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Month: June 2021

2021 Fireworks Reminders

It’s FIREWORKS season!

Please keep the following in mind while you plan your family’s Independence Day celebrations:

  • LIGHTING of fireworks is permissible in the City of Osawatomie between the hours of 8:00 am. and 10:00p.m. on June 29th through July 3rd, and 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on July 4th.
  • SELLING of fireworks within the City of Osawatomie between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. commencing June 29th and through July 4th of each year is permissible by any person who has first obtained a valid permit to sell fireworks.
  • DO NOT stage/light fireworks upon any public street, alley or avenue or in any park or on any other public property within the City.

Check our City Code for full allowances on fireworks.

Have fun, be safe, and please respect your neighbors and community by cleaning up any trash or debris left behind by your celebration!

RESCHEDULED! Lights on the Lake Parade


Due to the threat of incoming severe weather, Osawatomie’s annual Lights on the Lake parade has been RESCHEDULED to 11:00am Saturday, June 26th, 2021. Out of respect for an already scheduled funeral service, the parade route will begin at 3rd Street and we ask that parade spectators and participants leave Main Street parking between 1st and 3rd open for funeral home use.

If you have already registered for the parade, event organizers should have sent out the email with the lineup change and new map. Please direct questions to those organizers!

If you live or work along Main Street between 3rd and 12th, please have your vehicle moved by tomorrow morning. For residents that live on 3rd St from Main to Brown or on Brown from 3rd to 5th, your neighborhood is the new staging area for the parade. We have someone hand-delivering flyers to your residence this afternoon to help alert you to this change.

Our parade is usually rain or shine, but your safety is always our top priority and tonight’s forecast looks like a lot more than just rain.

We’ll see everyone tomorrow morning to kickoff a great weekend of activities!

The former John Brown Jamboree parade down Main Street (photo undated).

*In the event of severe weather tomorrow morning, the parade will be cancelled. There will not be another opportunity for a reschedule.*

Apply Now: Library Board of Trustees

The Osawatomie City Council invites individuals to apply to serve on the Library Board of Trustees. If you love the library and all the great and wonderful services it provides the community, we’d love to talk to you about becoming a Library Board Trustee. To view the general responsibilities and duties of a Board member, see the file linked below.

If you’re interested in the appointment, please download and complete the Public Service Application below and email it to:

Sam Moon
Board of Trustees
[email protected]


Deliver a paper copy to:

City Hall
439 Main Street
Osawatomie, KS

USD #367 BoE and City Council Joint Meeting

The Governing Body for the City of Osawatomie will be hosting a joint meeting with USD #367 Board of Education members on Monday, June 14th, at Osawatomie High School. No action items for the City of Osawatomie will be entertained. This meeting is an opportunity for both parties to discuss mutually beneficial plans and ideas for the upcoming year, and to create a better partnership.

The meeting is open to the public and school staff will be assisting with the online audio broadcast for interested parties.

Mosquito Treatment Update


  • Mosquito treatment cannot be scheduled in advance. As we’ve done in previous years, the City will treat on an as-needed basis as weather conditions and demand requires.
  • The City plans to treat THURSDAY evening (6/10/2021) of this week, weather permitting!
  • The City will treat ONLY in the late evening. We do our best to post on our Facebook page and website in advance of when we plan to treat.

Commonly Asked Questions:

Why only “as-needed”?

In an effort to not waste resources, the City instead has been using more larvacides (which treat the water and help prevent mosquitoes from emerging as biting adults), but will continue treating with the fogging adulticide to help eradicate the biting adults.

How dangerous are these chemicals?

We recommend keeping pets and children out of the yard for at least an hour after treatment just as a precaution, and we ask that you close your windows before treatment begins. We only treat between in the late evening, usually between the hours of 9:00pm and 1:00am after most other desirables (like butterflies and bees) have “gone home” for the night. The dosage of adulticide used in treatment is specially formulated to target those ultra-lightweight mosquitoes, and they are 100x more susceptible to it than the average weight honey bee.

What can I do to help my neighborhood?

The most impactful thing you can do is to locate and address sources of standing water on your property by either emptying the container regularly or using bacterial insecticide, which is safe, inexpensive and available at many hardware stores. Common sources of standing water include:

Rain gutters
Wading pools
Bird baths

Old tires

Pet and livestock dishes or troughs
Water holding low areas
Garbage can lids

If you have questions about our mosquito treatment procedure, please call our Public Works Department at 913-755-4525

City Wide Garage Sale Weekend 2021

City Wide Garage Sale has been set for June 12th and 13th, 2021! Sponsored by Osawatomie PIE, this community event helps raise money for local schools. Read on for complete information!

Please complete the form linked at the bottom and mail or deliver with payment to

Partners In Education
c/o Rachael Giles
404 12th Street
Osawatomie, KS 66064.

To be included in the sale listings for June 11th, registration forms must be received by Wednesday, June 9th. Checks should be made out to “Partners In Education.” The information provided (except phone number) will be attached to the 2021 flier, which includes listings by street address and basic map. Please list the address where the sale is located. Be sure to include special directions to your sale if you live outside the Osawatomie city limits.

You may pick up a flag at the City Auditorium on Friday, June 11, between 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm to place in your yard during your garage sale. Flags will identify you as a participant in the citywide sales.

This year’s sale is sponsored by Partners In Education, the local nonprofit parent-teacher organization. By participating, you are helping to support Osawatomie schools. Local youth groups also help run the sale and earn a percentage of the event’s proceeds.


Those who have registered their sales may donate leftover sale items between noon and 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12th by bringing them to the City Auditorium.

(Sorry, but we no longer accept any sale-day leftovers from those who have not paid to register. If you would like to contribute items ahead of time, please see the donation guidelines on the front and the list of items not accepted.)


Broken/non working household items, furniture, unusable clothing, tires, construction waste, paint, chemicals, batteries, weapons, large appliances


All leftover items must be dropped off by 4 p.m. so volunteers can get everything sorted and put out for the Sunday sale. Items dropped off after the deadline may be refused, or the person dropping off late items may be asked to stay and put them out.


Please note that due to the number of people involved in making this weekend a success, there is no way to provide a rain date for garage sale participants.

Tire Pickup Day 2021

Waste Management’s community cleanup days continues on June 24th with the annual tire pickup! Each resident is allowed to set out a maximum of six (6) car or truck tires on the curb for pickup. Tractor tires are not permitted, and all tires must be taken off the rims. Waste Management asks that you keep tires separate from the rest of your household trash.

Tires need to be CURBSIDE by 6:00am!

Click Here for the 2021 service calendar.