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City officials plan to hold off on "quiet zones" for trains

Supporters for making Quincy a "quiet zone" for trains say they think they'll hold off.

At Monday's city council meeting, 3rd ward alderman Paul Havermale said he received some information from IDOT and railroad companies. He stated to be a quiet zone, the city would have to pay $100,000 per crossing, and three of them would have to be brought up to standard.
Havermale said that's reason enough to take a step back.

"There's infrastructure improvements that people have been waiting to see for years, I'd like to see money on that, we've got other challenges that we're trying to deal with right now, and while that would be nice and a quality of life issue to have some quiet zones designation, I think we can live with a little noise for $300,000," Havermale said.

Havermale has received several complaints about loud trains, especially during the spring and fall.

Also at Monday's meeting, aldermen approved adding $80,000 in the general fund to keep up maintenance of an old landfill off Rock Quarry Road.

They also listened to a first presentation of an ordinance that would allow churches and other groups to put up LED signs.

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