March 14, 2012
Baldwin City Hall
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In what is an all-but-certain step toward a future sewer rate increase, the Baldwin City Council hired a financial firm to conduct a rate study of the city’s sewer and water utilities.
The Baldwin City Council agreed Monday to help the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce realize a longtime goal with an agreement to help fund the salary of a full-time chamber director.
Baldwin City’s annual fall street repaving program will start a bit later this year because of construction on the South Lawrence Trafficway. Baldwin City Administrator Chris Lowe connected the dots to those two seemingly unrelated events. The city found contractors too busy with the SLT project to take on the added work in Baldwin City, he said.
Although Monday’s agenda was basically a replay of the one before it Sept. 2, the Baldwin City Council With no new business on the agenda, the only action items before the council were a number of second readings of ordinances passed two weeks earlier.
Meeting starts at 7 p.ml. at Baldwin City Public Library
Baldwin City Council members engaged in a rare public disagreement Tuesday during a discussion about the planned new sidewalk along U.S. Highway 56 from 11th Street to the Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center campus. The council has approved $125,000 in the 2015 budget for the design and construction of about 2,000 feet of sidewalk that will link the west USD 348 campus the new sidewalk constructed last year as part of the U.S. 56 improvements.
Meeting at 7 p.m. at Baldwin City Public Library
Meeting to start at 7 p.m. at Baldwin City Library
The Baldwin City Council’s routine approval Monday of its consent agenda brought rare applause from the audience. The applause was for one measure approved with the consent agenda, an agreement that will allow R.G. Fiber L.L.C. to install gigabit capacity fiber-optic cable on city right of way.
Meeting starts at 7 p.m. tonight at Baldwin City American Legion Post, 803 High St.
The Baldwin City Council will consider on Monday a 2015 budget that would increase the city’s property tax levy to 27.490 mills, or a 3.609 mill increase from that of 2013.
The Baldwin City Council will consider on Monday a 2015 budget that would increase the city’s property tax levy to 27.490 mills, or a 3.609 mill increase from that of 2013. That increase is not the result of a budget that buys a lot of nice new things — none of the facility projects scheduled for 2015 in the five-year capital improvement plan the council approved in February will go forward next year — but is the result of a shrinking tax base and inflation, Baldwin City financial director Brad Smith said.
The Baldwin City Council approved on Monday an agreement with the city of Lawrence to relocate out of the Baker Wetlands the 12-inch waterline that provides water to the city. City Administrator Chris Lowe said the agreement requires Baldwin City to pay $50,000 of the project’s $160,000 cost.
Although there was nothing related to a possible Wal-Mart Express on the agenda, the Baldwin City Council got a taste of what residents think about the proposed store during the public comment period of Monday’s council meeting. Thirteen speakers went to the podium to go on record in opposition to the proposal during public comment time near the end of the meeting.
The Baldwin City Planning Commission will consider on Tuesday a development plan for a Wal-Mart Express on a recently re-platted property on U.S. Highway 56. Baldwin City Administrator Chris Lowe said the planning commission would consider the development plan at a 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday at the Baldwin City American Legion Post, 803 High St.
The Baldwin City Council gave city staff the authority Monday to move forward with the refinancing the last of city's existing bonded debt. City Administrator Chris Lowe told the council the city’s financial consultant, Tom Kaleko of Springsted Financial, estimated the refinancing of the remaining $5.5 million owed from a 2005 20-year $9.1 bond issue for electrical improvements would save the city $533,000 as it was retired in the next 10 years
Meeting 7 p.m. Monday at American Legion Post, 803 High St.
Baldwin City may purchase electricity from a local solar array if an arrangement the Baldwin City Council moved forward Monday comes to fruition. The council agreed to excute a letter of intent with Cromwell Environmental that could have longterm consequences on how the city purchases outside electrical power but which, for now, only commits the city not to enter into an agreement with another solar power contractor for a year.
The Baldwin City Council approved on Monday a bid to replace fiber cable connecting nine city facilities.
On Monday, the Baldwin City Council approved the second reading of an ordinance that will pass savings in the cost of energy to large commercial customers after first amending the measure.
Meeting to start 7 p.m. at Baldwin City American Legion Post, 803 High St.
The Baldwin City Council voted Monday to pass along its savings in the cost of energy to its largest customers. The council approved the first reading of an adjustment to the city’s electrical rates, which gives large users a break on the demand charge they are asked to pay.
On Monday, an application to rezone a property on the southwest corner of High and Ninth streets that would have allowed a duplex to be built on the lot failed to win the Baldwin City Council’s approval, despite having the support of the majority of council members.
City council meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Baldwin City American Legion Post.
The final day for paper, cardboard, plastic and glass recycling bins at the Ottawa Street recycling site will be April 30, the Baldwin City Council was told Monday. But there was good news for local recyclers. City financial director Brad Smith said Ripple Glass and Baldwin City Market have reached an arrangement that will spot a glass recycling bin in the grocery store’s parking lot.
The Baldwin City Council approved rewording Monday of a 2013 bond issue to allow use of leftover money on other projects, but it was the capital improvement plan approved last month that dominated the night's discussion.
Meeting starts at 7 p.m. at American Legion
The Baldwin City Council on Monday unanimously approved an $18.2 million, four-year capital improvement plan while advising the public not to read too much into that dollar figure. Mayor Marilyn Pearse said the CIP was a planning document that would be a tool for staff when preparing budgets and for the council in establishing priorities. None of the proposed projects have been approved, and the CIP could be adjusted as the city’s circumstances and priorities changed, she said.
Council to consider $3.66 million three-year Capital Improvement Plan.
Count Baldwin City officials as among those unhappy with a measure introduced in the Kansas Legislature that would prevent the state’s municipalities from bringing or helping bring broadband Internet to their communities.
Meeting set for Tuesday because because of Martin Luther King
25 cent increases to be added from 2015 to 2018
$1 increase for trash service for 2014 on agenda
Douglas County also seeking exemption
Hearing recessed until details complete
Resolutions first step needed for Dawn Fiber LLC to obtain up to $5 million in IRBs to finance fiber optic gigabit cable for community
Construction contract for library expansion also on agenda
Nine homes approved for southwest of Fremont and 12th streets
City administrator proposes traffic study at location
System should be in place for Maple Leaf Festival
Measure to lower speed limit and restrict parking on Washington Street on agenda.
Final budget cuts $30,000 from budget published last month
Public hearing for 2014 budget on agenda
Baldwin City Council approves 2014 budget for publication
2014 budget, final action on Rainbow Preschool conditional use permit on agenda
Rainbow still needs to obtain state license for new location
Partners said vital for bringing gigabit fiber optic capacity
Salary cost sharing in question
Meeting starts at 7 p.m.
Winners get credit toward future bills
Meeting starts at 7 p.m.
New mayor, council members to be sworn in
Trail would connect two city parks
Canvass adds 13 provisional ballots to total
Council approves joining international program
Sister city, Kansas Sculptors Association design proposals on agenda
First-time candidates fill slate
City saves $180,000 in refinancing portions of bond package
City street crew has 22 hours of overtime removing snow from latest storm
First reading of authorization of long-promised bond sale to be on agenda.
Ande Parks will not seek re-election to school board
Heritage Tractor owner served 10 years as councilman, mayor
Public hearing and final action on sewer district benefit district assessments before council.
Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday
Action will allow city to refinance sewer debt with general obligation bonds
Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at American Legion Hall
Councilman hopes lower cost of water leads reduction in customer rates
Banning parking on Eisenhower north of Ames to be considered
Agreement makes concessions to Baldwin City demands
The Baldwin City Council put in place Monday the last piece needed to bring a dinner train to Midland Railway.
Agreement would provide $5,000 grant and $15,000 loan to business
Funding 'buffer' to be available for next season if there is demand for added hours
The Baldwin City Council unanimously approved on Monday a nonbinding resolution supporting the expansion of Baldwin City Library.
A visioning study released last week foresees Baldwin City becoming by 2020 a destination for new residents, visitors and jobs and the city enjoying a quality municipal workforce and improved infrastructure.
Associated street right of way vacations also approved
Non-binding resolution of support to be one council's agenda Oct. 1
7 p.m. work session with library expansion committee to precede the meeting at American Legion Building, 803 High St.
City asking for donations for 49 radios available
Council also approves rezoning
Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
Douglas County will help the city with its costs in the coming realignment of the High Street/U.S. Highway 56 intersection.
Fremont Dinner Car owners $25,000 short of fund needed to make move
2013 budget, negotiations of "initiatives" for dinner train on council's agenda
The Baldwin City Council approved Tuesday a 2013 budget for publication that cuts the city’s overall spending while increasing the mill levy by 0.572 mills to 33.778 mills.
The Baldwin City Council gave initial approval Monday to a charter ordinance intended to make the city less friendly to those it puts in jail.
Although the need isn’t yet critical, city residents should start taking steps to conserve water, Baldwin City public works supervisor Bill Winegar said Monday.
The Baldwin City Council has agreed to discuss with sculptors a proposal to create statues in downtown Baldwin City or its parks.
At the conclusion of their second visioning workshop Tuesday, Baldwin City Council members foresaw the city of the near future being the best bedroom community possible and one that has a new business park.
Meeting at 7:30 p.m. at American Legion
A Baldwin City business looking to expand is asking the city for a $10,000 loan while seeking to take advantage of an economic development program made available last year.
What appeared on the Baldwin City Council’s agenda to be a routine approval of an engineering agreement led Tuesday to a promised review of how the city will award such contracts.
Bid approval for North Six Street on agenda
After touring the unused upstairs at City Hall, two Baldwin City Council members are suggesting it may be time to renovate the space.