Charleston Commission discusses truck issue
by DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
Jun 12, 2014 | 941 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Charleston City Commission continued the conversation on the need for tractor-trailer trucks to stay off surface streets at a recent meeting.

Mayor Walter Goode said a particular roadside culvert cannot sustain the weight of the large transport trucks.

Commissioner Frankie McCartney estimated the trucks are overloaded about half the time he sees them.

“I’ve been down there and looked at the culvert when they go over it,” he said. “It just wobbles and shakes and stuff falls all over the place when they go over it. Even if it was repaired, it would not be long before it was in the same shape as it is now.”

The Commission members agreed they would like for the trucks to stay on Highway 11.

McCartney said he received a response from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to his letter requesting what to do about the logging trucks.

“Commissioner John Schroer said TDOT did not designate that as a truck route. He does not know who designated it as a truck route,” McCartney said. “He said any changes to it is solely the responsibility of Charleston. He gave us a few factors to consider, which included pavement thickness and site distance.”

Goode said someone might need to go to Bowater to discuss the need for change with the managers.

“They always talk about money, but we are talking about money also,” he said. “We are a small community. To fix that [culvert] could really cost us.” 

Another topic of much discussion at the meeting was on the increasing numbers of stray dogs in Charleston.

McCartney said one dog in particular sat beside the post office door in Charleston. The dog growled at the customers and exhibited other aggressive behaviors. McCartney said neither of the places he called could offer pick-up services.

Goode said he had the same problem with the dogs.

“[The dogs] wait until Thursday night and they raid the garbage cans. It has become a mecca for people to drop off animals,” he said. “It is hard to decide what to do with them.”

Charleston Police Chief Johnny Stokes agreed the problem is getting worse.

Goode wondered what the expense would be to the city to have the stray dogs euthanized.

Added the mayor, “It is our only recourse, if that is the only humane way to deal with it.”

He said the dogs have formed packs and continue to become more and more wild.

The Commission will continue to look into the matter to see what can be done about the dogs.