City Council in Brief
Firetree, phase 3
approved by council
The third phase of Firetree Estates was approved by the City Council at last Tuesday's meeting. The meeting was held Tuesday because not enough council members for a quorum could meet Monday as planned.
All council members voted in favor of the 49 lot development. Council member Joe Salb, a developer abstained. Lee Whaley was absent.
Jerry Donnelly, the developer of Firetree Estates, said the lots will be developed with homes priced at $130,000-$165,000.
The Baldwin City Planning Commission approved the final plans for phase 3 before recommending approval from the council.
to be discussed
A city noise ordinance will be considered at the Oct. 16 meeting of the council. The ordinance, which would measure sound in decibels, was drafted at the request of a citizen.
During work sessions, the council has debated whether to measure the decibels of sound with a meter, or have officials use their own judgment of what is too loud. Police Chief Steve Butell said evidence from a sound meter would be more effective in court. He demonstrated how a sound meter works to council members recently. They wanted to make sure the meter would detect the "booming" bass of a car stereo system.
BG Consultants, Lawrence, has been selected to be the design engineer of the Sixth Street reconstruction project. The project with shared costs between Douglas County, Baldwin City and Baker University is expected to start in the spring.
It will include curbs, gutters, a new surface and sidewalks on both sides from U.S. Highway 56 to just south of High Street.
Baker University will pay for a portion of sidewalk installation.
An ordinance that designates an area in and around downtown Baldwin as a "fire limit" area was approved by the council. No burning is allowed in the area as a preservation measure for downtown buildings.
The ordinance is a rewriting of a previous ordinance, designating the limits by streets instead of lot numbers. City Administrator Larry Paine said the change made the ordinance easier to understand.