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|State Says No To Quiet Zone Work, Yes to Railroad Crossing Closures
|It was just coincidence, but calls by some Galesburg residents for city leaders to start talking about any progress made to get several major rail crossings in town designated as quiet zones were answered as soon as they were made.
A resident spoke to the Galesburg City Council Monday night asking for frequent updates on the progress to that end, and officials said they would, starting with an update made by city Public Works Director Larry Cox.
Cox says a major component of that effort, to get upgrades in crossing circuitry, was the subject of a request for help from the Illinois Commerce Commission that was met with a counter-offer of sorts. "They do not have any sufficient funding to participate in the circuitry upgrades," Cox said. "They did, however, offer incentive funds to the city to close eight crossings. They will provide a total amount of $550,000 if all eight crossings are closed."
Cox says it would cost double that in order to get all the circuitry upgrades needed, and says Burlington-Northern Santa Fe is preparing a formal offer of money as well, if all eight crossings are closed, and will help cover the costs of the engineering work done in order to figure out just how much money is needed for the circuitry upgrades. That engineering agreement is expected within the next month.
The Galesburg City Council Monday night voted to go ahead with the sale of 52 city-owned properties to the highest bidder, okayed spending six-figures on the purchase of three new dump trucks and nine police squad cars, and they also okayed a 40-thousand dollar revolving loan to Kohl's Diamond Gallery that will help with the expansion into a new Seminary Street location.
|08 06 08 by Newsroom
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