Archive for Thursday, September 29, 2011

Baldwin City residents warned of low-hanging branches, urged to help with final days of Take Charge Challenge

September 29, 2011

With the citywide cleanup approaching Saturday, Baldwin City Codes Official Tina Rakes is reminding residents about low-hanging tree branches.

Rakes says residents can be fined for branches that are less than 8 feet above a sidewalk and less than 14 feet above a street. She advises residents to trim those this weekend and dispose of them at the city cleanup.

“We've had several calls, as of late, in regards to low-hanging branches,” Rakes said. “We have a lot this year that seem to have hit a growth spurt, so there are a lot of limbs that are below those height requirements. It's easier to do it now than when it gets colder.”

The Baldwin City citywide cleanup will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Residents will be dispose of such items such as tree limbs, yard waste, plastics, batteries, trash, debris, glass and recyclable materials to the city wastewater treatment plant, 1100 Orange St.

Hazardous waste, including paint, motor oil and spray cans, will not be accepted. Residents are encouraged to contact Douglas County Hazardous Waste at (785) 832-3030 to dispose of such items.

Tire will not be accepted at the wastewater plant, but Baldwin Automotive Service, 131 Baker St., will accept them from 8 a.m. to noon for small fee, 594-9944.

Rakes also wanted to remind Baldwin City residents that Friday is the final day of the Take Charge Challenge. The energy-saving contest began in January and will end Friday, so residents must enter light bulb changes on or before Friday.

“We want to remind everybody that the final day of the contest is Friday,” Rakes said. “If they haven't entered any switches or picked-up a programmable thermostat to let us if they don't have a computer or can't enter those switches. They can contact our office and we will put the switches online for them.”

Baldwin City is in a competition with Paola, Gardner and Ottawa for $100,000, which can be used around the city to save energy costs and efficiency. The winners of the state-wide competition will be announced Oct. 25 in Topeka.

“As of last month's report, Baldwin City is back in the lead,” Rakes said. “It's close ,so we need all of the help we can before the contest ends.”

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