Council talks bricks
The price of the first 50,000 Sixth Street bricks has decreased from $1 a brick to 35 cents.
The Baldwin City Council approved in a 5-0 vote Monday night to sell the first 50,000 bricks from Sixth Street construction to Baldwin residents for 35 cents a brick.
Buyers must show proof of residency. A purchase date will be set in the near future that will be designated as a brick Saturday, making the purchasing of bricks easier for both residents and city staff.
Baldwin resident Annie France said she thought the original price of $1 a brick was too expensive, making it harder for residents to purchase bricks for private use.
She said she also wanted to see the city look into using the bricks for other city projects.
"I'd like to keep the bricks here," France said. "I'd like to see them used here. There are places I think these bricks could be used, like some beautification efforts in the downtown area."
Baldwin utility director Terry McKinney said he wanted to remind everyone the bricks can only be used for certain projects.
"These are not construction bricks," McKinney said. "You can't build a fireplace or anything like that with them. They're really made for patios and things like that."
In other business the city council:
Approved 5-0 to set the public hearing for the 2002 annual budget for 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Baldwin City Public Library.
Approved 5-0 to make the alley between Chapel and Dearborn streets running from Fifth to Sixth streets one way east bound. This will allow Baker University to pave the alley behind Gessner Hall and make angle parking toward the northeast.
Discussed the digital cable television that is currently available to Baldwin residents through MediaCom.
Heard concerns from resident George Rebman about the poor condition of the gravel section of Chapel Street between First and Second streets.
Heard public comment from France about the poor customer service she received from Ottawa Sanitation.
Met in executive session for 75 minutes to discuss attorney/client privileges.