County backs Enzor Road truck ban

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Pike County Commission gave it’s support to a Troy ordinance that bans through truck traffic on Enzor Road.

The commission unanimously backed the ordinance, solidifying a rule that would keep trucks from driving through the area unless they were destination or origination point along the road.

Melissa Sanders, planning administrator for the City of troy, said the county needed to support the ordinance since it is a county road.

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The ordinance goes in conjunction with a complete truck ban on Oak Park Drive. Both ordinances were passed at the last meeting of the Troy City Council.

Sanders said the ordinances will keep trucks from using the roads as a shortcut.

Sanders said Enzor Road gets narrow at one point in the road and has a 90-degree turn that could be dangerous for truck drivers.

The ban does not include pickup trucks, emergency vehicles or city vehicles.

EMA Director Jeanna Barnes updated the commission on the progress of the Meeksville Shelter, and the Rave Alerts mass notification system.

The shelter application is under review, Barnes said, and she is in the process of training on the alert system and plans to have it up and running in April.

County engineer Russell Oliver discussed the results of the county’s auction of equipment, telling the commission that two 10-year-old dump trucks sold for $79,000 each, $15,000 higher than the guarantee.

Oliver also gave the commission notice that he plans to request a used shoulder-widener at the next meeting.

Oliver said the equipment would fit into the budget and actually be a savings compared to the original plan that his department laid out.

County attorney Allen Jones updated the commission on the status of the bills being drafter in the Legislature that would give authority to the commission to levy a temporary sales tax to fund the construction of a new jail and raise court costs to pay for operating expenses.

Jones said the sales tax bill is being tweaked to say that the tax will expire immediately upon the final payment of the construction of the jail instead of at the end of the next legislative session after the construction costs have been paid off.

In other business, the commission:

• Approved the hire of Jason Ellis as county appraiser.

• Approved the purchase of a laptop for the EMA department.

• Voted to support the expansion of the State’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act from three boards to seven boards that are divided more equally.

The next meeting of the Pike County Commission will be held Monday, April 10 on the second floor of the Pike County Health Department.

The work session will begin at 5:15 p.m. followed by the regular meeting at 6 p.m.