Cal City contemplates 'quiet zone' for freight trains

2012-10-01T15:00:00Z Cal City contemplates 'quiet zone' for freight trainsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 01, 2012 3:00 pm  • 

CALUMET CITY | Second Ward Alderman Magdalena “Leni” Wosczynski, asked her City Council colleagues to ask the freight trains that use tracks north of State Street to be more considerate of residents.

She said she has received many complaints from people who say the horns on the trains get blown at all odd hours, including when people are trying to sleep.

First Ward Alderman Eric Schneider, however, responded to the request by saying he has heard similar complaints and is working with city attorneys to craft an ordinance that would create a “quiet zone” within Calumet City which would restrict the use of horns.

Schneider did not say what exactly would be in the ordinance, or when such an ordinance would come before the City Council for a vote.

But Wosczynski said she was pleased to learn she was not alone in being concerned about freight train noise.

“We just saved you the hassle of having to write a letter," Wosczynski told the mayor.

But Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush said she would have taken the request seriously, saying she also can hear the freight trains from her home as they pass through Calumet City, even though she lives some distance from the railroad tracks in question.

“I can hear them,” she said. “This is a serious problem.”

 

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