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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Council considers future of city rail yard

  • An hour before the Montevideo City Council meeting on Monday night, the council chambers were busy with citizens interested in learning what the future of the Montevideo rail yard might be, now that the lease to the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center is ending.
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  • An hour before the Montevideo City Council meeting on Monday night, the council chambers were busy with citizens interested in learning what the future of the Montevideo rail yard might be, now that the lease to the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center is ending.
     
    A work session was scheduled for 6 p.m. for the council to learn about their options, and go over information they had directed staff to gather, and had received from other parties. When the issue was brought up again for official action during the council meeting, it was decided to schedule a public hearing for 7 p.m. on April 21 to gather public input.
     
    A number of options were presented to the council by city staff.
    - Request more information.
    - Hold a public hearing to get community input.
    - Request proposals from anyone interested in using the site.
    - Direct staff to begin negotiations on a new lease with the MRHC.
    - Direct staff to inform the MRHC a lease will not be renewed.
    - Investigate possible commercial/industrial uses
    - Consider the site for municipal uses
    - Investigate creating a community rail facility (like the airport)
    - Cancel the lease and proceed with negotiations with interested industrial users.
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    Proposal from SpecSys
    One proposal has already been submitted to the city of Montevideo by SpecSys of Montevideo. The proposal is similar to the plan offered by SpecSys in May of 2013 during negotiations about the rail yard at that time. SpecSys pulled out of negotiations when they and the MRHC were unable to reach a usage agreement.
     
    SpecSys is established as a rail road specialty equipment provider. They design and deliver custom rail road designs and builds.
     
    “Currently SpecSys has a back log of 34 rail cars of differing sizes and values. Having an assembly facility on an active railroad would allow for movement savings, but also allow for award of lower priced projects,” 
    See Rail yard page 12A

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