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Railroad crossing laws to be enforced

As a result of two fatal incidents along the railroad tracks in Bowling Green, the city police and CSX railroad officials will be stringently enforcing the laws regarding railroad track crossing at the appropriate points. Criminal citations will be issued to those not obeying the law. The violations and citations include:

  1. Railroad Vandalism or Criminal Trespass; Interference with the Operation of a Train
  2. Criminal Trespass
  3. Pedestrian on Bridge or Railroad Crossing; and/or
  4. Climbing upon Railroad Cars.

The first three violations are all misdemeanors of the fourth degree carrying up to a $250 fine plus court costs and 30 days in jail. The fourth violation is considered a minor misdemeanor carrying a $150 fine plus court costs. 

It is only permissible to cross railroad tracks at a public right of way associated with a street or sidewalk. Failing to cross at the appropriate point will result in a citation being issued. Additionally for students, as the jurisdiction of the Code of Student Conduct includes behaviors that occur off-campus, violators will be asked to meet with a member of the student discipline staff in the Office of the Dean of Students.

Railroad tracks are not public property but the private property of the railroad company.

Contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 2-2843 with questions. 

Saddlemire update

After a hiatus to accommodate student move-in last Thursday and Friday, demolition of the Saddlemire Student Services Building will resume this week. 

Trucks will be using Ridge Street to enter and exit the site, but truck traffic will be dramatically reduced due to the decision to recycle 75-85 percent of the building. Steel, aluminum and copper will be sorted on site and hauled off for recycling. The decision to recycle building materials will contribute to U.S. Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) points for the future Wolfe Center for the Arts, to be built at the Saddlemire site. 

In addition, concrete will be ground on site and used for fill there. As walls are torn out and concrete is crushed, dust will be generated. Efforts are being made to control dust by spraying debris with water, but not all of it can be eliminated. If you park adjacent to the site, you may see dust on your car. Please keep your car windows rolled up.

At certain times during demolition, the portion of Ridge Street between Mercer Road and Willard Drive will be closed except for construction and emergency traffic. To reach parking lots N, O and 14 on the west side of Saddlemire, and buildings farther west along Ridge Street, travelers will have to take East Merry Avenue to Willard Drive, then turn right onto Ridge.

No parking lots will be closed, but expect some disruption to traffic flow at the intersections of Ridge and Willard, and Ridge and Mercer, as trucks enter and exit the work site.

Fencing has been installed to keep the following pedestrian routes open: the east-west walk north of the Fine Arts Center; the diagonal walk connecting Kreischer Quadrangle and the Moore Musical Arts Center, and the walk on the east end of lots N and 14. The walk on the south side of Ridge Street will remain open but will close periodically at the lots N/14 exit to accommodate truck traffic.

Please exercise caution around the demolition zone and when using adjacent sidewalks and crossing Ridge Street. Project directors thank the campus community for its patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

Counseling Center to offer walk-in appointments for students

Beginning today (Aug. 20), the Counseling Center is offering walk-in hours when no appointment is needed. Students who would like to meet with a counselor can come to the center Mondays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. and Thursdays from 3-6 p.m.

They should plan to arrive at least 45 minutes before the end of walk-in hours to allow enough time to address their concerns.

The Counseling Center is now at 422 Saddlemire Student Services at Conklin. Telephone 2-2801.

August 20, 2007