Stop the railroad from storing idle cars in front of homes along N Yellowstone Hwy.

Stop the railroad from storing idle cars in front of homes along N Yellowstone Hwy.

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Connie Butterfield Gomez started this petition to Representative Mike Simpson and


Connie Gomez <rubeconn@gmail.com>
11:02 AM (3 minutes ago)
 
My name is Connie Butterfield Gomez and I live on N Yellowstone Hwy, Rigby, Jefferson County, Idaho, a week ago our neighborhood found out that the Eastern Idaho Railroad, owned by Watco, wasn’t just cleaning up around the existing rail line, we found out they weren’t upgrading the existing line. We found out that very quietly and I say underhandedly were putting in a spur to be used to house idle train cars.  We found out that the Eastern Idaho Railroad, owned by Watco, was going to rent out space to other companies as well. The 30 plus cars that are currently stored by Webster’s Produce in Rigby, Idaho, as we understand it are some of the cars that are going to be moved into our residential area.  I went to look at the cars by Webster’s in Rigby, Idaho and they all have hazmat signs on them. These cars have either contained something toxic or flammable. Several negative things are going to take place unless enough negative press is put out there and hopefully cause them to stop and come to the table for a meeting with the homeowners along the proposed spur. All homeowners will lose their view of the mountains to the west and beautiful sunsets. I believe that the values of our homes will drop dramatically because no one is going to want to buy a house with a hazardous tanker sitting less than 150 ft from the front door. Also we all know boys will be boys and even though parents will tell their children not to climb on the cars, they will and that’s only asking for trouble.  Finally, who in their right mind would want these cars that had contained hazardous materials parked in front of their home?  In conclusion, should the spur be used to pick up and drop off cars, the intersection of County Line Road and Yellowstone Hwy will be impacted negatively. This intersection is already a bad intersection with several issues and the train will only make it worse.  Additionally, there is one of the homeowners who has a small used car dealership and depends on the visibility from Hwy 20 as an advertisement. 

There are other locations that could have been selected for this spur that would not have impacted homeowner and potentially set up a dangerous situation where kids would be climbing on the idle cars.  I have spoken to the Rigby Airport Authorities and they have no issue if this spur were to be put in the vicinity of the airport.  

I have made it my mission to try and stop this spur from being put here in front of our homes.  Please, help all the homeowners in Country Squire Estates, Ireland Acres and several other homes along the length of this spur on N Yellowstone Hwy with this insane placement of the new spur?  All of the signatures below represent the concerned homeowners on Yellowstone Hwy from 4 N Yellowstone Hwy to 96 N Yellowstone Hwy.

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