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Oz Commons Virtual Attendance

Did you miss our first in-person community meeting, or do you simply prefer to participate virtually? Starting at 9:00 AM Tuesday, August 3rd to 9 AM Wednesday August 4th you can participate in similar virtual activities! See below, or visit the project website and scroll to Project Updates and Upcoming Events, to complete as many of these virtual alternatives as you’d like.

*Please note, if you attended the in-person meeting on July 27th, or plan on attending the meeting on August 5th, you don’t need to complete these activities as they are meant as a substitute and to gather the same input.

Virtual Activities:

Oz Commons Community Meeting (#2)

Join us on Thursday, August 5th at the Osawatomie Middle School cafeteria for a second opportunity to participate in feedback activities and talk to the consultant team for the Oz Commons downtown redevelopment planning process.

If you missed the July 27th meeting, this is your next chance to share your opinion and learn more about the project. This is a casual come-and-go format, so stop by anytime from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Activities will be the same from the July meeting, so if you attended that one there’s no need for a repeat (unless you just really love talking about Osawatomie’s development!).

If you haven’t already, please take 10 minutes and complete our project survey: surveymonkey.com/r/ozcommons (We’ve had over 300 residents take the survey so far! Amazing!)

Unfamiliar with Oz Commons? Get caught up here: osawatomieks.org/ozcommons

**Masks are strongly recommended for individuals without a COVID-19 vaccination or as an extra precaution. The staff and consultant team will provide masks and hand sanitizer for participants. If you feel unwell or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay tuned for online options.**

7/27/21 – TONIGHT – Oz Commons Community Meeting

Join us for our first community meeting tonight — open house style — in the Osawatomie High School cafeteria (1200 Trojan Dr). Please enter through the west or south doors of the building. Stop by anytime between 6:00pm and 8:00pm to participate in activities and talk with the consultant team to share your ideas and learn about the process!

Masks are strongly recommended for individuals without a COVID-19 vaccination or as an extra precaution. The staff and consultant team will provide masks and hand sanitizer for participants. If you feel unwell or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, stay tuned for online options.

Visit the project website for details and updates (don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already!) or take the community survey (open ’til September 6th).

See you tonight!

Oz Commons Community Meeting (#1)

OZ Commons Community Meeting

Are you ready to share your ideas to enhance Osawatomie? Join us for our first community meeting on July 27th for an open house meeting in the Osawatomie High School cafeteria (1200 Trojan Dr). Stop by anytime between 6:00pm and 8:00pm to participate in activities and talk with the consultant team to share your ideas and learn about the process.

This in-person meeting will take precautions to help keep you and your friends and family safe. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available and activity stations along with frequently used objects will be sanitized often. We recommend you wear a mask if you have not received a COVID-19 vaccination.

Similar virtual activities will be available if you are unable to make it or feel more comfortable at home.

Get caught up on the project and announcements by visiting the Oz Commons home page.

Oz Commons Survey LIVE!

The City of Osawatomie, KS received a grant through the MARC Planning Sustainable Places (PSP) Program. The PSP grant is part of the Creating Sustainable Places initiative and the region’s long-range plan Connected 2050. The City of Osawatomie was selected among other regional applicants to further VIBRANT, CONNECTED & GREEN places.

This project marks the largest planning efforts undertaken by the City and community of Osawatomie since the 1990s. This is an exciting time and coming together to plan for the future of the community is critical to success.

The OZ Commons Osawatomie Downtown Redevelopment project will focus on Downtown, connecting key transportation corridors and trails while enhancing the community’s identity and role in the region. This community-driven plan will enlist the help of key stakeholders and the community to create a guided redevelopment plan for the City and elected officials.

If you’re ready to dive in and start leading the conversation about the future of our downtown corridor and our community at-large, a simple 10-15 minute survey has been created to jumpstart our directives.

Take the Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ozcommons

If you haven’t already, head over to our Oz Commons main page and get caught up on other project announcements and notifications!

Offices Closed Monday July 5th, 2021

In observance of Independence Day, all City offices will be closed on Monday, July 5th, 2021.

Regular operations will resume on Tuesday the 6th.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day weekend!

2021 Fireworks Reminders

It’s FIREWORKS season!

Please keep the following in mind while you plan your family’s Independence Day celebrations:

  • LIGHTING of fireworks is permissible in the City of Osawatomie between the hours of 8:00 am. and 10:00p.m. on June 29th through July 3rd, and 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on July 4th.
  • SELLING of fireworks within the City of Osawatomie between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. commencing June 29th and through July 4th of each year is permissible by any person who has first obtained a valid permit to sell fireworks.
  • DO NOT stage/light fireworks upon any public street, alley or avenue or in any park or on any other public property within the City.

Check our City Code for full allowances on fireworks.

Have fun, be safe, and please respect your neighbors and community by cleaning up any trash or debris left behind by your celebration!

RESCHEDULED! Lights on the Lake Parade

HEADS UP, OSAWATOMIE!

Due to the threat of incoming severe weather, Osawatomie’s annual Lights on the Lake parade has been RESCHEDULED to 11:00am Saturday, June 26th, 2021. Out of respect for an already scheduled funeral service, the parade route will begin at 3rd Street and we ask that parade spectators and participants leave Main Street parking between 1st and 3rd open for funeral home use.

If you have already registered for the parade, event organizers should have sent out the email with the lineup change and new map. Please direct questions to those organizers!

If you live or work along Main Street between 3rd and 12th, please have your vehicle moved by tomorrow morning. For residents that live on 3rd St from Main to Brown or on Brown from 3rd to 5th, your neighborhood is the new staging area for the parade. We have someone hand-delivering flyers to your residence this afternoon to help alert you to this change.

Our parade is usually rain or shine, but your safety is always our top priority and tonight’s forecast looks like a lot more than just rain.

We’ll see everyone tomorrow morning to kickoff a great weekend of activities!

The former John Brown Jamboree parade down Main Street (photo undated).

*In the event of severe weather tomorrow morning, the parade will be cancelled. There will not be another opportunity for a reschedule.*

Apply Now: Library Board of Trustees

The Osawatomie City Council invites individuals to apply to serve on the Library Board of Trustees. If you love the library and all the great and wonderful services it provides the community, we’d love to talk to you about becoming a Library Board Trustee. To view the general responsibilities and duties of a Board member, see the file linked below.

If you’re interested in the appointment, please download and complete the Public Service Application below and email it to:

Sam Moon
Vice-Chairman
Board of Trustees
[email protected]

OR

Deliver a paper copy to:

City Hall
439 Main Street
Osawatomie, KS

USD #367 BoE and City Council Joint Meeting

The Governing Body for the City of Osawatomie will be hosting a joint meeting with USD #367 Board of Education members on Monday, June 14th, at Osawatomie High School. No action items for the City of Osawatomie will be entertained. This meeting is an opportunity for both parties to discuss mutually beneficial plans and ideas for the upcoming year, and to create a better partnership.

The meeting is open to the public and school staff will be assisting with the online audio broadcast for interested parties.