Councilman, Steve Bauer

I know that we are all grieving the loss of two of our most prominent citizens, Steve and Alison Bauer.  Although I didn’t know Alison well, I do know that she was very involved with the Lumberyard Arts Center, that she served on the School Board for many years and that she was a lovely person.  As the Mayor, I had the privilege of getting to know Steve when he was elected to the City Council.  We had met in passing prior to that, but I had no real basis from which to form an opinion.  Although we had a rocky start from the outset of his election, Steve proved himself to be eager to learn more about the agenda issues and apply that knowledge to the decisions he was being asked to make.  He exemplified what I believe the role as a Council member should be.  He formed his opinions based on what he felt would be best for the City, as a whole, while not dismissing the voice of the people.    This is a very difficult line to toe, but Steve managed it with grace and dignity.  His contribution to the City Council, albeit only 2 short years, was greatly appreciated and will be extremely difficult to replace.   My condolences and prayers go out to Steve and Alison’s families, as well as the many people in Baldwin City whose lives they touched.  ~Mayor Marilyn Pearse

Police Officer

The City of Baldwin City is now accepting applications for a full-time Police Officer.


The position protects and serves the citizens of Baldwin City.  This position provides citizen assistance, enforces all federal, state, and local laws, and performs patrol duties.  Making arrests, issuing citations for traffic violations, and investigating crimes and accidents are the primary responsibilities of this position.  This employee should possess excellent communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills.

Qualified applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, have a High School/GED education and be at least 21 years of age.

Experienced officer preferred; KLETC certified or equivalent.

Annual Salary Range is $37,565.00 to $51,695. Depending on Qualifications.


Benefits include health, dental and vision with other benefits options available. Excellent retirement options as well.



Codes Administrator Opening

City of Baldwin City is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Codes Administrator.


Under the supervision of the Community Development Director, the Codes Administrator is a non-exempt position under FLSA.  This position performs administrative duties, is responsible for the enforcement of codes and ordinances for building occupancy, zoning and subdivision regulations.  Promoting public safety in the City’s built environment, and in general, is required.  This employee should possess excellent organizational, public relations and communication skills.

Benefits include health, dental, vision. KPERS retirement, 401(a)/457 plan. Other benefits available.

Education: HS diploma, preferable some college education

Minimum experience: 5 years related experience and/or training

Applicant must have plumbing, electrical and building certifications. Within one year of employment must obtain mechanical and plan review certification.

Contact Ed Courton for more information. or call 785.594.6427

Application deadline: June 9, 2017 – 4:00 p.m.


June 1 deadline fast approaching

The deadline to get your name on the ballot is fast approaching. Citizens interested in making a difference for your City or School board, this is your opportunity to become part of the process. June 1 is just around the corner!
Below is the new calendar for City/School elections:
June 1st – Noon – Filing & Withdrawal Deadline for Candidates at the County Clerks Office KSA 25-21a01, 25-05, 25-21a03
Deadline for questions to be placed on the Primary Election Ballot.
June 17th – Deadline to mail UOCAVA Ballots (Primary if required)
July 11th – Registration books close. KSA 25-2311(a)(4)
July 12th – Advance Voting by mail begins KSA 25-1122(f), 25-1123(a)
July 12th – Advance Voting in person begins at the Douglas County Courthouse (This is subject to change)
July 31st – Advance Voting closes at noon KSA 25-1122(f)
August 1st – Primary Election (if required) KSA 25-21a01
August 7th – Primary Canvass KSA25-3104
Deadline for question to be placed on the General Election Ballot
September 22nd – Deadline to mail UOCAVA Ballots (General)
October 17th – Registration books close. KSA 25-2311(a)(5)
October 18th – Advance Voting by mail begins KSA 25-1122(f), 25-1123(a)
October 18th – Advance Voting in person begins at the Douglas County Courthouse
November 6th – Advance Voting closes at noon KSA 25-1122(f)

Mechanic position

The City of Baldwin City is accepting applications for the position of Mechanic in the Public Works department. Under the supervision of the Director of Public Works, the Maintenance Tech II – Mechanic position is non-exempt under FLSA. This position performs semi-skilled, skilled, and administrative work in maintaining the vehicles and mechanical equipment of the various City departments. This employee must possess a strong mechanical aptitude, as well as effective communication and public relations skills.

Salary range is negotiable depending on experience.

Benefits include BCBSKS health, dental and vision. Other benefits offered include 457 retirement plan, KPERS, Life insurance, Short disability insurance, voluntary life.

For additional information, applicants may contact Public Works Director, Kenny Oshel or Director of Electric Utility Distribution, Chris Croucher at 785-594-6907.

Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2017.



Electronics Recycling Event

Baldwin City
Electronics Recycling Event

Saturday, May 20th, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Baldwin City Market – 8th and Ames/56 Hwy

This will be the first annual Baldwin City Electronics Recycling Event.  Baldwin City Market has graciously agreed to host the event in their parking lot at 8th and Ames/56 Hwy.

We have hired MRC Recycling event to handle the event.  Since MRC has a zero landfill policy, none of your material (other than wood from console TV’s) will end up in the landfill.  If it has a plug or uses batteries, they can recycle it including TV’s, monitors, appliances and cell phones.  (Please remove any batteries as they are considered hazardous waste and can’t be included.)  While most electronics can be recycled at no cost, the following fees must accompany the items you drop off:

Computer Monitors:

Flat Screen Computer Monitors – No Charge
CRT Computer Monitors = $5.00 each


LED/LCD/Plasma TV’s = $10.00 each
CRT TV’s 26” or less = $30.00 each
CRT TV’s 27” or greater = $50.00 each
(CRT is the “old fashioned” big and heavy Cathode Ray Tube stuff)

Wood Console and True Big Screen/Projection TV’s = $50.00 each
Any Freon containing unit = $10.00 each

Fees can only be paid by cash or check.

MRC Recycling, a R2/RIOS Certified recycler, provides electronics recycling services with the goal of properly diverting electronic waste from the landfill while offering convenient solutions to the ongoing issues of identity theft and environmental liability.  Additional information about MRC is available at their website,

Don’t confuse this event with the Citywide Cleanup Event scheduled for Saturday, June 10th from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm.  At the Citywide Cleanup they will not accept tires or hazardous waste.

This event is open to the public and is not limited to residents of Baldwin.  Businesses are welcome.  If you have questions, contact City Hall at 785-594-6427.