The city of Weyauwega has won a lengthy battle against Canadian National Railroad and Wisconsin Central Limited. In October, Waupaca County Circuit Judge Vicki Clussman ruled in favor of the city, finding Weyauwega was not pre-empted from enforcing an ordinance that makes it unlawful for a train to block intersections within the city for more than 15 minutes at a time. Federal law does pre-empt local regulation of several aspects of railroad operations, but there are exceptions. Judge Clussman found that this case fit the exceptions, because the lengthy blockages, sometimes over an hour, pose a threat to the health and safety of citizens of Weyauwega. Police Chief Gerald Poltrock says the instances of lengthy blockages has increased over the past decade, with the increase in rail traffic. Poltrock says that causes dramatic increases in response times for emergency personnel, not only in the city, but also in the Town of Royalton.