Archive for Monday, October 20, 2008

City council to hear about lumberyard situation

A worker with Richman-Helstrom Trucking guided one of the steel beams that was used to lift the Lumberyard Arts Center building through the front door Aug. 6 as a custom wrecker backs it in. A series of beams was put in the building and it was raised slightly to allow a floor to be poured. That hasn't happened yet and city officials sent a letter to the lumberyard board saying the building shouldn't be occupied until the work is finished. That effectively shut the building down for a Maple Leaf Festival event this weekend and next week's haunted house.

A worker with Richman-Helstrom Trucking guided one of the steel beams that was used to lift the Lumberyard Arts Center building through the front door Aug. 6 as a custom wrecker backs it in. A series of beams was put in the building and it was raised slightly to allow a floor to be poured. That hasn't happened yet and city officials sent a letter to the lumberyard board saying the building shouldn't be occupied until the work is finished. That effectively shut the building down for a Maple Leaf Festival event this weekend and next week's haunted house.

October 20, 2008

A big crowd is expected at tonight's Baldwin City Council meeting to discuss the situation at the Lumberyard Arts Center which was effectively shut down for use during this weekend's Maple Leaf Festival.

Diane Niehoff, who heads the LAC Project, received a letter Thursday which advised that the building should not be used for a Maple Leaf event or an upcoming haunted house because of safety issues. A building permit was issued in the spring for the lumberyard renovation. In the letter, signed by Mayor Gary Walbridge, it was noted that once the building permit was issued, the building should not be occupied by anyone other than construction workers.

Tonight's meeting begins at 7:30 at the American Legion Hall. Niehoff sent out an e-mail to interested persons urging their attendance at the meeting.

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