Correction: The original version of this story misidentified the type of walkway being discussed.
The city of North Vernon is closing in on an agreement with the Madison Railroad on a pedestrian walkway over the tracks at O&M Avenue.
Madison Railroad Spokesman Dave Cheatham approached the City Council Monday with a written agreement that would allow a pedestrian footpath to cross over the railroad tracks. According to the agreement, the city would reimburse the railroad for fees, services and the actual construction work. North Vernon would have the final approval of costs. The city would also hold the railroad, the city of Madison and its Port Authority harmless for the work, which would take place at the same time as the crossing replacement on O&M Avenue.
Council members said they were in favor of the proposal, but ultimately tabled it because city officials want language that would would not hinder their ability to reopen Short Street to vehicles.
While Cheatham could not agree to the council’s request on his own, he did indicate that the issue would not kill the proposed agreement.
Council members said that they were hopeful the amended agreement would appear at the next council meeting, scheduled for Feb. 9.