Franklin drivers: Careful at Iberia St. crossing
Replacement of the crossing bed at the railroad track on Iberia Street has left a hazard to drivers.
Councilman Dale Rogers told the Franklin City Council Tuesday that after the padding for the crossing was replaced by railroad crews, vehicles travelling north “if you get too far off the edge of the road you could actually fall off the edge. It looks like they didn’t go far enough with their work scope.”
He said city Director of Administration Karen LeBlanc is drafting a letter to railroad officials asking them to remediate the problem.
The city may adopt a resolution to send with the letter, Mayor Raymond Harris said.
Also Tuesday, Jack Powell with Utility Service Company Inc., reported on upcoming rehabilitation of the water tower on Fairfax Street.
Powell said the company will perform a full interior and exterior renovation. The tower will be fully contained with a “drape” structure. “It will receive an abrasive blast and we need to contain that material,” he said.
Work is expected to begin within a month, weather permitting, Powell said.
The work will take about eight weeks to complete, he said.
After that, the tower on Sanders Street will be washed out and sediment removed from the tank.
In other business:
–Ordinances were adopted adjusting council districts and setting speed limits in the city.
–A resolution was approved authorizing use of Caffery Park for summer sports league programs; authorizing engineering for renovations of city hall and hiring special counsel for BP claims.