Mayor seeks input from 7-year-old

Mayor seeks input from 7-year-old

Mayor Deanna Demuzio and Garrett Comerford review architect’s renderings of the proposed Carlinville Amtrak station.

Mayor Deanna Demuzio and Garrett Comerford review architect’s renderings of the proposed Carlinville Amtrak station.

Carlinville Mayor Deanna Demuzio sought input Aug. 28 about the new Amtrak station from  a young member of the Carlinville community.

Seven-year-old train enthusiast, Garrett Comerford, son of Blackburn College President, John Comerford, toured the Carlinville Police Station, public and water works and city hall before sitting down with Mayor Demuzio to provide some insight into the project.

Garrett, who moved to Carlinville with his family in July, was most excited about the relocation because of his intense interest in trains. He hopes to someday become a train conductor.

Garrett was excited about the plans for the new station, the architect’s renderings of the glass enclosed building, and especially about the underground tunnel footpath, connecting the north and south rails. He suggested having a play area for children and offered to donate a wooden train table to the area.

Demuzio invited Garrett to share more ideas with the city council at a later date and gifted him, from the Union Pacific Railroad, a train spoke and piece of rail from the track that is set to be replaced.