Letters to the Editor
To the editor:
On behalf of the Baldwin Education Foundation, I would like to thank the sponsors, players and raffle donors for making the third Bunko for BEF a huge success. The event raised more than $1,400 for the foundation. This money will help fund the “excellence grants” awarded to each school in the spring.
Special thanks go out to Ric and Angela Gere of Hickory Creek Barbecue and Reece and Nichols Gold Realty for their terrific support. Also our thanks go to Krystal Williams for helping chair the event.
Again, please accept our many thanks to our generous community for their support of the Foundation and our kids.
Baldwin Education Foundation
To the editor:
Last Wednesday there was an informative citizen meeting at the Baldwin City Library regarding the Intermodal Rail Trucking Hub BNSF plans to locate between Gardner and Edgerton. A local resident asked HELP (Hillsdale Environmental Loss Prevention) to organize a meeting about the impacts of intermodals. Effects on water, air and roads were discussed to provide understanding of what industrialization of this area would bring. With roads, the conversation turned to the current Kansas Department of Transportaton study of U.S. Highway 56. The mayor helped explain the Baldwin City map found at the KDOT site: www.us56corridorplan.org, which includes a potential arterial route for U.S. 56 south of the city.
People were concerned that truck traffic for the intermodal would have an effect on Baldwin City regardless of the route the trucks took, especially regarding the health and safety of children. The question arose, “What can we do?” HELP representatives encouraged citizens to become active in the process by attending KDOT meetings and working with local officials. They also expressed that they are pursuing legal means to force an Environmental Impact Statement and Health Risk Assessment of the intermodal and all development related to it. They announced the forming of a Baldwin City HELP Committee to support working for an EIS and HRA in general and for becoming active in the KDOT study as a citizen group. Their Web site www.helpairwater.com was given as the contact for the committee and a way to become more familiar with intermodal issues and effects.