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The Suburbanite
  • Letter to the Editor: Heinz should provide parking for delivery trucks with expansion

  • In regards to the Heinz expansion “pouring money” into Massillon, (“Heinz pouring money into city” Nov. 19) I would hope that the company really does appreciate the tax relief they got from the city.
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  • In regards to the Heinz expansion “pouring money” into Massillon, (“Heinz pouring money into city” Nov. 19) I would hope that the company really does appreciate the tax relief they got from the city.
    I can only hope that with the expansion they are able to afford to add truck parking for the drivers that bring the goods in and out of their facility needed to make their products. By doing so, this would stop these trucks from parking along the roadway because they are forced off the property after delivering or picking up their load.
    This practice of parking along the roadway, sometimes in multiples, is not only an unsafe practice but has also caused considerable damage to the berm of the road, another safety issue. This damage is not only a safety issue but is also unsightly.
    I wonder how the CEO of Heinz would feel if this parking practice was done on his street, in front of his house. I have personally talked to some of these drivers who tell me under no circumstances are they allowed to remain on the property, even when the driver explains that he can not legally drive due to his hours of service. Drivers tell me they are directed to park at the Wal-Mart.
    Why is it Wal-Mart’s duty to provide parking for these trucks? I do not know of another business in Massillon that makes the trucks bringing goods to and from their business park on someone else’s property or the roadway. With the expansion of this business, I can only see this getting worse.
    It would really be nice if the Heinz company could show how much they appreciate the local work force and the way the people of the city have given up tax dollars so desperately needed to function, by helping it to be a safe and nice looking community.
    KEN ESCHMAN, MASSILLON