Archive for Thursday, May 4, 2006

Council, district to meet

May 4, 2006

There was a glimpse at the old and the new with an agenda that didn't have much meat at Monday's Baldwin City Council meeting and a third May meeting was scheduled which will bring the council and the Baldwin School Board together.

City Administrator Jeff Dingman said he'd spoken with District Supt. James White about a possible meeting to discuss joint efforts.

"Jim White and I talked about a joint meeting between the school board and council as we head into budget time," said Dingman. "We'll involve the Baldwin City Recreation Commission, too. We'll talk about different things, such as the SRO (School Resource Officer), the ball fields and the Ballard-King survey."

The meeting is tentatively set for 8 p.m. May 22 at the district office, although Dingman said it hasn't been set in stone yet.

A new twist to an old problem surfaced during the opening public comment portion of Monday's meeting. David Simmons from Baldwin's Boy Scout Troop 65 proposed an answer to parking problems at the Baldwin Municipal Swimming Pool and the Scout Cabin.

"I understand this has come up before," Simmons said of parking problems and solutions.

Simmons said adding 13 paved parking spots from the creek area along Fremont Street west to the Scout Cabin would increase parking spots to 39.

"From a Scout point, we only have six parking spots on Scout nights," said Simmons. "The Scout Cabin is on a city park. People don't know that they can use it, but they can."

On Scout nights, usually Monday nights, parents and others have to park at various places in the area, which causes difficulty. The additional parking spots would ease that situation, as well as provide more parking for the pool at other times. He said it would also encourage people to use the park area.

Council members took the proposal under advisement, but gave no indication on their thoughts about the plan.

The only action taken by the council was to approve on second reading naming a street in north Baldwin. It's a section of road where Eisenhower curves to the east on North 375 Road. It is now in the city limits and was named Eagle Lake Drive.

The council also approved three other items on first reading and they will be up for final approval at the May 15 meeting. The first involves a change in the city code ordinance that would charge actual cost or $500, whichever is higher, for the installation of single phase residential electrical service. The $500 charge usually covers the city's expenses for installation, but a recent hookup went beyond that. This ordinance allows for a mechanism to recover the city's actual cost.

"I think it's a good idea," said Council Member Ted Brecheisen Jr., a member of the utility committee. "We did run into this the other day. This makes a lot of sense."

Council member Doyle Jardon, also on the utility committee, agreed.

"This allows us, as things get more expensive, to recoup our costs," said Jardon.

Also on first reading, the council approved the lease agreement for the Santa Fe Depot with the Santa Fe Trail Historical Society. It's the same agreement from a year ago. The council also gave the early nod to annexing the 60-acre Kapelle Property tract into the city limits. The city has agreed to purchase the land for recreational use, but the purchase hasn't been finalized.

"This is an ordinance to annex the Kapelle Property, the golf course property," said Dingman.

Monte Ezell, director of the Baldwin City Recreation Commission, updated the council on where the commission is at with the upcoming summer.

"Summer's about ready to roll," said Ezell. "We finished the last of our interviews for staffing the pool and will be making decisions this week. Day Camp begins the week after school is out.

"We have as many teams playing softball and baseball as last year and we haven't counted even counted t-ball teams yet," Ezell said.

He also told the council about a day trip to Warsaw, Mo., planned for June 9. Jubilee Days will be going on there. The trip is designed for seniors, but anyone can go, he said. Cost is $15 and registration can be made at the office at 820 High St. or by calling 594-3670. Ezell also said the commission will be sponsoring a contest for the Planes, Trains and Automobiles event June 17 in conjunction with Father's Day.

"We are going to sponsor an essay contest for 'why my dad is the best dad in town,'" said Ezell.

Prizes in each grade category are pool passes valued at $140.

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