OZ Commons Recommendations Presentation to Council
Join us as we present recommendations to City Council for the OZ Commons Downtown Redevelopment project this Thursday (October 14th, 2021)! The final presentation will be held during our regular City Council meeting at Osawatomie City Auditorium starting at 6:30pm.
We received 350 responses to the community survey, and over 170 people participated in either our community meetings or virtual activities. Successful community listening and idea sessions also provided insight on what our community wants to see in the next generation of Osawatomie’s growth. Thank you so much for your participation in this exciting planning process for our community!
The City of Osawatomie is hosting a Fall Clean Up Day this Saturday (October 16th, 2021) from 8:00am to 4:00pm! Residents can haul their own bulky or irregular items to a designated “drop off” zone north of the high school where Waste Management will have several roll off dumpsters available.
This is a self-service opportunity — Waste Management will NOT be running trucks for curbside or alley pickup!
Items allowed for drop-off include:
TVs and other electronics
Mattresses and box springs
Rugs/carpets that are rolled and tied
Lawn mowers (drained of oil and gasoline)
Other irregular, non-hazardous items
Items NOT allowed for drop-off include:
Appliances of any kind
Limbs or yard waste (please take them across to the forestry disposal site!)
Regular household trash (save it for regular weekly pickup)
Osawatomie, Kansas – The City of Osawatomie welcomes a new deputy city manager to its leadership team next week. Bret Glendening will take on the role of deputy city manager effective Monday, October 4th, 2021. The deputy position is part of the City’s ongoing structural reorganization meant to strengthen leadership capacity and better serve organizational and community needs. The newly created role is designed to assist the city manager with departmental oversight and to coordinate internal and external initiatives, specifically in the utilities and public works departments.
In his new role, Glendening will oversee the City’s infrastructure and improvement projects, including water treatment and distribution, wastewater facility repairs, street repair, and solar array initiative. Glendening brings 10 years of large-scale project management experience, including solar projects and financial management, for Kiewet Corporation.
Before his tenure in the private sector, Glendening served as City Manager for Osawatomie from 2006 to 2011 and was a Budget and Finance Officer for Riley County from 2004 to 2006.
“We are excited to welcome Bret back to the leadership team, and look forward to his keen insight into our community,” said Osawatomie City Manager Mike Scanlon. “He has a unique perspective on our history and our future and will be a great asset to our organization.”
Scanlon introduced the change in organizational structure to the City Council during budget conversations over the summer. “We’re facing $20 million in public spending across our projects over the next five years,” Scanlon said. “We needed another member of the team who had experience at that level. Bret was a natural choice and we were lucky to get him.”
Glendening, who has lived in the Osawatomie community since 2006, holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a master’s degree in public administration from Kansas State University.
The City of Osawatomie is seeking a qualified artist to design and implement a large-scale mural in downtown Osawatomie as part of the Kansas Office of Rural Prosperity’s rural mural program. The City was awarded a grant totaling $15,000 to be used for the project.
Please contact us directly with any questions or comments you may have regarding the grant or the mural process.
Interested artists should send a brief portfolio and letter of interest to [email protected] with the subject line “Mural.” The City will be accepting applications until Sunday, October 3rd, 2021. Once all applicants have been reviewed, a committee will narrow down to the finalist(s), and the design process will begin.
Updated Information for Interested Applicants:
Previous mural experience is required for the lead artist, but we are open to team applications or other partnership combinations
With the grant award of $15,000, the City of Osawatomie will provide all reasonable supplies and tools necessary for the completion of the project including paint, brushes/rollers, scaffolding or lifts, etc. as well as the muralist fee
General design and theme is up to the artist chosen, but the City and its committee must approve final design before implementation
Design and theme should be complementary to the overall aesthetic of downtown Osawatomie and our regional history, landscape, and architecture
Design should be visually appealing and welcoming to residents and visitors alike
As stipulated by the grant, the mural should be completed in Fall 2021 or the project may be delayed until Spring 2022 at which time the City will submit a new “Call for Artist” notice if necessary
Our September 2021 Pavement Preservation Program begins work on Monday, September 20th, 2021 with PROSEAL performing several blocks of treatment across the city. Affected residents will receive door knockers on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning alerting them of the upcoming work.
See the map and infographic below for information on planned work.
Curious about our upcoming PAVING THE WAY street repair project? Want to know more about how the project is being funded? Have questions about the proposed sales tax increase you’ll be seeing on the November ballot?
Come see us!
We’re hosting two come-and-go town hall Q+A sessions on September 22nd and October 6th, and we would love to chat with you about any concerns or questions you have regarding PAVING THE WAY. Each session is open from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at our pop-up planning center located at 545 Main Street in downtown Osawatomie.
Your final opportunities to give feedback for the Oz Commons Downtown Redevelopment planning process are coming up soon!
Come see us at 545 Main Street on September 21st and October 5th from 3:00pm – 7:00pm and let us know what you’d like to see in the next generation of Osawatomie’s growth.
These sessions are casual, come-and-go spaces where residents are encouraged to ask questions, share their thoughts, and learn more about our project. No big presentation or group activity — we just want to talk with you!
Beginning this week, Osawatomie residents will receive an informational brochure and letter in the mail from Home Serve USA, an NLC (National League of Cities) Service Line Warranty Program by Service Line Warranties of America. SLWA will be mailing a reminder letter the last week of September.
Please browse their brochure linked below, and see our FAQ section for more information on this optional, voluntary service.
Why Did the City Council Approve this Program? Many residents are not aware that buried water or sewer lines on their property are their responsibility. A broken or blocked water or sewer line can cost thousands of dollars to repair or replace and many times residents are not prepared for this unexpected expense. Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) not only works to educate residents but also provides a solution. (Click here to see the Council packet and minutes related to this approval.)
Why Did the City Choose to Partner with a Third Party? SLWA has been recognized as the trusted source of utility line plans endorsed by the National League of Cities (NLC). Many utilities today are using public/ private partnerships and they have been successful in keeping taxes low and providing cost-effective services to citizens. Most citizens enjoy the benefits of public/private partnerships–whether through branding at a sporting event in a utility owned facility or utility parks and other entertainment venues with naming rights, public/private partnerships provide revenue that would otherwise be borne by the citizens. Partnering with SLWA allows the utility provider to have oversight of the program and ensure benefits for its constituents.
Why Are They Using the City Logo? Does the City Profit from this? SLWA’s partnership agreement with the City allows the company to use the logos in communications to indicate that there is a formal relationship in place and to let residents know that the offering is legitimate. All of the mailings SLWA sends to residents are first reviewed and approved by the City (usually the City Clerk’s office). All SLWA materials clearly state that the services the company offers are voluntary and that they are offered by SLWA, a private company that is separate from the City.
Do Residents Really Need This Coverage? It is difficult to determine when a pipe may fail, with key contributors being the type of piping material, age of the service pipe, soil conditions and installation quality. The median age of homes in the U.S. is 36 years, and can be much higher in various parts of the country, which means many service pipes are functioning on borrowed time. Water line repairs can be costly – a replacement averages $2,500 nationally* – but the modest cost of an SLWA service plan is optional and up to the homeowner to decide based on their personal circumstances. (*Estimate based on national average repair costs, January 2016.)
For more information on the NLC Service Line Warranty Program by Service Line Warranties of America, call 1-844-257-8795 or go to www.slwofa.com
Due to the Labor Day holiday, all trash and recycling services for the City of Osawatomie will be delayed by one (1) day for the service week beginning September 6th – 10th, 2021. Please see our 2021 Service Calendar for other important reminders.