The City of Sandwich may be in the catbird seat when it comes to getting Metra commuter train service.
The recently approved infrastructure bill allocated $100 million to extend Metra service to Kendall County.
The east side of Sandwich is in Kendall County; the rest of the city is in DeKalb County.
At Monday night's Sandwich City Council meeting, alderman Kevin Kelleher spoke about past contact with Metra.
The City of Sandwich owns 40 acres of land across from the Sandwich Fairgrounds where a depot and commuter parking lot could be build. Plus, Metra trains could be parked on the multiple tracks south of the property.
Following Monday's meeting, Kelleher spoke about the possibility of Metra coming to Sandwich.
Both Yorkville and Oswego would have to build depots north of town, and Plano's downtown is landlocked so Sandwich may be the best choice for Metra.
In other business at last night's meeting, alderman Shane Surratt brought up the issue of grass clippings being burned in Sandwich.
Surratt said that he has also received calls on high grass not being cut in a timely manner. Sandwich received 8" of rain on Memorial Day, and Surratt said that he understood that some Sandwich residents could not cut their grass because of flooding, but he added that some residents have simply been negligent.
Hear Jim Wyman's WSPY Radio story on Monday night's Sandwich City Council meeting.