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"Stop" always trumps "yield" at rural railroad crossings.
That's what Adams County Engineer Tim Barkey told the Adams County commissioners on Monday as he revealed that the CSX rail company recently erected "yield" signs by the county's "stop" signs at four crossings north of Decatur.
Because having opposing signs is confusing and because a county ordinance requires "stop" signs at such crossings, Barkey said he will ask CSX to remove the "yield" signs as soon as possible.
The three commissioners agreed with his assessment and his actions.
The four crossings in question are on County Rds. 100 West, 900 North, 1000 North, and 1100 North, said Barkey.
Also at the meeting:
• County Highway Superintendent Mark Mitchel said his department had 12 trucks on the job on Monday to spread a salt/sand mixture on rural roads and to scrape slick spots as the first sizable snowfall of the winter arrived.
• The commissioners signed a document for receipt of a $3,750 grant from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to be used to by a computer and software for the county's office of emergency management.
• The Community Corrections (CC) department was given the okay to hire a replacement for Greg Litchfield, who will retire in January as coordinator of the RISQ out-of-school suspension program that CC administers.
• An ordinance to lower the speed limit on part of Winchester Rd. near Decatur from 45 mph to 40 mph was passed on first reading, then tabled until the December 13 commissioners' meeting. The lower speed would be on the portion of Winchester Rd. from the Decatur city limits to 2,000 feet northwest of town.