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Tractor trailers on residential streets is just crazy | Columnists

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At Tuesday night’s town council meeting I had pleasure of conference briefly one particular of Martinsville’s more recent residents, Mr. Michael Sanguedolce.

Mr. Sanguedolce spoke so eloquently and articulately just before Metropolis Council that council customers broke absent from their formal method and complimented this guy who approached them in a way so spectacular it demanded quick accolades.

Mr. Sanguedolce at very first repeated his identify at the request of many council users and advised them what his identify intended. Your reasonable reporter, fastly becoming component of the senior neighborhood, has contracted a bit of hearing decline. I’m told my 40 plus yrs of putting on headphones in a radio studio has anything to do with it.

In any case, I couldn’t listen to what Mr. Sanguedolce reported his name meant, but I did listen to him say it meant “sweet” one thing. So I googled it and “Sweet blood” is what arrived back again.

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An extended definition suggests it means: “A extremely non secular individual who often relies on intuition for final decision creating.”

Michael Sanguedolce was the epitome of that definition Tuesday night.

Just in excess of 4 decades in the past he purchased a gorgeous dwelling future to the Masonic Lodge on Starling Avenue. He said he enjoys the region and has fallen in like with Martinsville and us.

But he is distressed by a problem we have experienced for ages that has gathered complaints from my personal recollection of virtually 25 yrs and until Tuesday evening in no way attained any traction with Council.

“I’m here to chat about the truck visitors on Church and Starling,” reported Sanguedolce. “Large tractor trailers. They face 1-lane site visitors, tight turns and oncoming traffic.”

Sanguedolce reported regions scarred with tire marks verify his scenario.

“This is an severe hazard for pedestrians,” he said. “In order to make turns, they have to cross the yellow line. I would like to see truck site visitors eradicated on Church from Fairy Avenue to Memorial Boulevard. I feel this would only enable the neighborhood.”

I reside considerably less than a mile from Mr. Sanguedolce and Vice Mayor Jennifer Bowles obtained a thumbs up from me when she extra that all through her time as a council member, she has listened to the issues of tractor trailers that vacation the slim road of Rives Street and use a portion of Mulberry to access Starling and Church Streets.

My intellect wandered to a time in the late 90’s, as ideal I can don’t forget, when Council viewed as widening the intersection of Rives and Mulberry to accommodate that “truck site visitors.” It would have associated getting fifty percent my entrance property.

I argued vehemently in opposition to it and lots of of the Rives Street residents introduced a petition at the time asking the tractor trailers be banned from their slim minimal household avenue.

Council finally gave up on the strategy of widening the intersection, but overlooked the request of the citizens to disallow tractor trailers on their streets.

Today we have foot races and rental scooters will soon be found with riders scooting all around city. It is a various time. As a resident who walks my doggy together Church and Starling day to day I discovered encouragement with Mr. Sanguedolce’s feedback.

As Council Member Tammy Pearson reported to Mr. Sanguedolce: “You have a valid issue. We’re trying to make this place additional pedestrian pleasant.”

I’m thankful we have a metropolis council that is of a diverse state of mind than the just one almost 25 years back.

As 1 town resident, I be part of Mr. Sanguedolce in supporting his endeavours and inspire our Council to see that his ask for outcomes in a change.

Banning tractor trailers from household streets is just prevalent perception. It’s not that substantially of a stretch to question them to maintain the 18-wheelers on the highway where they belong.

Bill Wyatt is a reporter for the Martinsville Bulletin. He can be arrived at at 276-638-8801, Ext. 2360. Comply with him @billdwyatt.

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