Local government

Baldwin City Council approves three-fold housing incentive plan
January 6, 2015
The Baldwin City Council approved a three-fold incentive plan Monday meant to stimulate residential housing in the city. The past three years, the council annually has approved reducing development fees charged on new single-family homes by 50 percent to $3,185. The program approved Monday continued that through 2015 but added elements Collin Biesler, city community development director, proposed after researching incentives offered in neighboring cities.
Baldwin City Council agenda for Jan. 5
January 4, 2015
Meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday at Baldwin City Public Library
Majority of council, board seats to be up for grabs this spring
December 29, 2014
It could be an interesting first three months of 2015 in local politics with the majority of seats on both the Baldwin City Council and the Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education up for grabs. Just how interesting will be revealed in the next four weeks.
Wayfarer signs to point visitors to Baldwin City destinations
December 22, 2014
Visitors soon will be better able to find and make their way around Baldwin City thanks to strategically placed wayfarer signs. At its Dec. 15 meeting, the Baldwin City Council approved a $14,221 contract with Mike Langrehr of Design Specialties to craft 20 wayfarer signs.
Baldwin board agrees to support shared-use trail to BESIC
December 16, 2014
The Baldwin school board agreed Monday to put some added money into a sidewalk to the school along U.S. Highway 56 in the hopes of leveraging additional dollars from Douglas County for the project. Baldwin City Councilwoman Christi Darnell brought the issue to the board, with a request it add to the $20,000 it has budgeted for the project that would construct 2,000 feet of new sidewalk next spring from Eleventh Street to the Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center.
Baldwin City Council agenda, Dec. 15
December 15, 2014
Meeting starts at 7 p.m. tonight at the Baldwin City Public Library, 800 Seventh St.
Housing-start stimulus grant approved for Baldwin City
07:44 a.m., December 9, 2014 Updated 04:55 p.m.
Baldwin City will soon receive a $200,000 housing-start stimulus should a grant be made available as approved. Dave Hill, chairman of the Baldwin City Economic Development, said the Kansas Housing Authority Corporation has approved a $400,000 grant for Baldwin City and Wellsville with each community eligible to receive $200,000.
Baldwin City to ask Douglas County to help with BESIC sidewalk project
December 3, 2014
The city will ask Douglas County to contribute to the cost of installing a mixed-use trail from 11th Street to Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center. The Baldwin City Council set aside $125,000 in the 2015 budget for the design and construction of about 2,000 feet of sidewalk that will link the BESIC campus to the new sidewalk constructed last year as part of U.S. Highway 56 improvements.
Baldwin City Council agenda, Dec. 1
November 28, 2014
Meeting at Baldwin City Public Library
Fire destroys rural Baldwin City home
November 17, 2014
A Baldwin City family is staying at Lawrence hotel after an early morning fire destroyed their home near Baldwin Junction. Willow Springs Township Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Clint Hornberger said the department responded at 12:03 a.m. Monday to a fire at the home of Larry and Diane Michels, 1222 N. 482 Road.
Baldwin City Fire Department always looking for volunteers
November 5, 2014
Kaleb Michael will readily tell you he likes being a firefighter, although he does hesitate a bit when asked to explain why. “That’s a good question,” he said after a pause. “I really do like helping people. Same as when I was 17 and had an opportunity to start volunteering. It felt more like a calling to me.”
Baldwin City to board stray, lost dogs at local animal clinic
November 4, 2014
The Baldwin City Council on Monday gave initial approval of an agreement that will provide the city a place to keep stray or lost dogs.
Baldwin City Council hires firm to conduct utility rate study
October 21, 2014
In what is an all-but-certain step toward a future sewer rate increase, the Baldwin City Council hired a financial firm to conduct a rate study of the city’s sewer and water utilities.
Steady progress made on new Baldwin City Municipal Golf Course clubhouse
October 21, 2014
Exterior work on the new clubhouse at the Baldwin City Municipal Golf Course is completed, and the building should be finished this winter. Many community residents had the opportunity to track the progress on the clubhouse in recent weeks thanks to three Baldwin High School cross country meets at the golf course.