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City Hallways (Sept. 12) Ban the trucks, Golombek says

Truck ban suggested 

First came a resolution calling on the Canadian government to do something about the traffic tie-ups on the Canadian side of the Peace Bridge.

Most lawmakers last week quickly supported Delaware Councilman Joel Feroleto’s measure calling on Canada to properly man its border crossings to prevent the passenger and commercial traffic back- ups occurring as of late.

North District Councilman Joe Golombek wasn't among those supporting the resolution.

"I am voting 'no,' not because I’m in disagreement per se,” Golombek said. “I  think there needs to be more employees. But my position is that the only way to solve the problem is to remove truck traffic."

These trucks, Golombek charged, lead to higher asthma and cancer rates among people living in the Peace Bridge neighborhoods. The trucks are also ruining infrastructure, crushing sewer and water  lines, he said.

"They need to take trucks off the Peace Bridge," he said.

And then.  . .

Next came Golombek's resolution opposing  the U.S. Department of Energy's plan to haul nuclear fuel waste over the Peace Bridge, and through Buffalo neighborhoods, en route to a processing plant in South Carolina.

"There will be at least 15 tractor-trailers hauling," Golombek  said. "God only knows what could happen."

The resolution was supported unanimously by the nine-member  Council.

"If  they were banned, by the way," Golombek said the trucks, "they would  not be coming."

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Planning board  meeting Monday afternoon.

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