|SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT|
|FOX VALLEY & WESTERN LTD.--ABANDONMENT EXEMPTION--IN WAUPACA COUNTY, WI|
|Director Of Proceedings|
|NOTICE OF ABANDONMENT EXEMPTION AND ESTABLISHED A PROCEDURAL SCHEDULE.|
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Surface Transportation Board
[STB Docket No. AB-402 (Sub-No. 6X)]
Fox Valley & Western Ltd.--Abandonment Exemption--in Waupaca County, WI
On December 10, 1998, Fox Valley & Western Ltd. (FVW), filed with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) a petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10903-10905(1) to abandon a 10.7-mile line of railroad known as the Manawa-Scandinavia Line, extending from milepost 50.3 near Manawa to the end of the line at milepost 61.0 in Scandinavia, in Waupaca County, WI. The line traverses U.S. Postal Service Zip Codes 54949, 54962, and 54977, and includes the station of Scandinavia at milepost 61.0.
The line does not contain federally granted rights-of-way. Any documentation in FVW's possession will be made available promptly to those requesting it.
The interest of railroad employees will be protected by the conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line R. Co.--Abandonment--Goshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).
By issuance of this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be issued by March 30, 1999.
Any offer of financial assistance (OFA) under 49 CFR 1152.27(b)(2) will be due no later than 10 days after service of a decision granting the petition for exemption. Each offer must be accompanied by a $1,000 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25).
All interested persons should be aware that, following abandonment of rail service and salvage of the line, the line may be suitable for other public use, including interim trail use. Any request for a public use condition under 49 CFR 1152.28 or for trail use/rail banking under 49 CFR 1152.29 will be due no later than January 19, 1999. Each trail use request must be accompanied by a $150 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(27).
All filings in response to this notice must refer to STB Docket No. AB-402 (Sub-No. 6X) and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation Board, Office of the Secretary, Case Control Unit, 1925 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20423-0001, and (2) Michael J. Barron, Jr., 6250 N. River Rd., Suite 9000, Rosemont, IL 60018. Replies to the FVW petition are due on or before January 19, 1999.
Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment procedures may contact the Board's Office of Public Services at (202) 565-1592 or refer to the full abandonment or discontinuance regulations at 49 CFR part 1152. Questions concerning environmental issues may be directed to the Board's Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) at (202) 565-1545. [TDD for the hearing impaired is available at (202) 565-1695.]
An environmental assessment (EA) (or environmental impact statement (EIS), if necessary) prepared by SEA will be served upon all parties of record and upon any agencies or other persons who commented during its preparation. Other interested persons may contact SEA to obtain a copy of the EA (or EIS). EAs in these abandonment proceedings normally will be made available within 60 days of the filing of the petition. The deadline for submission of comments on the EA will generally be within 30 days of its service.
Board decisions and notices are available on our website at "WWW.STB.DOT.GOV."
Decided: December 21, 1998.
By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings.
Vernon A. Williams
1. In addition to an exemption from 49 U.S.C. 10903, FVW seeks exemption from 49 U.S.C. 10904 (offer of financial assistance procedures) and 49 U.S.C. 10905 (public use conditions). These requests will be addressed in the final decision.