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Seymour City Council Discusses Annexation, Railroad Traffic

The Seymour City Council postponed a proposed annexation vote at its Monday night meeting.

The council was scheduled to hear the second reading of the so-called "Bushman Annexation II," but the proposal was tabled. The council's attorney told council members that the tabling was necessary to comply with a state law that requires a public hearing on the matter.

The public hearing is now set for Monday, Sept. 23 during the council's next, regularly scheduled meeting. A vote on the annexation is expected to take place immediately after. The council does not expect many objections, as the annexation was voluntary and approved by the residents living in the proposed annexation area.

The council also discussed upcoming business regarding railroad traffic. After seven years of improvements to the L& I Railroad, traffic is expected to increase five-fold. There are currently three to four trains that travel through Seymour every day. In the coming weeks, that number is expected to jump to around 15.

The improvements to the tracks will allow the trains to move considerably faster than they are allowed now. However, council members expressed concern about the scheduling of the trains. Two council members noted that they have heard complaints from residents about, and personally experienced, delays getting to work due to train traffic during the morning rush hour. Council members stated that Mayor Craig Luedeman was supposed to speak with the railroad to talk about scheduling.

Luedeman was not at Monday night's meeting, as he is in Japan with Gov. Mike Pence.

The council is expected to address the train issue further at their next meeting.

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 6:24:19 AM

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