Local government

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.
Baldwin City to ask Douglas County to help with BESIC sidewalk project
December 3, 2014
The city will ask Douglas County to contribute to the cost of installing a mixed-use trail from 11th Street to Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center. The Baldwin City Council set aside $125,000 in the 2015 budget for the design and construction of about 2,000 feet of sidewalk that will link the BESIC campus to the new sidewalk constructed last year as part of U.S. Highway 56 improvements.
Baldwin City Council agenda, Dec. 1
November 28, 2014
Meeting at Baldwin City Public Library
Fire destroys rural Baldwin City home
November 17, 2014
A Baldwin City family is staying at Lawrence hotel after an early morning fire destroyed their home near Baldwin Junction. Willow Springs Township Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Clint Hornberger said the department responded at 12:03 a.m. Monday to a fire at the home of Larry and Diane Michels, 1222 N. 482 Road.
Baldwin City Fire Department always looking for volunteers
November 5, 2014
Kaleb Michael will readily tell you he likes being a firefighter, although he does hesitate a bit when asked to explain why. “That’s a good question,” he said after a pause. “I really do like helping people. Same as when I was 17 and had an opportunity to start volunteering. It felt more like a calling to me.”