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The Norfolk-Southern Railroad Co. is working on correcting problems with crossing signals and gates in the city's Fourth Ward.

Representatives of the railroad gave a progress report at Tuesday's Common Council meeting.

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Janet Jankowski-George said that signals were operating when there was no train.

"The main problems are at King and Lord streets. The gates go up and down without trains. The gates stay up when the trains come. Also about a week and a half ago, there was a traffic problem at the Route 60 crossing," she said.

First Ward Councilman Chet Kozlowski added, "The Roberts Road signals malfunction a lot."

Conrad Elias, an engineer with the company, said the most up-to-date electronic equipment was installed in April. "There are intermittent problems. We're working on the glitches," he added.

Elias said the company could not put a maintenance person in the city for a couple of weeks while the system is being fine-tuned. He said the company will react as quickly as possible when notified of problems.

Jankowski-George said that the Police Department must go to a crossing to help when a signal malfunctions. "That ties up manpower," she said.

On other matters, the Council:

Heard Kozlowski propose that the Citizens Advisory Committee study the Wright Park Pool, which has been closed for several years because the Council decided it cost too much to repair. Some city residents want the pool reopened. The committee is to report to the Council by Dec. 2.

Awarded a $74,863 contract to St. George Enterprises General Contracting of Fredonia for paving four streets. A state grant of $30,000 obtained through Assemblyman William Parment to help with the reconstruction of Lake Front Boulevard will be added to city funds for the entire project.

The streets to be paved are Lake Front Boulevard, from Jerboa to Armadillo streets; West Green Street, from Central Avenue to Dove Street; West Second Street, Brigham Road to Nichols Avenue and New York Avenue west of Swan Street.

Awarded an $86,861 contract to the same corporation for several storm water projects. The state highway improvement funds will pay for this project.

Tabled action on establishing a 15-mph-hour zone near St. Hyacinth's Catholic School on Lake Shore Drive East. Action is expected at the Oct. 5 meeting.

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