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VERMILION Council wants to know just how much it would cost the city for Vermilion to become a quiet
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

VERMILION

Council wants to know just how much it would cost the city for Vermilion to become a quiet zone.

The city received a $1 million federal grant to help pay for safety enhancements that, if installed at its five railroad crossings, would keep trains that pass through the area from blowing their horns.

Nearly 100 trains pass through the city daily, and the horns have raised the ire of citizens and business owners.

But just how much the city would need to kick in to make the project a reality isn't known at this time. Tod Darfus, a project manager for the Ohio Rail Commission, told council Monday during a public hearing that the total cost of the project would probably reach $2 million. But as of Monday's hearing, council appeared to be under the belief it would be on the hook for at least $800,000.