Local government

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.
Residents turn out to oppose Wal-Mart Express at Baldwin City Council meeting
July 8, 2014
Although there was nothing related to a possible Wal-Mart Express on the agenda, the Baldwin City Council got a taste of what residents think about the proposed store during the public comment period of Monday’s council meeting. Thirteen speakers went to the podium to go on record in opposition to the proposal during public comment time near the end of the meeting.
Baldwin City opposition quick to develop against Wal-Mart Express
July 3, 2014
Soon after signing a petition Thursday opposing the opening of a Wal-Mart Express in Baldwin City, Janice Craig started to explain her opposition. But before she could speak, Craig was interrupted by a man firmly stating his stance. Wal-Mart’s presence would “ruin the town” by closing existing businesses and ultimately shrinking the tax base, the man said
Baldwin City Planning Commission to consider development plan for Wal-Mart Express
July 3, 2014
The Baldwin City Planning Commission will consider on Tuesday a development plan for a Wal-Mart Express on a recently re-platted property on U.S. Highway 56. Baldwin City Administrator Chris Lowe said the planning commission would consider the development plan at a 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday at the Baldwin City American Legion Post, 803 High St.
Trolley now offering historic tours of Baldwin City
July 1, 2014
Clara and David Smith stepped off the community’s new tour trolley bus Saturday knowing much more about Baldwin City’s history. “We knew the basic details, but we got a lot more information, especially at Black Jack,” Clara Smith said. “The next time our grandkids come for a visit, we’re going to get them to take the tour.”
Face to Face: Baldwin City Councilwoman Christi Darnell
June 18, 2014
Face to Face is a weekly feature highlighting those who live or work in Baldwin City. Each week the Signal will pick one person to highlight in the community. This week we’ll meet Baldwin City Councilwoman Christi Darnell.
Baldwin City to refinance last of its existing debt
June 17, 2014
The Baldwin City Council gave city staff the authority Monday to move forward with the refinancing the last of city’s existing bonded debt. City Administrator Chris Lowe told the council the city’s financial consultant, Tom Kaleko of Springsted Financial, estimated the refinancing of the remaining $5.5 million owed from a 2005 20-year $9.1 bond issue for electrical improvements would save the city $533,000 as it was retired in the next 10 years
Baldwin City Council agenda for June 16
June 16, 2014
Meeting 7 p.m. Monday at American Legion Post, 803 High St.
New Baldwin City clerk eager to reach out to community
June 5, 2014
New Baldwin City Clerk Anna Keena’s years in city government literally moved her on a career path toward Baldwin City. “Yes, I have been moving this way,” said Keena, who started in her new position Monday. “I’ve always loved this community.”
Baldwin City Council signs non-binding letter of agreement with solar power company
June 3, 2014
Baldwin City may purchase electricity from a local solar array if an arrangement the Baldwin City Council moved forward Monday comes to fruition. The council agreed to excute a letter of intent with Cromwell Environmental that could have longterm consequences on how the city purchases outside electrical power but which, for now, only commits the city not to enter into an agreement with another solar power contractor for a year.
Baldwin City Council gives final approval of High Street/U.S. 56 realignment
June 3, 2014
The Baldwin City Council approved a measure Monday that will ensure a third-straight summer of construction on one of the city’s main entry points. 
On Monday, the Baldwin City Council voted 5-0 to authorize Mayor Marilyn Pearse to execute with the Kansas Department of Transportation the realignment of the High Street and U.S. Highway 56 intersection.
Baldwin City citywide cleanup June 14
May 29, 2014
Drop off location at Orange Street city yard