- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

ENDERLIN, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Public Service Commission chairman Brian Kalk says the city of Enderlin should have tried to resolve a railroad crossing dispute through the PSC.

Kalk criticized the city Thursday over a federal lawsuit by Canadian Pacific Railway that seeks to stop an ordinance that bans trains from blocking railroad crossings for more than 10 minutes.

Kalk tells KFGO radio (https://bit.ly/1vASf5f ) if the city loses the case, it could lead to future problems for state laws that regulate railroads.

Enderlin’s city attorney says he believes the ordinance is authorized by state statutes. Railroad crews that violate the ordinance must serve a mandatory two days in jail and pay a $500 fine.

Kalk says now that the PSC knows about the lawsuit, commissioners are going to “jump in with both feet.”


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