Thanks to Vermilion Mayor Jean Anderson's full cooperation and trips to Columbus meetings with Ohio Rail Development Commission and other involved parties, the constant train whistles from Adams to Main street will be silenced beginning late summer of next year.
I was told by the Davis administration's then Service Director, Eileen Bulan, that "We can't get a quiet zone." And the paperwork was "too much".
Although Anderson does not live near the tracks nor does she have any business which is directly affected by the whistles, she realizes the major problem they have on those living nearby.
With no personal gain she took this matter very seriously and worked hard with Concerned Citizens of Vermilion.
Vermilion owes Mayor Anderson a round of applause for making the quiet zone a priority and without her cooperation our beautiful city would have continued to deteriorate. More empty storefronts would darken our downtown and neighborhoods would continue to be plagued with empty homes for sale. Vermilion and Sunnyside Roads are next on her list to complete the vision of a full city quiet zone.
We all anticipate the next four years, especially our quiet zone in 2010!
Coletta Kubik, chairwoman
Concerned Citizens of Vermilion