BUDA — Concerns about the hazards of the railroad right-of-way crossing in Buda were voiced at the Buda Village Board meeting on Monday.
Several board members said they had seen residents trip on the wooden pedestrian walkway that runs parallel to the Main Street railroad crossing. The crossing is managed by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad Co. During the past two years, the street and pedestrian crossings have degraded. The pedestrian crossing is especially dangerous because planks of the boardwalk are completely missing in places. Board members also said large metal spikes have popped up in the roadway crossing over the tracks. The spikes present a tire puncture hazard.
The village engineer told Mayor Jeff Bitting the previous summer of 2012 that BNSF had given notice that it would lay in a new right-of-way. BNSF dropped off materials to fix the right-of-way that summer, but they were eventually moved to fix other crossings.
“We have an unsafe pedestrian right-of-way that needs to be brought up to standard,” Bitting said. “We had a lot of workers in the village the past weeks and still nothing was done.”
Railway workers have been working on upgrades to railroad crossings in Neponset and Walnut, but Buda has been bypassed.
Concerned citizens can try reaching BNSF at 800-832-5452 to report the unsafe road and pedestrian conditions at the crossing. A notice with the BNSF phone number will be placed in the village water bill. Dan Parrish is the road master with BNSF for the Buda area.
In other business, the council:
• Set Halloween trick or treat at 5 p.m. today, Thursday. As part of the festivities, the village fire station will offer hot dogs, beverages, and prizes for children.
• Learned the drug take back program held the previous Saturday received more donations this year than last.
• Heard officials were set to visit the village for a USDA Rural Development Civil Rights Compliance Review and Inspection on Oct. 29. The inspection was to document village compliance for civil rights and security non-discrimination statements. Officials also planned on reviewing village documentation records pertaining to the race, ethnicity and gender of water system users, village employees and village board members. The village must also be in compliance with accessibility self-evaluations for both non-architectural barriers and structural barriers.
• Learned a review of village income and expenses through June 2013 showed no monies have been received from the village’s anticipated portion of state gaming earnings from the village tap. The review also found there is no need to dip into the reserve fund to pay for expenses.
• Heard the village office received a letter from Mediacom, the local cable provider, stating there will be a change in the channel lineup. Mediacom will be adding and deleting channels on or about Dec. 10.
• Questioned how to affect a new ordnance for snowmobiles. The question is whether a completely new ordnance needs to be adopted or whether it can be amended to the new ATV ordnance. The village had a snowmobile ordnance that was rescinded. At present, snowmobiles are not permitted on village streets.
• Discussed the purchase of a plow truck. The village will go to an annual payment system. The plan is to have the plow truck purchased by Nov. 1. The price is estimated at $74,000.
• Learned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called the village office wanting an update on the ion exchange water treatment plant plan paperwork because it was not aware of Illinois EPA paperwork completion.
• Heard the Commission on Government Accountability sent a letter regarding compliance with the Public Safety and Benefits Act. It requests the village put together information for a survey.
The next meeting is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 11.
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