Bird and Castanon Sworn In as New Council Members

New faces on Dixon's city council will help shape Dixon's future.

In front of friends, family and relatives filling Dixon's council chambers, Steve Bird and Jerry Castanon, Sr. were sworn in as Dixon's new city council members Tuesday evening at a regular council meeting. This followed a reception in the city hall lobby.

Incumbent mayor Jack Batchelor was also sworn in to continue in that position.

Bird, Castanon and Batchelor will serve four-year terms.

Departing from the council are Rick Fuller and Mike Ceremello.

In one vote during the regular council meeting which followed the swearing-in, council members Besneatte, Castanon and Batchelor voted for a resolution tied to the Safe Routes to School Plan Update, and inclusion of the plan in the Solano Transportation Authority's Countywide Safe Routes to School Plan. Voting against it were council members Bogue and Bird. Apparently associated with the plan is the projected B Street pedestrian railroad undercrossing, for which some funding has been awarded.  

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Gary Erwin December 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM
While on the subject of the B Street tunnel, see what else they are used for. http://davis.patch.com/articles/davis-man-struck-in-head-robbed-while-riding-bike-through-h-street-tunnel#photo-11443737
Jack December 13, 2012 at 05:11 PM
An over-crossing for bikes and pedestrians would be much cheaper and, more importantly, safer. However, except for a few over-imbibers most folks have no problem recognizing when a train is coming and when it is safe to cross the tracks. Under-crossing is solution to which there is (almost) no problem leading to a serious problem (graffitti, drug use, mugging, etc) for which solution will be very costly.
Bil Paul December 13, 2012 at 07:33 PM
There is some danger at train crossings, especially when a pedestrian is aware of a train coming from one direction, but not aware of a train coming from the other direction at about the same time. Just the other day a woman teacher was apparently photographing trains in the Sacramento area and was killed by a Union Pacific train. The least expensive answer to the problem near the "train station" in Dixon would be to have fences and pedestrian crossing arms (similar to the crossing arms for cars, but smaller), without an under- or overpass. The Caltrain commuter trains on the San Francisco peninsula use these at some stations.
Gary Erwin December 17, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Bil, a better regulated "at grade" crossing is a perfect solution. Since 1871 Dixon residents have lived with the train tracks and all that comes with them. I don't believe that a tunnel is needed.
Mike Smith December 19, 2012 at 09:29 PM
We just visited the EU and they don't have tunnels in the small towns (mid-size also) and tracks are wide open. They don't have the problem and the government does not mandate tunnels or overcrossings. Even on the bullet train, we went right by the stations with people standing next to the tracks. On the trip from Belgium to Czech we came across many places just like Dixon where people walked along the tracks to get to the station and platform... if they had a platform. Mike


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