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News Release from the City Manager’s Office Regarding COVID-19


439 Main Street
P.O. Box 37
Osawatomie KS 66064
913.755.2146 (p)
913.755.4146 (f )
[email protected]

L. Mark Govea, Mayor
November 20, 2020
CONTACT: Mike Scanlon, City Manager
[email protected]
913-755-2146 Ext. 107


COVID-19 positive cases continue to rise at an alarming rate at the local, regional, and state levels, Osawatomie has chosen to continue to implement proactive and precautionary measures to protect our community and staff from the growing threat of the novel coronavirus and associated COVID-19 disease.

Throughout the pandemic, all City staff members have been instructed to practice good social distancing and actively incorporate safety guidelines at all work sites and offices, including wearing masks or other approved face coverings. In the coming weeks, City staff will be working rotating schedules, balancing remote and in-person office hours, and implementing other safeguards to minimize our chances of spreading this disease within our staff. We have also made decision to once again close certain City facilities to help reduce the risk of community exposure in an effort to protect our friends and neighbors as best we can.

The following list details planned city closures and changes in operation that will begin on Monday, November 23rd, 2020 and remain in effect until January 31st, 2021.

  • City of Osawatomie Ordinance No. 3783 requiring the use of approved face coverings is still in effect.
  • All City Hall and Utility Offices will be closed to the public.
    • Utility payments are still being accepted in the utility drop box, over the phone, and online.
    • City Staff will conduct necessary business via phone or email.
    • Contact City Clerk Tammy Seamands at Ext. 104 or at [email protected].
    • Contact Building Official Ed Beaudry at Ext. 102 or at [email protected].
    • Contact Human Resources/Cemetery Director Ashley Kobe at Ext. 101 or at [email protected].
  • Osawatomie Public Library will operate with limited hours and limited staff.
    • Patrons may not enter the library proper but will be able to pick up material in the library lobby. Items may still be returned to the outdoor drop box.
    • Contact Library Director Elizabeth Trigg at Ext. 220 or at [email protected].
  • Osawatomie Golf Course will operate with limited clubhouse availability.
  • All rentals at City facilities (Memorial Hall, Municipal Auditorium, Old Stone Church)
    will be suspended.
    • City Staff will contact anyone with an existing reservation. Contact Utilities at 913-755-2146, Option 1.
  • John Brown Museum and State Historic Site will be closed to the public.
    • Special tours may be made by appointment only, and at the discretion of the museum curator.
    • Contact Museum Curator Grady Atwater at 913-755-4384 or at [email protected].
  • John Brown Memorial Park, Anna January Park, and the Flint Hills Trail will remain open to the public.
    • We are discouraging the use of playground equipment until further notice. Playground equipment is a high-touch area and we cannot guarantee its cleanliness.
    • Avoid gathering in groups outside of your household, and be aware of your social distance during your activity.
  • Osawatomie Municipal Court is continuing at this time.
    • The lobby will be limited to 10 people on court days and face coverings will be required for the duration of the session.
    • Court times will be modified in an effort to limit the number of people gathered, decrease wait times, and encourage social distancing.
    • If you have the ability to access court proceedings from home (via Zoom), we encourage you to do so in order to limit the number of people reporting in person.
    • Please contact the Court Clerk’s Office at 913-755-3695 for more information.

These measures will be updated as needed when new information becomes available from medical professionals and government officials.

We give our sincerest apologies for the inconveniences these closures may cause, but we want to remind everyone how important it is for all of us to do our part to slow the spread of this highly contagious and deadly disease. Please call us at 913-755-2146 with any questions or concerns.