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Posted on: April 21, 2021

Local Vaccine Clinics

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Two-Dose Clinics to be held in Baldwin

There is a series of two vaccination clinics coming up for the Baldwin City community. It will be held at Collins Gym, located on Baker Campus at 524 6th St. It’s free and open to anyone over age 16.

First cl...

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

Baldwin City Land Auction

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Land Auction May 5th

The City of Baldwin City will auction off two (2) city-owned properties at 10am on Wednesday, May 5th.

The auction will be held at 620 Indiana St, in downtown Baldwin City, KS.

Property #1:  tract of land located on the northeas...

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Posted on: April 12, 2021

Citywide Yard Sales

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Baldwin City's annual citywide Yard Sale is the first weekend of June. 

Want to list your sale on the map? Complete this form by May 28th.
Friends of the Baldwin City Library and City Hall will coordinate and distribute a free digital map ...
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Posted on: April 19, 2021

Dead Trees Removed from Pool Park


City crews removed four dead trees from the pool park. The stumps will be ground up, and new trees will be planted.

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Posted on: April 19, 2021

Clogged Lift Station (again)

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At 5:45am today, public works received a high level alarm at the Eisenhower Sewer Lift Station. They found seriously clogged pumps very close to going into an overflow state. This has now happened twice within two weeks.
If this continues, homes will see s...
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Posted on: April 14, 2021

NOW OPEN: Elm Street Railroad Crossing

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The Elm Street railroad crossing is now open 

The crossing has been declared safe for foot traffic by Kansas Department of Transportation. 

It has

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Posted on: April 7, 2021

Arbor Day Proclamation

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At the April 6th Council Meeting, Mayor Simoneau proclaimed April 30th, 2021, as Arbor Day in Baldwin City. Roger Boyd of Baldwin City's Tree Board was on hand to accept the proclamation. Roger said the Tree Board will celebrate Arbor Day with 5th grade b...

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Posted on: March 27, 2021

CANCELLED: Water Conservation Notice

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There is an electrical failure of unknown origin at the water pumping station north of town. A tech is currently on site evaluating the problem. Currently there is no water coming into town so we are using what is stored in the water towers.

There is adequ...

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Posted on: March 24, 2021

Call for Volunteers

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The downtown flowers are a point of pride for many of us. Did you know they are a partnership between the city and a group of volunteers? The
Garden Connection of Baldwin
designs, plants, and maintains the colorful flower pots and beds that make Baldwin s...
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Posted on: March 19, 2021

City Seeks Clerk Applications

Position:  City Clerk, Baldwin City, Kansas

The City of Baldwin City, KS (pop. approx. 5,000), located in Douglas County, Kansas is currently accepting applications/resumes to fill the position of City Clerk.

Position Summary:  Under the s...

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Posted on: March 10, 2021

The Baldwin Beacon: Vol. 20

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In this edition:
February Council Meeting Recap
Sidewalk Gap Project Approved for Transportation Alternatives Grant
Blackouts Avoided for Baldwin
Baldwin City Joins Kansas Main Street
City Clerk Retires
City Seeks Mowing Bids
Library Corner
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Posted on: March 10, 2021

New public health order removes hour of operations restrictions for restaurants, bars

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LAWRENCE – Public health leaders have updated the local public health order to expand the mass gathering limit and have now removed restrictions on hours of operation for venues and establishments serving food and drinks indoors.

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

City Requests Bids from Mowing Contractors

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The City of Baldwin City is requesting bids from mowing contractors to mow private property for the Baldwin City. A mowing company must be able to mow high grass and remove trash and other debris as part of the mowing service.  This will be an on...

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Posted on: February 19, 2021

Sidewalk Gap Project Approved for Transportation Alternatives Grant

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IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 19, 2021

For more information:Lynn Hughes, Baldwin City Communications Director


Baldwin City among the 18 Communities to Receive KDOT Transportation Alternatives Program Funding

Kansas Governor Lau...

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Posted on: January 8, 2021

Power Update

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The 25 minute outage that occurred this evening beginning around 5:30pm was caused by the faulty relay. We are expecting delivery of this part next week, which will fix the issue. In the meantime, if it goes off again a city employee will be d...

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Posted on: December 31, 2020

The Baldwin Beacon, Vol. 18: A Year to Remember

The Baldwin Beacon

Here’s a quick look back at some of the things that caught your attention in Baldwin City in 2020, in no particular order.

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Posted on: December 29, 2020

Baldwin Beacon: Snow Edition

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Since we haven’t talked about snow yet this year, we pulled out this conversation with the Public Works director from last year.

Some important notes:

  • If it’s expected to snow more than an inch, try not to park your vehicle on the street if possible to allo...

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Posted on: December 4, 2020

The Baldwin Beacon, Vol. 17

The Baldwin Beacon

The Baldwin Beacon Number 17 is available now.

In this edition:

Holiday Happenings

Sales Tax Survey


...and a hint of some fun coming up next weekend.

Click here to read, or click on the image below.

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Posted on: December 2, 2020

Would you vote for a .5% sales tax for a community center?


Would you vote for a .5% sales tax to fund a community center in the old gym, AKA the Bauer Building? Register your opinion now in the form below. More information on the project:

Take the survey

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Posted on: November 30, 2020

Drive-by Santa Event


Santa and his elves are stopping by for a drive-by visit City Hall for 2 hours this Saturday! Bring your letters for hand delivery to the North Pole, grab your cocoa, and bundle up for a completely safe visit from within your car.


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Posted on: October 27, 2020

Baldwin Beacon, Special Edition


The Baldwin Beacon, Special Edition: Sewer Project Overview

Click here to read.

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Posted on: October 20, 2020

Proposed Community Center Discussion

Historic Bauer Building Discussion

This event is a drop in format, and there will also be online engagement opportunities. Come anytime between 5:30pm and 7:30pm to Sullivan Square and talk with the Council-Appointed Advisory Group for the Historic Bauer Building Project. Ask any and all q...
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Posted on: October 13, 2020

BCPD to Move Into New Building This Week


We'll be moving to our new headquarters the end of this week, October 15th and 16th. For that reason, we'll be closed to all administrative functions including VIN inspections Thursday and Friday, October 15 and 16. As always, officers will remain on duty...

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Posted on: October 7, 2020

Chip and Seal to Begin Thursday, October 8

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Chip and seal will take place Thursday, Friday, and Monday - October 8, 9, and 12. The contractor will begin in Firetree and move into Signal Ridge. Please see the example below of the door hangers placed at affected homes for more details. Working hours ...

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Posted on: October 5, 2020

Safe Routes to School plans developed for final approval


Even if your kids don’t currently walk or bike to school, weigh in on our draft plans to make walking and biking to school in Lawrence, Eudora, and Baldwin City more comfortable. After temporarily pausing the Safe Routes to School planning proce...

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Posted on: October 1, 2020

Power Outage

City hall phones are down due to a possible blown transformer. City crews are en route and we’ll update you when we have more information.

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Posted on: September 29, 2020

USD 348 Seeks Substitute Teachers

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USD348 is in need of some amazing locals willing to substitute! Go to to apply. 
More information about the process available here:
If you have questions about this pr...
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Posted on: September 21, 2020


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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on October 13, 2020, the Baldwin City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at the Public Library meeting room, 800 7th Street, Baldwin City,...

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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.


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 3, 2020

Sidewalk Projects Update


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

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 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 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:


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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

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


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.


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

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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


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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$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: 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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