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February 2021 Energy Crisis Ended

For everyone who has been following along with our energy crisis this week, we have good news. We can breathe again!

Water is still running through the intake facility at the water plant and the pumps are still moving. Our power pool (SPP) has downgraded to an Emergency Energy Alert Level 0 (EEA0), which means we’re in the minimal risk level of their emergency alert system. They have also, however, asked that we and those in our region continue to be conservative with our energy consumption until 10:00pm on February 20th, 2021 due to continuing higher load demands and continuing severe cold weather to ensure grid stability as we reintroduce systems (like school districts, businesses, etc.). If the grid gets overloaded, we start this process all over again!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for tuning in to our updates, taking them seriously, and doing your part to keep our utilities as stable as possible. Many communities in our region were not as lucky, and we are grateful to everyone who was willing to sacrifice a little convenience and comfort to ensure continued safety for their neighbor.

This will be the last update regarding these utility challenges unless something critical changes in the coming days.

For the complete timeline of energy events, please visit our Notices page.

News Release Announcing Library Director Appointment

NEWS RELEASE
February 17th, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: Samantha Moon
[email protected] | 913-755-2146 x103

OSAWATOMIE PUBLIC LIBRARY WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR

Osawatomie, Kansas – The City of Osawatomie and the Library Board of Trustees are pleased to announce that Dr. Morgan Menefee Crabtree has been appointed as the next Library Director for the Osawatomie Public Library. Dr. Crabtree has spent her career in a variety of academic settings and school districts, and joins us from Osawatomie USD #367 where she served as a high school English teacher. After a comprehensive, multi-month search to find an individual with the experience and vision necessary to propel the Library forward, the Osawatomie Public Library’s Board of Trustees and City Manager unanimously approved her appointment.

Dr. Crabtree’s educational and professional background shows her dedication to research, ingenuity, and literacy across the board, and she will be an asset to the community at large. She will work to maintain her involvement in the school district’s existing literacy teams and strengthen the relationship between the Library and USD #367, and is eager to begin implementing her many ideas for programming across all ages. Her primary goal is one of universal, functional literacy for children and adults.

We believe that the Library is on the verge of a breakthrough into something bigger and better, due in large part to all the work that previous Director Elizabeth Trigg has done in the last several years. Dr. Crabtree will be a great leader as we continue that work to transform the library into the community space, literacy center, and ultimate creative anchor of our community for people of all ages and backgrounds. We believe she has the initiative and tenacity to continue the legacy of growth and community engagement that her predecessor Trigg battled for over the last decade.

We’re greatly looking forward to working with Dr. Crabtree and watching her lead the Osawatomie Public Library into the next generation.

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Cold Weather Rule

Statement of Purpose

The City of Osawatomie will generally not shut-off electric service for non-payment during cold weather months. Although the Kansas Corporation Commission’s “Cold Weather Rule” does not apply to municipally owned utilities like the City of Osawatomie, the City will follow portions of the KCC’s Rule to help ensure electric service will not be shut-off in cases of extreme cold. The purpose of this policy is to detail the City’s policies and procedures for shut-off during the cold weather months.

Policy

The period of observance for the Cold Weather Rule will be from November 1st through March 31st each winter season. During these months, the City will NOT shutoff electric utilities if the National Weather Service forecasts the temperature for
Osawatomie to drop below 35 degrees in the following 48 hours. In accordance with the City’s Utility Billing Policy, shut-offs will not be conducted on Fridays or the day prior to a holiday. If the temperature drops below 35 degrees after a service has been shut-off, the customer’s electric service will not be re-established until payment arrangements have been made with the City. The City reserves the right to shut-off water service for the non-payment of bills.

Procedures

The City may still conduct shutoffs during the winter months. Shut-off notices will still be issued according to standard Utility Billing procedures and any delinquency fees or interest on outstanding balances will still apply. After receiving notice of an impending shut-off, the service will be shut-off once the shut-off date has passed and the temperature forecast meets the Rule’s criteria. Prior to implementing shut-offs that are delayed after the shut-off day, due to observance of the Cold Weather Rule, the City will post a notice on the News section of its website that electric utilities will be shut-off for all delinquent customers beginning at a certain date and time. Customers wishing to monitor such notices may sign up for notifications from the webpage. The Cold Weather Rule will not apply to customers who have entered into a previous payment plan with the City. These customers will be required to pay their agreed upon installments in order to avoid disconnection. Customers will still be required to pay their utility bills to guarantee their utilities will not be shut-off or disconnected. In certain cases, such as violation of a payment agreement, fraud or criminal activity, the City has the right to shut-off or disconnect utilities for non-payment during the period of time the Cold Weather Rule is in effect.

Places That Can Help:

  • Ministerial Association (913) 755-3964
  • Salvation Army (785) 242-7450 x7640
  • United Way (866) 320-5764
  • Catholic Charities (913) 433-2039
  • Vineyard of Hope Church (913) 755-4500
  • SRS (913) 755-2162

For More Information:

Utilities Office (913) 755-2146, Option 1
www.osawatomieks.org