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Day: November 24, 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?