Norfolk Southern has proposed building a coal train staging yard along its Chicago line at Swanton.
The seven-track facility would be located on the west side of town and includes four double-ended tracks, each capable of accommodating 130-car coal trains, and three stub-ended tracks for switching freight cars needed for repair.
Members of the Swanton City County expressed concern about noise, dust, light pollution and other safety issues, but have not indicated that they oppose the development.
NS would purchase a quarter-acre of land from the city that would be used for the yard. Once completed, the facility would employ about 12 people.