City in Brief
The city is considering installing an elevated, one million gallon water tower north of town to increase water pressure to the cities it contracts to, as well as Baldwin City.
City officials met with Wellsville officials in late January to discuss options for increasing water pressure and better flow to the area. Wellsville is requesting the improved services, because the school district is building a new school and the city is expecting a surge in residential development.
Mayor Stan Krysztof said one of the options being investigated is an elevated million gallon storage tank. He commented that the storage tank located in Signal Oak could sprout "70-foot legs." City Administrator said that would be one location the tower could be built it would be built around the existing structure because the city already owns the land.
"It's strictly a proposal," Paine said.
Krysztof said Wellsville is reviewing the option, which it would participate in financially.
Baldwin City officials will be the interviewers and the interviewees in the next weeks. Today, Mayor Stan Krysztof, City Administrator Larry Paine, City Council members and other officials will travel to Topeka to appear in front of the Kansas Intergovernmental Agency Committee, which includes the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Rural Development and the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing. They will present the city's need for a new wastewater treatment plant, and are hoping the committee will award them grant money for the project. At stake are a $400,000 KDHE Community Block Development Grant and possible grant moneys from the other agencies of KIAC.
On Feb. 16, the city will interview the four firms seeking to conduct the engineering on the new wastewater treatment plant. Eight firms sought the job, and a review committee narrowed the candidates to four. The finalists are: The Larkin Group, Burns & McDonnell, Professional Engineering Consultants, and BG Consultants.
The Kansas Department of Transportation informed the city in January that the intersection of Sixth Street with U.S. Highway 56 does not warrant a traffic signal.
The Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce requested a traffic study at the intersection. The study was conducted in December.
KDOT considered 24-hour traffic volume, 2-hour turning movement counts, a radar speed study and a crash analysis.
KDOT determined that there was enough traffic during a 24-hour period for a traffic signal. However based on the number of accidents in the past three years and the operation of the intersection in the peak morning hours, KDOT does not recommend installing traffic lights.
KDOT said its three-year crash analysis showed four accidents with damage more than $500. The crash rate was determined to be 3.41 crashes per 10 million entering vehicles, which is below the state average of 8-10 for an intersection within city limits.
KDOT officials also said the safety of the intersection was improved when Sixth Street was aligned and a center turn lane was added to the highway.
"The conclusion at this time is that no traffic light is needed," said City Administrator Larry Paine.
"We'll probably try again next year," said Mayor Stan Krysztof.
Other business items
In other business on Monday, the City Council
Approved a $8,100 reimbursement to developer Jerry Donnelly for the electric infrastructure materials he provided in Firetree Estates Phase II. Because city crews helped with installation, the standard $600 per lot reimbursement fee was reduced to $540.
Approved a resolution approving the preliminary official statement for the 2001 electric revenue bonds and authorizing the sale of the bonds. Projects funded by the bonds include: battery replacement at the power plant, line replacement in Baldwin City, rebuilding turbochargers and blowers in engines at the power plant and installing a remote switch between the power plant and the Newton Street substation.
Announced a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Baldwin City Public Library meeting room. Public comment will be heard about Baker University's request that the city vacate Fremont Street between First and Second Street to accommodate improvements to Liston Stadium.