May 21, 2008


Marietta trucks raise concern in 7th Ward

Residents say dust, congestion ongoing problem


Image provided by Tony Pace      
A tractor-trailer creates a cloud of dust as seen in this home video made by Tony Pace from his East Court Street home. According to neighbors, the East Court Street lot, where Marietta stages its trailers, is unpaved and creates clouds of dust that blow across the neighborhood.

Staff Reporter

A group of 7th Ward residents has formed to discuss growing problems they are having in the neighborhood with the Marietta plant off Elm Street.
Tony Pace, spokesperson for the group of citizens, approached the Common Council Tuesday with the list of concerns, including dust, noise and traffic.
“We are pleased to see that Marietta has grown its business in the Cortland plants and wish to see them continue in that regard in the city of Cortland. However, the success of this growing business has created some growing pains in our neighborhoods,” Pace said to the council. “Heavy truck traffic, coupled with the use of extended trailers is at the root of most of the problems we are experiencing.”
Pace said the trucks making deliveries and pickups for Marietta are creating dust in the company’s parking lot on East Court Street that is blanketing the neighborhood.
“It’s to the point that fair use of our property is being impaired and personal health placed at risk, especially for the elderly,” Pace said.
The routes the trucks are taking are on narrow streets and cause them to drive up on curbs and sidewalks, Pace added.
“Truck tracks are noticeably visible as much as 8 feet from the curbing,” he said.
Pace handed each council member a copy of a video he created documenting the dust problem.
 The city has been receiving many calls about the issues Pace brought up, Mayor Tom Gallagher said Tuesday night.
“We are trying to get hold of the people we need to talk to, to take care of the problem,” Gallagher said, adding that with the management changing several times in recent years at Marietta, it is hard to get the right person on the phone.
The company’s manufacturing in Cortland is split between its facility on Huntington Street, which includes its corporate offices, and the 400,000-square-foot former Rubbermaid plant between Elm and East Court streets.
A Marietta plant manager was not available for comment this morning.
Gallagher said the city code office spoke with someone at Marietta and worked out an arrangement in which the company would apply some sort of application to the East Court Street lot to control the dust.
Gallagher said he is uncertain of what the application on the lot would be.
He added that he would check with the city Department of Public Works and attempt to make street sweeping more frequent in the Marietta area to reduce the dust the trucks carry out on the streets.
As for the truck routes, the city is still trying to talk to the right person to get that fixed.
Gallagher said this morning that the he, the Public Safety Commission, police department and DPW are trying to set up a meeting with Marietta to talk about the truck traffic on city streets.
Alderman Chuck Hamilton (D-7th Ward) said he called Marietta Monday and a representative will come to his ward meeting at 7 p.m. on May 28 at the East End Community Center on Elm Street.


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