Close to a quarter of a million dollars will go toward further improvements in Galt's Old Town area. This was decided on Tuesday when the city council approved $233,028 for engineering work along the C Street-Fourth Street corridor.
Among the engineering services are constructing a parking lot alongside the railroad tracks, improved street lighting, and outdoor furniture such as benches. An additional $23,300 in contingency funds was also approved unanimously.
The improvements will be overseen by Callandar Associates, an outside firm.
They will go hand-in-hand with the city's creation of a quiet zone, a federally designated area near railroad crossings. That $39,980 engineering contract was also approved Tuesday with a 4-1 vote.
Councilman Randy Shelton cast the lone dissenting vote, as he has made clear that he is against quiet zones.
"Those horns are there for a reason, and that's for safety," he said Tuesday.
Currently, train engineers blow their horns as they approach intersections throughout Galt to ensure that both pedestrians and motorists are aware of oncoming trains. But supplemental safety measures, such as installing raised medians or additional crossing gates, can make the horn-blasting unnecessary.
A concept plan was approved in December. However, funding for construction has not yet been secured, according to Richard Prima, the city's interim public works director.
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