Archive for Tuesday, June 22, 1993


June 22, 1993


And now for round two of Baldwin City vs. Dangerous Structures.

Despite several bouts with irate property owners, the Baldwin City Council is maintaining a commitment to targeting structures in the community that are dangerous, unsafe or unfit for habitation.

Council members Monday agreed to proceed with the condemnation of two structures in town determined to pose a threat. One of the houses, located at 305 11th St., is under contract sale from Kenneth and Wanda Whan, Baldwin, to Eugene and Elizabeth Brown, rural Lawrence. The Browns fought a previous condemnation of a house they owned, also on 11th Street. After two years of court battles, the city last July tore down the house.

The second structure, 324 Dearborn, is a small outbuilding of block masonry construction. The property also features debris from a house that burned several years ago. It is owned by Josephine Wright, Kansas City, Mo.

Jim Tarwater, Baldwin public officer, conducted an inspection of the two locations and presented his findings to the council at Monday's meeting. Brian Wilcox, city administrator, said the next step in the process would be to contact the owners and set a hearing date for the owners to address the council.

In another matter at Monday's meeting, Cecil Kingsley, of BG Consultants, talked about the city's Community Development Block Grant application, which was rejected last week when the state awarded grant money. The grant would have funded the second phase of a citywide sanitary sewer system upgrade.

Kingsley said 43 of the 57 grant recipients had agreed to provide 100 percent matching funds, while Baldwin had proposed providing $125,000 in matching funds to the $400,000 the city was seeking in grant money.

"I don't see where these low- and moderate-income communities come up with the money for 100 percent matching, but they do," he said.

Kingsley said the city's grant application was strong in all the other key categories, and recommended the council resubmit it next year with a proposal to provide matching funds.

In other business, the council:

-- Agreed to purchase 30 maple trees at $10 each from Tom Church, who volunteered with Bob Lawson to plant the trees on the north side of U.S. Highway 56 next to the Baldwin City Industrial Park.

-- Discussed a request from Baker University, which recently resurfaced tennis courts at Sixth and Grove. The college offered to purchase lights and poles if the city would either install the lighting or pay for a contractor to do the work. The city doesn't own the equipment necessary to install the poles, and council members said they wouldn't feel justified in paying to rent the equipment. Members agreed to provide equipment and manpower as available for the project, but called for Baker to pay for the work the city can't provide.

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