In a special meeting Wednesday, the City Council spent more than two and a half hours looking at projects, plans and needs that need to be addressed in the coming months, some immediate and others more long-term.
“There are 21 items the City Council needs to see to and prioritize,” said City Administrator Jeff Fuchs.
In June voters in Jamestown defeated the quiet zone proposal, which would silence train horns through the city. We believe it’s an important piece of community development that needs to be reconsidered.
Not all residents had correct information when they went to the polls on June 10. Would that have made a difference in the vote? We can’t know. But the misinformation included that people believed the cost was too good to be true, the special assessment was a never-ending tax or the zone would only benefit a few. Some thought the cost would be $16 per year. All of these are incorrect.
Earlier this month, Bismarck took a vote on a quiet zone, and when the people refused to approve it, the city council there said that while the vote wasn’t binding, they would respect the public’s wishes. In Jamestown, after the public has spoken at the ballot box, we are told we just weren’t informed well enough to know how to vote. After all, it will only cost a half million dollars — pocket change these days. And it can be tied in with everyone’s perennial favorite development plan, the downtown trackside parking areas.
Some community leaders want to see the quiet zone proposal reconsidered. But how it’s going to resurface appears to be in question.
The Main Street/Downtown Association is considering options since local voters defeated a measure in June that would have created a quiet zone to silence trains as they pass through Jamestown. The measure failed with 1,557 voting against and 1,293 in favor.
Quiet is healthy.
The voters in Bismarck and Jamestown recently voted down the quiet rail zone.
Fargo-Moorhead people and leadership are to be commended for being progressive and far thinking in implementing this already.
Bismarck city commissioners say they’ll respect the results of an advisory vote on a proposed quiet zone where train whistles would end.
June 23, 2008
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