City concerned about closures of crossings

Posted 11/6/15

By Tim Schmidt Record Managing Editor Wright City officials expressed concerns about multiple railroad crossings being temporarily closed at the same time, but said they have no way to prevent this …

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City concerned about closures of crossings


Record Managing EditorWright City officials expressed concerns about multiple railroad crossings being temporarily closed at the same time, but said they have no way to prevent this from happening in the future.They fear the closures may delay emergency responders attempting to reach areas within the city limits.In recent weeks, BNSF Railroad did repair work at the crossings in the city at Highway H and Roelker Road. Several subdivisions are located near the crossings.In the event law enforcement or other emergency responders are needed, the fastest way to reach those areas is by taking Fruit Farm Road off Highway F.“We would mutually aid the county,” Police Chief Matt Eskew said. “We would get there as soon as we can. Again it’s a gamble. There are 425 square miles of this county and that deputy could be anywhere.”Alderman Dan Rowden, who is the assistant director at St. Charles County Dispatch and Alarm, said the same problems were encountered there as well.“We fought for four weeks to keep intersections open,” he added.There is no way to limit the number of crossings that are closed simultaneously, according to officials.“State and local governments can’t really tell the railroad what to do,” City Attorney Paul Rost said.In other news• Aldermen approved a last-minute special permit request from Phantom Fireworks to hold a car cruise June 6. The board, however, postponed action on a permit request from Liberty Christian Academy to hold a 5K run/walk on Oct. 31 from 8:30-10 a.m.Officials preferred that an alternative route be identified for the event, since the run starts at the school and crosses the Interstate 70 overpass where participants will head toward Ruge Park. One idea suggested was having the run/walk on one side of the interstate.• The board awarded a street striping contract to Road Safe for $19,286. The St. Louis-based company will stripe four city streets — Indian Head Lodge Road, Westwoods Road, Bell Road and Wildcat Avenue. The only other bids was received from Asphalt Paving and Concrete for $20,400.The winning bid was approved by a 4-0 vote.• Action on a resubdivision proposal for a property owned by Don Reed at 425 West Service Road continued to be postpone. Officials requested Reed get in contact with the city’s building inspector to go over recommendations related to the proposal.• A liquor license was issued to The Farmer’s Wagon, LLC, the new owners of Economy Supermarket. Harry Kishpaugh Jr. said the store will be renamed The Farmers Supermarket, with the transaction to be completed in June.• A resolution establishing a Title VI plan for the city was unanimously approved.• A request from the public works department to upgrade their cellphones was approved, with the new purchase to cost the city an additional $1,380 annually.Wright City