City in Brief
Street overlay plans
approved by council
The city is accepting bids for the paving of several Baldwin streets. The City Council approved the specifications for the project at Monday night's council meeting.
The streets included in the project include:
Quayle Street, from Sixth Street to Washington Street.
Eisenhower Street, from Kibbee Street north to the end of pavement.
Baker Street, from Fourth to Fifth streets.
Dearborn Street, from Fourth to Fifth streets.
The parking lot at Seventh and Indiana streets.
Fremont Street, from Third Street to Fifth streets.
The parking lot in the 300 block of Fremont (the parking area in front of the swimming pool).
City Administrator Larry Paine said the project will be paid for from the city's special highway fund. The swimming pool's parking lot will be paid for through the Public Building Commission.
The bids are set to be opened Aug. 17, and the project is expected to begin in September.
City sets electric rate
for temporary service
The City Council passed an ordinance Monday night setting a $150 rate for temporary electric service (up to six months) used by contractors during new construction or remodeling.
Utility director Terry McKinney said city officials will monitor if that rate is adequate during the next six months.
"The purpose of this is we've been having problems with how we charge for temporary service with contractors," McKinney said. "We have come up with a flat rate."
McKinney said the $150 would have to be paid "up-front" with the building permit. The contractor will be responsible for providing a temporary pole and meter for the temporary services, and also for the expense of running service to areas without electric service.
Rezoning allows for
The City Council approved the rezoning of property at 1004 Lawrence Street from light industrial to residential.
Land owner Amanda Barnes plans to remove the existing house and replace it with a modular home on a basement.
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