Archive for Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Council chooses color for town’s new water towers

District, BU school logos additions nixed

May 21, 2003

Baldwin's two new water towers won't be fancy. In fact, the only thing decorating the towers will be the words Baldwin City.

The Baldwin City Council decided at Monday night's meeting in a 4-1 vote to paint the water towers bare beige and have only Baldwin City painted on them. Council Member Ken Wagner voted against the motion.

There had been earlier discussion about allowing the Baldwin School District and Baker University to pay for their schools' logos to be painted on the towers, but some of the council members said Monday they were afraid too many logos would look tacky.

"I just prefer to paint it bare beige and the city of Baldwin City on it," Council Member Todd Cohen said.

Council Member Ted Brecheisen said he agreed and thought having a Bulldog, a Wildcat and Baldwin City painted on both towers would be too much.

Both the school district and the university said they would be willing to pay the $2,000 for each logo, but Brecheisen said he was also concerned about who would pay for the repainting of the logos when they faded in the future.

Utility Director Terry McKinney said logos could be added at any time in the future, if the city decided it wanted logos painted at a later date.

Cohen said if logos were added, he would prefer two maple leaves instead of school mascots.

Baldwin resident Diane Wagner said she liked the idea of the maple leaves.

"You're looking for the identity of a town," she said. "That's what Baldwin's identity is. I think it would be neat."

In other business, the council:

  • Approved in a 5-0 vote a loan agreement with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to finance the cost of the two new 750,000 gallon elevated water towers.
  • Met in executive session for 35 minutes to discuss land acquisition. No action was taken following the executive session.

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