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Month: January 2022

John Brown Museum State Historic Site – Annual Visitor Report (2021)

Wow! Even through a continuing pandemic, the John Brown Museum State Historic Site still welcomed an incredible number of visitors. We are so lucky to have such a nationally important part of history in the heart of our hometown.

Total Number of Visitors: 1,895

Out-of-State Visitors: 639

Group Visitors: 310

Johnson County Visitors: 216

We even had 11 international visitors from four different countries (France, Denmark, Canada, and the United Kingdom)!

Curious about all things John Brown and the Adair Cabin? Contact our Site Administrator today!

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Offices Closed for MLK Jr. Day 2022

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, City offices will be closed on Monday, January 17th, 2022.

Regular hours and operations will resume on Tuesday, January 18th, 2022.

The “List of 55” for 2022

Curious about what sort of work City staff and the Governing Body will be undertaking in 2022?

At the January 13th, 2022, meeting of City Council, a work list of 55 key projects was presented and approved to serve as the framework for major work to accomplish and work toward this year.

Some of these projects are continuations from work started in 2020 and 2021, and others are brand new endeavors. Projects range from installing bike racks in key areas of town to critical repair work on the wastewater treatment plant and other pieces of major infrastructure.

Interested in what projects made the Big List for 2022? Check out the file below, and read more about the initiative in the agenda packet for the January 13th, 2022, council meeting.

Additionally, you can listen to City Manager Mike Scanlon talk about the List of 55 in his January 14th, 2022, “Weekend Update” YouTube video!

Public Library Temporary COVID-19 Changes in Operation

In an effort to mitigate risks related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and acting on the authority granted by state law through Resolution No. 777 (May 2020) certain pandemic-related policies and procedures within the City of Osawatomie have been reevaluated by City Manager Mike Scanlon.

Due to the Osawatomie Public Library’s extensive interface with the public, recent increases in local COVID-19 cases, school closures, and staffing shortages in an already small staff, the Osawatomie Public Library will be requiring masks be worn by patrons and staff members until at least January 21st, 2022. Masks will be made available at the Library to any patron or staff member, and the staff is preparing contactless pickup options for materials and checkouts, including curbside pickup and other convenient options.

In addition, programming and other supplemental activities are suspended through January 18th, 2022 to coincide with the closures of Osawatomie USD #367 schools. Library activity during that time will be limited to regular browsing, material pickup and checkout, and limited numbers of public access computers. There will be no storytimes, youth hangouts or play spaces, or adult programming.

These changes are being made out of an abundance of caution and are temporary. They will be reevaluated and adjusted as directed by the City Manager and the Library Director.

Other City facilities and offices will be reevaluating their own COVID-19 mitigation needs beginning Tuesday, January 18th, 2022 to see if other temporary policy or procedure changes are necessary as allowed by Resolution No. 777.

For more information, please contact Library Director Dr. Morgan Crabtree or Public Information Officer Sam Moon.

January 13th, 2022

Consent Agenda ; Presentations, Proclamations, and Appointments ; Unfinished Business ; New Business ; Reports

Due to the size of this week’s supplemental packet and our continued efforts to be a more sustainable organization, paper copies of the entire packet will not be made available to attendees. Copies of the agenda sheet itself will still be made available.

Winter Weather Reminders

As Old Man Winter settles in for the first time this season, the City of Osawatomie and our first responder partners wanted to give a few reminders about preparing for and dealing with weather-related emergencies.

Pet Licenses 2022

This notices serves as the annual reminder to purchase or renew your pet licenses!

Required in Osawatomie since 1975 for dogs, cats, and ferrets over 6mo of age, pet licenses also provide a myriad of things:

  • Rabies vaccination information for public health and safety
  • Expedites reunification of lost pets if they land in a shelter
  • Helps to monitor total number of pets in a household, which can alert officials to other health and safety issues, such as overcrowding or unlawful breeding or boarding situations

Licenses are $10 if the animal is not altered, $5 if altered, and completely FREE if the animal is both altered and microchipped.

Read the Code in full at!138