns about heavy truck with some of them possibly overweight, carrying hazardous materials, and speeding heading to the Halifax C & D Recycling Facility along Old Guysburough Road.
The truck traffic was among a plethora of concerns raised at a community meeting, held March 15, at the Goffs Fire Hall. More than 20 residents from the three area communities turned out to raise their issues. PC MLA Larry Harrison was in attendance.
Diane Buote is one of the many concerned residents, and also chair of the community group voicing concern.
“Vehicle Compliance has said they have been out and what happens is they get seen and other truckers radio others to let them know and then they can’t catch any,” she said. “That’s their issue they say.”
Harrison heard residents speak about how even with the spring weight restrictions in place, trucks that residents say are overweight—some with their trailers so full it’s clear—continue to drive on Old Guysburough Road. The province just fixed up the road from the shape it had been in, and residents are pleased with it and don’t want to lose that.
“These roads are not geared for that type of heavy truck traffic,” said Harrison to nods of agreement from many in the crowd.
Many residents were willing to look at going to the next step—whatever that maybe—to get answers and solutions to their list of concerns.
“I think we should ask for one of those speed signs,” said Peter Buote. “If they’re not going to help us, then we’re going to go to another step.”
When Diane Buote noticed the facility wasn’t on the Nova Scotia Environment (NSE) website like others across N.S., she informed them and requested it be added, but she is unsure if they are doing regular inspections or monitoring of the site. Hants East MLA Margaret Miller is the Minister of Environment.
“I think they should know darn well what is going in there,” said Harrison said, who agreed to follow up with NSE.
Harrison said he understands why people chose to live in the rural communities along Old Guysburuough Road.
“You all chose to live here for the privacy that it brings,” he said. “It’s safe and quiet, and that’s what you wanted.”
Buote said to Harrison that the facility has taken that away from them.
“Yes they have,” he said in agreement. “There’s no apology for that.
“I’m going to see if I can get some answers for you.”
Councillor Steve Streatch said he has heard the concerns from the residents.
“I recently had discussion with the owner of the site and have been assured he has passed on the concerns to Dexter Construction, who is doing the trucking, and that they will be doing greater enforcement not only on speed, but also on weights,” said Streatch.
For their part, the recycling facilities owner Dan Chassie, in an e-mailed response while away to The Weekly Press on March 20, said the increased amount of trucks was due to the demolition of the Shannon Park buildings, which was coming to a conclusion last week.
“None of the trucks arriving at our facility are allowed to drive over the speed limit posted and they use caution when weather conditions dictate slower speeds,” he said. “We can provide a weight slip for every truck that is checked in Dartmouth, at the Kelly Lake Scale, and in Antrim.”
He said the hours for the facility are regulated by HRM Solid Waste.
“We have never exceeded them,” he said.