Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Union Pacific offers support, money for Willcox improvements

[Source: Carol Broeder, Arizona Range News] -- The Willcox City Council has given its official support to Union Pacific Railroad's track expansion through the city. In return, the railroad will assist in paying for city improvements in the historic downtown area that will be impacted by the proposed expansion. City administrators and Union Pacific officials have discussed areas of concern, such as the establishment of a quiet zone, drainage concerns, construction of public restrooms in Railroad Park, and renovation of the Mascot and Western railroad car. Union Pacific has indicated "a desire and a willingness" to assist the city in addressing these issues, and the financial commitment necessary for the city to undertake and complete these projects. The council voted unanimously at its July 16 meeting to support Union Pacific's application to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) for the expansion of the proposed track system through city limits.