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SARATOGA SPRINGS: Kim dumps truck myths

There will be no new construction and no diversion of existing truck traffic in the city, according to Public Safety Commissioner Ronald Kim.

Kim addressed these concern at the Tuesday, Feb. 6, Saratoga Springs City Council meeting where residents fueled by concerns over a fictitious e-mail about a weigh station at Yaddo gardens that had circulated among public and elected officials commented on the recent announcement that the informal park and ride in front of the gardens is going to be paved.

"We are absolutely, positively, 100 percent not building a weigh station there," said Kim.

Kim said with the equipment the Public Safety Department has in its arsenal, a weigh station isn't needed. All of the equipment needed to inspect a vehicle is portable and can be carried in a small truck or the trunk of a car. In fact, Kim said, having the mobile equipment makes the enforcement of traffic laws and truck regulations much easier.

"What we do need, however, is a hard surface to conduct those inspections on," said Kim, "and paving that site near the Yaddo will give us that."

He added that he felt it was important to support and encourage the park and ride, as it reduces fuel consumption and pollution.

"I hope your discussion will be guided by what is in the comprehensive plan," said resident Camille Daniels to the City Council last week. Daniels said the parking area in front of Yaddo is like a gateway to the Saratoga Springs community, because it is one of the first things people see when they get off the Exit 14 ramp.

Kim said if visitors hadn't noticed the inspections by now, they probably wouldn't in the future.

"We've been doing this for seven years now, not doing the weigh, but the truck inspection," he said, reiterating that truck traffic from other parts of the city would not be diverted to the Yaddo site for inspections.

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