Vermilion closer to quieting trains

VERMILION The city of Vermilion took another step toward creating a quiet zone. Durin
MIKE FITZPATRICK
May 24, 2010

 

VERMILION

The city of Vermilion took another step toward creating a quiet zone.

During a finance committee meeting Tuesday night, city council members agreed they need totweak an ordinance that, if approved, will permanently close the Perry Street railroad crossing.

The ordinance should be changed to say Perry Street will be closed only at the completion of the project, to include the names of the streets where the quad gates will be installed and to include caps on spending by the city in connection with the project, council president Fred Ostrander said.

If council approves closing the Perry crossing at Monday's council meeting, it will show the city is serious about the project, and the Ohio Rail Development Commission will begin the engineering phase.

It will also free up $200,000 of ORDC money that could be used toward the project, said Tod Darfus, a regional manager for ORDC.