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City Seeking Muralist

City Seeking Muralist

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

Paving the Way Q+A Sessions

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.

Learn more at osawatomieks.org/paving-the-way.

Final Listening Sessions

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!

Catch up on our project at osawatomieks.org/ozcommons.

Service Line Warranty Program

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.

Some frequently asked questions include:

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

Pop-Up Planning Center

We’re pleased to announce that our Oz Commons project is entering a new phase: pop-up planning! This temporary Planning Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:30pm at 545 Main Street in downtown Osawatomie. The doors officially opened Wednesday, August 18th, and we’ll be set up until September 15th. This pop-up is an extension of our previous community meetings and online attendance options. We’re hoping to catch those who were unable to attend our evening sessions earlier this month, and bring more attention to our downtown district and its possibilities. As we move through the planning center process, we might find ourselves open for later nights or weekend hours.

Come see us anytime over the next few weeks and learn more about our Oz Commons Downtown Redevelopment Planning project. We have feedback activities onsite, plus copies of our survey. Let’s chat! Bring your neighbor, a friend, or your entire staff! We’d love to see you.

Also… Talk about a facelift! Pat and Angie Hoskins of Pat’s Signs have done an unbelievable job with the renovation of this space, and we are simply blown away by their passion and vision for their community. Thanks for letting us showcase all your hard work, guys! The space alone is worth a visit.

Free Chlorine Burnout 2021

As part of its regular maintenance program, the City is conducting a free chlorine burnout of its water distribution system beginning today (August 16th, 2021) and continuing through September 16th, 2021. Periodically, the use of free chlorine (which is stronger and faster-acting than our regularly used combined chlorine) is necessary to ensure a thorough clean of the entire water system.

During the burnout, customers may notice open fire hydrants in town as we flush the system of any sediments and force the free chlorine through the lines. It is important to note that though there may be some odor or cloudiness in the water, it is harmless and safe to drink and use normally. We recommend letting your taps run until clear if you notice a change.

Customers who use tap water for in-home kidney dialysis should consult their doctor to determine if any changes are necessary in their residual disinfectant neutralization process. Customers using tap water for aquariums should monitor both free and combined chlorine residuals.

For questions or more information regarding this burnout process, contact the City’s Water Treatment Plant at (913) 755 4138.

Demolition of 1926 Parker

The house at 1926 Parker came down this week. It went through multiple inspections, including a final inspection by the Kansas Historical Society, before demolition. The house, completed in or around 1904 by Charles Adair (son to Rev. Samuel Adair), sits near the original location of the Adair Cabin.

In 2014, the Kansas Archaeological Society conducted an archeological dig on the property to uncover pre-Civil War artifacts and other historical memorabilia. A portion of those artifacts will soon be on display at the John Brown Museum State Historic Site inside John Brown Memorial Park as part of a long-term loan from the State.

The City of Osawatomie worked with the John Brown Foundation to determine the future of the property, and after inspections it was decided that the structure was too far deteriorated to try and salvage. Since the history of the property lies in the ground rather than in the farmhouse, officials made the decision to carefully demolish the building while preserving the cabin’s footprint for future historical efforts.

While the house was never on any historical registry, we are hoping that the removal of the structure will allow a clearer path for the original cabin site to be our next ticket onto the National Register of Historic Places.