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October 14th, 2021

Consent Agenda ; Presentations, Proclamations, and Appointments ; Unfinished Business ; Council and Staff Reports

Please note that this regular meeting of City Council has been moved to City Auditorium located at 439 Main Street! We are anticipating a larger crowd than usual for our Oz Commons Recommendations presentation, and want to ensure adequate room for seating and social distancing.

Oz Commons Final Presentation

OZ Commons Recommendations Presentation to Council

Join us as we present recommendations to City Council for the OZ Commons Downtown Redevelopment project this Thursday (October 14th, 2021)! The final presentation will be held during our regular City Council meeting at Osawatomie City Auditorium starting at 6:30pm.

We received 350 responses to the community survey, and over 170 people participated in either our community meetings or virtual activities. Successful community listening and idea sessions also provided insight on what our community wants to see in the next generation of Osawatomie’s growth. Thank you so much for your participation in this exciting planning process for our community!

These recommendations, designs, and data collection studies were conducted and coordinated by our consultant team:

  • Architect One
  • Alta Planning & Design
  • Shockey Consulting

This Planning Sustainable Places grant was awarded to the City of Osawatomie by the Mid-America Regional Council.

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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City Seeking Muralist

City Seeking Muralist

The City of Osawatomie is seeking a qualified artist to design and implement a large-scale mural in downtown Osawatomie as part of the Kansas Office of Rural Prosperity’s rural mural program. The City was awarded a grant totaling $15,000 to be used for the project.

Please contact us directly with any questions or comments you may have regarding the grant or the mural process.

Interested artists should send a brief portfolio and letter of interest to [email protected] with the subject line “Mural.” The City will be accepting applications until Sunday, October 3rd, 2021. Once all applicants have been reviewed, a committee will narrow down to the finalist(s), and the design process will begin.

Updated Information for Interested Applicants:

  • Previous mural experience is required for the lead artist, but we are open to team applications or other partnership combinations
  • With the grant award of $15,000, the City of Osawatomie will provide all reasonable supplies and tools necessary for the completion of the project including paint, brushes/rollers, scaffolding or lifts, etc. as well as the muralist fee
  • General design and theme is up to the artist chosen, but the City and its committee must approve final design before implementation
  • Design and theme should be complementary to the overall aesthetic of downtown Osawatomie and our regional history, landscape, and architecture
  • Design should be visually appealing and welcoming to residents and visitors alike
  • As stipulated by the grant, the mural should be completed in Fall 2021 or the project may be delayed until Spring 2022 at which time the City will submit a new “Call for Artist” notice if necessary

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.

Final Listening Sessions

Your final opportunities to give feedback for the Oz Commons Downtown Redevelopment planning process are coming up soon!

Come see us at 545 Main Street on September 21st and October 5th from 3:00pm – 7:00pm and let us know what you’d like to see in the next generation of Osawatomie’s growth.

These sessions are casual, come-and-go spaces where residents are encouraged to ask questions, share their thoughts, and learn more about our project. No big presentation or group activity — we just want to talk with you!

Catch up on our project at osawatomieks.org/ozcommons.