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120th Street crossing to be improved

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Flashing lights and gates will be added to a railroad crossing on 120th Street in Plymouth County.

The county board of supervisors Tuesday approved an agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) and BNSF (formerly Burlington Northern Santa Fe) Railway Co. for the crossing work.

"This is a project Burlington Northern wanted to do because they were looking at their accident history," said Tom Rohe, county engineer.

The crossing is on 120th Street, 1 mile south of Struble, just west of Lake Avenue.

BNSF plans to add flashing lights and gates to the crossing with the help of DOT railroad improvement dollars, which require a local match, Rohe said.

"The railroad is going to pick up the 10 percent that we normally pick up because it's their wish to put this in," he said.

Rohe said Union Pacific did a similar process when lights and gates were added to crossings along the Highway 60 corridor.

In other business Tuesday, the supervisors:

* appointed Supervisor Don Kass as an alternate on the Emergency Management Agency Board to represent the supervisors. A state law change requires an alternate member be appointed.

* approved a two-lot subdivision, TD Estates Addition, in Section 36 of Grant Township, requested by Brian Dreckman. Lot one includes about 2 acres and lot two about 5 acres. The subdivision was approved subject to Dreckman obtaining an easement for the lot two owner to use the water well on lot one.

* appointed Wayne Pick as Fredonia Township clerk to finish an unexpired term, held by Tom Pick. That term will end in 2014. Tom Pick resigned as clerk after moving out of Fredonia Township.

* tabled discussing the 2013-14 county budget until next Tuesday because some departments had not fully submitted line item budgets indicating what dollars budgeted would be used for. The public will have a chance to comment on the county budget during a March 5 hearing.

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