City budget hearing set; burn ban discussed
The City Council on Monday night set a public hearing for the 2001 Baldwin City budget. The hearing will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 17, at the Baldwin City Public Library, during a regularly scheduled council meeting.
The city's Finance Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall to finalize the budget.
Also during Monday night's council meeting, council members discussed adding limitations to the city's burn ordinance.
Several residents complained to city staff about smoke and ashes from a brush fire at Brittany Ridge subdivision on June 15. Brush is allowed to be burned within the city, and the developer notified the city of the burn, as required by the current ordinance.
Council members agreed that the city's burn ordinance should be reviewed. Terry McKinney, city utility director, said staff will discuss banning all construction burning and trash burning. The burning of leaves and brush would still be allowed, as long as the city was notified of the burn.
"There are some cities that ban all burning. There are cities that allow some burning," McKinney said. "We are probably among the most liberal."
The burn ordinance, as well as a noise ordinance, will be discussed during a meeting of the Public Safety Committee. That meeting will be set at the July 17 council meeting.