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Brown Avenue Street Repair Bid Awarded

The City of Osawatomie’s “Paving the Way” program is kicking into high gear this year with the first ground breaking in the highly-anticipated street repair and replacement project. At the April 14th, 2022, regular meeting of City Council, the Governing Body awarded the construction contract for Brown Avenue from 16th Street to 18th Street to low-bidder Killough Construction for $730,396.00.

Killough Construction is based out of Ottawa, Kansas and roadwork starts this summer on the full removal and asphalt replacement. The following table of tasks is the work plan for the remainder of tasks related to Brown Avenue’s repair plan. City staff is simultaneously continuing design work for the other streets slated for 2022 repair or replacement (Main Street Terrace from 18th Street to 16th Street, Walnut Avenue from 6th Street to 4th Street, 18th Street from Main Street to Brown Avenue).

Staff also continues to work on the designs for the streets in line for 2023 replacement, including the entire stretch of 6th Street from Lincoln to Kelly and Brown Avenue from 7th to 12th.

For more information on Paving the Way, visit the project’s main page.

Project Task ListEstimated Completion Date
Construction Contract AwardApril 2022 (Done)
Notice to Proceed for ConstructionJune 2022
Construction CompletionAugust 2022
This table outlines the remaining steps for the first section of Brown Avenue’s reconstruction plan.

City Seeking Applicants for Public Works Director

The City of Osawatomie is seeking applicants for the position of Public Works Director due to the retirement announcement of the incumbent director. This position is full-time and eligible for full benefits including KPERS and ICMA retirements. The full job description can be downloaded here.

Job Description

The full job description can be downloaded here.

As a Department Director, the primary purpose of this position is to manage, plan, direct and review the daily activities and operations of Streets and Alleys, Parks and Cemeteries, Vehicle and Equipment Maintenance, Stormwater, and the Flood Protection System. Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Plans, directs, and coordinates the activities of the Streets, Alleys, Parks, Lakes, Cemeteries, Vehicle and Equipment Maintenance, Stormwater, and Levee System
  • Establishes standards, plans, schedules, and procedures for operating, and maintaining the Cityโ€™s Street and Alleys infrastructure and maintenance policies and procedures for Parks, Lakes, Cemeteries, Vehicles and Equipment, and Levees
  • Recruits, selects and supervises employees within the Departments
  • Attends City Council Meeting and advisory board meetings as needed and responds to questions and complaints from the General Public
  • Assist in developing the annual budgets and capital improvement needs in support of long-range planning of City capital improvement plans or initiatives for each department with assistance from the various departments, and collectively monitor the progress of the budget throughout each fiscal year
  • Hire, assign, supervise, and evaluate superintendents and other staff. Assist with hiring and evaluation of other City personnel and ensures that his/her and all employees under his/her direction, comply with the Cityโ€™s Personnel and Policy Rules and Regulations, safety and security standards
  • Assists with City functions and special events and works on-call to handle emergency work as required or necessary
  • Works with Engineers on projects, with the objective of keeping projects on schedule, and within budget
  • Carefully monitor work done by outside firms, including engineers and contractors, to ensure the work being done is of high quality, and in the best interest of the city
  • Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, minimize over-time, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide high-quality customer service
  • Role model the values of the organization through example and accountabilities
  • Facilitate solutions to problems facing the departments
  • All other duties as assigned

The Public Works Director is an important leadership position with high levels of responsibility. The Public Works Director reports to the Deputy City Manager and works closely with other Department Directors on a number of critical infrastructure projects.

To Apply

Interested persons should send a PDF binder containing a cover letter, resume, and at least one letter of reference or recommendation to:

Samantha Moon
Assistant to the City Manager
[email protected]

The cover letter should include the applicant’s salary requirements and explain any gaps in employment or experience. Applicant binders are due no later than April 29th, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

Upcoming Water Line Repair – Low Pressure Notice

On March 14th, 2022, City utility crews will be removing and replacing a leaking water valve at 6th Street and Pacific Avenue. This particular valve is a branch-off of a major water main for the City and in order to remove the valve quickly and safely, crews must reduce pressure and volume in the major water main. This could cause connecting neighborhoods to have lower than normal water pressure for several hours on March 14th. This potential affected area is indicated below by the red-line boundary.

Crews will began work around 8:00am and do their best to limit the duration of possible lower than normal pressure, but the age of the leaking valve and connecting main may cause additional problems as work unfolds. Crews are prepared to handle any unexpected complications, but please know that such issues might further delay the return of normal water pressure.

Flushable Wipes? Say “No Thank You!”

Our pump stations and wastewater treatment facilities are having issues with wipes and other material clogging our equipment. Please help our team and follow this very simple guidance:

DO NOT flush cloth or other non-paper material down the toilet. ๐Ž๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐š๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ (๐Š๐ฅ๐ž๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฑ), ๐ฉ๐š๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ, ๐›๐š๐›๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฉ๐ž๐ฌ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ โ€œ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐›๐ฅ๐žโ€ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฉ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐๐Ž๐“ ๐›๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐. ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐š๐ฌ “๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž” ๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐œ๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ฆ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž!

And, of course, cloth of any kind (like t-shirts, rags, and socks) should NEVER be flushed. Flushing these products could lead to costly problems with your home’s plumbing and cause backups โ€” and it could also cause large-scale problems in the Cityโ€™s wastewater infrastructure.

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.

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

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

City of Osawatomie Deputy City Manager Bret Glendening said, โ€œWe 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.

โ€œFurthermore, 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.โ€

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 customersโ€™ 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

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.

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

Utility Drop Box Temporarily Relocating

Due to the partial closure of the post office alleyway, the City of Osawatomie drop box has been temporarily moved to the alley behind City Hall.

Residents should access the alley from 4th Street as the drop box is on the south side of the drive.