The Baldwin Beacon

Volume 22, May 12, 2021

April Council Recap (& first of May)

April 6th, Council met for the first council meeting in April. At the very beginning of the meeting, Mayor Simoneau called for a moment of silence in honor of a young life lost from our High School over the last week.

Moving on, the council approved a liquor license renewal for El Patron and an event from the Library called Tales & Taillights. Mayor Simoneau made a proclamation regarding Arbor Day, and presented it to Roger Boyd, the president of the Baldwin City Tree Board.

The Council heard a Mural Grant Application Request from the Director of the Library and Lumberyard Arts Center, and awarded $2,014 from the Mural Grant Fund.

Approval was given for the Firetree 5B final plat, allowing 28 lots on the north side of Firetree Estates to move into the final development phase.

April 20th, Council returned to the library for the second meeting of April. Council approved a noise waiver for the Baker Bash and an outdoor high school band concert via the consent agenda.

A new library board member was appointed, and there were some changes made to the Baldwin City Golf Course lease agreement.

City Council met for a Budget Worksession on April 27th. The main topic of discussion was Senate Bill 13. Ben Hart, the City’s financial advisor, presented information to council about the changes introduced by the new Senate Bill.

New City Clerk Appointed

Please help us welcome our new City Clerk, appointed by City Council at their May 4th Council Meeting. Amara Packard has worked for the City of Baldwin City in various capacities for 16 years. Her last role was Utility Billing Clerk. 

She has served as Interim City Clerk since the previous city clerk's retirement earlier this spring. Amara brings a lifetime of knowledge of the Baldwin City community, her warm smile, and a desire to get the job done.

Find out more about what the City Clerk does or contact Amara here.

Brand Guidelines Updated

You’ll be seeing some changes to the city branding soon. Starting now (check out the new banner at the top!) through the summer, we’ll be rolling out more colors and some alternative logos. Signage and the big things, like the water tower, will keep the standard city logo. Go to our website to get all the details.

City-owned Property Sale

The city-owned building at 7th and Indiana was sold at auction on May 5th. The purchaser was Skyview Properties, LLC.

We’re Hiring!

Whether you just need a summer job, or you’re looking for something that pays well, offers full training opportunities, excellent benefits, and a career path, we’ve got something for you. Current openings include:

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

  • Maintenance Tech I - Public Works

  • Power Plant Operator

Apply Now

Consumer Confidence Report

The Consumer Confidence Report for Baldwin City’s water supply covering calendar year 2020 is now available. For the 2020 calendar year, there were no violations of drinking water regulations and no required health effects notices or violation notices.

Read the Report

Events Coming Up

We’re cautiously optimistic that we’re approaching a season full of safe events. In all cases, attendance at these events requires following local health department regulations.

May 21st - Baldwin City Spirit [Warm Up in Sullivan Square]

Celebratory nod to the history of Sullivan Square with the "Spirit of Lucy Sullivan" and to our collective accomplishments over the past year, including the 2021 graduating classes.

June 5th - Citywide Yard Sales

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 of registered yard sales. More information, including guidance from the Health Department, available here.

June 5th - Trails & Trailblazers

An event celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail. You don’t want to miss this one. Find all the information here.

June 12th - Citywide Cleanup

Garage sale didn’t quite finish cleaning out the garage? The Citywide Cleanup event is here to help! Check out the flyer below for what you can and can’t bring plus contact info for more questions. Or find all the same info on our website. Don’t forget this event is for citizens only, so please bring your utility bill or ID showing your current address.

Library Corner

Great news! We're extending our hours AND browsing will now be open in the north wing of the library. Juniors and Children's are still being repaired but will be open as soon as possible.

Outdoor in person summer library programs begin Saturday, June 5th! Stay tuned for a calendar full of fun events, craft activities, and story times.

Teens and Young Adults 14-24 years old: Join BCK United, a youth-led empowerment group sparking social change and personal growth focused on wellness, inclusion, and equity. Email