Archive for Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Baldwin experiences success in 2003

January 21, 2004

Mayor Ken Hayes believes Baldwin's success in 2003 has made it easier for the town to achieve its goals in the upcoming year.

In Hayes' annual State of the City address at Tuesday's Baldwin City Council meeting, he encouraged the community to continue its same path of attaining its goals.

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"I would like to congratulate everyone that made 2003 a year of great accomplishments," he said. "... Our community accomplished the goals that were set for itself in late 2002 and took large strides in the improvement of our community.

"And we have set ourselves some challenging goals for 2004," he said. "This year I challenge our city to follow up on what has been accomplished and make the strides to improve the face and habitability of our community."

Hayes attributed much of Baldwin's success last year to two factors -- the change in city personnel and the completion of several infrastructure projects.

He said the city has seen and will continue to see progress with the additions of City Administrator Jeff Dingman, Police Chief Mike McKenna and Codes Inspector Tina Rakes.

"The addition of a new city administrator has led to an infusion of new ideas and a new innovative style of leadership to our community.

"The impact that our new chief of police has had over the past 12 months has been nothing short of phenomenal," he said. "The department has been turned into an effective instrument to enforce our laws and protect our community."

The construction of two water towers, a waste water treatment plant and power plant, he said, have been huge accomplishments for Baldwin.

"This will be the first time in two decades that our community has had the ability to stand alone if our exterior sources are cut off," he said. "The improvements we have made now will last well into our future."

Baldwin's accomplishments, he said, will only make it easier for the community to achieve its goals for 2004, including the redevelopment and beautification of downtown, the expansion of the public library and the relocation of city facilities to the Orange Street sewer and power plant complex.

Plans are also underway, he said, for Baldwin's business/industrial park west of town.

"The potential benefits for the city are huge in the areas of employment and tax revenues," he said. "This initial park of 43 acres, which could be expanded to over 200 acres will hopefully supply the economic engine for our community for decades to come."

Hayes said he believed Baldwin has a bright future because of its recent accomplishments and goals it set for the upcoming few years.

"We have proven to ourselves over the last three years that we can accomplish great works if we plan correctly and attack the problem with a will," he said.

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