Monday, November 20, 2017

Baldwin City Council Meeting Agenda - November 21, 2017

 Council Meeting Agenda
City of Baldwin City
PO Box 68
Baldwin City, Kansas 66006

Baldwin City Public Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS 66006

TUESDAY, November 21, 2017, 7:00 PM


A. Call to Order- Mayor Marilyn Pearse
B. Approval of Agenda
C. Consent Agenda
1. Minutes of the November 7th, 2017 Regular Meeting
D. Public Comment:
Members of the public are welcome to comment on items 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 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.
E. Special Reports or Presentations
F. Old Business
1. Police Vehicle Purchase
2. Charter Ordinance No. 26
G. New Business
1. Charter Ordinance No. 27
2. Ordinance 1380, Code 1-301 amendment of appointment time
3. Annual Audit Services - Mize Houser Company
4. Resolution 2017-18- GAAP Waiver
H. Committee and/or Commission Reports
1. Budget and Finance/Kathy Gerstner, David Simmons
2. Community Development Committee/A.J. Stevens, Tony Brown
3. Public Health and Safety Committee/David Simmons, Kathy Gerstner
4. Public Works Committee/Christi Darnell, A.J. Stevens
5. Utilities Committee/ Tony Brown, Christi Darnell
I. City Administrator and Staff comments
J. Council & Mayor Comments
K. Executive Session
L. Adjourn

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Area Happenings - Week of Novmber 19, 2017

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  November 18, 2017.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.


November 19, 2017
John Musgrave
Poet, Storyteller, Vietnam Veteran 

A conversation with the local veteran featured in the Vietnam War, a documentary film series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Location: Rice Auditorium
Baker University
Baldwin City, KS
4-5:30 P.M.

Admission:  Free and Open to the Public

November 21, 2017

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.

 November 30, 2017

Symphonic Winds Concert
7:30 P.M.
Rice Auditorium


December 2, 2017
 6 PM
 Festival of Lights


 December 3, 2017

Christmas Candlelight Vespers
2 and 5 P.M.
Rice Auditorium



December 5, 2017

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.


December 9, 2017

Clearfield German Christmas Celebration
Dinner:  4-6 P.M. 
Free Will Offering
Craft and Bake Sale Throughout the Evening
4:45 P.M.  Tree Lighting     
5 P.M. Carol Singing in the Sanctuary 
 5:30 P.M.  Tree Lighting Offering for Youthville/Ember Hope
5:45 P.M.  Thompson Sister Violin Duet 
6:30 P.M.  Tree Lighting Offering for Youthville/Ember Hope   
6:45 P.M.   Hands of Glory 
Clearfield UMC Meets 
Each Sunday @ 9 A.M.  
You are Welcome to Join Us 
597 E 2200 Rd
Eudora, KS

 December 10, 2017

Army Reserve Band
3 P.M.
Rice Auditorium


December 19, 2017

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.

December 29, 2017

COME AND ENJOY OUR
COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
          TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to?


HOST
VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
1724 N 692 RD
BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600


January 2, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.



January 16, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.


Third Friday Art Walk and Farmers Market

Downtown Baldwin City





Every 4th Thursday of the Month
10 A.M. - 11 A.M.
Mobile Food Bank
Baldwin City New Life Assembly of God
118 5th St  Baldwin City, KS
Stay in car, line up and drive through



Every Tuesday through October  
Eudora Local Gardening Farmer’s Market
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Tuesdays
through October 2016
1402 Church Street
Eudora, KS.
In the parking lot of Gene’s Hartland Foods.
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!


Every Wednesday through October
De Soto Farmer’s Market (Fresh Promise’s Market)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesdays through October 2016
at The Barn at Kill Creek Farm
9200 Kill Creek Road
De Soto, KS
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!


Every Thursday through October 
Cottin's Hardware Farmer's Market on Thursdays from
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
through September
at Cottin's Hardware & Rental back parking lot
1832 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS
Local vendors offer a variety of goods including produce, baked items, hot foods, meats, eggs, soaps, jams, jellies, herbs, fudge and much more!;


Every Friday through October
Perry Lecompton Farmers' Market
Fridays from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
at Bernie's parking lot
24 Hwy and Ferguson Road
Perry, KS
Visit the market to find fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers, farm fresh eggs, handmade crafts and more!


Baker Mens Soccer Advances to NAIA Final National Championship Site

Press Release: Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications


BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The No. 5 ranked Baker University men’s soccer team competed in its fifth-straight NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round match and defeated Grace (Ind.) 2-1 to advance to the final site of the National Championship.

The Wildcats improve to 16-4-2 on the year, while the Lancers end its season at 12-5-4.

The Wildcats will now face No. 12 ranked Columbia College on Monday, Nov. 27 at 12:30 p.m. CST/1:30 p.m. EST in Delray Beach, Florida. The Cougars are 18-2-2 on the year.

These two squads last met in this round in 2015 in Delray Beach, Florida with the Cougars winning, 2-0, on November 30, 2015.

This marks the third time in the last five years Baker has advanced to the NAIA Final Site, the others came in 2013 and 2015 in that span.

Joseph Houlihan scored first for Baker in the 27th minute, as Joah Hickel placed a perfect ball in front of the box and Houlihan popped it up past keeper Kurt Hamlin.

Then Steeve Pouna was tackled inside the box and the Lancers were called for the foul, sending Blake Levine in for a penalty kick.

Levine delivered and gave Baker the 2-0 lead. Levine and Houlihan are now tied for the team lead in goals scored with 10.

Grace cut into the Baker lead in the 74th minute, as Breno Oliveira was true on his penalty kick past keeper Nick Riggle for the goal.

Alberto Ciroi played the first 64 minutes in goal for the ‘Cats, then Riggle finished off the final 26 minutes.

BU outshot the Lancers, 14-11, and attempted six shots on goal, while Grace had four. Riggle finished with two saves, while Ciroi had one.


NAIA Men's Soccer Box Score
NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship Opening Round & Final Site
Team12T
Grace (Ind.)011
Baker (Kan.)112

Number 12 Georgetown Ends Number 6 Baker Football's 2017 Season

Press Release: Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications


BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The number 6 ranked Baker University football team ended its 2017 season on Saturday in a 36-33 loss against number 12 Georgetown (Ky.) snapping Baker’s 14-game home winning streak.

The Wildcats end the year, 10-2, while Georgetown improves to 9-1 overall and will play in the NAIA Football Championship Series Quarterfinals next Saturday, November 25.

This marked Baker’s fifth appearance in the NAIA-FCS in the past six years and 16th overall appearance.

The Georgetown offense held Baker to 282 yards of offense, its lowest of the season, while the Tigers accumulated 354 yards.

2017 Heart South Offensive Player of the Year JD Woods began the game with a bang, as he took a Logan Brettell pass 83-yards on the first play from scrimmage to give Baker the 7-0 lead.

Then Clarence Clark nailed a 38-yard field goal to give BU the early 10-0 lead. NAIA-FCS Offensive Player of the Game Daric Pugh then scored on a 20-yard TD with 7:39 to go to give the ‘Cats a 10-7 lead.

Quarterback Riley Hall then ran a 1-yard TD in for a score with 6:09 to play in the first half to give GC its first lead at 14-10.

Clark knocked in another field goal from 36-yards out and Abram Garcia followed that up with a 43-yard field goal to give BU the lead back with 11:32 to go in the second quarter.

On Baker’s next possession 2017 Heart First Team All-Southern Division QB Brettell threw a pick-six to Gernell Jenkins and he took it 15-yards for the score to give the Tigers a 20-16 lead, as Nate McLaurin blocked the PAT.

Woods then ran a TD 20-yards to give the ‘Cats a 23-20 lead and Garcia nailed his second field goal of the day from 35-yards out to give Baker the 26-20 lead at halftime.

In the first possession of the second half, Georgetown pieced together a strong drive and Bart Bell received a pass from Hall from 17-yards out and skirted into the end zone to give the Tigers a 27-26 lead.

With 6:23 to go in the third quarter, McLaurin blocked his second kick of the game, this time a field goal and Grant Elston took it the distance for a 79-yard TD to give the ‘Cats a 33-27 lead.

But the Tigers would score the final nine points of the game on a Kyle Longworth 8-yard TD run and a safety to capture the 36-33 victory.

This marked the first time these two teams had ever met in the history of their storied programs.

Brettell started for the ‘Cats at QB for the first time since October 21 and went 8-of-19 for 142 yards and a TD. He will go down as arguably the greatest quarterback in the history of the program. As he holds school records in nearly every major offensive category.

Clarence Clark ends his illustrious career as the NAIA’s all-time leading scorer and the Wildcats’ top wide receiver in the history of the Wildcat football program.

Clark had four catches for 50 yards on Saturday and earned First Team All-Conference in all four years as a Wildcat.

Pugh finished the game with 30 carries and 172 yards to lead the way for the Tigers and Hall threw for just 69 yards on 8-of-25 passing.

Indie Allen led all players on the field with ten tackles and Hayden Jenkins picked off the third pass of his BU career.

Three-time defending Heart South Co-Defensive Player of the Year Josh Kock ends his career with 27 career sacks. 

NAIA Football Box Score
Football National Championship
Team1234T
Georgetown (Ky.)14614236
Baker (Kan.)13137033

Friday, November 17, 2017

Obituary: Earle Brown

Earle passed away on 11/14/2017 due to complications from throat cancer. Though Earle never smoked, he had two kidney transplants, and that weakened his immune system and made him more susceptible to other ailments.
Earle appreciated every day and was a joy to all around him. He was always cheerful and had an amazing sense of humor.
Earle Brown

Earle graduated from Washburn University then moved to Wichita in 1980 to become a sportscaster for KWCH Channel 12. After three years with Channel 12, Brown entered the business telephone equipment industry with Tele-Systems Inc. While continuing to work part-time in the media for 14 years, including seven years for The Wichita Eagle, Brown became President of Tele-Systems.
Earle had two careers in Wichita: his first was in the sports media for 20 years and he was in the business telephone equipment industry for 20 years.
Earle had a passion for sports, especially golf and KU basketball. He was an avid KU fan as well as loving the Royals and the Chiefs. Earle also loved dancing with his wife, Steph. They met dancing and spent many years taking lessons.
He is survived by, as he always liked to joke, his three “much older” sisters, Camilla, Cathy, and Ellen as well as many nieces and nephews.
Earle has two beloved children, Reed (Abbygail) Brown, 32, who lives in Wichita and works in the aircraft industry, and Kelsey Brown, 29, a traveling nurse currently in Connecticut.
Earle also has a wonderful spouse, Stephanie Davis, and loved her many pets. He also leaves behind two step-children, Ariel Davis and Maeson Davis.
He will be greatly missed by all of us.
The gathering will be held Friday, November 17 from 5-6:30pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church a short service will follow. Graveside services will be held Monday, November 20 at 11am at Highland Cemetery in Ottawa, KS. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stephanie Davis Donation Account via Skyward Credit Union, 4 Cessna Boulevard, Wichita, KS 67215, for medical expenses. The family encourages everyone to attend in KU attire.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Steve Watkins Calls on Democrat Paul Davis to Refuse & Return All Donations Tied to Nancy Pelosi

Press Release

Photo Courtesy of Watkins Campaign
Topeka, KS - Steve Watkins, veteran and conservative Republican candidate for Kansas’ second Congressional District, today called for Democrat Paul Davis to put his money where his mouth is and refuse any and all campaign donations tied to Nancy Pelosi. After promising Kansas second district voters that he will not vote for Pelosi for Leader, Davis is set to welcome Pelosi’s deputy, Rep. Steny Hoyer, to town this week for campaign activities.

“Paul Davis claims he’s going to oppose Nancy Pelosi for Minority Leader, but then why will he be campaigning with her number two, Steny Hoyer, in Kansas this week? Voters in Kansas’ second Congressional District are tired of politicians like Paul Davis who will say anything to get elected. If Paul truly opposes career obstructionist and radical Leftist Nancy Pelosi, he should have no problem refusing any and all campaign donations tied to her,” said Steve Watkins.

Watkins continued, “Paul Davis has had no problem taking over $170,000.00 in donations from PACs tied to Nancy Pelosi in the past. We need to know where he stands now once and for all. It’s either with the voters of Kansas’ second Congressional District or Paul Davis stands with liberal California elites like Nancy Pelosi. He should immediately return all funds from those PACs.”
In addition  to refusing all future contributions tied to Nancy Pelosi, Watkins called on Davis to return contributions made by Political Action Committees whose puppet strings are controlled by Pelosi and Democrat House Leadership, including: 
  • ActBlue Conduit Committee - $118,958.00
  • American Federation of Teachers Cope-Voluntary A/C - $2,500.00
  • AmeriPAC - $5,000.00
  • Blue Dog PAC - $2,500.00
  • Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee - $5,000.00
  • Drive Committee - $10,000.00
  • End Citizens United - $5,000.00
  • Hoyer for Congress - $2,000.00
  • I.B.E.W. PAC Educational Fund - $10,000.00
  • People for Ben - $1,000.00
  • Pipefitters Local 533 Volunteer Political Fund - $10,000.00

Number 5 Baker Mens Soccer to Host Grace (Ind.) in NAIA Opening Round

Press Release: Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications


BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – For the fifth-straight season, the Baker University men’s soccer program has qualified for the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round, as they will host Grace College (Ind.) on Saturday, November 18 at 7 p.m. inside Liston Stadium.

The Wildcats finished the 2017 regular season and Heart postseason, 15-4-2, and qualified after becoming Co-Regular Season Champions and Conference Tournament Runner-up.

The Lancers qualified for the NAIA National Championship after upsetting number 21 ranked Spring Arbor in the Crossroads League Conference Tournament Championship, 4-3, in overtime on November 11. They come in with a record of 12-4-4 overall.

This marks Baker’s 10th all-time appearance in the NAIA National Championship, while this is the Lancers first time in the event.

Baker features a team with seven Heart of America Athletic Conference All-Conference award winners, including the Heart Freshman of the Year, Alberto Ciroi.

The ‘Cats have nine shutouts this season and have outscored its opponents, 47-22. Ciroi has only surrendered 14 goals this season and ranks number 14 in the NAIA in goals against average at .780.

Blake Levine continues to rank near the top of the NAIA in assists with 14, as that ranks number four nationally.

Levine and Joseph Houlihan are tied for the team lead in goals with nine and 10 different Wildcats have at least two goals scored this season.

The Grace defense has seven shutouts in 2017 and keeper Kurt Hamlin ranks number 26 in the NAIA in saves with 95.

Offensively, Grace has 36 goals scored, with seven coming from Damon Binkley. Seven different Lancers have scored two or more goals this season.

The winner of Saturday’s game will qualify for the NAIA Men’s Soccer Final site in Delray Beach, Florida.

They will take on either number 12 Columbia or Northwestern Ohio on Monday, November 27 at Seacrest Soccer Complex.

Also in the tournament from the Heart of America Athletic Conference includes number three Missouri Valley and number 13 MNU.

Missouri Valley hosts Olivet Nazarene and the Pioneers will host Wayland Baptist.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Obituary: JANICE WELLS RICE



JANICE WELLS RICE
Janice Wells Rice, 82, of Baldwin City, KS, passed away November 13, 2017. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner.  Cremation.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Arrangements by Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111.    Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com
Janice was born May 26, 1935 in Myrtle, AR to Edger Lee and Leona (Dennis) Wells. She grew up in Monett, MO and moved to the Kansas City area in the late 1950’s.  She was living at Vintage Park, Baldwin City, KS. She married William Lewis Rice on February 11, 1978 in Avondale, MO.  Janice worked for 29 ½ years at North Kansas City Hospital as a Unit Secretary.  She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edger and Leona and husband, William.  Janice is survived by children: Kerri Buckley, Portland, OR, Jami Buckley, Kingsville, MO, and Stacy Buckley, Baldwin City, KS; siblings: Newton Wells, Carolyn Evans, Barbara Porter, Joann Nelson, Dennis Wells, Bruce Wells and Barry Wells; four grandchildren: Matthew Boinski, Kellie Beverly, Aleah Romer and Alex Romer and four great grandchildren: Kylee, Randi, Lindley and Matteo and former husband, James Buckley.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Driver’s License, Wildlife Checkpoints Planned in Northeast Kansas

Press Release

Joint effort will check drivers’ licenses and possession of wildlife

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) Game Wardens, Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) Troopers and county sheriff’s officers will conduct joint highway checkpoints at various locations on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Upland bird, deer and migratory bird seasons will be underway, and these checkpoints are intended to help enforce state and federal wildlife laws, as well as the state’s driver’s licensing laws.   

Depending on the location, KHP Troopers, or county sheriff’s officers, will operate the first stage of the checkpoints to be sure drivers are properly licensed to be driving. If a driver does not have a valid license, appropriate enforcement actions will be taken. Travelers should not expect major delays from this portion of the checkpoints.

Occupants of vehicles in the first check lane will be asked if they are hunters, or are transporting wildlife. Travelers answering yes, in either case, will be directed to a nearby KDWPT check lane where Game Wardens will check for required licenses and permits, count the game and gather biological, harvest, and hunter success information. This portion of the checkpoints should also cause minimal delay.

The following locations may be used if weather conditions and manpower allow:

Northeast Kansas – Game Wardens and KHP Troopers
  • Kansas 7 Highway near White Cloud
  • US-73 Highway near Atchison
  • US-59 Highway near Nortonville
  • US-36 Highway near Sabetha

Additional wildlife checkpoints will occur around the state during the fall and winter hunting seasons.

Number 6 Baker to Host Number 12 Georgetown (Ky.) in NAIA-FCS First Round

Press Release Tyler Price, Sports Information Director 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The number six ranked Baker University football team has qualified for the NAIA Football Championship Series for the fifth time in the past six seasons, as the NAIA announced the 16 teams that will be competing in the 2017 NAIA-FCS Playoffs on Sunday.

Baker will host No. 12 Georgetown (Ky.) next Saturday, November 18 at 1:07 p.m. inside Liston Stadium in a game that will be produced by Niles Media and will be broadcast worldwide on the ESPN App/ESPN 3 and locally on KSMO-TV.


This year’s field includes 12 automatic qualifiers – one from each conference – and four at-large selections. Automatic berths were given to teams that won their conference regular-season title and were ranked within the top 20 of the final regular-season NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll announced Sunday.

This will be the first-ever match up between Baker and Georgetown on the gridiron. The Wildcats are 10-1 and captured the 2017 Heart South Division Championship for the third-straight season this past Saturday in a 26-6 win at No. 23 ranked Evangel

Georgetown is 8-1 this season and went 5-1 in the Mid-South Conference, their only loss came at number four Lindsey Wilson on November 4, 37-14.

The Tigers feature the No. 8 ranked scoring defense in the country, as they allow just 18.1 points per game.

They also rank No. 6 in the NAIA in yards allowed per game at 286.1. Offensively Georgetown College is No. 22 in the NAIA in scoring, averaging 36.2 points per game.

Kishawn Walker leads the defense with five interceptions, ranking No. 9 in the NAIA in that category.

Quarterback Riley Hall leads the Tigers in passing with 1,618 yards and 12 TD passes with four interceptions. He has also rushed for five TD’s.

The Tigers are plus three in the turnover margin and this marks their 21st appearance in the NAIA-FCS and are 24-17 in the playoffs all-time. Their 21st appearance is more than any other team competing in the 2017 NAIA-FCS.

This is Baker’s 16th appearance in the NAIA-FCS, as they have a 16-15 record and have appeared in five of the last six ( 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017) including a trip all the way to the 2016 NAIA-FCS National Championship game.

The Wildcat offense is No. 2 in the NAIA in passing yards with 3,587 and is No. 3 in the NAIA in scoring with 523 points, good for 47.5 per game.

JD Woods still ranks No. 1 in total scoring with 150 points and is the nations second leading rusher with 1,592 yards.

Nate McLaurin now has five interceptions on the season and ranks No. 3 in the NAIA in pass deflected per game at 1.9.

Clarence Clark has now eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the third-straight season, as he now has 1,085 yards this season with 58 receptions and 10 touchdowns.

In five games this season at QB, Marco Aguinaga has thrown for 891 yards on 90-of-134 passing and four TD’s with just one pick.

Indie Allen has now eclipsed the 100-tackle mark in 11 games, as he has 103 tackles, with 12 tackles for loss and four sacks. Two-time defending Heart South Co-Defensive Player of the Year Josh Kock, leads Baker in sacks with seven.

2017 NAIA Football Championship Series – First Round Schedule
Saturday, November 18 | Campus Sites
Game 1 – Benedictine (Kan.) (9-2) at Saint Francis (Ind.) (10-0)
Game 2 – Concordia (Mich.) (9-1) at Reinhardt (Ga.) (9-0)
Game 3 – Sterling (Kan.) (9-2) at Morningside (Iowa) (11-0)
Game 4 – Southeastern (Fla.) (8-1) at Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (10-0)
Game 5 – Dickinson State (N.D.) (9-1) at Southern Oregon (10-0)
Game 6 – Georgetown (Ky.) (8-1) at Baker (Kan.) (10-1)
Game 7 – Northwestern (Iowa) (9-1) at Langston (Okla.) (10-0)
Game 8 – Grand View (Iowa) (9-2) at Saint Xavier (Ill.) (9-1)

Possible Council Vacancy Discussion Takes up Nearly Half the Meeting Time

Kevin Surbaugh

The November 7, 2017, city council meeting was called to order by Mayor Marilyn Pearse promptly at 7 P.M.  On a night when the Mayor and two council seats were up for election, the council had business that needed to be conducted.
The meeting started with approving of the agenda. However, this involved a debate on whether or not an item from new business should actually be considered as old business. Council-member David Simmons thought that a proposal that he made at the previous Council meeting should be considered as the first reading. Many of the others on the council, including the Mayor, felt that because it had not been in the previous packet, Simmons had blind sighted them, as Mayor Pearse put it.
Council-member Kathy Gerstner said that in the interest of moving forward, she is not in favor of voting on charter ordinance twenty-five tonight. With that, she moved that the agenda be approved as printed with Tony Brown seconding. The motion carried on a vote of three to two, with Simmons and Council-member A. J. Stevens casting the dissenting votes.
Council-member Tony Brown shares his thoughts about how to
appoint a replacement in the case of a vacancy.
photograph by Kevin Surbaugh
When the council did take up the issue of Charter Ordinance 25, discussion ensued the best way to implement the updated policy. The ordinance is a policy to govern how to fill a vacancy on the council. Simmons said that he patterned this idea after what the school board had done when they had a vacancy.  The basic concept is to put out requests for those who are interested in the seat to apply. However, how to do that, how to narrow down the candidates and ultimately chose one to appoint.
The bulk of the discussion centered how all the candidates would come in and be interviewed by the council. Several members of the council wondered how other communities made such appointments. A quick look, online finds that the city of Topeka accepts applications with each of the applicants going through a public interview at an upcoming city council meeting, with a decision by the council in the said meeting after the interviews.


In other business the council:
  • received one bid from Laird Noller, however, rejected that bid on the recommendation of Cheif  Neis in favor of better deals through Mid-America Regional Council (MARC). 
  •  unanimously approved amending the water and sewer rates measurement.
  • discussed the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), deciding to have a special work session at 6 P.M. before the next council meeting. 
  • unanimously approved Resolution 2017-17, Buckeye Wind Project agreement.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Daniels Presents an Intriquing Presntation on Railroad History

Kevin Surbaugh

On a chilly November night, approximately twenty people showed up to hear Randolph "Rudy" Daniels.  As we mentioned in our previous article about Daniels, he is a retired college professor, who is employed part-time by the Iowa Humanities Council, to give talks around Iowa about railroads and railroad history.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
In the meeting room at the Baldwin City Library, Daniels began a slide show, showing several pictures from World War One. He showed one picture in particular,  that showed troops loading a train as they departed to go to war. The stark contrast of the picture is the amount of luggage that was stacked up to go onto the train with them.  Until late 1917, the U.S. Government allowed soldiers to bring their own luggage and many of them brought way to much.  Daniels relayed one story of a guy that even brought his canary with him.
Railroads, Daniels said, was required to buy new locomotives with interchangeable parts. All the locomotives inside the United States had U.S. on them, per government guidelines. The name of the railroad was painted in smaller above the big U.S. letters.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
 In France however, the name of the railroad was absent and the lettering was simply U.S.A.  Many of those trains tripped over real easy and had hand brakes to stop the train, which could only about seven full cars.
During hs slideshow, Daniels had pictures of then Secretary of the Navy, Theodore "Teddy" Rosevelt inspecting a switching station about twenty miles from the frontline in France.
During World War One America operated railroads on three contenients while during World War Two it was on four contenients. All these tracks and equipment was left behind after the war.  However, Daniels pointed out that all the trains were an intriqual part of the war effort on both sides to move troops and supplies.
Daniels signs a book for Rob Clark.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
After the presentation and a short question and answer period, there was a book signing.  Profits from the sale of Daniels books sold that night were given to the Baldwin City Library to support it's vital role in the community.

Steve Watkins Officially Announces Candidacy for Kansas' Second Congressional District Seat

Press Release

Topeka, KS - Today, Steve Watkins is officially announcing his candidacy for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District seat.

“New people and ideas are needed to restore respectability and integrity to public service, as well as solve the complex domestic and international problems of tomorrow,” said Steve Watkins.

Photo Submitted by Watkins Campaign

A sixth generation Kansan, Steve Watkins learned his values from his parents. His father, an Air Force veteran and well-respected doctor, and mother, a retired public school teacher, instilled values of hard work, service to country, and integrity at a young age. 

Steve Watkins served his country heroically in war out of a sense of duty. He fought fraud, waste, and abuse as a defense department contractor and would fight for Kansans in Congress. Steve believes in smaller government, fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, and ending illegal immigration. A patriotic leader with strong family ties and faith, Steve believes peace comes from military strength and a secure border.

Steve studied engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point and has master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard.

“Great leaders fight. I’ve spent my career fighting for America, but great leaders also bring people together. That’s what I did in Iraq and Afghanistan—and I will do it in Washington,” said Steve Watkins. 

Steve Watkins is not a politician or lawyer. Steve is an entrepreneur, conservative problem-solver, leader, family-man, and patriot. 

Steve Watkins added, “My campaign slogan is 'Kansans Can Do Anything.' A unifying message that also pushes back against the so-called 'New England liberal elites' who see Kansas as nothing more than a ‘flyover-state.’ I’m proud to be a Kansan and I hope to make everyone proud as their Congressman — I won’t let you down.”

In a press releaseto the Gazette,Watkins included the following video statement. 


Area Happenings - Week of November 12

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  November 11, 2017.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.


November 12, 2017
Rumors
2 P.M.
Rice Auditorium

November 14, 2017

Fall Orchestra Concert
7:30 P.M.
Rice Auditorium

November 17, 2017

Jazz Festival
All Day
Rice Auditorium

November 19, 2017

John Musgrave
Poet, Storyteller, Vietnam Veteran 

A conversation with the local veteran featured in the Vietnam War, a documentary film series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Location: Rice Auditorium
Baker University
Baldwin City, KS
4-5:30 P.M.

Admission:  Free and Open to the Public

November 21, 2017

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.

 November 30, 2017

Symphonic Winds Concert
7:30 P.M.
Rice Auditorium


December 2, 2017
 6 PM
 Festival of Lights


 December 3, 2017

Christmas Candlelight Vespers
2 and 5 P.M.
Rice Auditorium



December 5, 2017

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.

 December 10, 2017

Army Reserve Band
3 P.M.
Rice Auditorium


December 19, 2017

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.

December 29, 2017

COME AND ENJOY OUR
COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
          TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to?


HOST
VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
1724 N 692 RD
BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600


January 2, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.



January 16, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.


Third Friday Art Walk and Farmers Market

Downtown Baldwin City





Every 4th Thursday of the Month
10 A.M. - 11 A.M.
Mobile Food Bank
Baldwin City New Life Assembly of God
118 5th St  Baldwin City, KS
Stay in car, line up and drive through



Every Tuesday through October  
Eudora Local Gardening Farmer’s Market
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Tuesdays
through October 2016
1402 Church Street
Eudora, KS.
In the parking lot of Gene’s Hartland Foods.
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!


Every Wednesday through October
De Soto Farmer’s Market (Fresh Promise’s Market)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesdays through October 2016
at The Barn at Kill Creek Farm
9200 Kill Creek Road
De Soto, KS
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!


Every Thursday through October 
Cottin's Hardware Farmer's Market on Thursdays from
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
through September
at Cottin's Hardware & Rental back parking lot
1832 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS
Local vendors offer a variety of goods including produce, baked items, hot foods, meats, eggs, soaps, jams, jellies, herbs, fudge and much more!;


Every Friday through October
Perry Lecompton Farmers' Market
Fridays from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
at Bernie's parking lot
24 Hwy and Ferguson Road
Perry, KS
Visit the market to find fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers, farm fresh eggs, handmade crafts and more!


Number Seven Baker Claims Third Heart-South Division Title with 26-6 Win over Number 23 Evangel

Tyler Price, Sports Information Director


BALDWIN CITY, Kan. The number seven ranked Baker University football team won their third straight Heart of America Athletic Conference South Division title, defeating number 23 Evangel on Saturday afternoon in Springfield, Missouri by a final of 26-6.

The ‘Cats now improve 10-1 overall and 4-1 in the Heart Southern Division, while Evangel stands at 7-4 overall and 4-1 in Heart south division play.

Baker jumped out to an early lead as stand out freshman running back JD Woods rushed for a 31-yard touchdown to give the ‘Cats a 7-0 lead just one minute and 47 seconds into the game.

In the second quarter, Abram Garcia converted on field goal attempts of 40, 39, and 38 yards to give Baker a 16-0 halftime lead.

Evangel’s Derek Roberts cut the Baker lead to 10 points in the third quarter when he converted two field goal kicks of 34 and 31 yards. After Roberts’ second made field goal, Baker held a 16-6 lead with 7:50 remaining in the third quarter.

39 seconds later Baker responded when freshman quarterback Marco Aguinaga found Clarence Clark for a 60-yard touchdown pass to push the Baker lead to 23-6.

Garcia added the final touches on the game when gave Baker a 26-6 lead, converting his fourth field goal attempt on the afternoon from 22 yards out with 13:00 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Baker offense recorded 465 yards of total offense on the afternoon, with 206 yards rushing, and 259 yards passing.

JD Woods led rushing attack with 111 yards on 13 attempts, while Nate Pauly was close behind with 99 rushing yards on 13 attempts.

Clarence Clark recorded 120 yards receiving on nine receptions and a touchdown, while quarterback Marco Aguinaga went 26 of 38 with 259 yards passing and a touchdown.
On the defensive side Landon Decker recorded two sacks, and both Grant Elston and Nate McLaurin grabbed an interception each.

The Wildcats have now earned a berth into the NAIA-FCS Playoffs for the fifth time in six years and will see who they play next Saturday in the First Round on the NAIA Selection Show this Sunday at 4 p.m. 


NAIA Football Box Score
Team1234T
Baker (Kan.)797326
Evangel (Mo.)00606

Thursday, November 9, 2017

President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Kansas

FEMA Region VII News Desk Press Release



WASHINGTON  – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced yesterday that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Kansas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding from July 22 to July 27, 2017.
Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding in Johnson and Wyandotte counties.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of further damage assessments. 
 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New Leadership for Baldwin City

Kevin Surbaugh

In unofficial results, Challenger Casey Simoneau has unseated incumbent Mayor Marilyn Pearse in the Baldwin City mayoral race.  With all Baldwin City precincts reporting, Simoneau, a member of the Baldwin City Planning Commission, had a 61-vote lead over Pearse.
In the race for city council, Brian Crammer garnered the most votes in the six-way race to fill two open seats, with 275 votes. Local photographer, Susan Pitts came in second, with 226 votes.  A. J. Stevens, who had been appointed in July to fill the vacancy on the council, created by the untimely death of Council-member Steve Bauer, came in third. Stevens told the Gazette after the council meeting that he was very happy.  He is glad to see people, he believes he can work with.

All three USD 348 school board races up for election were uncontested. Election results will become official, when the County Commissioners, canvass the votes at their meeting tomorrow at 9 A.M.




Baldwin City Mayor Votes
Casey Simoneau 328
 (Incumbent ) Marilyn Pearse 267
Total 595
Baldwin City Candidate Votes
Brian Crammer 275
Susan Pitts 226
A. J. Stevens
209
Brian Messenger 133
Shane Starkey 122
Peter Sexton 115
Total 1080
USD 348 - School Board - Dist. 1 Votes
Gregory L Kruger 689
Total 689
USD 348 - School Board - Dist. 2 Votes
Susan Schiffelbein 703
Total 703
USD 348 - School Board - Dist 3 Votes
Chris Perry 676
Total 676

Monday, November 6, 2017

Remember to Vote Tomorrow

Kevin Surbaugh

Tuesday, November 7 is election day.  A handful of people turned out for advance voting on Saturday, however, voting was very light.  It is a fact that local voting is historically the lowest turnout of any election, even though local governments could have the most impact on our daily lives.   Local leaders across the state are encouraging residents in city and school board districts alike to turn out in big numbers on Tuesday and vote for their neighbors who will be elected to represent them.
One Baldwin City resident, who voted this past Saturday said, "Let's be proud and vote for what matters to us this year.  Don't let a small minority chose for us."

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Area Happenings - Week of November 5

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  November 4, 2017.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.




November 6, 2017 


U.S. Railroads in World War One
Date: November 6, 2017Time: 6:30   P.M.
Location:  Baldwin City Library
Bring the children, yourself, spouse, railroad fans, and enthusiasts.

November 7, 2017

Election Day

Get out and Vote!



November 7, 2017

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.


November 9-11, 2017
Rumors
7:30 P.M.
Rice Auditorium

November 12, 2017

Rumors
2 P.M.
Rice Auditorium

November 14, 2017

Fall Orchestra Concert
7:30 P.M.
Rice Auditorium

November 17, 2017

Jazz Festival
All Day
Rice Auditorium


November 21, 2017

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.

 November 30, 2017

Symphonic Winds Concert
7:30 P.M.
Rice Auditorium


December 2, 2017
 6 PM
 Festival of Lights


 December 3, 2017

Christmas Candlelight Vespers
2 and 5 P.M.
Rice Auditorium



December 5, 2017

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.

 December 10, 2017

Army Reserve Band
3 P.M.
Rice Auditorium


December 19, 2017

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.

December 29, 2017

COME AND ENJOY OUR
COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
          TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to?


HOST
VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
1724 N 692 RD
BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600


January 2, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.



January 16, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.


Third Friday Art Walk and Farmers Market

Downtown Baldwin City





Every 4th Thursday of the Month
10 A.M. - 11 A.M.
Mobile Food Bank
Baldwin City New Life Assembly of God
118 5th St  Baldwin City, KS
Stay in car, line up and drive through



Every Tuesday through October  
Eudora Local Gardening Farmer’s Market
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Tuesdays
through October 2016
1402 Church Street
Eudora, KS.
In the parking lot of Gene’s Hartland Foods.
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!


Every Wednesday through October
De Soto Farmer’s Market (Fresh Promise’s Market)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesdays through October 2016
at The Barn at Kill Creek Farm
9200 Kill Creek Road
De Soto, KS
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!


Every Thursday through October 
Cottin's Hardware Farmer's Market on Thursdays from
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
through September
at Cottin's Hardware & Rental back parking lot
1832 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS
Local vendors offer a variety of goods including produce, baked items, hot foods, meats, eggs, soaps, jams, jellies, herbs, fudge and much more!;


Every Friday through October
Perry Lecompton Farmers' Market
Fridays from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
at Bernie's parking lot
24 Hwy and Ferguson Road
Perry, KS
Visit the market to find fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers, farm fresh eggs, handmade crafts and more!


Emil S. Liston Inducted into the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame

Baker UniversitTyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications Sports

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – Baker University alumnus Emil S. Liston was inducted into the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday, Nov. 2 inside the Doubletree by Hilton in Evansville, Indiana.

A 1913 graduate of Baker, Liston was one of 12 inductees on Thursday night, the others included Don Meyer (Hamline, Lipscomb, Northern State), Dave Robbins (Virginia Union), Zelmo Beaty (Prairie View A&M), Walt “Clyde” Frazier (Southern Illinois), Bob Love (Southern), Jack Sikma (Illinois Wesleyan), Elmore Smith (Kentucky State), Jim Spivey (Southeastern Oklahoma State), Rico Swanson (Bethel, Ind.), George Tinsley (Kentucky Wesleyan), Al Tucker (Oklahoma Baptist).

Photo courtousey of the
Naismith Museum
Emil Liston was the driving force in the creation of the first collegiate basketball national championship tournament. 

With the help of his friends, Dr. James Naismith and Frank Cramer, his dream became a reality in March of 1937 when he spearheaded the America’s first national championship at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. 

That tournament eventually became the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball, which morphed into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Liston coached Baker University to Kansas Conference championships in 1930 and 1937 and to national tournament berths in 1937 and 1941. 

He continued to coach at Baker until 1945 when he resigned to become the NAIB’s first full-time executive secretary, a position he had held on a part-time basis beginning in 1940.

Liston, who was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975, continues to be honored to this day as the Emil S. Liston Scholarship is awarded annually to one NAIA junior men’s basketball player and one NAIA junior women’s basketball player in recognition for their outstanding academic and athletic excellence.

Small College Basketball services a niche within college basketball, as it unites the NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, USCAA and NCCAA levels.
Through the creation of the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame, events, awards, the website and various forms of publicity, it pays tribute, honors and promotes college basketball players, coaches, contributors and alumni within the NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, USCAA and NCCAA levels.  Combined, these levels of college basketball account for nearly 1,200 colleges and universities throughout the United States.
At the heart of Small College Basketball is the people that have made the game of basketball at these levels so very special. 
The focus is to enhance the lives of those people by paying special tribute to those who have made great contributions. By doing so, SCB raises the profile of basketball at these levels and enhances the overall game of basketball. Ultimately, Small College Basketball is about people and passion. 
The entire list of 2017 inductees:
  • Zelmo Beaty, Player, Prairie View A&M 
  • Walt Frazier, Player, Southern Illinois 
  • Emil Liston, Contributor, Baker University, NAIA 
  • Bob Love, Player, Southern Coach 
  • Don Meyer, Coach, Hamline, 
  • David Lipscomb and Northern State Coach Dave Robbins, Coach, Virginia Union 
  • Jack Sikma, Player, Illinois Wesleyan 
  • Elmore Smith, Player, Kentucky State 
  • Jim Spivey, Player, Southeastern Oklahoma State 
  • Rico Swanson, Player, Bethel (IN) 
  • George Tinsley, Player, Kentucky Wesleyan 
  • Al Tucker, Player, Oklahoma Baptist