The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local News

July 11, 2013

Railroad officials want to close 25th Avenue North crossing

CLINTON — Canadian Pacific Railroad wants to close the railroad crossing at 25th Avenue North, but city officials aren’t ready to green light the closure.

During the Clinton City Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday night, Dan Sabatka, Canadian Pacific’s director of engineering works for the Eastern United States, said the move to close the crossing is part of the company’s safety initiative to close at-grade crossings.  

Without the input of the Lyons Business and Professional Association, Clinton Regional Development Corp., Sawmill Museum and area property owners, City Council members didn’t feel comfortable deciding and kicked the item to the City Services Committee for more discussion.

“I don’t know if we’ve taken any time to really study how it affects our boat ramp up there that we’ve just stuck a quarter million dollars into and the Lyons business people are trying to develop that area and I think we should have an opportunity to discuss that before we just nix an intersection for them,” Ward 4 Councilman Paul Gassman said.

Sabatka explained the crux of their visit to the council was to lay the groundwork for the project, not to receive immediate approval.

The closure would reduce the risk of train and and vehicle accidents, he said. The 25th Avenue North crossing has signs warning drivers of the tracks, but not gates and lights such as the crossing on Main Avenue.

“When we can close a crossing that just has passive protection and route vehicle traffic to a crossing with the active protection of those lights and gates, it’s a huge improvement safety-wise. And so it seemed like a prime candidate for that closure or consolidation,” Sabatka said.

Sawmill Museum Treasurer Ron Kircher said the closure would be detrimental and inhibit future development in the area. He specifically referred to a parcel of land north of the museum that has potential for projects.  

“We recommend to the council at this time that this would not be in the best interest of the (Lyons Business and Professional Association) and the Sawmill Museum,” Kircher said.  

The closure would entail making 25th Avenue North a dead end at the tracks by erecting barricades. Canadian could create a turnaround and possibly give access to the parcel of property adjacent to the tracks that Kircher raised concerns about.  

The 25th Avenue North boat ramp would be accessible from Grant Street. If the intersection were to be blocked off, the bike trail in the area would need to be maintained and upgraded with ADA-compliant concrete pedestrian crossing.

The Iowa DOT supports at-grade crossing closures and has up to $7,500 in available funding for the closures, which Canadian Pacific could match, potentially giving the city $15,000 for work related to the closure.  

At-large Councilwoman Jennifer Graf felt the decision would take several months to make.  

“There are many entities that really need to be involved in this conversation, including the Lyons Business and Professional group. We’ve just entered into a big study on improvements at the north end and to divert that attention by stopping it midstream and accommodating a request at this early juncture I think is pretty premature,” Graf said.

Canadian Pacific has closed the intersection temporarily because of work. City Engineer Jason Craft recommended it be reopened as soon as possible while the city officials discuss the closure.  

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 4-15-14 jail photo County hears jail proposal

    CLINTON -- A needs assessment study on the Clinton County Jail and communications department is bringing forth more questions on how the city and county will proceed. Former Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission Coordinator Brian McKenrick a

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sex abuse trial under way in Clinton CLINTON -- Prosecutors will present their case today in the trial of a Clinton man accused of sexual abusing a 3-year-old girl. The trial against Russell S. McColley, 39, began late Monday afternoon. He is charged with second-degree sexual abuse, a c

    April 15, 2014

  • 4-15-14 Clinton School Board Meeting School board finalizes new budget, cuts positions CLINTON -- Cutting 11 district staff positions to make up for a $636,000 shortfall wasn't an easy task for the Clinton School Board, but was a necessary step in balancing the 2014-2015 budget. That budget received unanimous approval Monday as Clinton

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Share My Name cover photo Northeast grad pens book on Egyptians' suffering GOOSE LAKE -- A new book co-written by a native of Clinton County reveals firsthand the suffering of Christians in Egypt at the hands of the radical Muslim Brotherhood. Writing as Rik Doirse to protect those who shared their stories with him, the aut

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fulton park photo Fulton council to pursue new park on donated land

    FULTON, Ill. -- An unexpected turn of events has offered Fulton leaders something they had been hoping to see in the river city-- a community park in the Third Ward. During a Fulton City Council meeting last week, City Administrator Ed Cannon announc

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • County attorney says officer justified in shooting

    The Jackson County Attorney's Office has found a Maquoketa police officer was justified in using deadly force after a motorists fired repeatedly at him.

    The Iowa Department of Public Safety on Monday released details of the April 1 shooting, including dash-cam video played at a news conference.

    April 14, 2014

  • IMG_1031.jpg Legislators: Session lacks productivity

    CLINTON -- Iowa legislators are frustrated with the way this year's session has unfolded, but not everything has come with disappointing results. During a legislative coffee gathering Saturday, Sen. Rita Hart, Rep. Steve Olson and Rep. Mary Wolfe exp

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Central eyes name change DEWITT -- It has been more than 50 years, and the Central Community School District of Clinton County is still talking about it -- Its name. Superintendent Dan Peterson for the second time brought the issue to the Central Board at its meeting Wednesd

    April 12, 2014

  • Board mulls over glass recycling CLINTON -- Plans are continuing at the Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency to investigate a contract for glass recycling. Director of Operations and Education Brad Seward on Thursday told the CCASWA board that he is still working with Ripple Glass

    April 12, 2014

  • Senior housing plan picks up steam

    CAMANCHE -- The likelihood of a senior housing development in the city of Camanche is gaining momentum as residents came out in full support of the first installment of focus group meetings hosted by Park Vista Senior Housing Management. Two of the f

    April 12, 2014

Facebook
Clinton
Camanche
Fulton
Clinton Herald photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.