DANVILLE – City officials will move ahead with a new gated railroad crossing on Griffin Street near the Boys and Girls Club but they no longer will seek a quiet zone as part of the planned improvements.
Danville Public Works Director Carl Carpenter told the Danville City Council’s Public Works Committee Tuesday night he will be bringing to the full city council for action next week a resolution related to the CSX crossing on Griffin Street.
Carpenter said he was still working on the line items and where money was coming from for the city’s portion of the project. He said CSX is requiring a stipend of $98,795 from the city before work starts. The city will be responsible for the sidewalk and curbing.
“We don’t really need a quiet zone,” Carpenter also said about former City Engineer David Schnelle pursing it.
To have a quiet zone in that corridor, where the routine sounding of train horns while approaching public crossings is not required, the city would have had to close off the nearby Garfield Park and Double S Liquid Feed Services entrances and put a concrete island in the roadway.
He said the city’s portion of the crossing work is still estimated at about $200,000.
The railroad crossing is where a 13-year-old died in June 2017 after being hit by a train while on his bicycle.
The Danville City Council in December 2017 authorized an agreement with the Illinois Commerce Commission for new railroad crossing gates.
The crossing is proposed to see automatic flashing light signals and gates with bells by CSX; clearing of trees and brush by CSX; renewal of the railroad advance warning signs and pavement markings by the city; and minor approach grade adjustments and curbing by the city.
Carpenter said the gate arms also will block the sidewalks to try to stop pedestrians going across the tracks when a train is approaching.
“There is still litigation over this, of course,” Carpenter also said of the crossing, saying CSX and other parties go before a judge for updates on this mandated crossing project.
He said a completion date for the work has been set for Dec. 30, 2019.
Ward 4 Alderman Mike O’Kane asked if there were still flood events there. Carpenter said the water problems should already have been remedied.
In other business Tuesday, the committee heard the city has hired Logan Cronk as the new grants and planning manager. He replaces Chris Milliken. The salary range for the position was $62,003 to $93,005. Cronk has been Rural Community Development Coordinator with Vermilion Advantage. He will start July 29.
Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. said Cronk is sharp and has done a lot for Vermilion Advantage, such as with rural communities.
“(He’s) leader and a go-getter,” Williams said, adding that the city’s pleased to have him on board.
Carpenter said Cronk also will represent the city on Danville Area Transportation Study’s Technical Committee.
Williams also reported the city has posted the positions of corporation counsel and city engineer to seek applications.