Local government

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.
Baldwin City administrator’s year-end report touts city’s 2014 accomplishments
January 6, 2015
Baldwin City Administrator Chris Lowe shared a 2014 year-end report Monday with the Baldwin City Council filled with positives he said was a result of council’s leadership, the city cooperation with its partners and dedication of city staff. In a departure from past years, the report was more than a final accounting of the city’s year-end fund balances and highlighted the achievements of the city as a whole and its departments. It
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.