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Posted on: September 17, 2020

Citywide Cleanup

Fall Citywide Cleanup

Citywide Cleanup is taking place on October 10, 2020, rain or shine.

BALDWIN CITY RESIDENTS ONLY

Proof of residency is required (i.e. utility bill or ID/Driver License).

1015 Orange Street is the Public Works Building/Wastewater Treatment Plant/Power Plant

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Posted on: September 15, 2020

City Council Meeting, 9.15.2020

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City Council meets every first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Library community meeting room. Council work sessions are held the last Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the American Legion Hall.

Agenda and supporting information for...

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Posted on: September 3, 2020

Sidewalk Projects Update

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The Eastside and Elm Street sidewalk projects are coming along. Much of the concrete is already poured, and the hard surfaces should be finished within the next couple of weeks. Enjoy these drone photos from August 27th, courtesy of Pitts Photography, and...

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Posted on: August 28, 2020

Flag Contest Results

Official Baldwin City Flag

For #FunFriday150, we have something special today. Baldwin City has an official flag, approved by City Council on August 18th, 2020.

Designed by Ashley C. Kretzschmer (née Snedeger), it boasts a stunning indigo background with a bright yellow s...
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Posted on: August 27, 2020

Historic Bauer Community Building Project

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Note: This project overview was provided by the Historic Bauer Building Advisory Group.

Click on images throughout this post to view the entire pdf plan document, or click here.

A brief timeline of the project

•  In 2019, the City ...

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Posted on: August 27, 2020

What about solar?

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What about Solar?    

Chris Croucher, Director of Electric Distribution has received a number of calls about solar panels lately. 

Here’s a brief overview of how residential and commercial solar works in Baldwin City. Pl...

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Posted on: August 27, 2020

Results: 2nd Community Center Survey

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There were 175 total responses to Community Center Survey 2.

Do you have other ideas for funding?

Note: These responses were pasted exactly as submitted. They have not been edited.

* I know some people in town have the means to contribute as a tax deductible...

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Posted on: August 19, 2020

Results: 1st Community Center Survey

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There were 281 responses total, with over 200 long form responses.

As always, thank you for caring so much about your community.

What are your thoughts about the idea of a community center?

Note: These responses were pasted exactly as submitted. They have no...

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Posted on: August 19, 2020

Community Center Survey Number 2

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Are you interested in having a community center in Baldwin City? The second of two surveys is live here.

Please fill out as much or as little as you like. This survey will close at 12:00 am on August 24th.

There will be a Council Work Session on this topic ...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

East Sewer Interceptor Project Overview

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What: This is a large project intended to upgrade the main sewer pipes on the eastside of town to current standards in order to improve long term waste water management.

When: Prep work has begun on the project, and you will see more activity beginning aro...

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Posted on: August 12, 2020

Community Center Survey Number 1

Bauer Building

Are you interested in having a community center in Baldwin City? Take a moment to share your thoughts with us here.

Please fill out as much or as little as you like. This survey will close at 12:00 am on August 18th and a second survey will open based on t...

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Posted on: August 7, 2020

The Baldwin Beacon, Vol. 15

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New Beacon available now. 

In this issue:

  • Project updates
  • Recap of survey results & flag design contest
  • Women’s suffrage events, a mural bench unveiling, and a movie night with strong female leads

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Top 2 Flag Designs

Congratulations to the top two flag design winners!

Designs by Ashley Kretzschmer and Laura Hartman came out ahead in the popular vote. Thank you to each and every one who submitted designs and cast a vote, whether online or by paper ballot. We had over 40...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Music Survey Results

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Thank you for participating and giving feedback. We appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us.

Based on the results of the survey, it was stated at council meeting August 4, 2020 (around 49:00) the music hours will be modified as follows:

Monday-Thursday...

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

VOTE for a Baldwin City Flag!

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Have you voted on the Baldwin City flag project yet? You have until midnight, July 31st, to make your voice heard.
Cast your ballot in person at the Lumberyard Arts Center from 1-4pm Tuesday and Thursday this week, or at City Hall from 8am-5pm through Fri...
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Posted on: June 24, 2020

CDBG-CV Application

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Emergency Community Development Block Grant

Download the Application Packet Here.

Questions? Call Laura Hartman, City Clerk, at 785-594-6427 or email lhartman@baldwincity.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are companies with more than 50 employees eligible for C...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

The Baldwin Beacon: Vol. 14

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New Baldwin Beacon available.

Topics range from Hakuna Matata, to flag designs, to Mystery Mike and a downtown music survey. Go read it now!

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Posted on: July 20, 2020

About Pioneer Cemetery

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A grant was recently secured to restore the tombstones out at Pioneer Cemetery. If you haven’t been out there recently, you should go. It’s a remarkably peaceful and quiet place to eat lunch, chase butterflies, or stalk wildlife. We me...

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Posted on: July 17, 2020

Elm Street Project FAQ

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Q: How many trees are you removing?
A: About 11. 
Q: Will you be replacing the trees?
A. Yes. Plans are drawn up to replace each tree that gets removed. 

Q: What kind of trees will you replant?
A: Varieties to be replanted include oak, maple,...
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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Talking Sesquicentennial on Timeline Radio

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Listen to Timeline Radio’s recorded episode from June 22, 2020, with Clenece Hills hosting Mayor Casey Simoneau and Councilman Brian Cramer. Topics discussed include:

  • Lucy Sullivan Sweet
  • Sesquicentennial celebration
  • Sullivan Square
  • Mural Benches in ...
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Posted on: July 3, 2020

Fireworks are cancelled.

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After much debate between the City, the BGA, the Recreation Commission as well as the fireworks provider, it is with much disappointment that tonight’s scheduled firework show is cancelled due to the heavy rainfall from this afternoon. ...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Storms and Power Outages

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Storm season is here, and the Baldwin City Electric Crew has a few tips to help keep you safe.

  • If you see a downed line, please do not touch or drive over them. Please contact your utility provider immediately - this could cost you your life.
  • If there is a ...
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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Baldwin City Sidewalk Projects 2020

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Elm Street

Timeline: Summer/Fall 2020

Funding: Primarily through KDOT Transportation Alternatives (TA) grant. Funding for this project was announced in December, 2018.

Project: 6-foot wide new sidewalk, ADA accessibility, decorative lighting and benches from...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

The Baldwin Beacon, Vol. 13

Beacon 13

Baldwin Beacon Volume 13 is live now, with information about:

  • Fireworks
  • The Flag Contest
  • USD 348 Fall Planning
  • Block Grants for businesses affected by Covid-
  • Swimming Pool programming
  • Census 2020

...and of course, our #FunFriday150

Happy weekend, Baldwin City!

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

Arbor Day Activities

Arbor Day 2

Arbor Day in usually in April, but this year the Baldwin City Tree Board rescheduled the day to June 20th. About 110 trees were given out at the Annual Tree Give-away.

At 11:30am, the Tree Board planted three little-leaf lindens in the city right-of-way in...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

The Baldwin Beacon, Vol. 12

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New Baldwin Beacon out now! In this issue:

  • What to know about upcoming city meetings & event
  • Door-to-Door sales rules & what you should know
  • Video interviews with the Library Director and Recreation Commission Director
  • #FunFriday150
  • Commemorative Sesqu...
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Posted on: June 17, 2020

The City's Story

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Our side

In February of 2020, Midland approached the City unhappy with the arrangement they had with Santa Fe Trail Historical Society: 35 cents/ticket sold, capped at $9,000/year. They approached the city asking to purchase the depot from the city. The st...

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Door-to-Door Sales

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Summertime means door-to-door sales people.

Here’s what you need to know about how the city handles requests to sell in town.

  • Anyone going door to door or selling from the street or their vehicle must apply for a license through the City Clerk.&am...
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Posted on: June 5, 2020

The Baldwin Beacon, Vol. 11

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The Baldwin Beacon, Vol. 11, out now at a newsstand near you! 

(Kidding. It’s online, you don’t even have to go buy it.)

In this issue:*Phase 3 starts Monday, June 8th.*Council Meeting recap.*$132,000 grant to be distributed to ...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Eastside Sidewalk Improvement Project Community Discussion

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Monday, June 8th, City Council will host a question and answer informational discussion at the American Legion Hall about the Eastside sidewalk improvement project. The project engineer will be on hand and community members are invited to bring their ques...

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Posted on: June 3, 2020

2020 Pavement Maintenance Project

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The 2020 Pavement Maintenance Project includes sealing road surfaces, something new for Baldwin City.

UPDATE: Council approved this proposal on June 16th, 2020 as is, without alternates.

Here’s what that means.

Due to significant cost savings, Bald...

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

Playgrounds Are Open - Use at Your Own Risk

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Caution tape and hazard fencing surrounding Baldwin City playgrounds has been removed as of June 1st.

Use at your own risk. Please observe all current social distancing recommendations and review CDC guidelines for playground usage.

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Municipal Court Notice

Court Notice

MUNICIPAL COURT NOTICE: If you are scheduled to appear in Baldwin City Municipal Court on Thursday, June 4 at 9 am, Court will be proceeding as scheduled. If you are not comfortable with appearing in person due to COVID-19, please contact City Hall and sp...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Baldwin Beacon Vol. 10

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New Baldwin Beacon out now!

In this edition:

  • Interview with Matt McClure from Baldwin City Recreation Commission about the pool, summer activities, and events.
  • Q & A with Mayor Casey.
  • Digitized Centennial Special Edition newspaper from 1970, with loads of...
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Posted on: May 28, 2020

2020 Pool Information

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2020 Pool Information

The Baldwin City Recreation Commission is pleased to share information on the upcoming 2020 pool season.  While there are many moving pieces and contingencies, we feel we are providing safe, responsible solutions to many ques...

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Posted on: May 26, 2020

Citywide Cleanup

Citywide Cleanup

Citywide Cleanup IS taking placeJUNE 13, 2020, rain or shine.BALDWIN CITY RESIDENTS ONLYProof of residency is required (i.e. utility bill or ID/Driver License)1015 Orange Street is the Public Works Building/Wastewater Treatment Plant/Power PlantWhat we&am...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

The Story Begins

The story begins

Imagine that the walls around us dissolve. All the bricks and lumber fall away. The buildings outside melt and disappear. There are no streets, no cars, no campus. 

A breeze ruffles your hair. Above you is sky, blue with fat white clouds. All arou...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

BCPD to Resume In-Person Services with Limitations

PD will reopen May 18th

As we move into Phase 1.5 of reopening Kansas, the Baldwin City Police Department will be reopening the lobby on Monday, May 18th. 

VIN inspections and fingerprinting services will resume.

Some important restrictions to be aware of:

  • Only one person ...
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Posted on: May 15, 2020

City Hall, BCPD, and Public Works to Reopen Lobby Spaces with Limitations

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Moving into Phase 1.5 of reopening Kansas, City Hall, Baldwin City Police Department, and Public Works will reopen with limited capacity.

For more information about the Police Department reopening, VIN’s, and Fingerprinting Services: www.baldwinc...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Governor Kelly Announces $9 Million in CDBG Funds for Community Response

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ATTENTION SMALL BUSINESSES

UPDATE, 6-24-2020: YOU MAY APPLY NOW. INSTRUCTIONS HERE.

$9 million in federal funding will be made available to the state’s Community Development Block Grant program to support community responses to the COVID-19 crisis...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

The Baldwin Beacon, Special Edition: Waiting

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Waiting. Governor Laura Kelly’s press briefing is at 6:30pm today, and we’ll have a better idea what the next few weeks will look like after that. In the meantime, here’s what we know will continue around town for now.

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

FAQs About Utility Deferment Program

Graphic: Utility Deferment Program FAQ

Q: Who is this deferment program for?

A: Anyone who needs it, either residential or business. If you are struggling financially, we want to offer you options at this time.

Q: Is there a fee or cost for deferring my utilities?

A: No. There is no interest char...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Business Resource Survey

Business owners, please add your information to this form https://bit.ly/covidbiz created by the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber and City are working together to form a central online hub for local resources. If there’s one thing t...

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Utility Disconnects Suspended

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For more information on the executive orders from the Governor’s Office regarding public safety and suspension of utility disconnects, click here.

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

BALDWIN CITY CANCELLATIONS AND SUSPENSIONS DUE TO COVID-19

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Click here to access Baldwin City Municipal Government’s updated page with local COVID-19 resources, and updated closure information.

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Posted on: February 27, 2020

KDOT AWARDS BALDWIN CITY A TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES GRANT OF $1.1 MILLION FOR TRAIL CONSTRUCTION

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Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has awarded Baldwin City with a Transportation Alternatives (TA) grant of $1,012,960 to construct a ten-foot wide concrete shared-use path including amenities within Midland Railway’s property. ...

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Posted on: January 7, 2020

Trash Talk

Trash Announcement-2

We know 6:30am is very early, and we’ve heard a lot of concerns about the new Ottawa Sanitation requirement for trash and recycling.  We’ve been fielding a lot of questions at City Hall. 

Here’s an honest and...

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Posted on: December 27, 2019

BCFD News Release

NEWS RELEASE

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Baldwin City Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire alert at 3:15 a.m. on December 27th, 2019. The incident was located at the Collins Gym, on the corner of 6th & Elm on Baker University(Official) campus. An HV...

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

Visit Downtown Baldwin City

Black Jack Plaque

The next time you visit downtown, stop by and see the latest plaque set in one of the four columns next to the fountain adjacent to the intersection of 8th/High Streets.  This plaque summarizes the historic Civil War Battle of Black Jack. While y...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

BCPD Closed for Deep Cleaning July 24th

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UPDATE 7.28.2020: Both officers who were exposed to Covid last week have received negative test results. They will remain in quarantine until two weeks from their exposure date as an extra safe guard. Our office opened yesterday after a weekend of extensi...

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Posted on: June 10, 2020

Where we stand

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On Monday, June 8th, 2020, county law enforcement partners met with Douglas County District Attorney’s Office - Kansas to discuss our current policies. Here’s where Baldwin City Police Department stands on each of the items highlighted...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

BCPD to Resume In-Person Services with Limitations

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As we move into Phase 1.5 of reopening Kansas, the Baldwin City Police Department will be reopening the lobby on Monday, May 18th. 

VIN inspections and fingerprinting services will resume.

Some important restrictions to be aware of:

  • Only one person ...
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Posted on: August 14, 2020

East Sewer Interceptor Project Overview

east sewer interceptor

What: This is a large project intended to upgrade the main sewer pipes on the eastside of town to current standards in order to improve long term waste water management.

When: Prep work has begun on the project, and you will see more activity beginning aro...

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Public Works
Posted on: July 29, 2020

UPDATE: East Sewer Interceptor Project

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Wednesday, July 29th, a contractor will be cleaning and obtaining CCTV footage of the sewer line on the part of Santa Fe drive shown on the map. They will set up at each of the three manholes marked - essentially from the corner of Santa Fe and 1st Street...

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Posted on: June 3, 2020

2020 Pavement Maintenance Project

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The 2020 Pavement Maintenance Project includes sealing road surfaces, something new for Baldwin City.

Here’s what that means.

Due to significant cost savings, Baldwin City Public Works director Rob Culley is proposing the city use "chip and s...

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Public Works
Posted on: June 1, 2020

Playgrounds Are Open - Use at Your Own Risk

playground - use at your own risk

Caution tape and hazard fencing surrounding Baldwin City playgrounds has been removed as of June 1st.

Use at your own risk. Please observe all current social distancing recommendations and review CDC guidelines for playground usage.

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Public Works
Posted on: May 26, 2020

Citywide Cleanup

Citywide Cleanup

Citywide Cleanup IS taking placeJUNE 13, 2020, rain or shine.BALDWIN CITY RESIDENTS ONLYProof of residency is required (i.e. utility bill or ID/Driver License)1015 Orange Street is the Public Works Building/Wastewater Treatment Plant/Power PlantWhat we&am...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Electric Equipment Work in Fire Tree Development

Fire Tree Notice

The City of Baldwin City Line Crew will be in the Fire Tree Development addressing the settling issues with the Transformers, Secondary Pedestals, and Primary Cabinets. Crews will be digging around the electrical equipment and adjusting them back to level...

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

Arbor Day Activities

Arbor Day 2

Arbor Day in usually in April, but this year the Baldwin City Tree Board rescheduled the day to June 20th. About 110 trees were given out at the Annual Tree Give-away.

At 11:30am, the Tree Board planted three little-leaf lindens in the city right-of-way in...

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Sesquicentennial
Posted on: July 2, 2020

Talking Sesquicentennial on Timeline Radio

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Listen to Timeline Radio’s recorded episode from June 22, 2020, with Clenece Hills hosting Mayor Casey Simoneau and Councilman Brian Cramer. Topics discussed include:

  • Lucy Sullivan Sweet
  • Sesquicentennial celebration
  • Sullivan Square
  • Mural Benches in ...
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Sesquicentennial
Posted on: May 22, 2020

The Early Days - an interview

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An interview with Roger Boyd of the Santa Fe Historical Society.

Topics include: 

  • How the Santa Fe Trail brought people to the area of Baldwin City
  • A brief introduction to the founding of Baker University
  • The railroad comes to town - but which town?
  • T...
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Sesquicentennial
Posted on: May 22, 2020

The Story Begins

The story begins

Imagine that the walls around us dissolve. All the bricks and lumber fall away. The buildings outside melt and disappear. There are no streets, no cars, no campus. 

A breeze ruffles your hair. Above you is sky, blue with fat white clouds. All arou...

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Sesquicentennial

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Posted on: August 7, 2020

The Baldwin Beacon, Vol. 15

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New Beacon available now. 

In this issue:

  • Project updates
  • Recap of survey results & flag design contest
  • Women’s suffrage events, a mural bench unveiling, and a movie night with strong female leads

Read on...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

The Baldwin Beacon: Vol. 14

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New Baldwin Beacon available.

Topics range from Hakuna Matata, to flag designs, to Mystery Mike and a downtown music survey. Go read it now!