Business park options studied
The city is eyeing opportunities to purchase land for a business park and also for recreational purposes.
No specific property or timeline is being pursued by the city. However, Mayor Stan Krysztof and Baldwin City Council members Monday night discussed how the purchase of land could be funded and suggested forming a committee for further study of the issue.
"We need business property," Krysztof said.
Businesses are interested in Baldwin, but "there is nothing to show," Krysztof said. The businesses that have expressed interest in Baldwin would be compatible with the area warehouse and service businesses with 10 to 25 employees.
"I'd rather have 100 of those than one Wal-Mart Distribution Center," Krysztof said.
Krysztof predicted that if the city had another 60 business acres where Heritage Tractor built its facility, 40 of those acres would be occupied.
Council member Lee Whaley suggested the city trade or sell City Lake, south of town, to purchase land for economic development.
"It's of major importance for us to go ahead and buy some ground," said council member Joe Salb.
Mark Eldridge, a community member who has worked on a proposal for a recreation center, said that committee is hoping to find land soon, and input would be needed from the city, school district and Baker University.
No action was taken at Monday's meeting. Agenda items were discussed in a workshop session with public participation.
The discussion to buy land for a business park turned to a short discussion on the city's comprehensive plan. The plan which projects the city's growth and how city officials want that growth to occur is a work in progress.
Salb suggested, as part of the plan, the city consider the future annexation west of town to where the new interchange of U.S. Highway 59 is planned to be to have some control of "what can go there."
Council member Gene Nelson suggested that any projected annexations from the plan be printed so that developers know which areas would be subject to city building codes.