Council, property owners discuss paving of Chapel
A public hearing about the paving of a portion of Chapel Street turned into a 30-minute discussion Monday night between Baldwin City Council Members and Baldwin residents and property owners.
The public hearing at Monday's city council meeting was to determine whether an assessment district should be formed to pave Chapel Street from First to Second streets. The road is currently gravel.
Approximately 10 Chapel Street residents and property owners attended the public hearing, and while none seemed opposed to the idea of paving the block, there were several concerns and questions about paying for the project. The project costs are estimated at $12,000 and would be assessed to the property owner per front foot.
Chapel Street resident George Rebman said he just wanted to do something that would control the dust on the road. He said he didn't care if the street was paved, but didn't know why it was the responsibility of the property owners to pay for the paving.
"Everybody uses that street," Rebman said. "So why are we paying for a city street?"
Council Member Ted Brecheisen said the paving of other gravel streets in Baldwin had been at the cost of the property owners.
"It's been city policy for many years," Brecheisen said.
Mayor Ken Hayes said the city was responding to residents' requests to control the dust on the road.
"We're just asking for participation from those that would directly benefit," Hayes said. "It's kind of a 'Catch-22' here. Everybody wants it paved, but nobody wants to pay for it."
Other property owners said they didn't mind paying for the paving, but just had questions about total cost and payment process.
After the public hearing, the council approved in a 5-0 vote to form the assessment district. The block of Chapel Street will be paved, unless 51 percent or more of the property owners sign written protests saying they don't want it.
In other business, the council:
Approved in a 4-1 vote, with Brecheisen voting against, the sale of $5.355 million in revenue bonds to construct electric generation.
Brecheisen said he felt like he didn't have enough information yet to agree to the sale of the bonds.
Approved in a 5-0 vote the annexing of two adjoining parcels of land west of Douglas County Road 1055 belonging to Ryan Beebe and Jerry Donnelly.
Approved in a 5-0 vote to issue taxable assisted living residence revenue bonds not to exceed $500,000 to build an addition of five rooms and a classroom at Vintage Park.
Approved in a 5-0 vote the subdivision plat known as Marshall's Addition West No. 2, which is north of College Street and west of Lawrence Street in West Baldwin.
Approved in a 5-0 vote the appointment of Larry Paine as representative to the Kansas Municipal Gas Agency.
Approved in a 5-0 vote the closing of Eighth and High streets on Oct. 26 for the Baker University Homecoming parade.