Baileyville Taking Steps Forward

One of the projects at Woodland Elementary was making the playground safe for the students that play on it. Over the summer, the school was able to install new safety matting below the equipment. The school hopes to give both playgrounds a makeover and is currently pursuing avenues to make this happen. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

By Kaileigh Deacon

 

As some towns are struggling to find ways to stay connected to what is happening and making sure that their town has everything that it needs, Baileyville is working toward building a better community for its current residents and those that may move there. With projects happening in every department, there is a lot taking place to make this dream a reality.

One of the most noticeable things happening around town are the sewer projects. After phase one was completed, the town saw improvements in the amount of storm water going into the system and generally improving the way the system runs. The second phase of the ongoing sewer project involves working to replace old and damaged pipes to make the system function better. The roads will get new hot top when the sewer project is completed, and the sidewalks will also be getting new hot top and granite curbing, giving a facelift to the streets of Baileyville.

 Work has been started at the two schools to rehabilitate their infrastructure. At a town meeting in June, the town voted to fund over $3 million in projects between the two schools, bringing them into better shape and quality for the staff and students that attend. The project includes roofing, heating systems and other projects both inside and outside the schools.

It seems these improvements aren’t the only ones happening at the schools. Superintendent Braun said that this was the most positive start to a school year that Woodland schools have had in some time with both staff and students bringing happy energy to the schools. With both new and familiar faces around the schools, it seems the year is set to be a good one. “We’ll just keep moving forward,” Superintendent Braun said.

Part of the atmosphere at the Baileyville Schools could have a lot to do with Chief Bob Fitzsimmons and the Baileyville Police Officers taking time to build trust with the kids from joining water balloon fights in the streets over the summer vacation to showing up to the schools laughing and joking with the kids. Baileyville’s Police Department is doing their part to improve the schools for students and staff.

The Baileyville Police Department has also been able to make the step to full-time police coverage ensuring that there is at least one Baileyville Police Officer on duty 24/7. This change has been possible through the hiring of an additional officer earlier this summer combined with the continued work of the officers and chief.

The Recreation Department is busily working on their extensive fall programming. The Recreation Department has year-round programs for kids as well as a few for adults in which to participate. These programs are only possible because of the cooperation between town and school for the use of facilities. There are hopes to expand the programming offered through the Recreation Department, but more volunteers are needed for this to happen.

One big thing coming up for the town is Octoberfest. The week-long event has a pageant, free movies, decorating contests, a parade and more. For the last several years Octoberfest has not only brought people to town, but has brought the town together.

 

With so many projects in the works, it will be exciting to see how Baileyville grows and changes.