Archive for Wednesday, April 19, 2000

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April 19, 2000

Brochure to promote Baldwin

A brochure promoting Baldwin is being planned by the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, and the City Council agreed Monday night to pay up to $2,500 of the cost of the project.

The initial purpose for the brochure is the Kansas Sampler Festival Oct. 7-8 in Ottawa. The Chamber and Baldwin businesses are planning to participate in the festival that showcases Kansas communities, products and attractions. City Administrator Larry Paine said the brochure would also be an economic development tool for the city.

"We could use it as a means of promoting ourselves," Paine said.

Mayor Stan Krysztof said the brochure and the Kansas Sampler Festival could be draws to the community.

"I see it as a very worthwhile endeavor," Krysztof said. "I am planning on attending the Kansas Sampler Festival. It is an interesting concept."

The council agreed to pay for 50 percent of the cost of the brochure up to $2,500.

City seeks fire clean-up

Council members gave city zoning administrator Jim Tarwater the OK to begin condemnation of Popp's Restaurant, 131 Baker, which was destroyed by a fire March 19.

City Administrator Larry Paine said owners Larry Trowbridge and Cindy O'Bryon have not made progress in demolishing the structure and cleaning up the site. Paine said Fire Chief Allen Craig and neighbors of the restaurant are concerned about the safety of the area.

"We have been trying to encourage insurance adjusters to take care of that issue for us," Paine said. "Our intention, and the pun is intended, is to light a fire to take care of that problem."

City ordinance calls for the payment of 15 percent of insurance proceeds be paid to the city to ensure proper disposal of a burned building.

The council approved starting the condemnation process. A public hearing was set for the June 5 meeting of the council.

Police equipment purchased for SRO

The purchase of a alcohol detection device and a vehicle adapter for a portable radio was approved by the council for school resource officer Mike Gammage.

The $1,300 worth of equipment will be paid for by a law enforcement block grant.

Council supports letter to state

The council passed a resolution urging Kansas senators and representatives to restore funds to cities and counties lowered by Gov. Bill Grave's 2001 budget proposal. Baldwin's loss of revenue would be $4,000.

Mayor Stan Krysztof said he would personally deliver the letter and resolution to Rep. Ralph Tanner, R-Baldwin.

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