Paine urges comments on Trafficway proposal
Baldwin City is looking for some help from its residents in moving its water line out of the Baker Wetlands.
City Administrator Larry Paine told the Baldwin City Council Monday night that he would like to see many people attend an upcoming U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Hearing to show their support for the 32nd Street alignment proposal for the South Lawrence Trafficway.
"It's in our best interest to have the 32nd Street alignment," Paine said. "That route provides the greatest benefit to the city."
He said if the 32nd Street alignment, which was recently identified in the Environmental Impact Statement released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is chosen for the SLT, the Kansas Department of Transportation would relocate Baldwin's water line east of the wetlands at no cost to the city.
"It really has a significant financial impact on our city," he said.
If the alternate 42nd Street route is chose for the SLT, Paine said KDOT would not be responsible for relocating the water line. Instead, it would be at the city's expense.
He said Baker University officials, including President Daniel Lambert, are in favor of the 32nd Street alignment because of the changes that would be made to the wetlands. Included in those changes would be more acreage for additional wetlands, a cultural and wetlands research center and an endowment to ensure the area will remain an educational resource.
The public hearing at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in building 21.
In other business, the council:
Approved in a 4-0 vote the rezoning of Signal Ridge subdivision, just south of Signal Oak, from agriculture to residential. Council Member Marilyn Pearse was absent from Monday's meeting.
Approved in a 3-1 vote, with Council Member Todd Cohen voting against, to send Mayor Ken Hayes and Cohen to Wichita as delegates to the League of Kansas Municipalities Annual Conference from Oct. 12-15.
Approved in a 4-0 vote the appointment of David Moore to the Baldwin City Recreation Commission for the term ending May 2006.
Met in executive session for 30 minutes for litigation and personnel reasons.