Yet Another Baldwin City Business Closes
So, I see how the downtown renovation is helping the downtown business community. One of the most recent new businesses in downtown Baldwin City is closing. The BC Chamber of Commerce was hooping and hollering about how cool it was to lure this antiques retailer from Paola over to Baldwin. Now its closing will create two vacant storefronts in Baldwin City. Yes, I know that we cannot know the exact reasons why this business failed, but I can say that it points to a larger problem that the Baldwin City government staff simply do NOT consider it part of their job to attract and retain businesses in Baldwin City. In fact, they are demonstrably anti-business and would just as soon keep it that way. It makes for less paperwork.
As a long-time citizen of this crumbling town I can only hope that very soon we elect a mayor and City Council that will clear all the dead wood staff out of City Hall and instead hire competent, intellegent people that can grasp the concept of business revenues funding their salaries, rather than yet another increase in property taxes. The motley crew of incompetent, lazy, and downright unprofessional clowns we have occupying the roles of City Administrator, Director of Public Works, Director of Codes Enforcement/Zoning and their respective underlings demand raises every year while continuing to reduce their workload and value to our community. I can only hope and pray that citizens of Baldwin City finally grow sick of this gross incompetence and take action in 2009 to elect pro-growth, pro-business candidates that will right these senseless wrongs.