By Correne Martin
For those who have closely followed the saga of the Haydn Street railroad crossing in Prairie du Chien, Keith Coburn’s name ought to be rather familiar. The owner of the historic Frazier’s Old Faithful Inn has been involved in the case since it began well over a decade ago.
Now, despite the Office of the Commissioner of Railroads (OCR) handing down a proposed decision Oct. 8 to close the crossing (based on the hearing examiner’s recommendation), Coburn says the fight is not over.
“The (railroad) commissioner has to make a final decision yet. He’ll have to consider any public comments made since the proposed decision and then explain his conclusion,” Coburn stated. “We’re hopeful the commissioner does the right thing.”
Since the proposed decision, Coburn and his attorney, Gifford M. Collins, of Johns, Flaherty & Collins, S.C., of La Crosse, have written to the OCR.