City in Brief
A four-lot subdivision adjacent to the Brittany Ridge subdivision was approved by the City Council Monday night.
The nearly 1/2-acre lots are being developed by Joe Salb, a member of the City Council who abstained from the vote. Three houses will be built in the subdivision, as an existing house occupies one of the lots.
"It more or less cleans the whole area up," said Danny McMillen, a member of the Baldwin City Planning Commission. "We were happy they were oversized lots."
The subdivision was approved by the planning commission before being considered by the City Council. The council's vote was 3-1, with Lee Whaley voting against.
The City Council approved entering an agreement with Douglas County to proceed with the relocation of Baldwin City's waterline. The agreement will allow for B G Consultants to begin designing the project.
Currently, the waterline that delivers water from Lawrence to Baldwin City runs underneath the Baker Wetlands making leaks and breaks difficult to detect and repair. The waterline will be relocated to run along Douglas County Road 1055. The county will add shoulders along a portion of the road where the water line will run.
Rural Water District No. 4 also is participating in the cost of the project, but that agreement is yet to be formalized and will require the approval of the Kansas attorney general. Under state statutes, the city cannot enter into a three-way agreement with Douglas County and the water district without the attorney general's approval. The agreement between the city and the county did not require the attorney general's approval.
Last week, Douglas County Commissioners authorized paying $30,000 for the county's share of the engineering study by B G Consultants, which is estimated to cost nearly $80,000.
The city's cost of the waterline relocation project should be around $400,000-$500,000.
Council to review
The comprehensive plan for the city how city officials plan for the city to grow will be discussed by the City Council at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the fire station.
A public hearing for the 2001 budget will be held prior to the meeting, beginning at 7 p.m.