Redefining Road Use Rules

By Erika Mahoney

October 19, 2012 Updated Oct 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For more than an hour, Broome County Lawmakers debated revisions to an existing road use agreement.

Chairman Jerry Marinich said county legislators are looking to revise the agreement because over the past few years, different trucking companies have come into Broome County with concerns.

Marinich said several towns and villages have been anxious to update those road use rules and that county legislators felt it was important for the county to take the lead. He said that way, there would be one agreement, instead of 21 different ones.

When asked whether this was a step in preparing for natural gas development in the area, Marinich said he can't say it is just for gas, but for that it is for all trucking industry.

Meanwhile, Legislator Mark Whalen said it is a step in preparation if New York allows horizontal drilling.

"There is a likelihood that there will be a significant increase of heavy trucks on our roads and we want to make sure that the cost of repairing those roads isn't pushed over onto homeowners and businesses," said Whalen.

Since legislators spent so much time discussing the potential revisions, they called for a special meeting on the issue.