Shelburne considers new ordinances regulating trucks and hazardous materials

The Shelburne Selectboard has scheduled public hearings for next month to discuss the adoption of two new ordinances that would pertain to truck traffic and handling of hazardous materials.

The first is an Ordinance to Regulate Motor Trucks on Town Highways. The proposed ordinance would prohibit motor vehicle trucks that are heavier than 24,000 lbs. from traveling on any of Shelburne’s town highways. This would apply to all of the town-owned roads in Shelburne, excluding U.S. Route 7.

“Our roads are taking a big hit from trucks,” explained Selectboard Chair Gary von Stange. “We need to protect our roads from disrepair and from traffic-related issues.”

Von Sange noted that certain trucks would be exempt from this ordinance including emergency vehicles and trucks making deliveries to properties, or housed by business on those highways.

“We want to support our local businesses who are serving the local community,” Von Stage said. “The proposed ordinance provides for that protection.”

The other ordinance being considered is an Ordinance Regulating the Storage, Handling, and Distribution of Toxic, Hazardous, and Flammable Materials. This is intended to protect Shelburne’s town center, residences, and schools, from contamination, health hazards, fire, and explosions. The ordinance also seeks to protect natural resources including the LaPlatte River and Lake Champlain.

Both ordinances have been in the works for at least three or four years, according to Von Stange.

“We want to prevent large scale catastrophes whether they cause damage to property, land or human beings,” said Town Manager Joe Colangelo.

The public hearings for both proposed ordinances will take place at the next Selectboard meeting Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. in Town Center Meeting Room 1.

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