Tree planting, plant sale set for this week
A tree planting Saturday will kick off several activities promoting the improvement of Baldwin through the planting of trees and lawn and garden care.
The Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce is initiating the community beautification program, and chamber members will plant an autumn blaze maple tree at 9 a.m. Saturday on the lawn of the Baldwin City Public Library.
The Chamber is encouraging others in the community to plant trees as well.
The Friends of the Library is also having its annual spring plant sale Friday and Saturday, selling bedding plants, hanging baskets and baked goods. Bedding plants, which will include several varieties, will be $1.50 per pack. Hanging baskets will be $16. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Proceeds benefit the library.
The Chamber is also sponsoring a "Yard of the Week" contest to be judged by Dan and Becky McMillen, former nursery owners, starting in May and running through September.
A future project of the Chamber is to make improvements to the park near the city pool and also a park on the north side of U.S. Highway 56 at Third Street, which is currently being used to store construction materials.
The community improvements will be topped off with a city-wide trash clean-up in the fall before the Maple Leaf Festival. The city will place dumpsters around town for the collection of trash, and will provide for the collection of other items, such as tires.
The city also is joining in the community clean-up by preparing to enforce city codes relating to abandoned vehicles, condition of yards, condition of structures, collection of debris, low-hanging branches, and the height of weeds and lawns.
Property owners in violation of city codes will be notified by letter and given at least a month's time to correct the violation. Uncorrected violations will be cited, and the property owner will be requested to appear in municipal court.