Weekly Update

City of Osawatomie Municipal Newsletter

Dates to Remember

City Council Meeting
February 25th, 2021
City Council Meeting
March 11th, 2021

City Endures, Overcomes Energy Crisis

Record-breaking severe winter weather descended upon the entire Midwest over the last 10 days. We haven't seen a cold snap this extreme and this continuous since the 1980s. Other weather records being broken are from the 1890s, when we suffered through the "Great Freeze." Because of this severe weather, Midwest regional power grids were taxed beyond their production limits, water pipes were bursting, and natural gas wells were frozen over. These shortages in energy production forced cities and communities to emergency manage infrastructure that wasn't designed to withstand such enormous demand for such prolonged periods.

Our utility crews worked overtime keeping our power and water systems online and as stable as possible. We had a few minor hiccups along the way, but we fared much better than many others in our region. We are extraordinarily grateful for everything our crews did to keep us safe and warm this week, and for the sacrifices they and their families make day in and day out when duty calls.

City Manager Mike Scanlon will have a comprehensive electrical report available to the public on Monday, February 22nd to review and explain how our energy grid, including our backup generation, connects and performs in these extreme circumstances.

Miami County Comp Plan

You’re invited (and encouraged!) to attend the Miami County Comprehensive Plan Public Open House #1. You’ll be able to share insights, talk with the planning team, and review initial ideas and concepts about the future of the county.

This open house will be hosted at the Osawatomie Municipal Auditorium from 5:30pm - 8:00pm on Thursday, February 25th, 2021! Masks and social distancing are required.
mico open house
Need a reminder? Click here to RSVP to the event on Facebook!

This event is FREE to the public and a great opportunity to learn more about what's happening in our community.

Employee Spotlight!

Incoming Library Director
Dr. Morgan Crabtree
Are you an area native? If not, from where are you joining us?
I am! I grew up on a farm south of Louisburg, attended school in Paola, and currently live on a farm outside of Parker.

What do you enjoy the most about our community?
My favorite thing about Osawatomie is the rich history. It's such a small, friendly town that I think we forget sometimes that this is a place where so many important things happened (and will continue to happen).
Who are your top five dinner party dream guests?
I doubt anyone will be surprised to see a list made up primarily of authors here: Joy Harjo, Matt Haig, Stephen King, Bono, and Toni Morrison.

What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
I'm most excited to spend more time around more books! Seriously, though, I see so much potential in this community and I see the library being an integral part of our growth as a community. Getting teens through the doors more often will be a fun challenge that will help with that growth.
While we continue work on the new website, certain functions may be unavailable. Please call us at 913-755-2146 and we'd be glad to help you access the information you need.
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