County, township officials support Elburn’s wayside horn project

By on March 20, 2009

Frasz also seeks funds for LaFox crossings
by Martha Quetsch
Elburn will not have to dip as far into its coffers as expected for the $300,000 wayside horn project to reduce train whistles in town. The reason is that the village will obtain partial funding from Blackberry Township, and possibly the state and federal governments.

The Blackberry Township Board decided March 10 to give Elburn $10,000 in township money for the wayside horns the village will install at the Main Street and the First Street crossings.

Kane County Board Rep. Drew Frasz (Dist. 26) wants the horns installed throughout the area to rid towns of train whistles to the greatest extent possible. Like Elburn officials, he believes wayside horns are the best measure to achieve the level of safety required by the Federal Railroad Administration for reducing train whistles.

“Wayside horns are the most expedient and cost-effective way to go,” Frasz said during Monday’s Elburn Village Board meeting.

Frasz said he recently asked U.S. Rep. Bill Foster and State Sen. Chris Lauzen to seek funds for wayside horns to be installed from LaFox westward to at least Maple Park.

Frasz said if lawmakers can secure the funding for local wayside horns, part of the money could reimburse Elburn for what the village spends on its project, expected to be finished this summer.

Among crossings Frasz proposed for wayside horns are those on LaFox and Brundige roads.

“I have received a lot of complaints from Mill Creek residents about the train whistle noise,” Frasz said.

“Depending on how much funding we can get, I hope we can do something for Elburn in the future.”

The township also will donate $5,000 per crossing to LaFox, if that village proceeds with wayside horn projects. The money is leftover from a recent building project at the township building on Hughes Road, Township Supervisor Dave Anderson told trustees Monday.