Baldwin committee meets, renews beautification efforts
Concerned citizens met in Baldwin last week in hopes of reigniting the cause of keeping the town clean.
Newly-elected alderwoman Margaret “Faye” Coleman along with sitting aldermen Mike Lancelin and Thor Frederick greeted a handful of residents interested in motivating fellow citizens to rid the town of abandoned vehicles and homes or face fines.
The Baldwin Beautification Committee was once a thriving vessel, yet in recent years the group lost steam because of what they labeled as lack of support from town hall.
Marilyn Burgess was one of the former beautification members, and she said that flowers and plants were once placed around the town but there was no one who kept up watering and weeding efforts. Lancelin vowed to personally see to it that that doesn’t happen again.
Among other items addressed was the problem of abandoned cars and property. Coleman urged everyone in attendance to turn in the names of persons they know have neglected the property near their homes.
Rondelle Moore spoke as a concerned citizen and said that abandoned property has become an eyesore in her neighborhood. “How long does it take once you notify (city officials)?” she asked.
Lancelin said that the first measure is to have a letter drawn up to notify the property owner of the problem. He says they then have roughly 30 days to respond before facing a fine.
Lancelin and Frederick also said that they have spoken with someone, whose name they are not yet releasing, who might possibly come in, sign a release for the property, and clean up its grounds. Frederick said that there appears to be a lack of knowledge among property owners that some of their abandoned property can actually become income for them if placed in the right hands.
Now that the Beautification group is being reestablished leaders say their short term goal is to work on a town-wide clean up date and later reach for goals such as the cleanest city award again. The group plans to meet every third Tuesday of the month at the Baldwin Community Center at 6:30 p.m.
(Submitted article by Sherise Henry)