Archive for Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Baldwin sees need for increased safety

May 29, 2002

Baldwin's population is growing every year, and with that comes the increased need for safety.

"We're not the same Baldwin we were 20 years ago," Council Member George McCrary, chairman of the public safety committee, said. "It's not the same little town that it was."

McCrary said one of the more important safety concerns is the town's children.

"School's out," he said. "There will be more kids on the streets, on their bikes, that we need to watch out for. We need to slow down. We need to watch the speed limits."

Children also need to be careful, he said.

"The parents need to educate their kids on bike and pedestrian safety," he said.

Bike safety pamphlets are available at the Baldwin City Police Department.

McCrary said Baldwin will be seeing an increase in traffic during the next month because of the city-wide garage sale and the Thomas the Tank Engine event, both at the beginning of June.

"There will be an influx of traffic coming through and it will cause congestion," he said. "We just need to slow down, acknowledge the no parking signs and the other signage around town."

There have been concerns, he said, about the recent armed robberies and what business owners can do to protect themselves. McCrary said pamphlets with safety tips will be distributed at the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce meeting and they are also available at the police department.

McCrary said there has been concerns from Baldwin residents about the need for additional street lights around town.

"You got to remember this town's over 100 years old and has a lot of big Maple trees," he said. "Sometimes those trees block the lights."

Currently, the city provides one street light about every block. But there is a way for residents to get a light in their yards, he said.

"We're allowing people to request additional lighting," he said.

Residents can request that Baldwin Public Works install a light in their yards for $12 a month.

"We're just trying to give people more opportunity and educate them on their options," he said.

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