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Month: November 2021

City Hosting Farewell Reception for Outgoing City Officials

The City of Osawatomie and Osawatomie City Council invite the public to attend a reception honoring three outgoing City officials on Thursday, December 9th, 2021. Mayor Mark Govea, Ward III Councilmember Dr. Jeff Walmann, and City Attorney Richard Wetzler will be recognized for their years of dedicated service beginning at 5:00pm at Memorial Hall before the regular city council meeting.

L. Mark Govea was first elected to the Governing Body as a councilmember in 2011 and then was elected as Mayor in 2013. He served as Mayor of Osawatomie through 2021, represented Osawatomie on numerous boards and committees across the state, and was voted “Mayor of the Year” at the 2021 Kansas Mayor’s Conference.

Dr. Jeff Walmann was first elected to the Governing Body as Ward III Councilmember in 2007 and served through 2021. Among many other City projects and committees, Dr. Walmann was most recently the Chairman of the Trail Taskforce and helmed the effort to finish the “Osawatomie Reach” portion of the Flint Hills Trail and establish the Walker Station trailhead at Mile Zero.

Richard Wetzler was first appointed as City Attorney in 2005 and announced his intent to retire from our service in November of 2021. Mr. Wetzler was instrumental in many projects across the organization, and helped the City navigate innumerable legal changes and challenges over the last 16 years. Mr. Wetzler also served as the City’s prosecutor during his time with the City.

Light refreshments will be served.

Chili Cook-Off Returns for 2021

The public is invited to attend the 2021 City of Osawatomie Chili Cook-Off benefitting the Osawatomie Ministerial Association!

Like we did last year, each department within the City of Osawatomie’s organization (Public Works, Police Department, Fire Department, Admin Offices, Building and Codes, etc.) will submit their best batch of chili alongside a $20 entry fee that will be donated to the Osawatomie Ministerial Association.

A panel of judges will taste test each batch and judge them on COLOR, HEAT, TEXTURE, AROMA, and overall FLAVOR. The Judge’s Choice winner will take home the traveling Chili Champion Trophy!

And from 12:00pm to 1:00pm the public is invited to come do a free taste test of all the submitted recipes and use their pocketbooks to vote for the People’s Choice Award. Simply drop a dollar (or $5!) in the jar for your favorite batch and whichever recipe bags the most bucks gets the People’s Choice trophy. All money raised in the cash vote gets donated to the Ministeral Association!

Last year we raised $503 for the Ministerial Association to help in their charitable outreach efforts in our community. Do you think we can double that in 2021?

Special Meeting – November 23rd, 2021

The Governing Body has requested a special meeting on Tuesday, November 23rd, at 4:00pm inside City Hall for the express purpose of discussing proposed changes to the police department’s retirement benefit and the included Action Item (Resolution 940 – Change in Police Department’s Retirement Benefit).

Utility Drop Box Temporarily Relocating

Due to the partial closure of the post office alleyway, the City of Osawatomie drop box has been temporarily moved to the alley behind City Hall.

Residents should access the alley from 4th Street as the drop box is on the south side of the drive.

Miracle on Main Street 2021

The City of Osawatomie and Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce Miracle on Main Street holiday festival for 2021!

This annual holiday extravaganza gets new life in 2021, including the return of the ever-popular vendor fair in City Auditorium.

To register for Santa photos, please visit our sign up platform here.

To register for the vendor fair, please visit Osawatomie Partners in Education (P.I.E.) here.

See the flyer for more!