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Who is responsible for maintaining the grounds at the Amtrak station?

Planters sit barren at the Amtrak station at 30th and Wismann Lane in Quincy. City officials said there is no dedicated maintenance person for the station, so Central Services crews maintain the grounds on top of their other responsibilities. Maintenance items are included as part of Central Services’ summer crews. | H-W Photo/Matt Hopf
By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 14, 2017 12:20 pm

Who is responsible for maintaining the grounds at the Amtrak station? The flower beds are overgrown with weeds, and many of the bricks surrounding them have fallen down. The benches outside the station are in need of resurfacing. Could volunteer groups help with planting and other projects at the station?

The Amtrak station at the southwest corner of 30th and Wismann Lane is maintained by the city.

As of this week, there are no plants in any of the planters at the stations, and at least one is missing many bricks.

Director of the Quincy Transit Lines Marty Stegeman, who oversees the station, said there is no dedicated maintenance person for the facility that serves two daily round trips between Quincy and Chicago. The grounds are maintained by Central Services, which includes mowing, snow plowing and general cleanup.

"These areas are addressed with available manpower, which is also responsible for numerous other duties within the city, such as painting street lines and curbs, replacement and installation of street signs, the removal of derelict and dangerous trees and the cleanup of derelict properties throughout the city," Stegeman said. "We do add this to the list of maintenance items that we assign to our summer workers, who are primarily high school and college students."

Those crews have not started work this year.

Stegeman said if a group wanted to maintain the planters at the train station, he believes the city would accept the assistance.

The depot, which replaced the old stop at the Sears Warehouse on North 24th Street, opened in 1985 and is a historic replica of a former bus and streetcar station at the Illinois Veterans Home

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