Archive for Thursday, October 21, 2004

Local parks to gain with new permit fee

October 21, 2004

Baldwin parks should improve as the town continues to grow.

The Baldwin City Council approved a park improvement fee as part of each building permit for new construction.

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The $350 fee collected from each permit will be used specifically for expenses for the development and improvement of city parks.

Utility Director Terry McKinney told the council that Baldwin had approximately 70 building permits last year. Should that trend continue, the city could collect around $24,000 a year for park improvements.

Council Member Tony Brown said he liked the fee because it specifically set aside money for park improvements.

Council Member Ken Wagner agreed, but said the city should make sure the money didn't sit stagnant in an account.

"If we're going to collect it, we need to spend it," he said. "If we have money in the account, it should be depleted."

In other business, the city council:

  • Approved in a 5-0 vote a 2-percent increase in building permits.
  • Approved in a 5-0 vote a correction deed replacing the July 28, 1987 deed, which transferred ownership of Allen Park property to the Santa Fe Trail Historical Society. The change reflected incorrect wording in the deed and was just a formality.
  • Approved in a 4-1 vote the replat of Gish Townhomes tri-plex lot in Signal Ridge. Council Member Ted Brecheisen voted against the motion.

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