Following complaints, train noise survey to be conducted by city of Republic

Recently, residents of Republic have made complaints about train noise heard inside Republic city limits, and their complaints haven’t fallen on deaf ears. Public Information Officer Mike Landis spoke on the matter at the Sept. 24 Republic City Council meeting.
Landis said the increase in noise complaints is mainly caused by two reasons. First, is that there are more people moving to Republic therefor more complaints; the second is that there may be more train traffic through town.
Although options are limited in the matter, there is something the city can do to limit the railroad cacophony, and that’s putting in a quiet zone—an area where train horns are squelched. In fact, Republic is the largest town near Springfield without a quiet zone. The quiet zone designation, however, is not free, and would require an upgrade of railroad crossings.
Taking action, the city is asking residents to complete a survey on the matter on the city website, The simple, 12-question survey will better inform city officials on what action to pursue.
Additionally, the city is hosting a community input session on train noise, Thursday, Oct. 17, at Republic Fire Station #1, (701 U.S. Highway 60), from 4-6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.
In other news-
Also during the meeting, the council voted 8-0 to:
- Approve a resolution of city council and other meeting dates for 2020;
- Approve a renewal application for hall provider of bingo premises (supplying the location only);  
- Authorize a third change order for the Hines and Oakwood road project.
In the absence of Mayor Jeff Ussery, the meeting was presided over by Mayor Pro-Tem Matt Russell, Ward 3.


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