KristensLaw supporters returned to Lombard
Village Hall with hopes of retaining consensus on the Safety
Committee’s unofficial vote last month regarding the steel fence proposal.Public Works along with the
Transportation Safety Committee held a
joint session enabling Public Works members to voice their concerns.
Chairperson Richard Tross cited potential problems with the public right of way
along with lawn maintenance issues. Committee member Dave Arnold noted he had
seen many people killed on the railroad tracks and offered educational
pamphlets as the best protection for the children living along the high speed
railway. Art Frerichs, another Works Committee
member agreed that education and awareness is the answer. Though he confessed
he himself used to climb a 6 foot fence to cross tracks despite his mothers
repeated warnings. T.E.A.R.S. President Ray Zukowski recognized education and
awareness as a top priority but supporters of KristensLaw are asking for a
physical barrier. “This stretch of tracks has a long history of death and will
continue to take lives until the necessary safety improvements are implemented.
In this case we need more than just pamphlets. There are simply too many young children
living here. Most kids are aware of the dangers, it is more a matter of
convenience. With no nearby safety crossings children and adults will continue
to use this deadly path.” Members of The Safety Committee agreed and remained
united on the installation of the rugged steel fencing. Costs for the
continuous fencing from Western Ave. to N. Westmore is estimated at $60,000
while the previously considered bushes were actually more. Safety member Tom
Murphy noted, “If this could save one life it is money well spent.” Chairperson
Steve Sebby announced, “We need to send a message to other communities.” Both
men drawing a loud round of applause from supporters. The 9-3 vote will prompt
the committee to recommend the fence to the Village Board for approval on
Thursday, October 19th at 7:30 pm at the Lombard Village Hall 222 E.
Wilson. The public is encouraged to attend and show their support.