City council dicusses revisions to tree ordinance
It doesn't look like it will be too long before Baldwin City has a tree board to accompany a revised tree ordinance.
At Monday's Baldwin City Council meeting, the council and members of the tree committee, comprised of area residents, spent time reviewing the proposed revisions to the tree ordinance.
Because it was a first reading, no action was taken, but suggestions were made for additions and corrections to the revised ordinance. The changes will be in place for the Dec. 2 meeting when the council will vote on whether to approve the revised tree ordinance.
Baldwin already has a tree ordinance in place, but the last time it was revised was in 1987.
"There's an ordinance on the books that enforced a majority of this already," Council Member Ken Wagner said of the revised ordinance.
The major changes being suggested with the revised ordinance are the addition of a tree board and requiring tree crews to be licensed and bonded before doing any work on trees in the city's right of ways.
In other business, the city council:
- Approved in a 5-0 vote, the ordinance changing the council quorum from three to four.
- Approved in a 5-0 vote, a water rate increase of 1.1 percent to Baldwin customers. The cost of 100 cubic feet of water will increase from $4.47 to $4.52.
- Approved in a 5-0 vote, a water rate increase of 1.04 percent of wholesale water rates to Edgerton, Wellsville and Douglas County Rural Water District No. 4. The cost of 1,000 gallons of water will increase from $1.92 to $1.98.
- Approved in a 5-0 vote to award the bid for reconstruction of electric feeder No. 2 to Tiede's Line Construction for $142,500.