TONTOGANY — More than three years after a train derailment CSX is sending the village a check for $23,400 for road repair bills.
“July 10, 2016 was a derailment, right in the heart of Tontogany, on Main Street,” said Mayor Matt Shanahan. “I just finalized the agreement (Thursday) and signed the needed paperwork on behalf of the village, so we will receive our check in the next 30 days.”
A six-car section of a 215-car CSX train derailed in the village. After the wreckage was cleared, roads needed to be repaired.
“That money is the agreement for the roads that we had to repair, after they fixed the derailment,” Shanahan said. “It was not a fault of any particular person. They had some changes in their department and due to the changes the conversation kind of got dropped. That’s when I reached out to Haraz.”
It was the middle of last summer when Shanahan asked recently-appointed Ohio Rep. Haraz Ghanbari, R-Perrysburg, to re-establish a conversation with CSX.
“He was able to do that. He was able to provide a contact for me that I was able to work very well with, to be able to get to this settlement,” Shanahan said.
Shanahan was a councilman when he started to pursue this payment and became mayor on Jan. 1.