OGDEN, Iowa—Will Ogden get a quiet zone? Well, the Ogden City Council did pass a resolution making an established quiet zone a goal to be completed before the end of 2014. This week, Council members received petitions from volunteers supporting the establishment of a quiet zone. The problem with most projects similar to this is the cost. Council member Brian Reimers repeatedly asked where the money would come from to do the work required for a quiet zone. Updated cost figures put a project for the community at an estimated $266,000. City Administrator Donovan Olson will be putting together options for the Council to consider. He had noted that using Road Use Taxes was not an option. If a bond is sold, it might require property taxes to make the payments. Olson also noted there may be other revenue sources, but it would take time to put all the alternatives together.
The City has been looking at developing a quiet zone for a couple of years. The project would include improvements at crossings including sidewalk crossings. Some of the proposals for the project would make it difficult to turn semis. Part of the updated design widens streets to accommodate the wider turn. The Council hopes to consider some of the funding alternatives at their meeting in October.