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Month: October 2021

Oz Commons Final Presentation

OZ Commons Recommendations Presentation to Council

Join us as we present recommendations to City Council for the OZ Commons Downtown Redevelopment project this Thursday (October 14th, 2021)! The final presentation will be held during our regular City Council meeting at Osawatomie City Auditorium starting at 6:30pm.

We received 350 responses to the community survey, and over 170 people participated in either our community meetings or virtual activities. Successful community listening and idea sessions also provided insight on what our community wants to see in the next generation of Osawatomie’s growth. Thank you so much for your participation in this exciting planning process for our community!

Fall Clean Up Day 2021

The City of Osawatomie is hosting a Fall Clean Up Day this Saturday (October 16th, 2021) from 8:00am to 4:00pm! Residents can haul their own bulky or irregular items to a designated “drop off” zone north of the high school where Waste Management will have several roll off dumpsters available.

This is a self-service opportunity — Waste Management will NOT be running trucks for curbside or alley pickup!

Items allowed for drop-off include:

  • Furniture
  • TVs and other electronics
  • Mattresses and box springs
  • Rugs/carpets that are rolled and tied
  • Lawn mowers (drained of oil and gasoline)
  • Other irregular, non-hazardous items

Items NOT allowed for drop-off include:

  • Tires
  • Appliances of any kind
  • Limbs or yard waste (please take them across to the forestry disposal site!)
  • Regular household trash (save it for regular weekly pickup)
  • Batteries, paint, or other hazardous materials
  • Construction or demolition material

See the 2021 Waste Management Calendar

City Welcomes Deputy City Manager

NEWS RELEASE
October 1, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: Sam Moon
[email protected]
913-755-2146 x 103

CITY WELCOMES DEPUTY CITY MANAGER BRET GLENDENING

Osawatomie, Kansas – The City of Osawatomie welcomes a new deputy city manager to its leadership team next week. Bret Glendening will take on the role of deputy city manager effective Monday, October 4th, 2021. The deputy position is part of the City’s ongoing structural reorganization meant to strengthen leadership capacity and better serve organizational and community needs. The newly created role is designed to assist the city manager with departmental oversight and to coordinate internal and external initiatives, specifically in the utilities and public works departments.

In his new role, Glendening will oversee the City’s infrastructure and improvement projects, including water treatment and distribution, wastewater facility repairs, street repair, and solar array initiative. Glendening brings 10 years of large-scale project management experience, including solar projects and financial management, for Kiewet Corporation.

Before his tenure in the private sector, Glendening served as City Manager for Osawatomie from 2006 to 2011 and was a Budget and Finance Officer for Riley County from 2004 to 2006.

“We are excited to welcome Bret back to the leadership team, and look forward to his keen insight into our community,” said Osawatomie City Manager Mike Scanlon. “He has a unique perspective on our history and our future and will be a great asset to our organization.”

Scanlon introduced the change in organizational structure to the City Council during budget conversations over the summer. “We’re facing $20 million in public spending across our projects over the next five years,” Scanlon said. “We needed another member of the team who had experience at that level. Bret was a natural choice and we were lucky to get him.”

Glendening, who has lived in the Osawatomie community since 2006, holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a master’s degree in public administration from Kansas State University.

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