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February 17, 2012

City Council honors its favorite ‘grumpy gus’

Feb. 17, 2012 —     It was Wendy’s milkshakes and star-spangled cupcakes for everyone Monday evening as Morehead City Council honored former colleague Al Baldwin, who retired from the body in December after 13 years of service.

    Mayor David Perkins read a resolution declaring Feb. 13, 2012, as “Colonel Al Baldwin Day” in Morehead, noting Baldwin’s “diligent and inquiring strength” and “steadfast zeal and compassion” in advocating for citizens’ interest and well being.

    A nearby reception room featured posters of some of Baldwin’s most notable comments and the resolution also poked fun at the notoriously candid Baldwin and his signature chocolate treat.

    “Whereas we will miss Col. Al Baldwin’s sense of humor, his stern looks at City staff, his tempting-yet-unshared Wendy’s Frostys and his occasional moments of “impassioned persistence” in our City Council meetings,” Perkins read.

    In accepting the honor, Baldwin said he was honored to serve the people of Morehead and pledged to attend council meetings if he saw the group “getting too far afield”.

    Baldwin’s reception preceded Council’s regular meeting, during which the local governing body took several actions.

    In official business, Council:

    • received a clean audit report from Kelley, Galloway & Co.;

    • unanimously passed a resolution opposing HB 260 to incorporate the University of Pikeville into the state university system;

    • accepted a $286,825 bid from RJ Construction Inc. of Vanceburg for the first phase of the new Streetscape project on First Street. City Planner Joe Parson said RJ Construction was the second lowest bidder, but recommended acceptance of its bid because of concerns about the quality of work by the low bidder. He said the City could justify the $129 difference to the state which must sign off on the bids;

    • approved the purchase of pagers for the Morehead Fire Department from RCS Communications for $16,676; 

    • accepted a proposal for $15,842 from Thoroughbred Construction of Flemingsburg for roof and gable work for the new City Hall.

    • transferred ownership of three bus shelters from the City of Morehead to the Morehead Housing Authority (MHA), which will now be responsible for maintenance of the shelters at Triplett View, Divide Hill and Heritage Place apartments;

    • adopted resolutions to designate surplus property in the Administration, Public Works, Police and Parks and Recreation departments.

    • reappointed Harold Kissick to the Morehead Housing Authority for a term expiring Feb. 9, 2016; and

    • reappointed Guy Griffin to the Building Code Appeals Board for a term expiring June 14, 2014.

    Council heard public comment from Ezra Dike, who encouraged the city to consider revising its waste management policy to adopt a “pay-as-you-throw system” that would charge residents a fee based on trash they throw away as a opposed to the current flat rate fee.

    Perkins said the Council would consider Dike’s request to form a study committee to examine the proposal.

    Noelle Hunter can be reached at or by telephone at 784-4116.

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