By Marlena Medford
The Wayside Horn Project, which aims to reduce noise from the railroad, is one step closer to completion. During its May 23 meeting, the Del Mar City Council authorized the installation of wayside horns at the railroad crossing on Coast Boulevard, which will be funded by private donations from the community.
It’s anticipated that residents and business owners impacted by the railroad noise will help to raise the required $378,317 for this project, which would cover a construction contract with North County Transit District (NCTD), two-year maintenance costs, and the estimated city attorney fees. If the expected community fundraising is sufficient, there will be no fiscal impact to the city’s general fund.
The Quiet Zone Committee, which is chaired by Del Mar resident Hershel Price, has been working on this project for about 20 months. During the May 23 meeting, Price and several other residents publicly thanked the council for its support and cooperation on the project thus far.
In a separate but related agenda item, the council also agreed to appoint councilman Mark Filanc to the Quiet Zone Committee. Filanc will replace deputy mayor Carl Hilliard in this role. The rationale for the change is that Filanc is now the city’s primary representative to NCTD, which will be overseeing the Wayside Horn Project.