A look inside Baldwin City life.

Downed Tree Branch Pickup

May 21, 2024

Public Works staff has been picking up downed tree branches from Sunday's storm the last two days. Typically after a storm they will go out and collect limbs as soon as possible after severe weather. If there is storm damage tonight, they’ll continue to pickup as needed the next fe

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West Side Chip and Seal Work

May 14, 2024

Beginning in 2020, the City undertook to chip and seal city streets for the first time. Phase I, everything north of Highway 56, was completed in 2020. Phase II consisted of the southeastern portions of town, and was completed in 2021.Chip and seal road maintenance work moves into Phase III in 2024,

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Work Progresses on Orchard Lane Culvert Project

May 14, 2024

Work progresses on the Orchard Lane culvert project. The temporary access road has been installed, and a portion of the old crumbling culvert removed. The contractor hopes to be completely finished with this work within two weeks.

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Orchard Lane Project to Start May 13th

May 10, 2024

The Orchard Lane culvert replacement project is set to begin Monday, May 13th. A temporary access road will be built on the west side of Orchard Lane to allow access for residents, with the culvert removal planned for Tuesday, May 14th. The contractor hopes to be finished within two

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May 08, 2024

The Baldwin City Recreation Commission's Thunder on the Bricks car show returns to Baldwin City this weekend. Please be aware that 8th and High Streets will be closed to parking and through traffic from 6am on Saturday, May 11, until approximately 4pm the same day.

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2024 Consumer Confidence Report Now Available

March 29, 2024

Baldwin City Public Works Department submits an annual report to the state of Kansas regarding the quality of our drinking water. The 2024 Consumer Confidence Report, covering the calendar year 2023, is now available.

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Water Rates and Billing Changes

February 16, 2024

NEW WATER RATES ESTABLISHED FOR BALDWIN CITY CUSTOMERSDue to increases received from our water supplier, beginning with January 1, 2024 usage, the cost per 1,000 gallons of consumption has changed for all retail water consumers from $14.07/1,000 gallons to $16.18/1,000 gallons, up $2.11. Per the ord

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New Trash Contract Questions & Answers

January 30, 2024

When will new cans/polycarts be delivered?January 22-30How will yard waste be handled?Yard waste will be picked up on your bulky pickup day once per month.Will they collect the old recycling bins?Yes, you will need to set their old bins out on their recycle day and put a note thatsays “take.”Wil

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January 22, 2024

TRASH SERVICE UPDATE FROM GREEN ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES (FORMERLY OTTAWA SANITATION)We will start delivering trash carts on Monday, north of the highway.Each cart will have a decal on top telling their day of service, and day/week for bulky waste. Each house will also get a brochure in a plastic bag

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Hutson's Pond Gets Young Fish

November 03, 2023

Hutson's Pond was stocked with fish from Wallace Fish Farm in Allen, KS this morning. 15 bass, 100 perch, and 5 pounds of minnows were released into the pond at Firetree Park. It'll be some time yet before the pond is ready for fishing, and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks licensing procedure

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City Resident Survey

October 02, 2023

Baldwin City is excited to announce the launch of a statistically valid survey aimed at collecting valuable insights and feedback from its residents.

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Electric Department to Perform Thermal Imaging Overnight August 21st

August 21, 2023

The electric department will be out this evening, August 21st, and throughout the night, doing the annual thermal imaging of all feeders in town. They will be using orange UTVs marked City of Baldwin City on the side. This work can only be done at night, and is performed on a "peak load" night. The

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August 17, 2023

The governing body of the City of Baldwin will meet on September 5, 2023 at 7pm at Baldwin City Public Library, 800 7th Street, Baldwin City, KS for the purpose of hearing and answering objections of taxpayers relating to the Revenue Neutral Rate and the amount of ad valorem tax and the proposed use

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City Applying for CDBG-CVR Funds to Support Local Businesses

August 16, 2023

On August 15th, the Baldwin City Council approved an application to the Kansas Department of Commerce for a $150,000 CDBG-CVR grant. If awarded the grant, the funds will be dispersed to local qualifying businesses through an application committee designated by the city.The intention of this grant is

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Overnight storm causes power outage

July 05, 2023

We want to send a huge shout out to the line crews and public works staff who were out most of the night and back at it this morning cleaning up and repairing storm damage. Some heroes wear hardhats instead of capes.The northeast section of town saw power outages while crews removed multiple

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Temporary Power Outage May 26th

May 26, 2023

Part of Baldwin City experienced a temporary power outage this morning due to a ground fault on a transformer in the 400 block of 4th Street.

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What about Solar?

March 13, 2023

We hear plenty of questions about how consumer-owned solar panels work in our community, so here is an FAQ to get you started on your search.

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New UTV Rules & Inspection Events

January 12, 2023

UTVs and micro-utility trucks now must be registered and inspected by the Baldwin City Police Department before they are legal on city streets.

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2022 in Review

January 05, 2023

Take a look in the rear view mirror with our video of chronological highlights.

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UPDATE: Shooting Incident in Baldwin City 12.30.22

January 01, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 1, 2023UPDATE: Shooting Incidents in Baldwin City on 12/30/2022A 20 year old Baldwin City man, Junah Augustus Sisney, was arrested at the intersection of High Street and Lawrence Street at 7:24pm on December 30, 2022. He was booked into the Douglas County Jail on 6 felon

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

December 31, 2022

Baldwin City Police Department is participating in the state wide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign over the holiday weekend.

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Holiday Closings & Trash Schedule

December 20, 2022

All city offices are closed on Friday, December 23rd; Monday, December 26th; and Monday, January 2nd for the holidays. There is no change to the normal trash schedule throughout the 2022 holidays.

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Clerical Error in the City Sales Tax Referendum

November 03, 2022

Due to a clerical error, the Question Submitted Election Resolution that was submitted to the County Clerk the ballots in the polls reads one-quarter percent (.25%) instead of one-half percent (.50%).

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Brief Power Outage Early Friday Morning

October 14, 2022

There was an approximately 30 minute power outage beginning at 3:15am on Friday, 10.14.22 affecting all of Baldwin City. The infrastructure coming into town is owned by Evergy, and they switched us to a backup feed in order to fix a pole broken by the high winds. While switching back, we lost power

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Maple Leaf Weekend Guide

October 14, 2022

Welcome to Baldwin City, Maple Leaf Festival edition! It’s that time of year when small town Americana wraps itself around Baldwin City in a cozy embrace of all things autumnal and traditional, promising us all we’ll survive the winter. If you’re visiting Baldwin for the Maple Leaf Festival fo

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TA Grant, Maple Leaf Trail Phase 2

October 07, 2022

On October 6th, Governor Kelly and Transportation Secretary Lorenz announced Transportation Alternatives Grants awarded for 2023-2024. Baldwin City was awarded $670,000 as an 80% match for the Maple Leaf Trail Phase 2. The local match is 20%, or approximately $167,500.

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The Baldwin Beacon, Vol. 31

October 06, 2022

New Baldwin Beacon available now. In this edition:* Maple Leaf Festival! and other upcoming events* Brick Streets Sales more.

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2022 MLF Press release

September 22, 2022

The 65th annual Maple Leaf Festival is scheduled for October 15th and 16th, 2022, in beautiful downtown Baldwin City, Kansas.

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Advertisement for Bids N 400 Road Waterline Project Baldwin City, Kansas

August 30, 2022

Sealed Bids for the construction of theN 400 Road Waterline Project in Baldwin City, KSwill be received byBaldwin Cityat the office of the City Clerk located at 803 8thStreet, Baldwin City, KS66006until11:00 a.m. on Friday September 16, 2022, and then publicly opened and read aloud. Bids received af

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Seeking Proposals of Lease of Fenced Property

August 24, 2022

The City of Baldwin City is seeking proposals for the lease of a fenced property located on 6th Street next to the alley. All proposals should be submitted to the City Clerk, Amara Packard, at Questions may be addressed to the City Administrator, Glenn Rodden, at grodden@ba

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The Beacon, Vol. 30

July 25, 2022

Volume number 30 of The Baldwin Beacon just dropped! In this issue:new muralinfo recap from the last monthRHID program, explainedupcoming eventsSign up now to get The Beacon in your inbox. 

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Door-to-Door sales

July 18, 2022

Summertime means door-to-door sales people. Here’s what you need to know about how the city handles requests to sell in town.

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Strategic Planning Update

May 26, 2022

A huge “thank you” goes out to the participants of the Community Conversation forum that was conducted in October and November 2021.

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The Baldwin Beacon, Vol. 28

May 19, 2022

A new Beacon is out! Get info on the upcoming Citywide Yardsale, Citywide Cleanup, summer street repairs, a council decision on Phase I for Brick Street preservation and rehabilitation, and more.

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Power Outage 5.15

May 15, 2022

Power was off for about two hours this morning, May 15th, between 8am and 10am, due to an area-wide outage likely due to the strong thunderstorms rolling through.

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Tree Limb and Debris Pickup

May 15, 2022

We understand it can take some time to get downed trees and limbs moved, so there will be a final pick up pass in about a week. If you see the trucks going past full of brush tomorrow or the next day and they didn't get yours, don't panic. Just call Mattie and get on the list: 785-594-6907, or plan

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Rezone Hearing

April 12, 2022

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN AND TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED:NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on May 10, 2022, the Baldwin City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at the Public Library meeting room, 800 7th Street, Baldwin City, Kansas, at 7:00 P.M., to consider the following application:1. 

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City Launches New Utility Billing Portal

April 11, 2022

Baldwin City utility customers who access and pay your bills online, we have a new and fully updated web portal for you! Even if you have already been using bill pay online, you will need to create an account the first time you access the portal.

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Citywide Cleanup to take place June 11, 2022, rain or shine

April 08, 2022

CITYWIDE CLEANUP IS TAKING PLACE ON JUNE 11, 2022, 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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2022 Consumer Confidence Report Now Available

March 21, 2022

Baldwin City Public Works Department submits an annual report to the state of Kansas regarding the quality of our drinking water. The 2022 Consumer Confidence Report, covering the calendar year 2021, is now available.

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Library Board seeks new member

March 10, 2022

Now seeking a new Library Board member residing within city limits or within the boundaries of Baldwin City School District (USD 348).

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Winter Storm Warning (again)

March 09, 2022

Ain’ no one want this, but here we are: At least four inches of snow on the way, Baldwin School District is closed for an extra “spring break snow day,” and ScoopDogg and Big Boss plows are ready to roll. So much for the blue skies smiling at us earlier today, it’s bread and milk time again.

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Weather 101

February 28, 2022

Douglas County Emergency Management is offering “Weather 101” at 6:30 p.m. on March 3. This educational class will be in Flory Meeting Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St., and it is open to anyone at no cost. It will include information about severe thunderstorm development,

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February Snowstorm Wrapup

February 18, 2022

Our snow crew spent a very long day yesterday clearing the city streets in a snowstorm. A few came in at 5am and the last two individuals left around 8pm. The full crew — 12 people all together — was out from 7am until after 6pm, which is a grueling long day of hard work. The guys are still out

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Public Hearing March 8th, 2022

February 16, 2022

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on March 8, 2022, the Baldwin City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at the Public Library meeting room, 800 7th Street, Baldwin City, Kansas, at 7:00 P.M., to consider the following applications:

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Ordinance No. 1443

February 16, 2022


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Ordinance No. 1444

February 16, 2022


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800 block of Deer Ridge Vandalism incident

February 01, 2022

The Baldwin City Police Department is seeking any potential information regarding acts of vandalism in the 800 block of Deer Ridge Court anytime January 31st or early February 1st.

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Police Offices Open to the Public Again

January 31, 2022

Effective January 31st, the front lobby of the Police Department will once again be open to the public for walk-in reports, VIN inspections, and fingerprinting services.

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Winter Weather Prep

January 24, 2022

Here are some answers to questions we get every year, and some insight into the planning and process of being prepared for a severe weather event.

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Truck Route - High Street closed

January 18, 2022

High Street will be closed today between 1st and 3rd from noon until 2pm. Crews will be setting up light poles for the new Baker University Baseball Stadium at Sauder Field. More info:

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All City Offices Closed Monday

January 14, 2022

All city offices are closed on Monday, January 17th, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Trash and recycling services are normal next week.

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County Mask Mandate

January 06, 2022

Health order takes effect Jan. 7; County Commission to discuss extending order Jan. 12

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Temporary Modified Police Services

January 05, 2022

In light of the recent spike of COVID infections in the County and the Douglas County mask mandate effective Friday, January 7th, we are temporarily modifying our current operating procedures at the Baldwin City Police Department.

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Special Edition: Year in Review

December 30, 2021

Click Here to ReadHourglass daysThere’s something about the last few days of a year, when it starts to feel like the sands of time are slipping through our fingers. Continue reading...

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One Vehicle Accident Results in Broken Power Pole

December 22, 2021

The Baldwin City Police Department was dispatched to a one vehicle accident at about midnight last night in the 300 block of Washington. The vehicle apparently left the roadway and struck a power pole shearing the pole in two.

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Closed for the Holidays

December 21, 2021

All City Offices are closed for the holidays on Thursday, December 23rd, and Friday, December 24th. We'll also be closed on Friday, December 31st. Please note that trash pick up is normal this week and next week.

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City Requests Proposals for Architectural and Engineering Services

November 24, 2021

The City of Baldwin City, Kansas (the City) is requesting proposals from architecture and engineering firms interested, experienced, and knowledgeable in working with public entities in the design and construction or renovation of facilities for use as a community center.

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Festival of Lights 2021

November 23, 2021

Festival of Lights: A day of warmth, light, and goodwill in Baldwin City. Join in the daytime activities, or just come for the parade beginning at 6pm downtown.

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Planned Power Outage

November 16, 2021

This will affect customers located between High Street and 56 Highway, and from 1st Street to 5th Street.

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Tenants to Homeowners

November 15, 2021

Tenants to Homeowners is bringing a new program to Baldwin City, offering five homes to low-to-moderate income households.

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November 11th Power Outage

November 12, 2021

Around 4:25am Thursday, November 11th, power went out in Baldwin City due to a regulator fire on Evergy’s equipment outside town.

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The Baldwin Beacon: Vol. 27

November 08, 2021

New Baldwin Beacon, out now! In this edition: ~Community Engagement portion of City Council's strategic planning ~New affordable housing coming to Baldwin City ~Flu clinic at the library ~City job openings and more!

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Now hiring!

November 02, 2021

The City of Baldwin City is now hiring a full time receptionist and a part time crossing guard.

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How to Pay Your Bill

September 17, 2021

Wondering how to pay your bill or where City Council livestream went? Here's what you need to know.

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Smoke on the Bricks Info

August 19, 2021

Beginning Friday morning at 9am (tomorrow!), most of Downtown Baldwin City will be closed to traffic due to Smoke on the Bricks. Please plan accordingly.

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Planning Commission Agenda

August 06, 2021

The Baldwin City Planning Commission and Zoning Appeals Board will meet Tuesday night, August 10th. The meeting is at 7pm at the Baldwin City Library.

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Firework Rules

July 25, 2021

Firework sales begin this weekend in Baldwin City, and here are some things you need to know ahead of time.

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