vote on railroad fencing
By Michael Wamble
Thursday, October 19, 2006
leaders could vote tonight to install fencing along Union Pacific train lines
to restrict people from making illegal and potentially life-threatening rail
of a grassroots railroad safety group are expected to crowd the village board
meeting in support of the fencing plan.
meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at village hall, 255 E. Wilson Ave.
two trustees have expressed support for a continuous line of 6-foot-high
fencing to create a physical barrier to crossing the tracks along the borders
of at least four cul-de-sacs.
estimated cost for the fencing plan is $60,000.
petitions to use either fences or shrubs as a barrier to the rails first were
circulated a month after 14-year-old Kristen Bowen of Villa Park was struck and
killed by a train as she tried to cross the tracks at Ahrens Avenue between Lombard
and Villa Park in February.
King of Lombard circulated those petitions.
wanted a fence all along,” said King, who plans to attend tonight’s meeting.
“But we tried to push bushes to get something in sooner.”
at $60,000, the village discovered new fencing would cost roughly $13,000 less
than shrubs over the same stretch of rails.
Zukowski, Kristen’s dad, said he’s encouraged by Lombard’s leadership on the
who plans to attend tonight’s meeting, said along with Lombard, Villa Park has
a role in railroad safety since the rails border both villages.
need fences to be continued through Villa Park,” Zukowski said.
was a railroad safety solution first raised by Villa Park leaders, Zukowski
Park resident John Davis, a member of the President’s Safety Committee, founded
by Village President Joyce Stupegia, said that group identified the fencing
company Lombard is expected to use.
because of a lack of available funding, Villa Park must rely on grants and
donations to put up railroad borders through its community, Davis said.
a recently created nonprofit railroad safety group, Zukowski said he plans to
raise money to defer some of Villa Park’s financial needs.
said he plans to attend the Lombard meeting and hopes that trustees will
support the fencing plan.
has the funding to get the fences up now,” Davis said. “Don’t wait for us. Do