Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Flood plain shrinks with new bridge; "Safety Night Out" planned

Up to ten residences in the Village of Baldwin, all on the north side of the Baldwin Creek, will be out of the flood plain as a result of the new bridge being installed as part of the USH 63 upgrade project. In other action, the board approved the closure of Franklin Street between 6th and 8th Avenues for "Safety National Night Out," which is planned to be a part of "National Night Out" with the added element of safety incorporated. The event is planned for Saturday, August 2 from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. The individuals who requested the street closure also asked if representatives of the police, fire and EMS could be present for a time during the event. About 80 residences would be within the area of the event. The information on the flood plain status in the village as related to the Baldwin Village Board at their regular monthly meeting last Wednesday, July 9 by village engineer Mike Stoffel of Ayers Associates, the village engineering firm. He said the new USH 63 bridge—or culvert—has a much larger capacity and thus will not impede the flow of water during high flows.