Franklin County votes to ban semi-truck parking

Geoff Folsom, Tri-City HeraldJuly 4, 2014 

Semi-trucks with trailers will no longer be allowed to park on residential streets in Franklin County.

Franklin County commissioners approved the new parking ordinance this week for unincorporated areas.

It also sets limits on where cars can be parked.

The changes were prompted after other drivers complained about parked 18-wheelers blocking their views along streets, as well as other parked cars making it difficult to pick up or drop off children safely at schools, said Public Works Director Matt Mahoney.

The new law bans trucks weighing more than 14,000 pounds from parking along residential streets in the county unless they are stopping temporarily to make deliveries.

On-street parking will not be allowed on residential streets that are less than 32-feet wide, while parking is only allowed on one side of streets that are 32- to 36-feet wide.

Parking also is banned along Argent Road, Court Street and Road 68 in the "doughnut hole" area of the county that is surrounded by west Pasco. New signs will be posted on those streets.

Also this week, commissioners:

w Approved buying new digital cameras for the expanded jail. Workers on the construction project found several analog cameras that were not working and other equipment was damaged during the demolition.

The $30,894 change was paid from the contingency budget on the $19.5 million jail renovation and expansion. That fund has just under $200,000 remaining.

Jail Project Manager Larry Hueter told commissioners the facility will be substantially complete by a Sept. 4 deadline. "It seems to be running quite efficiently," he said.

w Agreed to continue discussions before granting a request from Sheriff Richard Lathim for a $309,855 telephone system for the emergency dispatch center. The state is offering to pay for the new system.

Commissioner Brad Peck said he agreed with concerns that the county's system is outdated, but was told by consultants that the new system would not be compatible with a new regional emergency dispatch program Franklin County is considering with Benton County, Pasco, Kennewick and Richland.

"I'm interested in one thing -- that's a reliable consolidated dispatch system that makes sense," he said.

Lathim argued that it was important to get the upgrades now because the county risks losing money from the state 911 office if it doesn't act soon.

Franklin County should be able to use dispatch services from Adams or Benton counties if its phone system crashes, Peck said.

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