Load-limit nixed on Franklin area residential road
An 8-ton load capacity limit on LaGrange Robicheaux Road just west of the Franklin city limits was repealed Wednesday with the adoption of an ordinance by the St. Mary Parish Council.
The action clears the way for the continued use of the road for ingress and egress by an 18-wheel semi-tractor trailer rig owned by Winnfield Theriot, who parks the rig at his residence on the road.
In earlier sessions, the council had heard from his wife, Darlene Theriot, as well as other residents who said they were not in opposition of the rig parked on the Theriot property. She said her husband had been parking the rig on the property for 11 years without problem until a recent citation was issued for violation of the truck route code.
Tommy Ducote of 2124 LaGrange Robicheaux, however, spoke in the previous meeting and Wednesday to register his opposition.
“I don’t want to see the neighborhood turn into a truck stop,” Ducote said. “I don’t think none of y’all would like that around your house.” In the earlier meeting he said he felt the road is too narrow to maneuver the trailer onto its parking area without causing harm to the road and culverts.
Wednesday he added that the load limit was established by the parish years ago after “100 percent” of residents opposed another resident bringing in a tractor-trailer rig. Also, he said, when the road was dedicated in 1982, a “no truck thoroughfare” restriction was instituted. And although Mrs. Theriot said she bought her property in 1983 without any deed restrictions, Ducote said there are restrictions on commercial activity in the subdivision code.
The ordinance was introduced after the council originally heard from Theriot and then retained Miller Engineers and Associates to determine the road’s rating.
Councilman David Hanagriff of Centerville assured Ducote that the road is not sub-standard and is rated much higher than the 8-ton load limit. It was also noted that garbage trucks, utility service vehicles and school buses that use the road exceed 8 tons.
The council adopted the ordinance unanimously.
In other business the council:
—Approved ordinances adopting the 2012 fiscal year budget and five-year capital outlay plan; setting the council clerk’s salary at $25.19 per hour; and granting a specific use permit on a communication tower at the Port of West St. Mary. A public hearing on the ordinances will be called at 5:45 p.m.
—Introduced an ordinance on a specific use permit for County Line Golf LLC, described as a gentleman’s club, at 8691 La. 182, in the unincorporated area of Greenwood near Morgan City.
—Passed resolutions on a contract with COMANCO Environmental Corp. on Phase 2, Stage 2 construction on Cell 4 of the Harold J. “Babe” Landry Landfill in Berwick; a financing agreement on the purchase of an excavator and grader; endorsement of participation in the Quality Jobs Program by LAD Services LLC; and nomination of Bill Hidalgo to the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.
—Appointed Cherie H. Laiche to the Library Board of Control; Joseph J. Foret Jr. and James Butcher to Fire Protection District 3; and Celitha M. Parker, Granderson Hamilton and Roy Mitchell to the St. Joseph Recreation Park Advisory committee.
—Heard that the new terms of the parish president and council will begin on Jan. 9 following an inauguration ceremony at 4:30 p.m. It will be followed by the first regular meeting at 5.