Baldwin eyes derelict vehicle options
Lincoln Street in Baldwin is in severe need of repairs and resurfacing would be even better.
A letter from residents of the street was presented Thursday to the Baldwin Board of Alderman during its monthly meeting. The street is near the Cleco power plant.
The city recently annexed that area, and Mayor Wayne Breaux said, “It was in bad repair at the time and continues to get worse. We’ve been doing our best to try and patch it. We’ll do that immediately, see what we can do. But we’ll try to put it on some kind of program to do some major reconstruction.”
Alderman Mike Lancelin proposed dedicating the street to a priority status and get help from the St. Mary Parish Council.
“I don’t think I’m letting the cat out the bag, I think it’s been discussed other times,” Breaux said. “The parish I think soon is going to be considering some additional sales taxes… for the purpose of road construction and street repairs. I think that would be our answer here.”
He pointed to Morgan City’s tax on road maintenance that allowed it to be “able to bond that money out and get some major street repairs and reconstructions done.”
Also Thursday, Police Chief Gerald Minor gave the board sample ordinances from other municipalities dealing with derelict vehicles on private property.
Minor said he thought the City of Franklin’s ordinance was closest to their needs.
City officials, Minor said, put a sticker on derelict vehicles and if no action is taken within 10 days, the city removes it at the owner’s expense.
“You’ll have to give them time to go get it,” Breaux said. “You’ll have to have someone willing to store it” if the owner seeks to pay fees and retrieve the vehicle.
Minor said junk cars are fetching about $350 each from salvage dealers these days.
“It’s going to wind up costing them money when they have the opportunity to get someone to pick up those vehicles, and they’re paying $350,” Breaux reminded the residents of Baldwin.
In other business Thursday:
—Breaux said the town is still working on rights-of-way for the Bayou Choupique flood protection proction.
—The contractor on the Baldwin Fire Department’s new station project at the former Baldwin Elementary School has asked for more time. The contractor asked for 46 more days because of weather delays and supply delivery problems. The board agreed.
—Breaux said a site visit to the location of a proposed fire substation under the U.S. 90 overpass at Martin Luther King Street has been set with state officials March 22.
—The board approved access to town right-of-way to Detel Wireless, which is laying fiber optic cable to West St. Mary High School and Raintree Elementary for Internet service.
—Baldwin will host the annual spring conference of the Louisiana Association of Secretaries to Chiefs of Police April 3-5.