Local government

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.
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.