Local government

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.
City Council supports plan to convert old Chapel Street school into apartments
February 3, 2015
The Baldwin City Council voted unanimously Monday to support a plan to redevelop the former junior high school on Chapel Street into 30 apartments. Flint Hills Holdings Group LLC asked the city to support the plan as it prepares application for historical preservation tax credits from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation.
Baldwin City Council agenda, Feb. 2, 2015
February 2, 2015
Baldwin City Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight in the community room of the Baldwin City Library
Lawrence radio personality hired as first Baldiwn City Chamber of Commerce executive director
January 30, 2015
Baldwin City residents may not know the community’s first-ever Chamber of Commerce executive director, but they’ve probably heard his voice. “That’s what I’ve been telling people,” Booth said Friday. “I’ve done the radio show “According to the Record” since getting out of the Army in 1972.”
Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce names its first executive director
January 30, 2015
The Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the hiring of Hank Booth as the chamber’s first executive director. He will begin Monday.
Seven candidates file for three Baldwin City Council seats
January 27, 2015
After a flurry of late filings, there will be seven candidates on this spring’s ballot vying for three seats on the Baldwin City Council. No primary will be needed to cull the field of Steve Bauer, Tony Brown, April Coburn, Bonnie Plumberg, Dave Simmons, Casey Simoneau and incumbent Shane Starkey.
Baldwin City Council instructs city staff to move forward with neighborhood revitalization program
January 26, 2015
The city is exploring implementing a neighborhood revitalization plan as an instrument to spur new residential development and reinvestment in older homes in Baldwin City. Collin Bielser, city community development director, presented a report Jan 20 to the Baldwin City Council on the basics of neighborhood revitalization plans, a blight-fighting incentive program state statute makes available to municipalities.
Official candidates scarce for Baldwin City Council, school board as filing deadline looms
January 21, 2015
Although a number of incumbents have indicated their intent to seek re-election, the only candidate to date to file for the Baldwin City Council or Baldwin school board does not currently hold public office.
Baldwin City Council votes 2-1 to install mixed-use trail to BESIC
January 21, 2015
The Baldwin City Council voted 2-1 Tuesday to construct an 8- or 10-foot mixed-use trail along U.S. Highway 56 from 11th Street to the Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center.