Local government

Bill would prohibit public agencies and schools in Kansas from collecting union dues
March 12, 2015
Business groups are urging Kansas lawmakers to pass a bill that would prohibit state and local government agencies, including school districts, from using their payroll systems to collect union dues.
Brownback urges Kansas House to pass GOP school funding plan
March 12, 2015
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is urging Kansas House members to support a plan from top GOP lawmakers to overhaul how the state distributes aid to public schools.
Baldwin City Planning Commission recommends rezoning of old middle school
March 11, 2015
The Baldwin City Council Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended approval of Flint Hills Holding Group’s rezoning request of the old school on the 700 block of Chapel Street that would allow its renovation into apartments.
Baldwin City moves to Sweet 16 in Kansas showdown
March 10, 2015
Baldwin City has made it to the sweet 16 in a March madness competition with 63 other Kansas municipalities. Baldwin City Clerk Anna Keena said the competition involved collecting likes on a Facebook page of the League of Kansas Municipalities
Council renames park to reflect Baldwin City history
March 3, 2015
One of Baldwin City’s most popular parks was given a new name for the second time in a month. On Monday, the Baldwin City Council approved renaming the park at 11th and High streets from West Park to Women’s Bridge Park.
Baldwin City purchasing right to provide electrical service to industrial park
March 3, 2015
With assurances from city staff that it was a sound business decision, the Baldwin City Council approved an agreement Monday to purchase the right to provide electrical service to the industrial park from Kansas City Power & Light.
Baldwin City Council agenda, March 2
March 1, 2015
Meeting to start at 7 p.m. Monday at Baldwin City Public Library
Popular downtown venue newest Baldwin City park
February 25, 2015
A popular downtown gathering place is now officially a city park. Baldwin City Administrator Chris Lowe said the city purchased the empty lot west of the Baldwin City Post Office in the 700 block of High Street from Baldwin State Bank for $75,000.
Baldwin City has sister city in South Africa
February 24, 2015
After two years of effort, Baldwin City is now the sister city of a similar-sized town in South Africa. On Feb. 16, the Baldwin City Council approved a memorandum of understanding establishing a sister city relationship with Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa, a community of about 5,000 people.
Baldwin board, council oppose proposed changes to local elections
February 17, 2015
The Baldwin school board and Baldwin City Council have added their voices to the list of municipalities and school boards publicly opposing proposed changes to local elections. Bills were introduced in the Kansas House and Senate this session that would move the date of city and school board elections, which are now held in April of odd-numbered years.
Baldwin City Council agenda, Feb. 16, 2015
February 13, 2015
Meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Baldwin City Public Library
Douglas County taking time to understand issues before acting on jail expansion, mental health care project
February 10, 2015
The leaders behind a proposal to expand the Douglas County Jail and construct a mental health crisis intervention center know there’s a need for such an undertaking and that it must be acted on soon. But for now, they just want to understand it.
Baldwin City curb-side recycling option more popular with recent changes
February 8, 2015
The local curb-side recycling option saw an uptick in new starts last month on news that it would be the only game around. Brad Smith, financial director for Baldwin City, said 19 new customers signed up in January for the curb-side recycle option offered through the city’s waste contract with Ottawa Sanitation.
CR 1055 among Douglas County’s coming 2015 capital projects
February 5, 2015
East 1700 Road improvements About a three-mile stretch of East 1700 Road, between North 400 Road and North 700 Road north of Baldwin City, will be “busy all year,” according to Keith Browning, the public works director. Culverts and pavement will be replaced, shoulders constructed, trees removed and a bridge replaced to improve road safety. Timeline: Construction will last from March through the end of October. That stretch will be closed off for much of that time, Browning said. Price tag: A total of $2.38 million, with more work coming for E 1700 Road in 2016 and 2017.