Local government

Baldwin City Council approves first reading of proposed sewer rate increases
April 21, 2015
The Baldwin City Council took action Monday on two measures that have been on its radar for some time. The council approved 5-0 the first reading of sewer rate increases, which were recommended in from a rate stud
Baldwin City, township firefighters battle prop blazes
April 20, 2015
Baldwin City volunteer firefighter Donnie Thomas said a training exercise Wednesday on fighting a dumpster fire had an occupational benefit for him. “We learned the proper way to open the lid on top — the safe way to do it,” he said.
Christie wins another term, three new members elected to Baldwin City Council
April 8, 2015
Baldwin City’s city council, school board elections produced mixed results with an incumbent re-elected to the board and three challengers winning seats on the council over a sitting councilman.
Baldwin City Council considering citizen survey on CIP needs
April 7, 2015
The Baldwin City Council will consider surveying city residents about their views on proposed capital improvement projects and the cost to city taxpayers and utility customers. Discussion of a possible survey came after an architect presented the council with three options for a new police station, and the city’s financial consultant gave some primary information on how that facility and others being considered could be paid for and what they would cost city residents.
Baldwin City to work with owners of unsafe electrical meters
April 7, 2015
The Baldwin City Electrical Department is asking property owners to replace outdated or unsafe electrical metering cans, fix dangerous exterior wiring or face a cut-off of service. Lead linesman Chris Croucher told the Baldwin City Council on Monday the electrical department has identified four customers whose buildings still have outdated 30-amp meter cans, which can be overloaded fire hazards in homes using 200 amps of electricity.
Baldwin City Council agenda, April 6
April 6, 2015
Meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Baldwin City Public Library
Baldwin City to pick 3 council members, 4 board members in Tuesday’s election
March 31, 2015
Baldwin City voters will go to the polls Tuesday to elect three City Council members and four school board members, although there will be only two contests on the local ballot.
Baldwin City Council candidate profiles
March 30, 2015
The Baldwin City Signal has asked the seven candidates running for the three city council seats to be filled in the April 7 election to respond to questions before the city. More profiles will be posted as they are returned to the Signal.
Baldwin City Council candidates state views, define themselves at forum
March 24, 2015
Although few sharp differences emerged, a forum for the seven people running for three Baldwin City Council seats did provide a venue for candidates to express their views on a number of important issues while allowing them to define themselves.
Baldwin City council hears updates on quality-of-life projects
March 17, 2015
As it starts work on its 2016 capital improvement plan, the Baldwin City Council heard updates Monday on two long-discussed quality-of-life projects, the Mary Swan Theater at the Lumberyard Arts Center and a community center.
Proposed Baldwin City littering ordinance draws criticism
March 17, 2015
The Baldwin City Council approved Monday the first reading of an ordinance that makes it a municipal offense to litter. The ordinance defines littering as disposing of trash on public property and as transporting loose materials that can blow from a vehicle or truck.
Valuation notices sent out to Douglas County property owners
March 17, 2015
Baldwin City officials are hoping to see a reversal of a recent trend with the Douglas County Appraiser’s Office mailing 2015 change in valuations notices March 1 to county property owners. Specifically, city officials want to see the city’s overall property evaluation increase and put an end to five years of stagnation or decline that began with the start of the recession in 2008.
Baldwin City Council agenda for March 16
March 16, 2015
Capital improvements work session at 6:30 p.m.
KU researcher discovers Neanderthals made jewelry
March 12, 2015
It turns out Neanderthals were smarter than originally thought.