Novato to appeal ruling allowing NCRA rail repairs to continue
- Published Thursday, October 25, 2007, by the Marin Independent Journal
Novato council to appeal railroad ruling
By Joe Wolfcale
Novato will appeal a Marin judge's ruling rejecting the city's bid
for a temporary restraining order on pending railroad work.
The City Council decided to appeal after meeting behind closed doors
Last month, the city sued the North Coast Railroad Authority, saying
it failed to comply with environmental rules and bypassed state open-
meeting laws. The suit said plans for new freight service should be
halted until a comprehensive environmental study is completed.
City officials asked the court to block contracts with companies
involved in upgrading tracks to accommodate the trains.
A week ago, Marin County Superior Court Judge James Ritchie allowed
work to continue pending a hearing Dec. 11.
City officials and Ukiah-based NCRA have been at odds since the rail
agency disclosed it plans to renew freight service that could involve
as many as 32 trains pulling 60 cars each through Novato every week.
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