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Applications Welcome for Arts Commission

The City of Osawatomie is seeking applicants for a newly established Arts Commission!

At the May 12th, 2022, regular meeting of City Council, the Governing Body approved a resolution outlining the establishment of a public arts commission to help develop and implement public art and arts-and-culture activities and programming within the City of Osawatomie.

City staff will be accepting applications for the seven-member Commission from interested residents until June 6th, 2022, and conducting brief interviews if the number of applicants necessitates additional review. The City’s Public Service Application is available for download below, or paper copies can be made available at City Offices at 439 Main Street. Completed applications should be returned via email to [email protected] or paper applications can be returned to City Offices.

For the purposes of the Commission’s studies and recommendations, public art and arts and culture shall mean:

Public Art: “Public art can express community values, enhance our environment, transform a landscape, heighten our awareness, or question our assumptions. Placed in public sites, this art is there for everyone, a form of collective community expression. Public art is a reflection of how we see the world – the artist’s response to our time and place combined with our own sense of who we are.” (Association for Public Art)

Arts: A vast subdivision of culture, composed of many creative endeavors and disciplines. The arts encompass visual arts, literary arts and the performing arts.

Culture: A set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that define a group of people, such as the people of a particular region. Culture includes the elements that characterize a particular peoples’ way of life.

The goal of the Commission is to focus primarily on the introduction and implementation of public art projects and arts-and-culture projects within and around the City limits, and to develop public art projects that may also integrate with other public art projects, installations, or objectives in the region including the Kansas City metropolitan area and other urban, suburban, or rural centers.

As indicated by the resolution approved by City Council, the Arts Commission’s policy and procedure papers will be reviewed at the June 23rd, 2022, meeting of City Council with the papers approved and the Commission seated at the following meeting on July 7th, 2022.

Please contact the City’s Public Information Officer with questions or feedback regarding this new commission.

Proposed Code Change: 2018 Code Presentation

Director of Community Development Ed Beaudry hosted a town hall on Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 as part of a series of presentations regarding a proposed update to the building code. The presentation created by Beaudry can be found below, and a final version will also be shown to the City Council as part of the June 23rd meeting of the Governing Body.

Currently, the City of Osawatomie Building and Codes Department recognizes the 2006 International Codes and the 2005 National Electric Code. The department is proposing that Council adopt the 2018 International Codes and the 2017 National Electric Code to provide regional consistency (Miami County and Spring Hill are working on a similar adoption and Louisburg adopted the later versions in 2021), and to assist in the qualification for an improved ISO rating which would allow residents a savings on insurance premiums.

If you have feedback on the proposed changes, or questions regarding the Code or process, please contact Ed Beaudry directly.

Staff members from the Office of Rural Prosperity visited Osawatomie in April 2022.

ORP Mural Q + A

We hear there are some questions about the new mural going in… Let’s do a quick Q+A!

Q: Where did the money come from for this mural?

A: The City of Osawatomie applied for a grant through the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Rural Prosperity and the “Rural Mural” program — a pilot program from ORP designed to bring public art into rural communities. The City received $15,000 for the project and issued a call for applications; the award included all expenses for labor, equipment, supplies, etc.

Q: Did the City Council vote on the mural?

A: No, the City Council did not vote on the mural for the downtown. The City Council was made aware of the City’s application to the program and the subsequent award as part of continuing “Osawatomie 4.0” presentations at regular meetings throughout the year.

Q: Who is the mural committee?

A: The mural committee for this initial Office of Rural Prosperity Rural Mural grant was comprised of Chamber of Commerce Director Kari Bradley, Osawatomie High School art teacher Michaela Irwin, local business owner Jordy Goff of Our Clique Photography, Osawatomie Public Library Director Dr. Morgan Menefee, City Hall’s high school intern, and Assistant to the City Manager Sam Moon. An official Arts Commission will hopefully be established soon to assist with future public art projects.

Q: How many submissions did the committee receive?

A: The committee received 18 formal submissions of portfolios and approximately another 3-5 email or social media inquiries that didn’t complete the portfolio requirement. In total, there were over 200 pages of portfolio work submitted for review from a wide variety of artists including local and international talents.

Q: How did the committee pick this design?

A: The committee reviewed all submissions and selected four artists or teams believed to have had the best proven body of work to move into a finalist round. During the finalist round, the artists were asked to submit design ideas or framework (such as a rough pencil sketch, a few paragraphs about their design methodology or process, a digital rendering, a mood board, or any combination thereof etc.) so that the committee could better understand what their unique voice and vision could bring to the community. The committee then met again to review the finalist submissions and the green and yellow draft design by Hunter Sinclair Myers of Wichita’s Brickmob stood out from the pack. The unique graphic, pop-art style felt fresh, contemporary, and vibrant — the perfect complement to a reawakening downtown corridor!

Check out Brickmob’s portfolio here! They have a team of artists and designers who tag-team on murals of all sizes and styles, and a proven track record of great projects and professional experience.

Q: Why didn’t the award go to the school district for a student-led mural?

A: This mural is large-scale (nearly 40 feet high and 40 feet long) and needed a professional muralist with a proven body of work in exterior murals to lead the team, including examining the condition of the wall and recommending prep work (like tuckpointing or sealcoating) and coordinating equipment needs such as scissor lifts, commercial projectors, and access to the correct type of outdoor mural paint to ensure a long-lasting and vibrant final product. The OHS art teacher was a member of the selection committee and agreed that she and her students weren’t adequately equipped for such a task, especially in the middle of an already busy school year.

Student- and/or community-led murals are on deck for the next set of projects now that we better understand all that goes into starting and finishing a quality mural and have more time to prepare!

Q: Are you doing more murals?

A: Yes! The City of Osawatomie applied for and received a grant from the local Hawkins Foundation to install other smaller murals in the community. We’re looking forward to working with residents, students, and other members of the community on our future mural projects.

Q: How can I help with future projects?

A: Applications for the upcoming Arts Commission will be accepted from anyone in the community with a penchant for art, a desire to help create reimagined and interactive displays, or anyone who has a passion for our community culture. Keep an eye out for the application to open in coming weeks! We’d love the assistance of creative, engaged, and dedicated people for our next projects!

For more questions regarding this and upcoming public art projects, please contact the City of Osawatomie’s Public Information Officer.

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.

Sentinel Outpost, Cybersecurity Statement of Clarification

The City of Osawatomie issued a statement of clarification regarding the reported number of cyberattacks suffered by the City earlier in 2022, and the related purchase of two Sentinel Outpost security devices.


May 6, 2022

Statement of Clarification Regarding Reported Cyberattacks Against the City of Osawatomie

Osawatomie, Kansas – Recently an article in the Miami County Republic reported a significant number of cyberattacks against the City of Osawatomie and the City Council’s approval to purchase two devices to help in mitigating the attacks.

After further investigation it was discerned that the actual number of direct attacks, originally thought to be near 47,000 for a 30-day period between January and February of this year, was off by two orders of magnitude due to an unfamiliarity with the new system and how it reported its numbers.

“As I reviewed the different categories, I didn’t realize that the largest category by numbers was not an attack, but rather a test to probe our network to see how it would respond,” said Bill Justesen, Director of Information Technology for the City. “The actual number of [direct] cyberattacks during that period is closer to 245. The onus was on me to get the numbers correct the first time, and I failed in that regard. I apologize.”

Malicious actors, from lone individuals to nation states, scan and probe other devices on the internet to see which ones they can take over or compromise. “It’s like a reconnaissance mission where an attacker attempts to locate weaknesses on devices they don’t own,” Justesen said. “Sometimes you just get caught in a scan where someone casts a wide net, and other times you are targeted specifically.”

Even though the scans may not be malicious in nature at the time, the Sentinel Outpost security devices automatically block and ignore additional connection attempts from any source. The devices also communicate with other Sentinels deployed across the nation and anytime multiple Sentinels report the same networks being blocked, the rest of the Sentinels are instructed to block those networks preemptively. This joint effort network of devices nationwide works as “an early warning system,” Justesen said.

The Osawatomie City Council approved Justesen’s request to purchase two Sentinel Outpost security devices, one to protect City Hall networks and one to protect the Police Department networks, at the April 14th, 2022, city council meeting.

For more information on the City of Osawatomie’s cybersecurity efforts, please contact Justesen directly via the information below.

Bill Justesen
Director of Information Technology
City of Osawatomie
[email protected]
913-755-2146 x106


Media Contact
Sam Moon
Public Information Officer
City of Osawatomie
[email protected]
913-755-2146 x103

April 28th, 2022

Consent Agenda ; Presentations, Proclamations, and Appointments ; New Business ; Executive Session ; Reports

Agenda and supplemental material uploaded here are are considered draft materials until the final materials are presented to the Governing Body at the City Council meeting.

John Brown Jamboree 2.0 Parade Signups Open Now

The 2022 John Brown Jamboree parade is scheduled for Thursday, June 16th, at 7:00pm. Like in previous years, the parade will run down Main Street from 1st to 12th and the public is invited to line the corridor and celebrate the community. The parade theme celebrates the history of the John Brown Jamboree festival, so break out the nostalgia and have fun! If you’re interested in participating in the 2022 parade, please fill out the form linked below.


For more information on the rest of the planned festivities for John Brown Jamboree 2.0 in 2022, please visit them on Facebook or email members of the volunteer-based committee [email protected]

The John Brown Jamboree is part of the City of Osawatomie’s four Signature Events series, along with the Lights on the Lake, Freedom Festival, and Border War BBQ.

April 18th, 2022

A Special Meeting of the Osawatomie City Council has been requested so that members of the Governing Body may take a tour of the Baldwin City Solar Array alongside members of City staff. This tour will not include any action items from the Governing Body and is for educational purposes. Councilmembers will be meeting at Osawatomie City Hall before traveling to Baldwin City.