Villa Park Review

September 24, 2008


Village board approves contract for railroad fencing

by Lawerence W. Synett

Village officials recently took another step forward in the prevention of possibly fatal incidents near Villa Park's railroad tracks with the approval of a contract that will allow for the installation of more vandal-resistant fencing.

During Monday night's board meeting, the village board unanimously approved a contract with Peerless Fence Company of West Chicago, in the amount of $110,005, for the installation of fencing from Addison Road east to Ardmore Avenue.

After Lombard teenager Kristen Bowen was killed in February of 2006 while trying to cross the railroad tracks near North Terrace Park, located at 300 N. Westmore Ave., the village installed railroad safety fencing along the Union Pacific Railroad tracks west of Addison road near the park.

Union Pacific covered all costs for the installation of that fencing.

Spearheaded by Villa Park Village President Joyce Stupegia, village officials went on to form the President's Committee on Public Safety, in an effort to raise funds and educate children and adults about railroad safety.

The total project cost incudes the removal of the existing fencing and the installation of 2,530 feet of new fencing.

The village has already received $30,000 in funding from Illinois state Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-46th District) and another $30,000 in funding from Illinois state Rep. Bob Biggins (R-41st District).

Other funding, including $9,000 from the public safety committee, and $10,000 from DuPage County School District 45, are also being considered.

The village is hopeful that Union Pacific will cover the remaining balance of the funding for the fencing.

Villa Park Village Manager Bob Niemann stated he is hopeful that all funding will be finalized this week, and that the installation of the fencing could be finished by winter.


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