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Water Line Project – Road Closure

The 400 Block of Pacific Avenue will be CLOSED tomorrow (Thursday) beginning at 6:30am and lasting at least half the day. Utilities crews are finishing a major water line project near Osawatomie Middle School. Residents and businesses on Pacific from 1st to 6th may experience low to no water pressure for the duration of the work.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we finish this critical project.

The school district has been notified of the work and potential impact.

Offices Closed for Presidents Day

City Offices will be closed in observance of President’s Day on Monday, February 21st, 2022. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday.

City Announces Partnership for Endurance Events on Flint Hills Trail

CITY OF OSAWATOMIE PARTNERS WITH MIDWEST ENDURANCE RACE CO. AT MILE ZERO


Osawatomie, Kansas – The City of Osawatomie is pleased to announce a new event partnership with Midwest Endurance Race Co., a group that organizes and sponsors bike and running ultra events across the region. Midwest Endurance Race Co. will debut its first endurance event on April 16th, 2022, at the newly completed Mile Zero trailhead of the Flint Hills Trail in Osawatomie.

Midwest Endurance Race Co. is the brainchild of friends Samantha Green and Jennie Terflinger. Green, who lives in Paola with her husband and two daughters, is President of Kansas City’s “Crawl for Cancer” fundraising program and has extensive event planning and coordination experience. Terflinger, who lives in Paola with her husband and two sons, is an Executive Performance Coach and Financial Advisor. She trains for and competes in regional and national ultra-marathons throughout the year, and is a two-time 1st Place finisher for the 100K Kansas Rails to Trails ultra-event.

When asked why they chose Osawatomie’s trailhead as their event kickoff location, Terflinger said, “These events create amazing adventures and experiences for others to be part of and allows a community to reach untapped potential.” Green added, “The Flint Hills Trail is the perfect location to host endurance events. We wanted to create a race that would be enticing to runners and non-runners, elites and novices, and give them a goal-worthy opportunity. The Flint Hills Trail accomplishes this.”

Samantha Green (left) and Jennie Terflinger of Midwest Endurance Race Co.

Midwest Endurance Race Co. is already promoting its spring event, the Mile 0 Flint Hills Trail Race, and has successfully registered well over 50 participants out of their 150+ registrant goal. The race offers a 50k, 20-Mile, 10-Mile, and Fun Run option. The 50k, 20-Mile, and 10-Mile entries include unisex tri-blend race shirts, fully stocked aid stations, pre- and post-race food, complimentary race photos, sponsor swag, finisher medals, and the opportunity to support the Ronald McDonald House Charity. Fun Run runners and walkers will receive a limited-edition lapel pin. It is expected that this and future events will each draw hundreds of people to the community, and the City is eager to watch their progress over the next year.

The City of Osawatomie has been working closely with Midwest Endurance Race Co. to prepare both the event coordinators and the City for what resources will be required for events of this magnitude at the new FHT trailhead. Several partner organizations are assisting as well, such as the Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce, Osawatomie School District, and Kansas
Department of Wildlife and Parks.

As Midwest Endurance Co. is one of the first organizers to utilize extended portions of the Flint Hills Trail during single events, coordination between city and county organizations as well as the State of Kansas is of high priority. Osawatomie is thrilled to be on the leading edge of these cooperative events and looks forward to a continued, successful partnership with the dedicated professionals at Midwest Endurance Race Co.


For Race Information, or to Register: shorturl.at/bsMT4


Midwest Endurance Race Co.
706 North Pearl
Paola, Kansas 66071
[email protected]
Samantha Green – 913-707-9521
Jennie Terflinger – 913-963-0292

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Midwest Endurance Race Co. is already promoting two events at the Mile Zero trailhead in Osawatomie.

Notice to Residents of Survey Work for Street Repair

Longtime City partner BG Consultants, a Lawrence-based firm specializing in architecture; civil engineering; structural engineering; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering; planning; and surveying, will be in Osawatomie over the next two weeks performing survey and data collection work as part of the City’s street repair goal.

This serves as a general notice to advise residents and business owners (particularly in residential neighborhoods that will be impacted by street projects in 2022 and 2023) that the survey crews will be in and around their neighborhood streets and will need to be on their property in some instances to conduct survey work necessary to perform design services on these streets.

City, Evergy Announce Solar Partnership

The City of Osawatomie is excited to announce a partnership with Evergy to explore building up to three (3) megawatts of solar energy in the Northland properties.

From Evergy:

Kansas City, Mo.– Feb. 7, 2022– The City of Osawatomie will partner with Evergy to explore building up to 3 megawatts of solar to power the Osawatomie, Kan., community.

“Osawatomie’s strong leadership shows their investment to continued growth in renewable energy and commitment to our partnership,” said Lloyd Jackson, managing director, Evergy Energy Partners. “Our Evergy team is proud to partner with Osawatomie as they expand their energy sources that will continue to serve the community.”

City of Osawatomie Deputy City Manager Bret Glendening said, “We are very excited to work with Evergy and KMEA on this solar project, and they have been great partners to work with in the development process. This project is a great opportunity to diversify our municipal electric utilities’ generation portfolio even further, and one of the best parts is that it’s within the city limits of Osawatomie.

“Furthermore, this investment comes as our neighboring communities in eastern Kansas are contemplating similar partnerships to facilitate small-scale solar projects in or near their communities to the benefit of their utility customers as well.”

Evergy and the city will conduct a viability study before proceeding to building the solar array and entering into a purchase power agreement for the energy. Evergy Energy Partners would construct, own and maintain the solar facility.   

Evergy has a strong commitment to renewable energy for a sustainable future. Currently, Evergy meets about 50% of its customers’ needs with carbon-free energy, including about a third from renewable sources.

Evergy Energy Partners is an industry leader with a team experienced in developing creative and flexible power supply strategies. By combining an in-depth understanding of utility planning, operations, and regulation with negotiated structures, Evergy Energy Partners has been able to secure favorable power supply arrangements with substantial long-term power cost benefits to utility, municipality, cooperative, and industrial clients.

About Evergy, Inc.
Evergy, Inc. (NYSE: EVRG) serves approximately 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri. We were formed in 2018 when long-term local energy providers KCP&L and Westar Energy merged. We generate nearly half the power we provide to homes and businesses with emission-free sources. We support our local communities where we live and work, and strive to meet the needs of customers through energy savings and innovative solutions.

Evergy Media Contact:
Gina Penzig
Manager, External Communications
Phone: 785.575.8089
[email protected]
Media line: 888-613-0003

External Link:
https://newsroom.evergy.com/2022-02-07-The-City-of-Osawatomie,-Evergy-announce-solar-development-agreement

Warming Center Now Open

Wednesday | February 2, 2022

The Osawatomie Volunteer Fire Department has opened a designated warming center at Osawatomie’s City Auditorium (439 Main Street) for anyone in need of a warm, safe place to stay. With another round of bitter cold and a few more inches of snow headed our way this evening, firefighters will be staffing the Auditorium for as long as necessary.

Please check in on your more at-risk friends and neighbors (those that have been sick, the elderly, or the less-abled) and make sure they’re ready to ride out the night.

For emergency assistance, please call 9-1-1. Otherwise, please call the Osawatomie Police Department at 913-755-2101 for non-emergency questions or issues.

City Announces Cemetery Management Contract

The City of Osawatomie is pleased to announce a new contract agreement for the management of municipal cemeteries. See the release below for full information!

Beginning February 1, 2022, for operational assistance, permitting, or other daily cemetery transactions, please contact:

Emily McCrea and/or Loren McCrea
Eddy-Birchard Funeral Home
Phone: 913-731-6378
Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm | Monday thru Friday
8:00am – 12:00pm | Saturday

For assistance with historical records or questions on deed issuance, please contact:

Samantha Moon
City Offices
Phone: 913-755-2146 x103
Hours: 8:00am – 4:30pm | Monday thru Friday

Railroad Crossing Closure Notice

The Union Pacific Railroad is planning repair work in the Osawatomie area next week and has given notice of a planned crossing closure.

The crossing at 7th Street and Pacific Ave is anticipated to be closed February 6th through 8th, 2022.

Seeking Tourism Committee Applicants

The City of Osawatomie is seeking applicants for the newly reformed Tourism Committee! Applications will be accepted through February 9th, 2022 and eligible applicants will be considered for appointment at the February 10th, 2022 regular City Council meeting.

APPLY NOW (Download Fillable PDF – Return to [email protected])

In accordance with the Governing Body’s policies on the appointments to advisory bodies, the Governing Body shall appoint seven members to the Committee. The Tourism Committee shall consist of at least one representative from each of the Signature Events. Each member shall be a resident, property owner, business owner/operator in the 66064 zip code. Three other voting members shall be appointed from the community-at-large. The Committee’s membership shall also include three ex-officio (non-voting) members: one Council member, who shall be appointed as a liaison, the City Manager, or his or her designee, and the Executive Director of the Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce.

Each Committee member shall be appointed to a term of two years; provided, that of those first appointed to the Committee, four shall have a term expiring at the end of 2023 and three shall have a term expiring at the end of 2024. Following initial appointment, members shall serve a term of two years beginning on January 1 of the appointed year. In the case of a vacancy on the Committee, it shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term only and according to the resolution on advisory board appointments (Resolution 664).

Committee members shall serve until resignation or replacement on the Committee.

The Committee shall meet at least four times per year, or more often as deemed necessary by the Committee Chairman or at least three of the Committee members. The Committee will meet with the Signature Event sponsoring committees at least twice a year (one meeting previous to the event and at one meeting post event). The Committee shall also meet when called upon by the City Council or City Manager to consider a special issue.

Within the guidelines of the Governing Body’s resolution for advisory bodies, the Committee shall choose its own officers, determine the time and place for its meetings. And follow the model meeting code known as the “Code of Procedure for Kansas Cities,” Third Edition (2017). The Committee shall also provide the City Clerk with adequate notice of the date and time of its next meeting and agenda and with copies of the minutes of its proceedings. A majority of its duly appointed committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of its business.

The role of the Tourism Committee shall include (1) provide support to Signature Event Committees (2) make recommendations to the Governing Body on tourism and marketing policies; (3) assist in developing a strategic tourism and marketing plan for the City; (4) review and make recommendations on the expenditure of transient guest tax revenues collected by the City; (5) provide input and review of the City Manager’s submitted budget related to signature events which shall occur annually before July 1st.

Click Here to review the newly adopted Resolution regarding the Tourism Committee.

APPLY NOW (Download Fillable PDF – Return to [email protected])