City in Brief
The City Council met in executive session with city attorney Bob Bezek to discuss the purchase of land for an industrial and recreational area.
City Administrator Larry Paine said the city is prepared to make an offer on a parcel of land.
This summer, the City Council supported the search for land for a business park. Paine said the ideal tract of land would be 100-150 acres annexed into the city limits.
The city's current business park on U.S. Highway 56 was filled two years ago with the construction of the Heritage Tractor facility.
The City Council will discuss the business park further with Debi Moore, of Douglas County Economic Development, during a work session at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 at City Hall.
Noise, burn ordinances
discussed in committee
The city's Public Safety Committee will meet Monday night at City Hall to discuss establishing a noise ordinance and limiting what is allowed to be burned within the city limits. A tentative time has been set for 6 p.m.
The city is proposing to ban contractors from burning debris within the city limits, and residents from burning trash within the city limits. Residents still would be allowed to burn leaves, brush and limbs less than six inches in diameter after notifying the city.
City Administrator Larry Paine said the city has reviewed noise ordinances from other cities, and a noise limit is yet to be determined. Paine said the city would have to purchase a sound meter to determine the validity of a complaint.
"It's something that cannot be left to interpretation," Paine said.
Members of the Public Safety Committee would like to have the ordinance ready for approval in September.
A Utility Committee meeting will follow the public safety meeting on Monday night. City Council members and city staff will discuss a new electric rate schedule. City Administrator Larry Paine said the schedule has not been changed in about 10 years, and the new rates will reflect an increase to the city's electric customers.
Paine plans to have the electric rate schedule ready for approval at the next meeting. Because of the Labor Day holiday, the City Council will next meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 5.
The meetings are open to the public.
The City Council approved an agreement between the city and Douglas County Rural Water District No. 4 for the replacement of the waterline through the Baker Wetlands.
The rural water district and Baldwin City will share the cost of moving the city's waterline from beneath the wetlands to dry land making any leaks or breaks easier to detect and locate.
The project has undergone many revisions, and last week the involved parties agreed to install two water lines, instead of one, along Haskell Road, south of 31st Street a 12-inch pipe for the city and an 8-inch pipe for RWD No. 4.
The project also could be shortened by 2,700 feet, tying into existing waterlines at 38th Street, instead of the Wakarusa River, as planned. City Administrator Larry Paine said reducing the length of the project could save the city and the water district about $60,000 each.
The wetlands will slowly be drained to accommodate installation of the water pipe and shoulders on the road. The draining is expected to take months, and will be overseen by Baker University biologist Roger Boyd.
A public meeting to discuss the work plan of the project will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at South Junior High School, 2734 Louisiana, Lawrence.
The City Council accepted a bid from Lawrence Ready Mix not to exceed $57,000 to pave the following streets:
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 Street.
The parking lot in the 300 block of Fremont (the parking area in front of the swimming pool).
The project cost came in less than expected, so Fremont Street, from Second Street to Third Street, was added to the project list.
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 work is expected to begin in September and be finished prior to the Maple Leaf Festival.
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