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Use of slow-moving-vehicle signs is criticized

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CANTON — Putting slow-moving-vehicle signs on stationary objects is a dangerous practice that should end, the St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators was told Monday.

Representatives of Kendrew Grange 891 explained to lawmakers that using the signs as markers for driveways, mailboxes and poles is a growing trend.

“They’re clearly visible from the highway,” said Georgia M. Brothers, who spoke on behalf of her husband, Hubert L. “This causes a real hazard.”

Drivers cannot be sure if the triangular markers are attached to a slow-moving vehicle or a stationary object, so they are not sure how to react, she said.

The practice is illegal but people ignore the restriction, said fellow grange member Mark Matthews. The grange members asked for legislative assistance in having the signs removed when appropriate by towns and the county.

Legislator Alex A. MacKinnon, R-Fowler, said he would develop a resolution to support the intent of the law on the slow-moving-vehicle signs, which are not meant for use as emblems.

Legislators also threw their support behind a grant application to the Northern Border Regional Commission by the Northeastern Loggers Association for a study of production technology that could streamline operations in some forestry fields.

If the grant is awarded, the industry group could pick some businesses in the region and develop recommended processes to improve efficiency that could be applicable on a broad scale, said Dawn C. Howard, county Soil & Water Conservation District manager.

“They’ll look at things with a fresh set of eyes,” she said. “The tough thing is we have to get people to buy into it.”

The primary focus will be on establishing best business practices with an eye down the road to the biomass market, she said.

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