Mayor lists year’s successes in State of City address
Baldwin City faced many challenges, but managed to get a lot accomplished in 2002, according to Mayor Ken Hayes in his annual State of the City address.
Hayes' address at Monday's Baldwin City Council meeting was positive, focusing on the city's achievements in the past year and looking forward to 2003.
"2003 will prove to be the harvest of labor put forth in 2002," he said.
Some of Baldwin's success, he said, included council approvals of a new power plant, a new wastewater treatment and two new water towers, which the city can look forward to being completed in 2003 or shortly after.
He also mentioned the council's increase in quorum and the new two-reading system used to approve ordinances as changes that benefited Baldwin.
"They increased the public's ability to comment and participate in our government," he said.
Another positive change in 2002, Hayes said, was the addition of Mike McKenna as the Baldwin City Police Department's new chief.
"It holds promise for the vigorous rebuilding of the department," he said.
Despite the city's success during the past year, he said there will be several items that need to be addressed in 2003.
Some plans he included for the future are the revitalization of downtown Baldwin, taking a closer look at an industrial park concept, continued rebuilding of the BCPD and traffic controls along U.S. Highway 56.
Even though Baldwin has a lot to accomplish in the upcoming year, Hayes said there was a lot to be proud of in 2002.
"Overall, 2002 was a positive and exciting year for Baldwin City," he said.
In other business, the council:
- Discussed the initiation of a flood plain study from Elm Street to Fremont Street in between Second and Third streets.
Building official Jim Tarwater said the study must be completed to determine what is flood way and what is flood plain before any building can take place in that area.
"Nothing can be done without this study being accomplished on any property along there," Tarwater said.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency completed a study in 1996, but the area the study would be intended for is not correct on FEMA maps.
The cost to complete the study would be about $4,500.
The council instructed city staff to send letters to the four property owners that would be affected by the study to see if they would want to pay for the study.
The council will wait for replies before making any further decision.
- Authorized city staff to set a date for a public hearing to annex property from Elm Street to U.S. Highway 56 owned by Midland Railway.
- Heard a first reading to amend an ordinance concerning out-of-town customers' water rates. An error was discovered in the ordinance concerning the wording of what the out-of-town customers are charged for water. The council will make a decision on the ordinance change at the Jan. 21 meeting.