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Month: August 2022

Water Leak Notice

Update – 8:15am, 8/11/2022 – The leak has been repaired and residents should be seeing normal water pressure returning. This was a longer repair than anticipated and we appreciate everyone’s patience as our crews worked through the night and into the morning.

City of Osawatomie utility crews are on-site repairing a water leak on a 10″ water main in the northeast quadrant of the city. Residents in the area, from 1st Street to 7th Street and from Parker Avenue to Carr Avenue, may experience lower than normal water pressure while crews perform repair work.

This space will be updated as necessary as work continues, or should the scope of the repair change. Thank you for your patience!

Residents were alerted via the official City website, social media, and via the TextMyGov General Alerts messaging system.

WET PAINT! Lane Line Work

Street crews are repainting the center lines across the City of Osawatomie’s main traffic corridor today, Tuesday August 9th, 2022. Crews will be painting center lines on Main Street from US 169 Highway heading west to 12th Street. They’ll work north along 12th Street before continuing down Parker Avenue toward Trojan Elementary and out to the City limits.

When possible, please avoid crossing the fresh lines for at least an hour to keep tire marks to a minimum. We appreciate your cooperation as we perform this maintenance and prepare for back-to-school season!

City Announces Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Award Given to Eight-Member Consortium in Regional DOE Grant Program

Osawatomie, KS (August 4, 2022) – On November 8, 2021, the City of Osawatomie was in a consortium of eight businesses and municipalities, working with Metropolitan Energy Center, that were awarded $5.2 million through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Low Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Vehicle Technologies Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment program for electric vehicle (EV) and charging station projects.

These businesses and municipalities operate within environmental justice areas, opportunity zones, and other underserved areas. In addition to sedans, they are replacing small and heavy trucks with electric models. These partners will also be building out EV charging stations in various locations.

The City of Osawatomie will be engaging the community in developing goals for sustainability and economic vitality. Mike Scanlon, City Manager, stated when reflecting on the award, “It’s nice to be at the front-end of rural economic development when it comes to EV chargers and vehicles. With the recent announcement of the Panasonic Battery Plant in De Soto, I believe as a community we are perfectly placed to leverage the benefits of these new technologies. I believe we can become a national leader in rural sustainability – the field is ours to grab.”

As the City begins the implementation of this award, here are some important dates to put on your calendar:

August 8, 2022 – A new City website will debut with a special section on this EV grant through Metropolitan Energy Center
August 11, 2022 – The City is hosting a ribbon cutting dedication for the first set of charging stations at 5th and Main Street
September 12, 2022 – A downtown planning office opens for resident feedback
September/October 2022 – The City will host weekly Q+A and Community Outreach Activities regarding EV Plans, the newly announced solar array, and sustainability practices and projects
October 3, 2022 – The final announcement of planned construction dates for the Evergy/Osawatomie solar array
November 2022 – The City anticipates to host a final round of competition for the USD #367 Solar Array/EV Charging Station drawing contest

The City of Osawatomie is very excited to be on the leading edge of rural sustainability projects and is looking forward to working with the community and its partners on this and future projects.

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Road Closure Notice

Due to a business’ ongoing sanitary sewer work in the area, 6th Street between Brown Avenue and Pacific Avenue will be closed on Thursday, August 4th, 2022. Both the northbound and southbound lanes will be closed to thru-traffic beginning in the early morning hours.

On Friday, August 5th, the northbound lane of 6th Street is planned to be reopened for thru-access. Work is expected to continue through next week with a full reopening planned for Friday, August 12th, 2022.

For more information on the closure or the work being performed, please contact:

Michele Silsbee
Director of Public Works
[email protected]
(913) 755-2146 x231

Brush Pile Burn Scheduled

The City of Osawatomie Public Works Department will be implementing a controlled burn of the Forestry Disposal Site on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022. Brush pile burns are a regular part of site maintenance and staff will be monitoring the burn on-site until the work is finished and the burn is concluded.

New material drop-off will not be permitted until the burn is completed and staff has reopened safe access to the site. This could take two to three days depending on volume of existing material and weather.