Saugerties wants truck companies to pay for busted curbs

truckHeavy trucks have once again damaged some sidewalks and curbing, and this time the village wants police to go after the drivers.

Alex Wade, who is in charge of special projects for the village, reported to trustees at their Nov. 2 meeting that trucks had damaged the curbing and sidewalk in front of the Inquiring Mind Bookstore. Earlier this year, trucks damaged the curbing and sidewalk across the street.

Wade said the damage is between the stop stripe on the road and just before the cement stanchions put up at the corners to keep trucks from damaging the crosswalks curbing.


The state Department of Transportation has authorized the village to use some of the remaining money from the crosswalks project to pay Mullen and Sons, the company that did the crosswalk work, to repair the damage.

But trustee Terry Parisian is not totally happy with that solution. “We have surveillance cameras there; get the police to look at the recordings and find out who is doing the damage and get their insurance to pay for the repairs.”

Wade suggested the damage is being caused by trucks delivering to the stores on Partition St., pulling up onto the sidewalk.

“Let’s get the police to look at the recordings and charge their insurance companies for the repairs,” Parisian said.

Wade said he would contact the police, and one of the officers or dispatchers will review the recordings to see if they can determine which trucks caused the damage.