Wednesday, May 24, 2000

Noise of trucks has village concerned

Restrictions on Shepherd Lane proposed

By Sara J. Bennett
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LINCOLN HEIGHTS — Shepherd Lane residents are fed up with heavy trucks running up and down their street, and they've come up with a proposed law they hope will restrict them.

        The latest round in the battle over the 0.4-mile section of road, seen by neighboring Lockland as crucial to its economic development and by Lincoln Heights as a residential spot in need of peace, has been fought by the residents.

        Mayor Shirley Salter, who lives on Shepherd, has worked with a handful of neighbors to draft proposed legislation that allows certain types of trucks to travel in the village only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

        They hope the law will stand up in court, keeping trucks off of Shepherd Lane when children are home from school and when people are trying to sleep.

        The new legislation made its debut at Monday's village council meeting. It now is being considered by Lincoln Heights' law and safety committees.

        Some council members questioned whether restricting trucks would hurt current and prospective businesses in Lincoln Heights. But Councilwoman Jeanette Shamel said she thought the proposed legislation was fair.

        “Something needs to be done for those people (on Shepherd),” she said. “Businesses will just have to tell their suppliers we will have to have deliveries during those hours.”

        Shepherd Lane has been a source of tension between Lockland and Lincoln Heights since the 1960s.

        Part of Shepherd Lane runs along Lockland's north border, and it provides easy access for trucks going between businesses and Interstate 75. Spurred by economic growth, Lockland recently took Lincoln Heights to court over a law banning trucks on Shepherd. A county judge ruled the law unconstitutional in February because it restricted trucks from other areas while allowing trucks headed to and coming from Lincoln Heights.

        Trucks have been rolling ever since, and Lincoln Heights officials have been talking about creating a new law.

        Finally, Mayor Salter and other Shepherd Lane residents drafted their own.

        “Everybody's got some ideas, but nobody's stepped up to the plate to do anything,” Mayor Salter said. “So this is my version.”

        Lockland Village Administrator Evonne Kovach said she would not comment on the proposed legislation until she had a chance to review it.

        And Mayor Salter said she's still willing to work with Lockland to come up with a better solution.

        “I sympathize with Lockland, and maybe working together we can come up with something more creative,” she said. “But in the meantime, we're plagued with those trucks.”


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