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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!

https://youtu.be/Pl0Z-BNEOqU

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.

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 http://osawatomieks.citycode.net/index.html#!138

Upcoming Winter Holiday Closures

Happy Holidays!

City of Osawatomie offices will be closed on the following days:

  • Friday, December 24th, 2021
  • Monday, December 28th, 2021
  • Friday, December 31st, 2021

We hope everyone has a safe, happy, and fun holiday season with their loved ones.

See you in 2022!

Incoming Severe Weather: Reminders, Reports

With the incoming potentially severe weather and current high winds, the City of Osawatomie would like to remind our residents that we are closely monitoring the skies and have crews on standby to address any issues that might crop up as we move into the late afternoon and evening hours. High winds (and falling tree limbs) were responsible for several scattered outages earlier today, and we were glad to get the issues resolved for those residents in a safe and efficient manner.

Should you lose power, PLEASE do not report your outage to the Osawatomie Police Department or the Miami County Sheriff. Those lines should be left open for emergencies and emergencies ONLY.

Instead, please report any outages via our new TextMyGov text message reporting program. Keep reading for instructions on reporting power outages.

Step 1

Text “Hi, “Hello,” or “Hey” to the City at 913-557-8777. This starts a new chain of communication with the program.

Step 2

Text “Outage” and wait for the prompts! TextMyGov’s smart texting technology identifies keywords to instantly provide a response.

The system will ask for the address (or nearest address) to the issue, for the reporter’s first and last name, and will ask for any other details regarding the issue. The system also allows for the submission of photos.

TextMyGov also recognizes over 100 other keywords!

Step 3

Follow the prompts until finished.

All reports are instantly submitted to the department in charge of the issue at hand. All reported power outages will be transmitted to the Electric Department for review.


The City of Osawatomie would also encourage anyone to sign up to receive special text alerts via TextMyGov by texting the following to 91896:

  • “OZGENERAL” to receive general, non-emergent alerts
  • “OZALERTS” to receive emergency alerts

City Hosting Farewell Reception for Outgoing City Officials

The City of Osawatomie and Osawatomie City Council invite the public to attend a reception honoring three outgoing City officials on Thursday, December 9th, 2021. Mayor Mark Govea, Ward III Councilmember Dr. Jeff Walmann, and City Attorney Richard Wetzler will be recognized for their years of dedicated service beginning at 5:00pm at Memorial Hall before the regular city council meeting.

L. Mark Govea was first elected to the Governing Body as a councilmember in 2011 and then was elected as Mayor in 2013. He served as Mayor of Osawatomie through 2021, represented Osawatomie on numerous boards and committees across the state, and was voted “Mayor of the Year” at the 2021 Kansas Mayor’s Conference.

Dr. Jeff Walmann was first elected to the Governing Body as Ward III Councilmember in 2007 and served through 2021. Among many other City projects and committees, Dr. Walmann was most recently the Chairman of the Trail Taskforce and helmed the effort to finish the “Osawatomie Reach” portion of the Flint Hills Trail and establish the Walker Station trailhead at Mile Zero.

Richard Wetzler was first appointed as City Attorney in 2005 and announced his intent to retire from our service in November of 2021. Mr. Wetzler was instrumental in many projects across the organization, and helped the City navigate innumerable legal changes and challenges over the last 16 years. Mr. Wetzler also served as the City’s prosecutor during his time with the City.

Light refreshments will be served.

Chili Cook-Off Returns for 2021

The public is invited to attend the 2021 City of Osawatomie Chili Cook-Off benefitting the Osawatomie Ministerial Association!

Like we did last year, each department within the City of Osawatomie’s organization (Public Works, Police Department, Fire Department, Admin Offices, Building and Codes, etc.) will submit their best batch of chili alongside a $20 entry fee that will be donated to the Osawatomie Ministerial Association.

A panel of judges will taste test each batch and judge them on COLOR, HEAT, TEXTURE, AROMA, and overall FLAVOR. The Judge’s Choice winner will take home the traveling Chili Champion Trophy!

And from 12:00pm to 1:00pm the public is invited to come do a free taste test of all the submitted recipes and use their pocketbooks to vote for the People’s Choice Award. Simply drop a dollar (or $5!) in the jar for your favorite batch and whichever recipe bags the most bucks gets the People’s Choice trophy. All money raised in the cash vote gets donated to the Ministeral Association!

Last year we raised $503 for the Ministerial Association to help in their charitable outreach efforts in our community. Do you think we can double that in 2021?