After train blockages became a hot story in New Boston Wednesday and Thursday, Huron Township Trustee R.P. Lilly said that his frustrations echo those of the residents in the township.
“Everybody in this community is concerned,” Lilly said to the Huron Hub Thursday morning.
“There have been times where I feel trapped in my own community,” he said.
“This time we lost a house, but I’m afraid next time it will be a human being.”
Lilly said that the township is unable to fine the train company because the railroad is labeled as interstate commerce, which is regulated within a state only by the Federal Government according to Constitutional powers.
This essentially means that there is no easy and fast solution.
“We’ve totally lost our ability to fine the train company,” he said.
Lilly said that the board has approached government officials in the past and that there is possible grant funding available to help build an over or underpass, but he is not sure if they would qualify for it.
He said that without grant funding, an over or underpass could cost well into the tens of millions of dollars to construct.
This story has been updated