County Board of Supervisors

The county supervisors discuss an agenda item at their July 17 meeting, during which the three voted unanimously to oppose a proposal to build a new inspection facility at the Mariposa Port of Entry. From left: Bruce Bracker, Rudy Molera and Manuel Ruiz.

A proposal to build a new commercial truck-inspection facility near the Mariposa Port of Entry is drawing opposition from local officials.

The plan, a collaboration between the General Service Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, calls for a new facility behind the Shell gas station near the port, where the FMCSA could “safely and effectively inspect both commercial truck and bus traffic,” according to a notice of intent filed by the GSA.

But the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Wednesday morning to write a letter opposing the project, arguing that it wouldn’t be beneficial.

During a discussion at Wednesday’s board meeting, Supervisor Bruce Bracker said that for many years, the Arizona Department of Transportation and the FMCSA have been co-located in a facility that is owned by ADOT, where they already conduct truck inspections.

“One: It’s wasteful spending to have two facilities that do exactly the same thing,” he said. “And number two: We feel that they’ll go back to their abusive practices of over-inspection and slow down the commercial transportation in our port of entry.”

The FMCSA “has not been very effective in their selection of trucks to inspect,” Bracker added. “They’ve slowed down the crossing process and have not been very efficient.”

Supervisors Rudy Molera and Manuel Ruiz voted to approve the agenda item, which Bracker had requested, without further discussion.

The GSA and FMCSA collaboration also includes similar project proposals at other ports of entry in Arizona and California.

A public meeting to provide information and gain feedback on the project was scheduled for Thursday in Nogales, after the NI’s press deadline. See the July 24 edition for details.

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