City staff is expected at the Nov. 2 Dublin City Council meeting to present options for a railroad crossing that some residents say is costing them sleep.

City staff is expected at the Nov. 2 Dublin City Council meeting to present options for a railroad crossing that some residents say is costing them sleep.

Some council members last week expressed support or opposition to spending money on improvements.

Council heard complaints from residents of the Ballentrae development last month.

Led by Steve Quisenberry, Ballentrae residents gave council a petition requesting the city "consider making the necessary improvements to the at-grade railroad crossings located at Cosgray Road and Rings Road for the purpose of qualifying the area as a quiet zone and to improve safety."

CSX tracks run along the west and south of the Ballentrae development. Residents said the whistles sound as trains pass the crossings at Cosgray and Rings roads, keeping them awake at night.

Federal laws require the trains to sound the whistles, but railroad-crossing improvements could turn the area into a quiet zone.

During last week's council meeting, Vice Mayor Cathy Boring said she didn't think that taxpayers should pay for improvements at the railroad crossings.

"I feel responsible for the other taxpayers," she said.

Boring said she would support turning the crossings into quiet zones if the city gets a grant, but if not, "I don't think we should feel compelled" to pay for the improvements.

Amy Salay and Mike Keenan said they supported improvements to the railroad crossings. Keenan cited miles and miles of freeway barrier erected by the federal government.

"It does warrant a real hard look," he said.

Mayor Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher cautioned council members on forming opinions before staff gave them a report.

City Manager Terry Foegler told council members a report on railroad crossing improvements should go before council at the Nov. 2 meet-ing.

According to a staff report, the city is looking into how to establish a railroad quiet zone while factoring in such things as grants, installation, management, upkeep and liability.