Summerside to monitor truck traffic hauling lime

Mike Carson
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Lime dusting incident leads to new controls

SUMMERSIDE – Uncovered loads and speed were contributing factors in a recent lime-dusting incident in St. Eleanors.

Summerside Deputy Mayor Bruce MacDougall

 

Trucks from the Government Wharf were recently delivering loads of lime to the CRM Ready Mix Plant in St. Eleanors. The material began blowing off the trucks, coating several vehicles, including the fleet of vehicles at Centennial Motors.

Deputy Mayor Bruce MacDougall, who represents St. Eleanors, raised the issue at a recent city council meeting.

“I have no problem with hauling the larger granules that don’t blow the rock dust off like this last trucking to CRM did,” MacDougall said. “It was a fine dust and it coated every vehicle in St. Eleanors, including mine and I’m blocks away. It’s an issue that we need to deal with.”

MacDougall said it is a difficult situation because of the cost and time involved in covered these types of loads.

“I don’t how we can gauge that,” he said. “I know that we’ve say everything has to be tarped and we’re going to be putting up with trucks going twice as long. The larger granules, we have no problems with but when it’s rock dust like this, I think we should tarp them.”

The trucks were actually hauling lime, which, like the fine rock dust the deputy mayor was complaining about, is easily blown about if not tarped or watered down.

Summerside Chief Administrative Officer Bod Ashley has spoken to the people involved and has had assurances that all necessary precautions will be taken with future transport loads.

“I spoke to Police Chief (David) Poirier and to the plant manager at CRM,” Ashley said. “He was good about recognizing the problem that was caused. I think it was perceived to be a little worse than it actually was. The last time this had happened was two-and-a-half years ago. They don’t order lime very often. He said he would co-operate with communicating with managers and moving forward. The other thing would be sprinkling the loads. He said this wouldn’t have happened if it were raining.”

Contributing to the dusting was the speed the tractor- trailers trucks were travelling from Government Wharf to the CRM.

Ashley said police would be keeping an eye on the speed of truck traffic in the area.

“We visited the manager of Centennial Honda,” the CAO said. “He was also very good. He had cars he had to wash and fortunately, the material wasn’t abrasive at all.

Ashley said CRM has agreed to forward the copies of the purchase orders to the city that will show the tonnage, the approximate date of delivery and what the material will be. This way the city will know what is coming and how to prepare for it to avoid future problems.

mcarson@journalpioneer.com

Organizations: Centennial Motors, Centennial Honda

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  • Sleepless in st. eleanors
    July 15, 2014 - 21:03

    @getoverit Obviously you are not along the route that these trucks drive. The trucks do literally keep me awake all night. So much so that I sent an email of complaint at 3 in the morning after being woken up every 10 minutes with the squealing of truck brakes. As for the lime, I never noticed anything on my cars but I don't really pay attention to that sort, I'm sure for a car dealership it must be a big pain to have to wash all those cars. But if making them use a tarp means, they will be trucking later in the evening, I'm against it. I'd much rather my sleep.

  • GetOverIt
    July 15, 2014 - 15:02

    I've never seen the likes of people complaining over these things. First they were upset with the trucks driving all night long "keeping them awake" now they are complaining of the dust. Seriously folks, it's one or the other. If the truckers are forced to tarp their loads, it will take them twice as long to finish unloading the ship. Not having to tarp get's the job done much quicker, meaning you can get your beauty sleep earlier and longer but if you force them to tarp up, be prepared to have these trucks going all night long. Double edged sword I guess, pick your poison Summerside and stop complaining it sounds ridiculous complaining every time a boat (aka Business) comes to Summerside!!

    • Joe
      July 16, 2014 - 00:04

      Where's the issue? The law says all loads must be tarped in a way that stops all material from being lost from a load. There is a maximum speed allowed on the streets as well. Have the police Enforce The laws!

    • jeff
      July 16, 2014 - 08:48

      Or they could follow the laws and take an extra day to do it. That's their problem.