Friday, January 29, 2016

Council Agenda for February 1

A. Call to Order: Mayor Marilyn Pearse
B. Consent Agenda: Consent Agenda Items will be acted upon by one motion unless a Council member requests an item be removed for discussion and separate action.
1. Consider the Draft Minutes of the January 25, 2016 Regular Meeting
2. Consider an Appropriation Ordinance No. 2016-02A claims Against the City for Goods Provided and Services Rendered.

C. Public Comments: Members of the public are welcome to comment about any matter relating to City business not listed on this Agenda. Please stand and wait to be recognized by the Mayor. As a general practice, the comments may or may not be acted upon by the Council during the meeting, or the Council may refer the items to staff for follow up.
If you wish to comment on an item listed on the Agenda, a sign-up sheet is provided for you to sign in and provide your address. You will be called on when the Agenda item of interest is under discussion by the Council.
For all public comments there is a time limit.
D. Special Reports or Presentations
1. Chamber of Commerce- Hank Booth
E. Old Business
1. Rezoning Ordinance – 2nd reading ( Brad Smith, Matt Hoy, Tina Rakes)
F. New Business
1. Resolution 2016-03 -Support – North Star Housing, LLC (Brad Smith)
G. Committee and/or Commission Reports
H. City Administrator and Staff comments
1. Preliminary Report of 2015 Operations (Brad Smith)
I. Council & Mayor Comments
J. Executive Session
K. Adjourn

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Annual Groundhog Day Pancake Supper

The Ives Chapel United Methodist Church Men are hosting the Annual Groundhog Day Pancake Supper on Tuesday February 2, 2016.

Serving begins @ 5 pm
A Free Will Donation will be accepted.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Baker University Community Choir to Begin Rehearsals

The Baker University Community Choir will begin rehearsals for the spring season on Thursday, January 28. Area singers age 15 and older are invited to join, with no audition necessary. The choir rehearses weekly from 6:00-8:00 pm in McKibbin Recital Hall, Owens Musical Arts building, 408 8th Street, Baldwin City. A $20 participation fee is charged per semester. Spring performances include One Voice: A Baldwin Community Concert on Tuesday, March 8 at the Baldwin High School Performing Arts Center, and Spring Sing, Friday, May 6 in Baker University’s Rice Auditorium. Cathy Crispino, Director of Choral Ensembles, conducts the group. For more information, email or call 785-594-4504.

Free Community Meal

Thankful Thursday
Free Community Meal
Thursday January 28th
serving 6 to 7 pm
at Ives Chapel
1018 Miami Street.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Baldwin City Council Meeting - January 25, 2016

After a holiday delay and a weather related postponement, the regular 3rd Monday of the month City Council meeting was held Monday January 25, 2016. With Mayor Marilyn Pearse unable to attend, Council President Kathy Gerstner lead the meeting. No one wished to speak during public comments. The council passed unanimously ordinance 1336, the 2nd reading of the KCP&L franchise agreement and 1337 the 2nd reading of the Marshal Wind Farm agreement.
Mike Bosch, RG Fiber, addresses the city council
on January 25, 2016.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
Mike Bosch of RG Fiber, spoke to the city council for the city to consider a conduit sharing agreement and a franchise fee agreement. Saying, his companies mantra was, "Speed to the masses," as he began his presentation. Asking to share the conduit the city already shares under High Street. The only thing in the conduit is a fiber to get internet to the Baldwin City Fire Department.
The last half of Bosch's presentation was about the difference between franchise fees and licensing agreements. On the franchise fee side their competitors pay a franchise fee of 5% to the city.
During the questioning by city council members a brief discussion ensued whether it was all conduit or just the conduit under High Street. Council member Tony Brown thought it would be best not to bring in other potential conduit at this time. The council decided to direct staff to draw up the proposed agreements.

In other council business:

  • Flint Hills Holdings, LLC was before the council again this year seeking tax credits to redevelop the former junior high school on Chapel Street into 30 affordable living apartments. The council approved the resolution.
  • Ordinance 1338 to rezone a property near Ridgeline Road will move forward to a second reading. The new zoning would allow for single family or duplex homes.
    New City Administrator, Glenn Rodden.
    Photographer Kevin Surbaugh

    Gerstner thanked Brad Smith for his service as interim City Administrator and introduced Glenn Rodden, who was in attendance with his wife.
  • Sunday, January 24, 2016

    Duplex Fire Quickly Extinguished

    Around 8:30 a.m. the Baldwin City volunteer fire department responded to a fire at 509 High Street, just one block east of the fire station. Upon arrival firefighters found flames erupting from the bottom northwest corner of the duplex, which they quickly extinguished. Damage was estimated at less the $1,000. Damage was confined to structure siding and the western duplexes basement and crawlspace. Red Whitesell, the resident of the apartment was able to return to his home. The residents of the eastern half of the structure were unaffected.
    Palmyra, Willow Spring township fire departments and the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical also had units that responded to the fire as well. Corporal Kim Springer said in a Facebook posting that there was no injuries. The cause is still unknown at this time.

    Old Castle Museum reopens to the public with an open house

    According to their website, Baker University will host an open house from 3-6 p.m., January 28, at Old Castle Museum, the oldest college building in Kansas, located at 511 Fifth St. in Baldwin City.
    The event is free and open to the public. The museum, which has been closed to the public the last few years, will be open Saturday's and Sunday's after the open house this Thursday.
    photographer Kevin Surbaugh
    A new permanent exhibit explores the history of the university and Baldwin City. The exhibit highlights this area’s pre-statehood days as a stop on the Santa Fe Trail and features artifacts indicative of frontier life and Plains Indian culture. Objects from Baldwin City, the Battle of Black Jack, and Baker University’s early years tell a story of Civil War-era conflict, and also of an expanding town and a thriving university. The exhibit ends with Baker as it is today and demonstrates the university’s 157 years of progress.
    As Kansas celebrates it's 155th anniversary on January 29, "it’s the perfect time to celebrate the reopening of the museum,” said Sara DeCaro, museum director and university archivist.
     Decaro also said that refreshments will be served and donations accepted.

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

    Baldwin Invitational Finals

    In the final rounds of the Baldwin Invitational Tournament, Baldwin High didn't fair to well.

    7th Place Game:    Bishop Ward 51  Louisburg 44
    5th Place Game:   Wellsville 54   Anderson County  49
    3rd Place Game:   Augusta 65    Baldwin  55
    1st Place Game:  Bonner Springs 51  JC Harmon 40

    Friday, January 22, 2016

    Baldwin Invitational Tournament - Day 2

     Baldwin Invitational Tournament day 2 results:

    Wellsville 60    Louisburg 55
    Anderson County 55   Bishop Ward 39
    JC Harmon 56   Augusta 51
    Bonner Springs 74    Baldwin 44

    The next round will be Saturday January 23. Anderson County will play Wellsville at 2:30 p.m. Bishop Ward will play Louisburg at 1 p.m. JC Harmon will play Bonner Springs at 5:30 p.m. Augusta will play Baldwin at 4 p.m.

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

    Baldwin Invitational Tournament -- Day 1

    Day 1 Scores:

    JC Harmon 62    Louisburg 47
    Augusta 57     Wellsville 56
    Bonner Springs  64     Bishop Ward 18
    Baldwin 66    Anderson County 64

    The next round will be Friday January 22. Louisburg will play Wellsville at 4 p.m.  Bishop Ward will play Anderson County at 5:30 p.m. JC Harmon will play Augusta at 7 p.m.   Bonner Springs will play Baldwin at 8:30 p.m.

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

    Weather Cancellation

    Due to the inclement weather conditions  the city council meeting for tonight has been postponed until 7pm on Monday January 25, 2016. In a posting on the cities Facebook page, the city said,
    Due to the inclement weather conditions, the City Council Meeting has been postponed and rescheduled for January 25, 2016, 7:00 PM @ Baldwin City Library.
    In other news the Baldwin City athletic director, Gary Stevanus said, that the Baldwin Invitational Basketball Tournament has been postponed until tomorrow January 20. According to Stevanus they will follow today's bracket schedule tomorrow.
    As for the school board meeting, it has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 25, at the Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center.

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

    Baseball Fundraiser

    On January 16, 2016 the Baldwin High School baseball team held a pancake feed to raise funds.  The proceeds will be used for team equipment. The feed was held 8 a.m. through 11 a.m.
    photographer Kevin Surbaugh
    At 8:30, there was more students then general public. However, by 9:15
    more people began to trickle in, filling up the cafeteria where for $5 each, they enjoyed unlimited pancakes and sausages. With a choice of milk, orange juice or coffee for a beverage. In addition, participants had the opportunity to bid on a number of donated items in a silent auction to also raise funds for the team.

    photographer Kevin Surbaugh

    Friday, January 15, 2016

    Council Agenda for January 19th

    The January 19, 2016 Baldwin City council meeting will be at the Baldwin City Public Library
    (800 7th St) at 7 p.m.
    A. Call to Order: Mayor Marilyn Pearse
    B. Public Hearing: KCP&L Franchise Agreement
    C. Consent Agenda: Consent Agenda Items will be acted upon by one motion unless a Council member requests an item be removed for discussion and separate action.
    1. Consider the Draft Minutes of the January 4, 2016 Regular Meeting
    2. Consider an Appropriation Ordinance No. 2016-01B Claims Against the City for Goods Provided and Services Rendered
    D. Public Comments: Members of the public are welcome to comment about any matter relating to City business not listed on this Agenda. Please stand and wait to be recognized by the Mayor. As a general practice, the comments may or may not be acted upon by the Council during the meeting, or the Council may refer the items to staff for follow up. If you wish to comment on an item listed on the Agenda, a sign-up sheet is provided for you to sign in and provide your address. You will be called on when the Agenda item of interest is under discussion by the Council. For all public comments there is a time limit.
    E. Special Reports or Presentations
    F. Old Business
    1. Ordinance 1336, KCPL Franchise Agreement (Brad Smith) – second reading
    2. Ordinance 1337, Marshall Windfarm Agreement (Brad Smith) – second reading
    G. New Business
    1. Consider Conduit Sharing Agreement and Franchise Fee Agreement (Brad Smith, RG Fiber – Mike Bosch)
    2. Resolution 2016-02 – Flint Hills Holdings (Brad Smith)
    3. Ordinance 1338 - Rezoning of Property – 1st Reading (Matt Hoy/Tina Rakes)
    H. Committee and/or Commission Reports
    I. City Administrator and Staff comments
    1. Contractor Licensing (Brad Smith)
    J. Council & Mayor Comments
    K. Executive Session
    L. Adjourn

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

    Baldwin Invitational Tournament will be Next Week

    The 47th Annual Baldwin Invitational Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament start on January 19, 2016. With following brackets on January 22 and 23. All tournament games will be played in the Baldwin Junior High School Gymnasium.
    Admission for each day will be $5 for adults and $3 for K-12 students.
    Baldwin will play at 8:30 on the 19th, with the winner of that game playing at 5:30 on the 22nd. The game on the 22nd will be against the winner of the Bonner Springs and Bishop Ward game on the 19th.
    Schedule for January 19, 2016
    1. Bonner Springs Vs 8. Bishop Ward 1/19/16 7:00pm
    4. Anderson County Vs 5. Baldwin 1/19/16 8:30pm
    2. Louisburg Vs 7. JC Harmon 1/19/16 4:00pm
    3. Wellsville Vs 6. Augusta 1/19/16 5:30pm

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

    Bulldogs Baseball Pancake Feed

    Everyone is invited to have breakfast with the Baldwin High School Baseball team The pancake feed will be $5 and will be held Saturday January 16 from 8 a.m.- 11 a.m. in the Baldwin High School Cafeteria. 

    Powerball Fever Hits Baldwin City

    The Powerball is at a record high jackpot.  As Americans across the country plop down $2 per ticket for their shot at the estimated $1.5 billion jackpot to be the first since November 7th, to win the jackpot.  Baldwin City residents are no different. The drawing is attracting players who never or rarely play as well as those who play regularly.
    It was May 18, 2013 the last time the Powerball record high jackpot was won. That jackpot was roughly half of the current jackpot, $590.5 million. The cash payout of that was $370.9 million.  The cash payout this time around, should someone win tonight, will be an estimated $930 million. After taxes, which will automatically be taken out, Kansas residents would see an estimated $651 million, provided there are no other winners.
    "Ron" of Baldwin City purchases his Powerball tickets
    from Frank at the Santa Fe Market in Baldwin City
    on Wednesday January 13, 2016.
    Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
    According to Frank at the Santa Fe Market sales have been brisk. While we were there, we talked with one customer "Ron" who was buying his lottery tickets who said he was going to buy an island in the South Pacific if he won.
    Tonight lottery officials will draw five white balls out of a drum with 69 balls, and one red ball out of a drum with 26 red balls to determine the numbers. The jackpot is won by matching all five white balls, in any order, and the red Powerball. But if you miss that coveted Powerball, you can still win a mere million dollars.

    Tuesday, January 12, 2016

    Bible Study with Pastor Austin

    Every Wednesday at 10:30am
    Where: Vintage Park at Baldwin City, Baldwin City
    321 Crimson Ave, Baldwin City, KS
    Pastor Richard Austin leads a weekly group study of the Bible.

    Monday, January 11, 2016

    Old Castle Museum

    The oldest University in Kansas is Baker University in Baldwin City, KS. Here, in what is known as the Old Castle Museum is the oldest university building in Kansas. This building (pictured below)  housed the first classes of Baker University.Thus making it the oldest university building in Kansas. The Castle museum holds some old artifacts from the 1800 period, and was built in 1857. Methodist ministers started the college in Palmyra, which is now known as Baldwin City.

    photographer Kevin Surbaugh

    Tours available by appointment
    call 785-594-7800 to make an appointment

    photographer Kevin Surbaugh
    Erected this building and opened its door for instruction November 22, 1858

    Werner Renick Davis, President

    The trustees realizing their financial inability to construct a building to meet their dreams of the future requirements of the college, erected this building here as a temporary educational center rather than on the campus which had been already designated.

    Erected by:
    1908 by Class of 1891 on its Fiftieth Anniversary.

    photographer Kevin Surbaugh
    The Kibbee Cabin is a replica of a log cabin which stood on the crest of the Santa Fe Ridge north of Baldwin City where a group of Methodist ministers met to form Baker University in 1857. It was also the site of the first sermon preached by the church to white settlers in Kansas. Lucius Kibbee, who originally owned the cabin, was acquitted in Kansas' first manslaughter trial for killing a proslavery neighbor who attacked him because of Kibbee's stand against slavery. The floor and some of the furnishings are from the original cabin.

    photographer Kevin Surbaugh
    The Palmyra Post Office was used in 1857-62. This building is a replica of the original.

    513 5th Street
    Baldwin City KS 66006

    Handicapped Accessibility:
    There are small step's to all three buildings, meaning known of them are accessible to those facing mobility issues. The original university building is multiple stories which are only accessible via stairs. No elevators available. 

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

    Vandals Hit Midland Railway

    You are looking at photos Allen Kinsley took on January 8, 2016, at the Midland Railway. Midland Railway brings approximately 25,000 visitor to Baldwin City a year. As you can see, the Midland Railway has suffered a lot of vandalism to some of its property.
    One car, the one with Burlington on it, has over $30,000.00 damage (painted seats, windows, interior walls, electrical lines have been cut and removed, etc.), not including labor and will now never be in service again with out massive donations. Two other cars have also been damaged and one of the two cars is privately owned by a member.
    The Frisco one has over $40,000.00 damage inside and out. As you can see the property is posted with No Trespassing signs. Many people believe Midland Railway make thousands of dollars a year.

    But a group of VOLUNTEERS operating a tourist railroad still costs a lot...i mean a lot, of money. Just to operate, we spent nearly $500,000 last year and $525,000 in 2014. Midland Railway didn't make a profit at all and all the money goes to repair and keep our railroad history operational. With all that said...We need your help to get the word out that this damage is not acceptable and it actually hurts our ability to bring thousands of people to our community....who spend money and pay taxes on goods in our city! Please if you have any information on who is damaging Midland railway property, please call the police dept and share the info.
    photographer Allen Kinsley
    photographer Allen Kinsley
    photographer Allen Kinsley
    photographer Allen Kinsley

    Friday, January 8, 2016

    Man Narowly Escapes House Fire That Kills 14 Dogs

    A fire that was reported Tuesday (1/5/16) morning at 113 E. 1000 Road just west of Baldwin City, killed the fourteen dogs that were in the house. The only occupant, Kevin Mathews, awoke Tuesday morning to find the two story home engulfed in flames. Jumping from a second story window, Matthews flagged down a passing motorist, who called 911 about 10:13 a.m.
    courtesy of
    The fire which blocked Matthews escape by the stairs totally destroyed the home.
    The cause of the fire is still under investigation. However, investigators believe the fire was accidental.

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016


    The Palmyra well is within present-day Baldwin City, KS, about one block east of  Baldwin City High School. The community of Palmyra was settled along the Santa Fe Trail during the 1850s, and the well provided water for trail travelers and their livestock as well as the residents. Palmyra has long since been absorbed into Baldwin City, but its presence on the Santa Fe Trail has been commemorated with various markers nearby, and the well is identified today as the Palmyra well.

    Palmyra Well Historical Marker
    Photographer Kevin Surbaugh

    This well was hand dug when the town of Palmyra was established in 1857, it served travelers on the Santa Fe Trail, as well as townspeople.
    The well is 25 ft in diameter and 56 ft deep and about 17 ft to water.

    Palmyra Well
    Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
    about one (1) block east of the Baldwin City High School
    near Washington Street and Palmyra Lane

    Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
    Sign Inscription:
    First important repair stop on the Santa Fe Trail
    Blacksmith~~General Store~~Hotel
    Well~~Saw Mill~~Post Office
    Settled 1856             Surveyed 1857
    The Palmyra Association Donated the Land for Baker University and City of Baldwin

    Erected by:
    the Santa Fe Historical Society of Douglas County

    Rock Inscription
    Santa Fe Trail
    Marked by the Daughters of the American Revolution
    and the
    State of Kansas

    Outside the Baldwin City High School
    415 Eisenhower St.

    This Angling Road is the Original Santa Fe Trail. Park Area Donated by I. and J. Stickle to Baker University in 1907.

    D.A.R. Monument Commemorates the Dispersal of Free-State and Pro-Slavery Forces after the Battle of Black Jack.

    Original Bronze Plaque Stolen in 1967. Replaced in Marble by S.F.T. Hist. Soc.

    1983 by two Baker Alumnae, Class of 1932.

    at the intersection of North 6th Street and North 400 Road
    (approximately 3/4 of a mile north of US Hwy 56)

    Old Castle Museum Needs Volunteers

    Volunteers are needed to be hosts from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays at the Old Castle Museum on the Baker University campus.
    photographer Kevin Surbaugh
    To volunteer, call Sara DeCaro at 785-594-8380 or email her at
    The three-story limestone building is the oldest college building in the state of Kansas and is home to artifacts reflecting the Baldwin City community's Native American, pioneer, Civil War, Sante Fe Trail and Baker University history.

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

    Obituary: Delbert Roy Sallee

    Delbert Roy Sallee

    Delbert "Del" Roy Sallee, 86, of rural Weir, Kansas, formerly of Baldwin City, Kansas went to meet his Lord on January 1, 2016. Del was born November 9, 1929 in Independence, Missouri the son of Earl and Velma Sallee.
    After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving proudly. He went to Electrician school and learned his life trade. During his Navy Career he served on several ships and saw several places; Pearl Harbor, the Philippine Islands China, Japan, including Nagasaki 4 years after the 'A' bomb was dropped. He also served during the Korea War dropping off and picking up troops from the Korean coast. He was lucky to have served a part of his Navy Career with his brother Wayne.
    After he got out of the service he went to work for Hallmark Cards, working in both the Kansas City and Lawrence plants where he retired after 39 years.
    He married Lillian Averill Surbaugh in 1952, to this marriage were born five children. His parents, wife Lillian and daughter Denise preceded him in death. He married Bonita Burns Robertson in 1992 she survives of the home.
    Other survivors are daughters Deborah Walters, husband Ronald of Garden City Kansas, and children Shawn, Ronald Jr. and Jerome; Sheree Mills, husband Robert of Baldwin City Kansas, and children Chris and Mary; Tamra Nelson, husband Mark of San Antonio Texas, and children Heather, Justin and Brandon; Son Rickey Sallee, wife Mary of Garnett Kansas, and children Elizabeth and Melissa along with all their families. Stepdaughters, Brenda Robertson of Decatur Georgia, Terryl Ashburn of Longmont Colorado, children Megan and LaNora and Tim their father, Sheryl Willis, husband Rex of Eureka Springs Arkansas and children Acacia and Cedar; several great grandchildren, sisters, Sylvia Honeyball, Violet Sands and Kathryn Short, and brothers, Wayne and Ronald Sallee.
    He was a very active member of the Community of Christ Church as a deacon, where he spent his life touching many lives with his ministry.
    A Celebration of Life will be held on January 9, 2016, 10:00 am at Community of Christ Church, 1900 University Drive, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.
    Memorial contributions are suggested to Community of Christ, Lawrence and can be sent to the above address, or to a charity of donor's choice.

    Bible Study with Pastor Austin

    Every Wednesday at 10:30am
    Where: Vintage Park at Baldwin City, Baldwin City
    321 Crimson Ave, Baldwin City, KS
    Pastor Richard Austin leads a weekly group study of the Bible.

    Eldridge Hotel

    We have posted about the Eldridge Hotel before. That post was our story about Haunted Lawrence. Today we are more focused on the historical aspect of the building. Although much of the history is woven into the reason it is said to be haunted.

    According to the Eldridge's own website,
    The Eldridge Hotel has been an integral part of the history of Lawrence since its founding. The original building on this site was the Free State Hotel, built in 1855 by settlers from the New England Emigrant Aid Society. The Free State Hotel was intended to be temporary quarters for those settlers who came here from Boston and other areas while their homes were being built. It was named the Free State Hotel to make clear the intent of those early settlers: that Kansas should enter the union as a free state.
    However, in 1856, the Eldridge was burned by a band of pro-slavery forces led by Sheriff Sam Jones. Being rebuilt it remained until 1863 when it was attacked during Quantrill's raid on Lawrence.
    Colonel Eldridge promptly rebuilt the hotel and gave it his name, the Hotel Eldridge. To this day, the seal of the city of Lawrence depicts a phoenix rising from the ashes. Its motto is “from ashes to immortality”. The seal and motto exhibit the determination by the people of Lawrence to stand and fight for the rights and dignity of people everywhere.

    This marks the site of the Free State Hotel erected in 1855 by the New England Emigrant Aid Society. Destroyed by Sheriff Jones and his posse May 21, 1856, and rebuilt by Col. Schaler W. Eldridge. Quantrill and his raiders destroyed Lawrence August 21, 1863, burned the hotel and massacred the citizens. Col. Eldridge restored the hotel which stood until 1926 when it was rebuilt by W.G. Hutson.

    1940 by Lawrence Rotary Club.

    701 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence KS 66044
    Intersection of 7th and Massachusetts

    Handicapped Accessibility:
    We found only one handicapped entrance, right next to this historical marker. Inside the  hotel there are elevators to get to upper floors.  We however, on this visit only visited the Jayhawker Restaurant,just inside these doors. 

    Baldwin City Council Meet January 4, 2016

    The first Baldwin City council meeting of 2016 was called to order by Mayor Marilyn Pearse (at 7 pm). The council unanimously approved the draft minutes of December 11th and 12th special meetings and the December 21st regular meeting.
    No members of the community wished to speak to the council during public comments.  There was no old business to discuss, so the council moved on to new business.  First up, was the first reading of ordinance 1336, KCPL franchise fee. Allowing KCPL to operate and move through the city to repair and maintain their power lines. In addition the ordinance would provide the city a 5% fee from KCPL, should the city annex new areas that would make KCPL customers city residents.  A motion by Kathy Kerstner was unanimously agreed upon to move forward to a second reading.  The only other item under new business was ordinance 1337 allowing the city administrator to enter into agreement with Marshall Wind Farm was also unanimously agreed  upon to move to forward to a second reading.

    photographer Kevin Surbaugh

    Mayor Pearse brought forward an item that wasn't on  the consent agenda. With great sadness of the closing of the Baldwin City signal, she moved to name the Lawrence Journal World as the new official paper of Baldwin City. The council unanimously approved and as such, the Journal World will be the official paper until such time as they chose to change the papers.
    Greg Neis, Chief of Police, presented proposed revisions to the cities animal control regulations to clarify the differences in current code eliminating the definition of vicious animal. Under the proposal the only definitions would be nuisance and dangerous animals.
    The discussion briefly Segued to chickens. Staff members responded to Council Member, Christi Darnell's comments and questions about chickens in the city limits, saying that they do not aggressively look for chickens. Instead they take them by complaint basis.  Generally chickens, but not roosters, are allowed inside the city limits as long as they are not within 300 feet of a neighbors structure.
    Back to dogs, they have eliminated breed specific regulations, focusing instead on nuisance or dangerous animals, on an individual basis. The council gave unanimous consent to draft a resolution as the chief of police had proposed.
    The council, then adjourned to a ten minute executive session, with the cities attorney, before the council adjourned their regular meeting at 7:46.

    Monday, January 4, 2016

    Ghost Town - Henson

    Henson reportedly was formerly called Pendleton in the late 1800s and part of 1900. However, I have not found any confirmation of this.
    There were a few houses there and a Fina™ gas station. most of the inhabitants moved to more populated towns. the town was possibly involved with the Burlington Railroad, which currently still runs through there. if you drive through Henson you will still see remains of the old Fina gas station, which was converted into a house.
    photographer Kevin Surbaugh

    The old building still stands, but is dilapidated in disrepair. This building and an a new house on the other side of the railroad tracks is all that remains of what was once Henson. Everything else is farmland. If you have any other information about this area and/or the gas station/grocery store that used to be here, please let us know.