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Railroad orders city to prune or remove plants
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Aug 01, 2013 | 2020 views | 3 3 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Officials of Norfolk Southern Railroad notified the City of Gray last month that the plants at their depot are in violation of code, and if the situation is not corrected, the railroad will remove all decorative vegetation in the area.
Officials of Norfolk Southern Railroad notified the City of Gray last month that the plants at their depot are in violation of code, and if the situation is not corrected, the railroad will remove all decorative vegetation in the area.
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A recent meeting of the city’s committees included the unexpected topic of concerns about the decorative vegetation at the depot.

City Superintendent Russ Dorman made the announcement at the July 15 meeting that he had been notified by Norfolk Southern Assistant Track Supervisor Brian Calloway that the vegetation at the depot needs to be pruned or removed.

The notification was in the form of a black and white flyer that spelled out in no uncertain terms that the vegetation is in violation of code and Norfolk Southern will not have these codes violated.

“This is so it does not obstruct the view of vehicles looking both directions at the crossing. If the city does not ‘fix’ the situation, Norfolk Southern will remove all decorative vegetation in this area,” Calloway stated.

He went on to say the city has 15 days to address the situation or the railroad will take action and pointed out the railroad owns the property.

Councilman David Tufts noted that the Gray Garden Club takes care of the depot area as a service to the community. He said the garden club should be consulted before any plants are cut.

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ReadytoMove
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August 08, 2013
Oh my, maybe I need to pick another county to think about moving to.
Booby T.
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August 01, 2013
Speaking of codes ---the railroad has their signals and cantilevers right in the middle of a public sidewalk with no sidewalk arms even though we paid enough for the signals to have 17 sidewalk arms. No fence to keep pedestrians from walking around. In fact the railroads meat grinder factory is wide open through the whole town with no track guards, no lookout towers and no video surveillance hooked to the trains to see a emergency IN TIME to get the train stopped. The railroads signal house is vertical instead of ground mounted so people can see. The state signal house is not 40 feet from the street blocking view. The power drop to the RR signal house is too close to the top of the pole.

And the one real code ---If you overcharge for signals you go to jail was really missed.

Bobby T.
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August 01, 2013
Railroad orders city to prune or remove plants

Please show a copy of this phantom "CODE" the bottom dwelling railroads and their bed partners in state/Federal railroad safety have ignored killing thousands of people getting blindsided by trains.

While your at it contact the phonies from Operation Lifesaver and see why they aren't jumping up and down on Congresses desks about this "CODE"!!!