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Rochelle City Council Meeting (Updated)

The price tag could be more than 1 million dollars dealing with the train horn issue in Rochelle.

City officials talked about the problem last night dealing with the 11 crossing in the Hub City involving the Burlington Northern Sante Fe and the Union Pacific Railroads. On the average, between 80 to 100 trains travel through Rochelle each day.

The city is looking at either quiet zones at each crossing that would have a barricade about 4 feet high in the middle of the road so people could not drive around the crossing gates when down. Another option could be wayside horns. The cost at a crossing could range between $15,000 to $350,000.

Councilman Dennis Berg said that at least they city has a plan now to get this problem corrected.

Berg said it will take around 18 months to complete the work.

City Manager David Plyman said that the train horn issue deals with quality of life for the community.

The council last did approve the request from Rochelle Waste Disposal in which Phase 1 of the Mulford Road improvements end at the Union Pacific railroad tracks. Tha work is expected to be done this year.

The new entrance to the landfill will be completed by 2017. Phase 2 of Mulford Road will be done during the same construction season.

Ryan Baylor was introduced last night at the new member of the Rochelle Fire Department. His 1st day on the job was April 2nd.

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