A look inside Baldwin City life.

Burglary/Theft at Baker University

January 24, 2023

Baldwin City Police Department was notified this morning, January 24, 2023, that an incident occurred at Baker University’s Student Union overnight. An ATM was forcibly removed from the wall and taken to a secondary location where it was entered and contents stolen. We are currently investigating

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Structure Fire Displaces Family

January 12, 2023

A family is displaced after a structure fire at 619 10th Street began early in the morning of January 12th. Baldwin City Fire Department responded and were on scene at 5:54am. The fire was contained to a small interior area quickly, and then extinguished.

The family and their pet were able

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New UTV Rules & Inspection Events

January 12, 2023

Baldwin City Council approved new rules for UTVs on August 16, 2022. UTVs and micro-utility trucks now must be registered and inspected by the Baldwin City Police Department before they are legal on city streets.

Requirements for registration include: 

* Liability insurance

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2022 in Review

January 05, 2023

2022... what a year. It started as it ended, with a snowstorm.

In between, there were projects of all kinds started and finished, concerts, events, splashpad fun, and community education. Farmer's markets popped up, sports and activities took place, new murals appeared, aid was

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

December 31, 2022


December 30, 2022

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

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

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Shooting Incidents in Baldwin City

December 30, 2022


December 30, 2022

Shooting Incidents in Baldwin City

At 7:13 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, officers received reports of a suspect firing a weapon from a vehicle

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Holiday Closings & Trash Schedule

December 20, 2022

All City offices, including City Hall, Public Works, and the Law Enforcement Center, are closed the following dates for the holidays:

  • Friday, December 23
  • Monday, December 26
  • Monday, January 2

Trash pickup is normal throughout the holidays this year.

Planned power outage November 29

December 01, 2022

Tuesday night’s planned outage (November 29) at 10pm was intended to discover the exact issue in relays at the substation, which have not been re-closing correctly. The power plant crew fired up the power plant at full capacity to carry all Baldwin City customers during the maintenance

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Clerical Error in the City Sales Tax Referendum

November 03, 2022

Baldwin City Administration uses a third party vendor to create and facilitate a number of ordinances and resolutions. Due to an error at the vendor’s office, the Question Submitted Election Resolution that was submitted to the County Clerk the ballots in the polls reads one-quarter percent

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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

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 for

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TA Grant, Maple Leaf Trail Phase 2

October 07, 2022

October 7, 2022, Baldwin City, KS —

For immediate release:

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

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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 Tax

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2022 MLF Press release

September 22, 2022

The Festival opens both days at 9 am – come early to walk downtown and enjoy over 300 craft and food vendors, bounce houses for all ages, a music venue, and a Kid’s Zone.

The Maple Leaf Train returns this year, with a 45 minute train ride along Midland Railroad’s track down to the

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Car vs. Pedestrian, 8.18.2022

August 18, 2022

Thursday, August 18th, 2022, at about 3:25pm Officers from the Baldwin City Police Department were dispatched along with medical personnel to the intersection of 8th and Ames (56 Highway) in reference to a car versus pedestrian accident. From preliminary

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2022 Chip and Seal Work to Begin Soon

August 04, 2022

Beginning on or around August 10th, Harbour Construction will begin phase 3 of street sealing. This year's work will focus on the southwest part of town, including all the areas highlighted in yellow or red on the map. Included streets are: From Orange Street north to but not including High

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The Beacon, Vol. 30

July 25, 2022

Volume number 30 of The Baldwin Beacon just dropped! In this issue:

Door-to-Door sales

July 18, 2022

  • Anyone going door to door or selling from the street or their vehicle must apply for a license through the City Clerk.
  • All applicants go through a background check.
  • Once fees are paid and background check clears, the applicant is issued a permit to show they are

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Downtown Building Request for Proposals

July 08, 2022

The City of Baldwin City is currently accepting proposals for use of a building at the corner of 8th and High Streets next to the city water fountain.  The building is currently used as a storage shed and previously it was used as the chamber of

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July Utility Bills to Be Delivered in Plain Envelopes

July 08, 2022

This month's utility bills will be delivered in plain envelopes due to a supply shortage at the printer. We hope to have regular envelopes by next month, but please be aware that may not be possible.

Important Independence Day Information

June 27, 2022

Fireworks are allowed between the hours of 8am and midnight from June 27th through July 5th within city limits. Bottle rockets and similar are not allowed. Read what city Read More

Gun Incident 6.7.2022

June 08, 2022

For Immediate Release

Around 10am on June 7, 2022, BCPD was dispatched in regard to a disturbance with weapons call. Upon investigation, officers found what was described to them as a road rage incident which culminated with a gun threat against a 45yo male in the parking lot at

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June 2nd Power Outage on Northwest Side of Town

June 02, 2022

There was a brief power outage this morning, June 2nd, on the northwest feeder only. A tree limb fell on a line, causing the breaker to lock out so it had to be manually reset.

Photo: northwest

60+ Yard Sales for June 4th

June 01, 2022

Over 60 individuals have registered their yard sales on the Citywide Yardsale Map for this weekend. Are you headed to Baldwin to shop? Pick up a newspaper with all the listings inside at The Nook, grab a free printed map with listings at the Library or City Hall through open hours on

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Citizen Representative for Strategic Planning Committee

May 27, 2022

Baldwin City is in search of a citizen representative to join the City Council's Strategic Planning Committee. This committee develops and reviews long term and shorter term strategic planning to address economic development, quality of life, infrastructure,

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Strategic Planning Update

May 26, 2022

Dear Baldwin City Community,

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

We’re rolling into another Baldwin Summer with Beach Boys good, good, good, good vibes in our heads! The pool is full and ready to open up Memorial Day weekend, the fountain is running, splashpad is on, and the flowers are blooming as the trees

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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.

There is one isolated area off 11th street that may not be fully restored yet due to a downed line. If your power is still out

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Tree Limb and Debris Pickup

May 15, 2022

Crews will be out Monday, May 16th, to pick up the remainder of trees and limbs that fell across the street from Sunday morning's storms, and will continue until that work is finished.

All tree limbs and brush to be picked up need to be placed on the curb as soon as possible. City workers

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Water Pump to Undergo Maintenance May 3rd

May 02, 2022

Beginning at 8am on Tuesday, May 3rd, Public Works is working with a contractor to replace the motor controls on Pump #1 at our North Water Pumping Station.

The power at the station will need to be disconnected for 3 to 4 hours while they install a new main circuit breaker. The water tower

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Rezone Hearing

April 12, 2022


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

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City Seeks IT Support Services Proposals

April 05, 2022

The City of Baldwin City is requesting proposals from qualified firms for Information Technology Support Services. The City does NOT currently have an IT department and is currently using an outside vendor to provide maintenance and support on an as needed basis. The purpose of the IT Support

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Vehicle vs. Building Incident Results in No Injuries

March 21, 2022

At 2:07pm Baldwin City Police Department responded to an incident at a professional building located in the 800 block of Ames Street. A vehicle accident resulted in damage to the building and vehicle but no injuries. Baldwin City electric distribution

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Library Board seeks new member

March 10, 2022

Make a difference in your community!

Now seeking a new Library Board member residing within city limits or within the boundaries of Baldwin City School District. Join our active and evolving Baldwin City Library to help build services and create opportunities for Baldwin City. Board

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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

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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

Wow! You all are amazing! 

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

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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

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Ordinance No. 1443

February 16, 2022



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Ordinance No. 1444

February 16, 2022



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What to Flush

February 07, 2022

Our wastewater treatment staff have had a somewhat crappy Monday morning. These three little P beings are here to ask you nicely to please be careful what you flush into the sewer system. Flushable wipes might go down, but they tend to clog up

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Groundhog Day postponed

February 02, 2022

ANNOUNCEMENT: Ground Hog Day in Baldwin City has been postponed indefinitely due to the weather.

Here’s a hyperlocal road report from Baldwin City Police Department this morning. 

“Roads were good most of the night but are getting progressively slicker as the storm continues.

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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.

Officers are currently investigating leads related to items left at the scene. Any reports involving activity

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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. We do ask that only one person be in the lobby at a time due to Covid concerns.

Thank you for your understanding

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Winter Weather Prep

January 24, 2022

This time of year, the days are short and the weather unpredictable. We know there’s a lot of uncertainty and anxiety that comes with the disruption of plans when bad weather hits. Here are some answers to questions we get every year, and some insight into the planning and process of being

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City Property for Sale

January 20, 2022

The City of Baldwin City is selling property located at 109 HWY 56. This is the site of the old Maple Leaf Motel, and it is currently an empty lot.

For more information:

Glenn Rodden, City Administrator


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.

Now Hiring Electric Journeyman Lineman

January 12, 2022


Under the supervision of the Lead Journeyman Lineman, the Journeyman Lineman is a non-exempt position under FLSA. This position is responsible for maintaining, building, and repairing the electric distribution system. This position operates equipment, digs

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County Mask Mandate

January 06, 2022

LAWRENCE, KS – An emergency public health order that requires face coverings for those ages 2 and older inside public spaces in Douglas County will go into effect Friday, Jan. 7, to help protect the community as COVID-19 cases have rapidly increased during the past

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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. 

  • All fingerprinting services are suspended until

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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

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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.

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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Fall 2021, looking back

November 22, 2021

Take a look back at Fall in Baldwin City, starting with Maple Leaf. Click on the photo below to see the full album.

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Power Outages Due to Multiple Causes

November 19, 2021

There have been a number of power outages over the last week, especially on the west side of Baldwin City. These are not due to a single cause.

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Planned Power Outage

November 16, 2021

At 6am on Thursday, November 18th, there will be a short power outage (around five minutes) in order to safely remove a line related to the construction at Baker University’s stadium project. 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

Coming soon, a program to bring lower-cost homes to town!

Tenants to Homeowners will soon have homes in Baldwin City available for purchase by qualifying buyers. Click on the image to view more photos.

If you’re unfamiliar with their community housing trust and home

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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. The power surge caused our main breaker to open and locked it out. The on call city electric crew member had to come in and manually close the breaker once

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A Place for Everyone: Continuing the Conversation in Baldwin City

November 05, 2021

As part of its community engagement process to create a strategic plan for the community, Baldwin City hosted a community conversation on October 28. Nearly 30 stakeholders participated in the 2.5-hour session.

The purpose of the conversation was to identify:

  • Gain an understanding of what Baldwin City citizens appreciate most about their community
  • Understand Baldwin City citizens’ aspirations for their community
  • Clarity regarding areas of critical importance to achieve the vision

The workshop used the Covision platform to facilitate a high level of participation and engagement Participants were put in small groups to discuss specific questions. Their responses were recorded in Covision and reviewed by a Theme Team. That team then identified themes from across all the conversations and prepared a concise summary presented back to the group as a whole. Participants then were given the opportunity to prioritize the ideas they just collectively generated.

All the comments have been captured in a separate document; this memo summarizes the results of the conversations.

An initial question was asked regarding what makes participants proud to call Baldwin City home. The purpose of this question was twofold: to simply get to know their fellow participants and to encourage stakeholders to consider all that is good about their community.

The next two questions were the primary focus of the meeting and were designed to begin considering what citizens hopes are for Baldwin City and then to be more specific in identifying what needs to happen to realize their vision. For each of these questions, themes were developed, and priorities identified as follows.

As you consider our community’s future, what should set Baldwin City apart from other towns? 

(As enumerated, the first three themes were identified as priorities.)

  1. An intentional plan that promotes the range of events, venues and activities that bring tourists to town - Maple Leaf Fest, The Trains, Arts
  2. Maintain our downtown business district during all seasons, including maintaining infrastructure (brick streets, buildings)
  3. Support the growth of a range of local businesses that allows for convenience and the small town lifestyle.
  • Safe and family friendly community that's welcoming to all.
  • Deep history in locations and buildings including homes, ready for continued and expanded
  • preservation.
  • Our excellent school systems.
  • Affordable housing for a range of ages, built into new subdivision plans.

What do we need to pay attention to realize the vision of an even better Baldwin City?

(As enumerated, the first three themes were identified as priorities.)

  1. Keep evolving with new programs and events (shop hop, pub crawl, lumberyard arts center, library programs)
  2. Create and support ($) committee(s) to promote tourism. Including support for our historical sites (Black Jack, Santa Fe Trail, Baker, Railroad)
  3. Better communication with all populations (including seniors, lower income populations, young people) about events, projects, planning and activities in convenient and reliable mediums.
  • Support for affordable housing, including starter homes
  • Up to date comprehensive and transparent plan. Grow our community responsibly (don't exceed
  • our resources), ensure inclusion of underrepresented minorities.
  • Provide support and space for more small business and non-profits
  • Use of collaboration to build better communication and coordination between local groups.
  • Keep evolving with new programs and events (shop hop, pub crawl, lumberyard arts center, library programs)
  • Keep Baldwin beautiful

Finally, participants were asked to share information regarding other issues they wanted to make sure were captured as part of the conversation. Many of those comments focused on an emphasis for building connections and understanding within the community.

A second community conversation will be conducted on November 9. The purpose of this conversation is to Identify specific suggestions, improvements, or actions to take to make advancements in key areas. Everyone is invited to join the conversation; participation in the first event is not required for participation in the second.

Register to attend on November 9th here. More information about the event is available here.


Now hiring!

November 02, 2021

As of November 2nd, the City of Baldwin City is now hiring a full time receptionist and a part time crossing guard. 

Check out the job listings here, or email

Live Council Video

October 19, 2021

Go to the City tab at the top of our page, choose Council, and then Meetings. You'll be able to watch council videos live or archived there.

Or you could bookmark this link: to keep track of what City Council is up to!

Maple Leaf Festival, circa 2021

October 14, 2021

Wondering which streets are about to be one way? Where to find handicapped parking?

(Answer: Indiana and Grove Streets, between 6th and 9th)

Here's the official Maple Leaf map, as well as a schedule overview.


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Planned Electric Outage October 7th

October 04, 2021

Baldwin City Electric Department is planning a scheduled disconnect from Evergy lines for Thursday Oct 7th in the early morning hours. With the addition of upgraded

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How to Pay Your Bill

September 17, 2021

We've launched a new website! Although we're excited, we know it could take a little while to get adjusted

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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.