From the Chief

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.

Police Department Closed to Walk-In Traffic

January 13, 2022

Effective Immediately and Until Further Notice

For public safety due to the current infection outbreak and due to staffing availability, the Baldwin City Police Department is closed to walk-in traffic. No vehicle inspections or fingerprinting services will be performed

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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.