Local government

Staff still moving into newly added space at Baldwin City Library
August 11, 2014
More than two months after the Baldwin City Public Library’s $777,000 expansion was completed, library staff is still moving into the newly added space.
Baldwin City enters right-of-way agreement with local high-speed Internet company
August 5, 2014
The Baldwin City Council’s routine approval Monday of its consent agenda brought rare applause from the audience. The applause was for one measure approved with the consent agenda, an agreement that will allow R.G. Fiber L.L.C. to install gigabit capacity fiber-optic cable on city right of way.
Baldwin City Council agenda for Aug. 4
August 4, 2014
Meeting starts at 7 p.m. tonight at Baldwin City American Legion Post, 803 High St.
Walmart withdraws plans for store at Eisenhower Avenue/U.S. 56
August 1, 2014
Wal-Mart Inc. has dropped plans to build a Walmart Express at a Baldwin City site that spurred community protests last month. Although the announcement of the decision left the door open for the retail giant to explore another site in the city, it ended any further city consideration of the site on U.S. Highway 56 between Eisenhower Avenue and Washington Street.
Downtown Baldwin City polling sites consolidated for Tuesday’s primary
July 31, 2014
Although most of the fun and heat in this year’s Kansas primary election is on Republican ballot, the Douglas County Clerk’s office is ready for all 74,926 of the county’s registered voters.
Baldwin City Council to consider on Monday 2015 budget with 3.609 mill levy increase
July 30, 2014
The Baldwin City Council will consider on Monday a 2015 budget that would increase the city’s property tax levy to 27.490 mills, or a 3.609 mill increase from that of 2013.
Baldwin City Council to consider 2015 budget that hikes mill levy 3.609 mills
July 23, 2014
The Baldwin City Council will consider on Monday a 2015 budget that would increase the city’s property tax levy to 27.490 mills, or a 3.609 mill increase from that of 2013. That increase is not the result of a budget that buys a lot of nice new things — none of the facility projects scheduled for 2015 in the five-year capital improvement plan the council approved in February will go forward next year — but is the result of a shrinking tax base and inflation, Baldwin City financial director Brad Smith said.
HIgh Street/U.S. 56 intersection re-alignment postposed until spring
July 22, 2014
Work originally slated for this fall to re-align High Street at its east entrance into Baldwin City off U.S. Highway 56 will not start until next spring. Baldwin City Administrator Chris Lowe said with the project still not bid this late in the season and many contractors busy with other projects, the Kansas Department of Transportation and the city have agreed it would be best to delay construction slated for this fall until the spring of 2015.
Baldwin City’s second bid for grant to approve Santa Fe Depot approved
July 16, 2014
The Kansas Department of Transportation announced that a Baldwin City project was among 20 applications awarded a total of $11.5 million through its Transportation Alternatives program. The Baldwin City grant will make $143,000 available for improvements to the historic Santa Fe Depot.
KDOT agrees traffic study needed for Baldwin City Wal-Mart Express
July 16, 2014
Baldwin City has a powerful partner in its demand that Wal-Mart Inc. submit a traffic study with its development plan for a Wal-Mart Express on U.S. Highway 56. Baldwin City Administrator Chris Lowe said Kansas Department of Transportation officials told him Tuesday the department agreed a traffic study was needed with the development plan for the store.
KDOT approves Baldwin City grant for Santa Fe Depot improvements
July 15, 2014
The Kansas Department of Transportation announced today that a Baldwin City project was among 20 applicants awarded a total of $11.5 million through its Transportation Alternatives program. The Baldwin City grant will make $143,000 available for improvements to the historic Santa Fe Depot. The city and its local partners, the Santa Fe Trail Historical Association, Midland Railway and Kansas Belle Dinner Train, will provide a match of $70,000.
Baldwin City Planning Commission tables Wal-Mart Express development plan
July 9, 2014
The Baldwin City Planning Commission voted Tuesday to table Wal-Mart Inc.’s development plan for a Wal-Mart Express on U.S. Highway 56 pending the submission of a traffic study and the Baldwin City Council’s review of the plan for compatibility with the city’s comprehensive plan
Fireworks tent cause of Baldwin City power outage
July 8, 2014
Last night’s power outage, which lasted for about three hours in some parts of the city, was caused with winds occupying a thunderstorm blew a fireworks stand into power lines.
Baldwin City Council approves agreement to move supply waterline out of Baker Wetlands
July 8, 2014

The Baldwin City Council approved on Monday an agreement with the city of Lawrence to relocate out of the Baker Wetlands the 12-inch waterline that provides water to the city. City Administrator Chris Lowe said the agreement requires Baldwin City to pay $50,000 of the project’s $160,000 cost.