Baldwin sets sights on clean city prize
Baldwin is trying to harken back to the days when the town repeatedly won district and state cleanest city titles.
At Thursday’s meeting of the board, Alderwoman Margaret Coleman reported that the town’s beautification committee will meet the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Community Center.
Members of the local garden club and interested citizens attended the first meeting held recently, Coleman said. “They are still interested in keeping Baldwin clean,” she said. New members of the club are welcome.
Plans are in the works for a town-wide cleanup day, she added.
Another long-term goal besides entering the cleanest city contests is revitalizing the Christmas lighting contests, Coleman said.
Alderman Mike Lancelin said there are two volunteers who are willing to clean up properties in return for salvage value of materials they may obtain in the process, at no cost to the property owners.
Lancelin said he and another photographer will document cleanups with before and after photos.
Coleman said she talked to residents in the Batiste Street area regarding the cleanup effort. She said within days she saw a vast difference in that area, trash and litter picked up, and a social media campaign launched to continue it.
Alderwoman Thor Frederick also noted that she’s seen cleanup happening on Martin Luther King Street as well.
Also Thursday, Mayor Wayne Breaux reported that Bayou Choupique flood protection efforts have proceeded to a stage where engineering work can begin. Legal counsel Joseph Tabb said federal involvement with right-of-way acquisition is also under way.
Breaux also said federal approval of locating a fire substation under the U.S. 90 overpass may be nearing completion.
In other business:
—The board approved the hiring of Tony Derouen as a police officer after the resignation of officer Mike Lopez.
—The board approved a waiver of liability that must be signed by parties seeking permission from the board to hold bucket drives.