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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Packed Agenda on the First Day of Summer

Mayor Marilyn Pearse called the June 20, 2016 meeting to order. Before the council dived into it's business, one city resident, approached the podium, to speak before the council about an issue that was not on the agenda. Bill Snyder addressed the council about moving his oversized shed to a trailer park. However, the shed is larger then any currently located in the trailer park which is already considered non-compliant.
He was informed, he needs to go to the Board of Zoning Appeals. If he didn't like their decision he could then take it to District Court, but the city council could not over rule this kind of decision.
The  Wellsville Water Agreement was again on the agenda.  The 40-year contract between the two cities is set to expire next year, on December 31, 2017. 
Baldwin City finance director Brad Smith told the Baldwin City Council on Monday that the city and Wellsville were close to an agreement that would sell water to Wellsville at a rate of anywhere from $1.09 to $1.25 per 1,000 gallons. That charge would be on top of Baldwin City’s purchase price from Lawrence of $2.91 per 1,000 gallons. Wellsville currently pays $3.60 per 1,000 gallons. Smith said the city is looking for an agreement that makes sense, with simple updates as both communities look at their annual budgets.
Mike Brungardt, Wellsville City Engineer, said Wellsville wants Baldwin City to be compensated for it's costs of getting water from Lawrence to Wellsville.  Smith said that he hoped to have a new agreement in the next month.

In other business:

  • Bill Neuenswander addressed the council about the Seniors Wheel Program.
    Honored Fire Chief Allen Craig who retired last week after 45 years with the cities volunteer Fire Department.
    Approved ordinance 1335, the animal control ordinance that officially allows up to twelve chickens and ducks, but continues the ban on roosters.
  • Approved ordinance 1093, which ends the practice of having a first and second reading of ordinances before being voted on.
  • Approved charter ordinance 24, which brings the city into compliance with a new state Corporation law, that requires the spring local elections to be moved to November of odd years.
  • Heard from Hank Booth and Dave Hill about the Economic Development (EDC), seeking $15,000 from the city to go alongside private sector funding. The council postponed a decision, so that they could have time to consider the matter.
  • Cancelled the July 5 meeting due to the majority of the council being unavailable after the holiday.  The following week, July 11 is still a special Council of the Whole, tackling the upcoming budget. That meeting will meet at 6:30 P.M.
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