Local government

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.
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.