Archive for Wednesday, July 9, 2003

Parking at pool limited more

No parking to be enforced along part of Fremont

July 9, 2003

Parking for the Baldwin City Public Pool just became a little more scarce.

Monday night the Baldwin City Council approved in a 4-0 vote, Council Member Ken Wagner was absent, to place no parking signs on the north side of Fremont Street between Third and Fourth streets. Parking will only be allowed on the south side of the 300 block of Fremont Street, which runs in front of the swimming pool.

The council made the decision after the city received a letter from Lonnie and Marve Ralston, which addressed their concerns regarding safety on that street.

The Ralstons, who live in the 300 block of Fremont Street, said when traffic is parked on both sides of the street, the roadway narrows making the street unsafe for both vehicles and pedestrians.

"We have a lot of pedestrian traffic there," Lonnie Ralston said. "Somebody is really going to have a bad problem out there."

The Ralstons said the situation is especially bad in the summer when the swimming pool is open, but it also remains a problem year round.

Council Member Nancy Brown said she had measured the street width and found that when vehicles are parked on both sides of the street, part of the roadway is 11 feet wide.

"That's not sufficient to let a full-sized fire truck through," Brown said.

Brown, who is the public safety committee chairperson, said the safety committee had some of the same concerns the Ralstons had about the street, and agreed no parking signs should be placed along the north side.

Baldwin Police Chief Mike McKenna said the roadway needed to be wide enough to allow medical vehicles easy access.

"My area of concern is access to the roads around the pool be open in case we have to get an ambulance in there," McKenna said. "It'd be a liability issue on our part if we didn't have that.

"To me, it's just a common sense thing."

Four no parking signs will be placed on the north side of the 300 block of Fremont Street once the resolution is signed by Mayor Ken Hayes. They could be installed as soon as next week.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved in a 4-0 vote to accept the city administrator search committee's recommendation to appoint Jeff Dingman as the new city administrator.

Dingman will begin his job as new city administrator on July 28.

A final contract has yet to be agreed upon, but Dingman's yearly salary will be $66,000.

  • Approved in a 4-0 vote to allow the Baldwin School District to install two antennas on each of the city's two water towers for an annual payment of $1,500. The antennas are being installed so the school district will have access to a wireless Internet and telephone system.
  • Approved in a 4-0 vote the appointment of Claudia Gillentine to the library board.
  • Set a committee of the whole meeting to discuss the 2003-2004 city budget for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Baldwin Public Works building.
  • Met in executive session for 45 minutes for personnel matters. Following executive session, the council approved in a 4-0 vote to give Peggy Nichols, Baldwin city clerk, a 4 percent wage increase. The increase is retroactive from Nov. 30, 2002.

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