Archive for Tuesday, April 7, 1992


April 7, 1992


— The quest for a new Baldwin city administrator will get under way as soon as nominees agree to serve on the search committee, the Baldwin City Council decided Monday.

Council members Gary Walbridge, president, and Marilyn Pearse will work with two Baldwin residents not serving on the city council. They will initiate the search for a new administrator to replace Rick Shain, Baldwin's first city administrator, who was fired March 18.

Responsibilities of the search committee will be to review the job description and criteria and make necessary changes, supervise advertising of the position, collect and sort through applications, and narrow the field to around seven applicants for the council to interview.

COUNCIL MEMBERS nominated city residents to make up the public half of the search committee. They appointed Ralph Tanner, Baldwin City Planning and Zoning Commission chairman, and Stuart Dorsey, chairman of Baker University's department of business and finance, contingent on their agreement to serve.

Pearse said the search could take several months.

In another matter at Monday's meeting, council members discussed the Baldwin City Development Corp.'s request for a grading plan at the Baldwin Industrial Park.

The 22-acre park sits at the intersection of U.S. Highway 56 and East High Street. A final plat was approved by the council in June 1991.

BCDC asked the council on March 16 to approve development of a plan for establishing elevations and leveling the ground at the industrial park. Council members postponed a vote, asking for specific recommendations for grading the park.

RON SKAGGS, BCDC president, attended Monday's meeting and said a study of the park was needed before the development corporation could recommend a course of action.

"The board can't make specific decisions until a plan is developed to determine what needs to be done," he said.

The council approved Skaggs' request for Cecil Kingsley, of BG Consultants, a Lawrence firm, and Glenn Rockers, of Rockers Excavating, Baldwin, to conduct a study of the industrial park and determine how much dirt work must be done.

"Once we get this study back, we'll propose specific work at the park and costs," he said.

Kingsley said the study probably will take between four and six weeks to complete.

IN OTHER business, the council:

Agreed to haul newspapers in a city dump truck to Central Fiber Corp. in Wellsville once a month for recycling. The Santa Fe Trail Historical Society still will oversee collection of newspapers and receive money from the sale of the newspapers.

Heard from Richard Kaplan, of Richard Kaplan and Associates, a Lawrence consulting firm, who expressed interest in working as an interim city administrator until the council hires a permanent replacement. Bill Crawford, of Governmental Assistance Services, a Tonganoxie company specializing in grant preparation, also has applied for the position.

Announced a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday to open sealed proposals and qualifications for a grant administrator to administer a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant received by the city last year to finance an extensive sewer system overhaul.

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