Columbiana at odds over railroad crossing sounds

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COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WYTV) – Columbiana residents and business owners are at odds over a proposal to establish “quiet zones” at three railroad crossings.

Steven DuBoise, who lives in the city, told city council that he fears for his teenage daughter’s safety if the crossings are silenced. Meanwhile, Dave Flynn, owner of Columbiana Buick Cadillac Chevrolet, asked the crossings on Pittsburgh, Elm and Main streets to be silenced to keep his business from relocating to the Boardman area as part of a General Motors requirement, the Morning Journal reports.

Through his attorney Rob Bouffard, Flynn has told council the “excessive” train noise is a detriment to the business.

The matter has been presented to council in past years, but it had been turned down due to costs. According to the Morning Journal, the city is responsible for $195,000, if enacted, due to the costs of new safety features that would have to be put into place.

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