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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Medfield considers the importance of quiet

MEDFIELD

No tooting, no wailing, and no howling. That's a rule being pondered by Medfield selectmen.

They're looking at establishing a quiet zone around the Main Street railroad crossing because of residents' concerns about the impact of train whistles on their sleeping habits and health, said Kristine Trierweiler, assistant town manager.

However, Trierweiler said, officials have discovered that the costs and procedures of establishing such a zone would be significantly greater than initially expected.

Towns that establish quiet zones are required to install safer and more expensive railroad crossings. Applying for such a zone is a long and expensive process, Trierweiler said, and the town's liability if an accident occurred would increase significantly.

Selectmen accepted the updated information at their Tuesday meeting but made no decision on the issue.

-- Charlie Russo

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