City council told of good news concerning speed limits on U.S. 56
Baldwin City Administrator Jeff Dingman had some good news for the city council at Monday’s meeting regarding speed limits, but not quite as good as hoped for.
Dingman said he’d been informed by the Kansas Department of Transportation that after a traffic study of speed limits in and out of the city, the limits would be lowered, but not as much as he’d hoped for.
“They’ll be reducing speed limits from 60 mph to 55 mph at the ends of town,” said Dingman, adding that in a letter he’d sent to KDOT he’d asked for the limits to be 45.
Mayor Ken Wagner commended Dingman for his efforts to reverse the change in the speed limits coming into town that were changed several months ago.
“Essentially, it’s going back to where it was?” Wagner said of the limits. “I really felt strongly that the city needed to speak about this. I appreciate Jeff’s efforts with this.”
There were five routine matters of business that the council approved and the council also unanimously approved the final plat for the Baldwin School District’s subdivision request on the land south of Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center.
“The planning commission did recommend the plat to the governing body,” said Dingman.
The council also approved the mayor’s appointments of five people to the Cemetery Advisory Committee. It was to be formed after the city took over operations of the Oakwood and Pioneer cemeteries. Appointed to the committee were Jim Ballinger, Roger Boyd, Gene Nelson, Richard Wellman and Kevin Garber.
Dingman also told the council that the city-wide cleanup that was in August brought in more tonnage than ever before, although he didn’t have the exact number and said Tina Rakes, who headed up the effort, would provide that at another meeting.
“The city-wide cleanup was very successful,” said Dingman. “It was probably the biggest one she’s had since she’s been here.”
Councilman Robin Bayer, who heads the safety committee, told the council that a feral cat program will be started soon where the cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, and returned. The program has been planned for several years, but is finally going to be started.
“The hope is that after we implement this, we’ll see a reduction in the feral cat population,” said Bayer, adding that it’s been estimated there are 100 feral cats in about 10 colonies around the city. “The first trapping is more of a trial run.”
He also told the council that a radar-based speed monitor has been purchased that flashes the speeds that cars are going as they approach it. The monitor had been at Seventh and Indiana streets for the past week or so, but was being moved Wednesday morning to a new location. It will be set up at various places around town to warn motorists about going too fast.