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Fall Clean Up Day 2021

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:

  • Furniture
  • 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:

  • Tires
  • 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)
  • Batteries, paint, or other hazardous materials
  • Construction or demolition material

See the 2021 Waste Management Calendar

City Welcomes Deputy City Manager

NEWS RELEASE
October 1, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: Sam Moon
[email protected]
913-755-2146 x 103

CITY WELCOMES DEPUTY CITY MANAGER BRET GLENDENING

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.

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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.

Missing Teen Found Alive, Unharmed

Bryant A. Clancy, 18, was found alive and unharmed late Wednesday evening on property near the city limits. Bryant, who has autism, had been missing since early Tuesday morning.

We wish to extend our deepest thanks to Osawatomie Police Department, Osawatomie Fire Department, Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Missouri Search and Rescue K9, and the countless other agencies and community members who took up the search over the last two days.

There are no further details at this hour; more information will be made available tomorrow, Thursday, August 12th, 2021.

Missing Osawatomie Teenager

PRESS RELEASE – August 11th, 2021

Update 8:00pm 8/11/2021 – Earlier this evening, Osawatomie Police Chief David Stuteville met informally with a group of concerned citizens who wanted to help conduct on-the-ground searches of local neighborhoods the surrounding areas. He gave them the same information that is provided within the press release attached below, and delivered brief remarks about how to be safe while searching. It is important to note that while we greatly appreciate the willingness of our community to come together and assist in the search for Bryant, we must ask that residents exert caution — we do not want to have to send search and rescue teams after the volunteer search teams. If you feel called to action, please be safe, be smart, and stay cool. Above all else, remember to keep your eyes and ears open and report any information to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office at 913-294-3232 or dial 911 should you come into contact with Bryant directly.

The City of Osawatomie will provide updates here on our website as information becomes available.

Original Post 4:20pm 8/11/2021 – Please see the attached press release regarding missing Osawatomie teenager Bryant Clancy (downloadable PDF linked below).

Osawatomie Police Chief David Stuteville and other emergency responders held a live press conference at 3:30pm this afternoon with regional news agencies to bring greater awareness to the search efforts.

If you have any information on Bryant or his disappearance, please contact the Miami County Sheriff’s Office at 913-294-3232. If you should come into contact with Bryant, who has autism, do not try to engage with him — immediately dial 911 and alert officers to your location.

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!

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.*

Mosquito Treatment Update

MOSQUITO TREATMENT COMING SOON

  • Mosquito treatment cannot be scheduled in advance. As we’ve done in previous years, the City will treat on an as-needed basis as weather conditions and demand requires.
  • The City plans to treat THURSDAY evening (6/10/2021) of this week, weather permitting!
  • The City will treat ONLY in the late evening. We do our best to post on our Facebook page and website in advance of when we plan to treat.


Commonly Asked Questions:


Why only “as-needed”?

In an effort to not waste resources, the City instead has been using more larvacides (which treat the water and help prevent mosquitoes from emerging as biting adults), but will continue treating with the fogging adulticide to help eradicate the biting adults.

How dangerous are these chemicals?

We recommend keeping pets and children out of the yard for at least an hour after treatment just as a precaution, and we ask that you close your windows before treatment begins. We only treat between in the late evening, usually between the hours of 9:00pm and 1:00am after most other desirables (like butterflies and bees) have “gone home” for the night. The dosage of adulticide used in treatment is specially formulated to target those ultra-lightweight mosquitoes, and they are 100x more susceptible to it than the average weight honey bee.

What can I do to help my neighborhood?

The most impactful thing you can do is to locate and address sources of standing water on your property by either emptying the container regularly or using bacterial insecticide, which is safe, inexpensive and available at many hardware stores. Common sources of standing water include:

Rain gutters
Wading pools
Bird baths

Old tires
Wheelbarrows
Boats

Pet and livestock dishes or troughs
Water holding low areas
Garbage can lids

If you have questions about our mosquito treatment procedure, please call our Public Works Department at 913-755-4525

COVID-19 Mask Mandate: Repealed

NEWS RELEASE
May 14, 2021

CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY VOTES TO REPEAL MASK ORDINANCE

Osawatomie, Kansas – At the regularly scheduled meeting on May 13th, 2021, the Governing Body of the City of Osawatomie unanimously voted to approve Ordinance No. 3795, which formally repeals Ordinance No. 3783. Per City of Osawatomie policy, this action by City Council will go into effect after the Ordinance is published in the Miami County Republic on May 19th, 2021.

Beginning on May 19th, masks and other face coverings will no longer be required in public spaces. Businesses and other private industries may, at their discretion, request that customers and/or staff members continue the practice at their facilities.

The City of Osawatomie continues to encourage residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if they are eligible, and will assist any interested resident make the appropriate contact with the Miami County Health Department.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Sam Moon
[email protected]
913-755-2146 x 103