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(Neb.)-Crawford City Council Meets Tuesday Night

By: Kevin Larsen Posted at: 07/09/2014 09:50 AM

(Crawford)-The Crawford City Council met in regular session Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Crawford Mayor Terry Haugen was absent from the meeting due to recently having had surgery on his foot.
The most discussed, and sometimes heated topic of the night, was a presentation by Crawford resident Norma Rawhouser. Rawhouser said, ”The train whistles in town are absolutely deafening and hurting my ears.” The train whistle could be heard, at almost the perfect time, during this discussion.
A majority of the public voiced their concerns and asked the council if there is anything they could do on this issue. Council president Dave Kennedy told the public he sympathizes with them and said that this topic has been discussed several times before. The council agreed to have the city clerk contact the BNSF railroad to see what could be done. They will also contact area towns that have “quiet zones” near their railroad tracks and see how they went about acquiring those zones.
In other business, the council admitted they made a mistake when they did not winterize the plumbing, and allocated money to the repair of toilets and urinals at the Crawford Swimming Pool. The estimated cost for repairs is $1,560 dollars. The money for this project will come from the city's KENO fund.
The council tabled the appointment of the north ward council member due to the absence of Mayor Haugen. There was also a presentation during the meeting by Rachael Johnson on behalf of Americorp. The board gave the Americorp committee their blessing and passed a motion to allow the committee to begin the application process.
Other business included the approval of curb and gutter replacement for the north side of Main Street between 1st and 2nd streets and approval of a joint budget workshop with the Rural Fire Board on August 13th.


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