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North Vernon and railroad closer to agreement

North Vernon could be closer to a resolution of a dispute with the Madison Railroad that is holding up about a million dollars worth of work on a new plaza under the Stellar Communities project.

The city wants a permanent pedestrian crossing over the railroad's tracks at the plaza, but the railroad wants temporary crossings only for events. The issue has been tied up in attorney negotiations and as a deadline approaches for federal funding, the money to complete the project could be in jeapordy.

Dave Cheatam, the railroad company's liasion to the city of North Vernon, came to the City Council meeting last night and said the railroad had given him the authority to work out a deal with the city, moving past the lawyers and negotiating directly. He said the railroad wants to be a good partner with the city and not to be responsibe for any delays.

Council members said they would prefer that Cheatam negotiate with the council's attorney and city engineer and then bring the issue back before the council once the city's staff had worked out an agreement.

Cheatam said the railroad has already reached an agreement with INDOT on another part of the project and hoped the city would also sign off on that issue.

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:59:04 AM

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