continued But for now, a primary concern is the amount of time police officers must spend responding to the situation. “It ties up our officers for hours,” Morris said.
“On [Tuesday] May 21, the LPD had two officers out of service for two hours and 37 minutes due to the malfunctioning railroad crossing and the inability of CSX to respond in a timely manner,” Morris informed CSX. “This is unacceptable.”
Since the problem began, LPD personnel have spent 471 minutes – 7.85 hours – directing traffic at the scene. “It’s certainly not the best use of police resources,” said LPD Sgt. Mike Manns, who directed traffic at 11:40 p.m. May 21 along with Officer Jerry Unger.
When there are too few LPD officers available, Onondaga Sheriff’s deputies are called in to assist at the crossing.
Last year, CSX informed village trustees that it planned to make repairs at the crossing which would necessitate the closing of Old Liverpool Road for a few days, but that work has yet to be scheduled.