The years of Hesperia being the truckers' haven in the High Desert may be coming to an end.

At Wednesday night's Hesperia City Council meeting, a majority of the board indicated their desire to more strictly regulate where and how truckers can park within city limits.

Current restrictions, which allow parking on residential lots and along city streets on a temporary basis, are much more lenient than neighboring communities: Apple Valley only allows trucks to be parked on lots 2 ½ acres and larger, while Victorville prohibits them entirely.

"So where are their truckers?" asked Mayor Rita Vogler.

"Hesperia," replied Tom Harp, the city's deputy director of development services. "Approximately a complaint a day is going into Code Enforcement and the [Hesperia station of the] sheriff's department."

"Well, obviously, we have a problem here with trucks," Vogler said. "I myself feel we're overwhelmed."

The approaches suggested by the council varied. Thurston "Smitty" Smith suggested trucks could only park on non-residential lots one acre or larger.

"A couple of bad apples are ruining it for all of you," Smith said.

Ed Pack suggested no truck parking in the city at all without city registration.

"I don't know how to regulate it, but it's got to be fair to both people," Pack said.

A room full of truckers made no secret of how they felt about the proposed changes.

"It would definitely kill my business," Charles Gayland said.

"If there is a problem with a certain individual trucker, Code Enforcement or the sheriff's department should enforce the existing laws," said Sharon Sadd. "Just because dogs bark in the city 24 hours a day, you don't make up a new law outlawing dogs."

"Please respect those people who are trying to earn a living," Robert Corpe said.

The council did not vote on new rules Wednesday. Instead, staff will take the council's suggestions and formulate several choices for them to vote on at a later date, with advice from the Community Development Committee, which will hold a special meeting in December to consider the issue.

The next meeting of the Hesperia City Council will be a special Tuesday meeting, held on November 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Avenue.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.