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.
For the full story, pick up a copy of this week's newspaper or subscribe to our e-Edition at http://ee.jcnews.com.