Community given chance to clean up
It's never too late to do a little spring cleaning, even in the fall.
The Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a city-wide clean-up from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.
During that time, the city will provide dumpsters at Allen Park (the Midland Railway parking lot) for Baldwin City residents. The city will provide workers and machinery to help unload heavy items. Large and small items will be accepted, including appliances (provided that the compressors have been removed). Tires may not be discarded into the dumpsters.
The city also is making available a site to discard leaves, limbs and grass clippings near the city's wastewater treatment plant, located off of Orange Street. Workers also will be available at that location.
Terry McKinney, city utility director, said the city employees will help residents with the clean-up and also monitor what is being discarded. No commercial or household hazardous waste will be accepted during the clean-up. City inspector Jim Tarwater said another date may be set up for the disposal of hazardous wastes.
Chamber officials have also made arrangements for those who would like to dispose of working or non-working vehicles.
Owners of disabled vehicles may have them hauled off for free by calling Lonnie's Recycling at 1-800-217-4855 or (785) 841-4855. A clear title is required.
Representatives of the American Kidney Foundation will be in town to accept donations of operating vehicles. The donation can be used as a tax write-off. Once again, a clear title is required. To arrange for a car to be picked up, call Michelle Dreiling at (816) 221-9559.
The clean-up is part of the Chamber's "Beautify Baldwin City" project.
Clean up, or else
Some residents are being forced to clean up around their homes. City officials have toured the town and have sent letters to violators of city "nuisance" codes.
McKinney said 51 violations were recorded and those residents will be notified by registered letter later this week. Of the violations, 26 are junk or abandoned vehicles. Bill Winegar, assistant utility director, said other violations included trash, construction materials, yard debris, water heaters and couches.
"Anything and everything," Winegar said of the violations.
By ordinance, the residents will have 10 days to clean up the nuisance after they are notified. If they choose not to clean up, the city will give them a citation, which will require them to appear in municipal court.
McKinney said the clean-up day gives them the opportunity to take care of the violation.
"They have a place they can take it to get rid of it," McKinney said.