Archive for Thursday, July 8, 2010

Fencing expected around unsafe building at Sixth and High

July 8, 2010

Although barricade fencing hadn’t been put in place around an unsafe building by Tuesday’s Baldwin City Council meeting, the council was told it would be done starting today.

At its June 21 meeting, the council voted unanimously to start proceedings to declare four properties in the city as unsafe structures, including the building at Sixth and High streets. The council took that one a step further and ordered immediate action to secure the area.

City Administrator Jeff Dingman said immediate action was taken, but the process has taken time.

“The next day (June 22) the staff contacted fencing contractors and we got those bids back,” said Dingman.

A contractor was chosen and is expected to start erecting a fence today. Mayor Ken Wagner said he was aware of the situation and thought the process had worked – so far.

“If the contractor doesn’t show up Thursday, let’s put something up,” said Wagner.

Tuesday’s agenda was very light and mostly consisted of discussion. However, one item was added to the agenda and that was to defund the stipends to city council members and the mayor. Those stipends haven’t been paid for about two years, but the present council didn’t vote on the matter.

“I’m not sure if this council has had a chance to debate that,” said Wagner.

There was no discussion and the motion passed unanimously. Council members used to get $40 per month and the mayor $300. But those stipends were done away with for cost-cutting measures.

Other than those items, the only reports were from the public safety committee and finance committee. The finance group is working on next year’s budget and expects it to be ready for a vote in August after a series of meetings with department heads and a work session by the council.

Tom Farmer, who heads the safety committee, updated the council on the Safe Routes to School program.

“To be grant compliant, we need to do the education component,” said Farmer.

He said maps of the routes will be drawn up and given to elementary school children.

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