Archive for Wednesday, September 20, 2000

City in Brief

September 20, 2000

Resident complains

about noise from train

During Monday night's City Council meeting, a resident complained about "excessive" noise from the Midland Railway.

Shirley Wagner said the train's whistle made it impossible to hear the service at Ives Chapel Methodist Church on Sunday. She, and others, have complained before submitting a petition of more than 50 signatures of residents opposed to the noise.

She said the railroad volunteers were more cautious with the whistle after the petition was submitted, but not anymore.

"Now we are back to square one again," she said.

Wagner said sometimes Midland volunteers honk at crossings and sometimes they provide crossing guards and do not blow the whistle. On Sunday, she said, the whistle was being blown "to put on a show."

"The clown sat in there and honked it about every 20 minutes," Wagner said about Sunday's disturbance.

Saturday and Sunday was the annual Railfans Weekend at Midland Railway.

Council members told Wagner that a noise ordinance that would apply to Midland Railway should be ready for approval in October.

The council's Public Safety Committee will discuss the ordinance at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at City Hall.

Sixth Street agreement

gets council's OK

The council approved an agreement to share the cost of rebuilding Sixth Street with Douglas County. The Douglas County Commission approved the agreement last week.

The project to begin in 2001 includes rebuilding Sixth Street from U.S. Highway 56 to the southern city limit, including curbs and storm water removal. Sidewalks also are planned in part of the project, and Baker University is expected to participate in that cost.

The cost of designing the project is funded in the current budget. The city's share of the project, which is expected to be more than $500,000, will be funded through a bond. Douglas County's share of the project is 50 percent.

Burn ordinance

approved again

Part of the city's burn ordinance is being republished after some of the changes approved earlier this month were left out.

Under the changes, the burning of garbage and the burning or burying of construction materials within the city limits is no longer allowed.

The burning of leaves, grass and limbs less than four inches in diameter is still allowed between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Those planning to burn are asked to notify the city's public works office prior to burning. However, at present, both the city and county have burn bans in effect.

House given orders

to be demolished

No one spoke during a public hearing to declare a house at 1018 Eighth Street unfit for human occupancy, and the City Council is ordering its removal.

The house, owned by Greg Shay, was destroyed by fire on Labor Day.

The city can demand the insurance company pay 15 percent of the insurance proceeds to the city for demolition of the house.

Bill Winegar, assistant utility director, said the owner is taking measures to have the house demolished. He has received one bid and is seeking another.

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