The Baldwin Beacon Volume 12, June 19, 2020

A collection of local interest items to help keep you up-to-date and informed. This newsletter is part of Baldwin City Municipal Government's Communication Initiative. #BaldwinTogether.

Happy Juneteenth!

Here's a great explanation of what Juneteenth commemorates and why it's worth celebrating.

Fly Your Flag

You have through July 3rd, but why not get your Baldwin City flag contest entry in now? Here's alllll the information you need. You may submit via email to lhughes@baldwincity.gov; by snail mail: ATT: Lynn Hughes, PO Box 86, Baldwin City, KS 66006; or drop off at City Hall, the Lumberyard Arts Center, the Library, or Recreation Commission.

Flag submissions to-date displayed in the window of City Hall.
Flag submissions to-date displayed in the window of City Hall.

Got questions about the Library Reopening Plans?

We sat down with the library director, Wendy Conover, to get a feel for what our Baldwin City library world will be like as they reopen to the public beginning on June 22nd. Hint: There will still be fairies!

Police Department statement

On Monday, June 8th, county law enforcement partners met with the Douglas County District Attorney to discuss current policies. Here's where Baldwin City Police Department stands on each of the items highlighted by the District Attorney.

BCPD is fully committed to each of the statements in this graphic, and this is already practiced daily in training, policy, and practice. In addition, Chief Pattrick is currently conducting a comprehensive review of all written policies for BCPD to be certain we meet or exceed these standards at all times.

Phase 3 Remains in Place through July 5

Douglas County will remain in Phase 3 through July 5 due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases. Dr. Thomas Marcellino, Douglas County Health Officer, strongly encourages residents to wear masks in public to help prevent spread of the virus. https://bit.ly/37KTBkX

Upcoming city meetings & events

City Council Meeting June 16th

City Council met June 16th. Here is the agenda, and you can watch the video here or on the city website.

Reminder: The Utility Deferment Program closes soon

PLEASE NOTE: If you have NOT applied for utility deferment yet, your city utility bill will be due in full and penalties will begin after 5pm on June 25th, 2020. YOU MAY STILL APPLY, but you MUST do so by June 25th.

Regular due dates, late fees, and shut off schedules will resume on June 26th. Printable application form available here or call City Hall at 785-594-6427.

Door-to-Door Sales

Baldwin City permits door-to-door sales people within city limits, after they go through an application process. Here's what the process looks like, and a few things to know.

Pool Programming: How & When to Register

We sat down with Matt McClure of Baldwin City Recreation Commission to talk about the pool. Here's what you need to know:

  • Get your pool pass now, at the Rec office
  • Lap swim, deep water exercise, and open swim times will open June 29th with limited registration slots (register starting June 28th at 4pm)
  • Swim lessons will open for registration Monday, June 29th

More information on the Rec website: https://bit.ly/BCRCaquatics.


In 1929, Baker University had to stop selling apples at sporting events after students pelted rival team members with apple cores. We just want to know what they started selling instead. Marshmallows maybe?

Heads or tails?

Ahem, that is - wheat & maple leaf or Parmenter Hall? Commemorative coins for the Sesquicentennial are available at City Hall for $5 each.