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TOC Violation 8-2021

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER

Treatment Technique Not Met for CITY OF OSAWATOMIE

Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard.  Although this is not an emergency, as our customers you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

Water systems with surface water and / or groundwater under the influence of surface water treatment plants are required by federal rule to monitor the water every month for Total Organic Carbon (TOC), which is a disinfection by-product precursor.  Compliance is determined each calendar quarter by a 12 month running annual average (RAA).  For TOC, we are required to meet a removal efficiency that is dependent on the source TOC as well as the alkalinity.

You do not need to use an alternative (e.g., bottled) water supply.  However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.

What does this mean?

This is not an immediate risk. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately.  TOC has no health effects.  However, TOC provides a medium for the formation of disinfection by-products such as Trihalomethanes (TTHM) and Haloacetic Acids (HAA).  Drinking water containing HAA or TTHM in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) may lead to adverse health effects, liver or kidney problems, and may lead to an increased risk of getting cancer. 

What happened? What is being done?

A running annual average means that we must meet a certain requirement over the course of 12 months. The violation in question is Total Organic Carbon removal. We are required to be at an annual average ratio of 1 or greater, we are currently at 0.97. However, this is not representative of your current water- the last time we failed an individual test was January of this year.

           Our water is currently very good with regard to TOC removal, last month was a 62% removal, where we were only required to remove 40%. Last month’s removal ratio was 1.5, well above the KDHE required minimum of 1.0. Source water quality effects our TOC removal ability. We have made modifications to our polymer dosing and sampling techniques to try to avoid this problem going forward

           I want to once more emphasize that your current water quality is within KDHE parameters.

We anticipate resolving the problem by the next quarter.  Due to the running annual average, it may take 1-2 quarters to get the average back up over 1.00.

For more information, please contact:   

MICHAEL  SCANLON  

913-755-2146

Or by Mail:  509 5TH ST, PO BOX 37, OSAWATOMIE, KS  66064

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

This notice is being sent to you by CITY OF OSAWATOMIE.

Federal ID #:  KS2012105

April 2021 Drinking Water Violation

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER

Treatment Technique Not Met for CITY OF OSAWATOMIE

Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard.  Although this is not an emergency, as our customers you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

Water systems with surface water and / or groundwater under the influence of surface water treatment plants are required by federal rule to monitor the water every month for Total Organic Carbon (TOC), which is a disinfection by-product precursor.  Compliance is determined each calendar quarter by a 12-month running annual average (RAA).  For TOC, we are required to meet a removal efficiency that is dependent on the source TOC as well as the alkalinity.

You do not need to use an alternative (e.g., bottled) water supply.  However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.

What does this mean?

This is not an immediate risk. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately.  TOC has no health effects.  However, TOC provides a medium for the formation of disinfection by-products such as Trihalomethanes (TTHM) and Haloacetic Acids (HAA).  Drinking water containing HAA or TTHM in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) may lead to adverse health effects, liver or kidney problems, and may lead to an increased risk of getting cancer. 

What happened? What is being done?

Our source water organic levels were uncharacteristically low for several quarters in a row.  Removal efficiency gets more and more difficult to reach the cleaner the source water gets.  We are currently running tests with the current source water to reach maximum efficiency possible. 

We anticipate resolving the problem by the next quarter.  Due to the running annual average, it may take 1-2 quarters to get the average back up over 1.00.

For more information, please contact:   

MICHAEL  SCANLON
913-755-2146

Or by Mail:
509 5TH ST
PO BOX 37
OSAWATOMIE, KS  66064

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

This notice is being sent to you by CITY OF OSAWATOMIE.

Federal ID #:  KS2012105

Date distributed: 04/30/2021

“Cold Weather Policy” Shut-Off Notice

In accordance with our Cold Weather Policy (Section 15-122 of City Code):

Customers whose January 2021 utility bills that were due on February 15th which remain unpaid will be subject to shut-off on Monday, March 8th, when temperatures are predicted to meet and exceed weather policy guidelines.

The City will not proceed with service disconnection activities until temperatures are predicted to be at or above 35 degrees when shut-off activity begins, and predicted to remain at-or-above 35 degrees for the next 48 continuous hours.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call City Hall at (913) 755-2146 and press “1” to be connected to our Utilities Office.

A list of places that can help is available on our website at:  https://www.osawatomieks.org/places-that-can-help/

Additional Information:
City Code
Cold Weather Policy PDF

February 2021 Emergency Water Conservation

As of 2/19/2021, this crisis is considered ended. A final notice was posted on our website regarding this extended utility challenge.

NEWS RELEASE February 17, 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: Samantha Moon | [email protected] | 913-755-2146 x103

EMERGENCY WATER CONSERVATION REQUIRED

8:00am

Osawatomie, Kansas – The City of Osawatomie continues to battle against the elements to keep our utilities online during this historical, record-breaking extreme cold. Our community is now facing a second set of critical utility challenges with water intake and distribution due to frozen lines. The continued severe winter weather has resulted in the primary water intake line from the Marais des Cygnes river being frozen where it is exposed above ground leading into the plant. Our utility crews are bringing in additional heaters to get the line reopened, but it will be several hours before it’s fluid enough to pull water from the river into the plant for treatment and distribution.

We are asking all residents and businesses to conserve water over the next 12 hours to preserve the supply in our water towers. Please be aware of your water use and do everything you can to reduce your consumption through the day today. If our towers run out of water before the primary intake line is reopened, we will not be able to refill them and the public water supply
will be empty. In addition to homes and businesses being without water, empty towers would also mean empty fire hydrants and our Fire Department would be unable to effectively fight any level of fire as their trucks hold a limited amount of water and would be unable to pull from the hydrants.

It is critical that residents and businesses in Osawatomie continue to be as conservative as possible with all their public utilities at this time. Electric, natural gas, and water distribution systems are all interconnected and this extended severe weather has tested each system to their limits across the entire Midwest. We are not the only community facing these issues, and we are not the only community requesting conservation efforts across the board.

As a municipality, the safety of our residents is always our primary concern and we are doing everything within our capabilities to keep our utilities on and functioning during this bitter cold. However, we cannot succeed in our efforts without the need for continued sacrifice from our residents and businesses. This is an “it takes a village” moment and we are depending on our
village to keep stepping up, staying together, and helping us reach the 40°f light at the end of the tunnel.

This information is being distributed via our website, official social media, and the Everbridge Alert system.

12:10pm

We have several heaters set up in the pump house working on thawing the primary intake line. Alexander Pump is also on site working to keep our pumps going. An additional rental pump will not be available for pickup until 1:00pm and will not be installed and ready for use until 4:00pm. By that time, we estimate to have around four remaining hours of water supply until we reach the 20% level where a boil order will then be required.

Your continued conservation efforts for all utilities are still critically needed at this time.

We will issue another update at 3:00pm and 6:00pm through our social media, website, and the Everbridge Alert system via the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

3:30pm

Crews are still working on the repairs/thawing at our primary water intake facility located next to our plant. The intake facility is where we pull water off the Marais des Cygnes and into the water plant for treatment and distribution. Over the last 48 hours, the temperatures got so cold that the piping in the intake facility began to freeze. In regular winter weather, the pumping of water is sufficient to keep the pipes from freezing solid. But as the temperatures dropped to record-breaking lows and water consumption slowed as people conserved electric energy (less laundry, less dishwashers, etc.) our pull rate reduced and the pipes froze. This led to a set of cascading problems including broken valves and damage to some pumps.

As we work to solve these problems, we’ve also prepared an emergency plan that includes pumping water out of the river directly using a separate pump located outside of the intake facility and running 1,000 feet of flat piping (fire hose) to the basins. This allows us to temporarily bypass the intake facility, freeing us up to make the necessary repairs. In order to accomplish this, we’ve called on our Water Rescue team of the Osawatomie Volunteer Fire Department to cut a hole in the river ice so we can access the water below. We estimate ice depths at 4-6 inches.

We are still asking all residents and businesses to conserve water over the next several hours to preserve the supply in our water towers until this repair and/or bypass work can be accomplished. If our towers run out of water before we’re able to pull more from the river, we will not be able to refill them and the public water supply will be empty. This would also be a catastrophic situation for the Fire Department if they were to receive a fire call, as the hydrants would be dry. Right now our water tower levels are still sufficient as people are being very careful about their consumption (THANK YOU!), but should they drop below 20% we’ll need to institute a boil order for the entire City.

We’ll have another water update for you at 6:00pm, or whenever there is emergency notification needed. This information is being distributed via our website (osawatomieks.org/notices), official social media, and the Everbridge Alert system through the Miami County Sheriff’s Office (https://member.everbridge.net/431700047822998/login).We are grateful for all that our community is willing to sacrifice so that our utility crews are able to keep our infrastructure operational during these unprecedented times.

6:00pm

A slightly more positive update for tonight. Two pumps have been replaced, the primary intake is thawed, and water IS moving. We are producing around 1800 gallons per minute for processing, which is better than we originally anticipated.

We still need everyone to conserve as much utility energy (power, water, and natural gas) as possible through the evening and into tomorrow until we have a better idea of how the interconnected grids are adjusting to consumer demand and the slightly warmer temperatures.

We hope that by midnight we will have our tanks refilled and will be in a much better position moving forward.

We are continuously thankful and grateful for everyone’s conservation efforts — it may be more than inconvenient but it is making a tremendous impact! Keep it up, Osawatomie! We’re so close to being on the other side of this. Unless something critical changes in the coming hours, this will be the last update until tomorrow morning.

As always, this information is distributed via our social media channels, our website, and through the Miami County Sheriff’s Office’s “Everbridge Alert” system.

February 2021 Energy Crisis

As of 2/19/2021, this crisis is considered ended. A final notice was posted on our website regarding this extended utility challenge.

1:45am

We lost a primary feed from Evergy and that is what caused the unplanned outage beginning at 1:43am. An Evergy crew was dispatched to get that feed back online while Osawatomie crews worked to restore generated power to sections of town in a safe and responsible way.

3:15am

The majority of Osawatomie was restored to power at this point. Crews were still working on one final circuit. Moving forward through the morning and into the early afternoon, we need to be prepared for additional rolling blackouts as we work through peak consumption hours. Please continue to conserve energy through tomorrow to help lighten the strain on the grid.

WE ARE GENERATING! Our generators have been chugging along for the last 24+ hours to keep Osawatomie’s power stable, but we are also working with our power pool partners and KMEA to help strengthen and sustain energy resources in the area. As we head into peak consumption hours, our generation capacity will be tasked at times. TAKE THE TIME NOW to prepare for rolling blackouts or extended outages (between 60-90 minutes). We might not be able to give adequate notice if rolling blackouts become necessary, so prepare now while power is more stable.

THANK YOU to everyone for their patience and understanding during this energy crisis.

8:30am

SPP (our power pool) has declared an Emergency Energy Alert (EEA) Level 3 effective immediately for our entire 14-state region. Per SPP, “system-wide generating capacity has dropped below our current load… due to extremely low temperatures and inadequate supplies of natural gas.” Just like our neighbors in the KC Metro area, we are now required to implement controlled interruptions of electric service throughout our community beginning this morning and rolling through the afternoon. This is done as a last resort to preserve the reliability of the electric system as a whole.

Without controlled rolling blackouts, we risk losing the grid entirely which could lead to widespread uncontrolled outages.Take the time now to prepare for continued rolling blackouts. These controlled outages should last no more than 60 minutes.

As we head into peak consumption hours this morning and throughout the early afternoon, please continue to be looking for ways to reduce your household’s electric and natural gas usage. It is still CRITICAL that you conserve as much energy as possible throughout today. If you are a non-essential business, we ask that you considered delaying operations for today to take some strain off the grid.

We are very grateful to everyone who has made small sacrifices so far; it’s been very helpful as we work to keep Osawatomie’s power supply stable between controlled outages.Those sacrifices do not go unnoticed, and we thank you.Please continue to conserve as much energy and natural gas as you can. This will take continued effort from all of us.

9:45am

Controlled rolling blackouts continue for the City of Osawatomie on Tuesday morning. Our power pool (SPP) has declared an Emergency Energy Alert (EEA) Level 3 for our region and we are required to implement controlled rolling blackouts to ensure the integrity of the electric grid. It is critical that we all continue to conserve electric and natural gas energy in our homes and businesses. Our conservation efforts help lessen the strain on the grid and help enormously to keep our electric connection stable between controlled outages. Please continue to conserve wherever it’s safe to do so.

The important thing to understand is that if we (or others in our power pool) do not comply with these controlled outages, demand will outstrip supply and we all go down for an indeterminate amount of time. We would be in much the same situation as the 4,000,000 in the Houston area who are in the dark right now and have been for quite some time. We anticipate at least two more outages this morning/afternoon, but there could be more so PLEASE take the time to plan for continued outages today.

Our partners at Evergy and the SPP are warning that anticipated 30-60 minute outages like we’re currently experiencing could extend to 90-120 minutes if the grid is too strained. YOUR CONSERVATION EFFORTS MATTER!

Our generators have done a tremendous job at helping us to stabilize Osawatomie’s power grid over the last three days as we’ve been called on by the SPP to produce power. The City’s electric grid and Evergy are interconnected, and usually this works pretty seamlessly if we are generating at the demand levels of our customers. However, in the last three days we’ve been unable to meet the heightened demand levels due to the extreme weather. So when Evergy is required to cut power, the City’s grid demand overwhelms our generation capacities and our generators stop. Not to mention the extraordinary difficulty in operating the generators in these temperature conditions, which our utilities crews have been battling head-on since this ordeal started.

Again, we cannot stress how important it is for everyone of us to continue to conserve electric and natural gas energy through today and into tomorrow.Please see our previous posts for tips on how to conserve energy at home during winter weather, and remember that the Osawatomie Police Department and Osawatomie Fire Department are available 24/7 should you or someone you know need assistance.

11:00am

According to Evergy and the SPP (our power pool), our region has been reduced back to Emergency Energy Alert (EEA) Level 2 and the SPP has tentatively called off the immediate need for controlled rolling blackouts.

CONSERVATION IS STILL CRITICAL AT THIS TIME. If we stop conservation efforts and increase our demand on the grid, we will revert back to EEA3 and controlled rolling blackouts will be required with outages lasting anywhere from 30-120 minutes throughout the day.

PLEASE continue to conserve crucial electric and natural gas energies wherever it is safe to do so so that we may remain at EEA2 and avoid controlled outages. Your conservation sacrifices are making a difference to our entire community and we are very grateful. It’s because of all of your efforts that we are able to keep this high level of utility stability when so many others are not. Thank you!

7:00pm

While the City of Osawatomie is not currently at an Emergency Energy Alert Level 3 (EEA3) that would require us to implement controlled outages, we would urge all residents to prepare for that announcement and make plans NOW for another series of outages through the evening or overnight.

As we move into the colder evening and overnight temperatures, the strain on the electric and natural gas energy reserves will worsen and our EEA status might upgrade rapidly, and with little warning to us or you the consumer. While we are doing everything in our abilities to deliver timely information, there is usually very little notice (sometimes none at all) when our grid must be de-energized by our partners at Evergy and SPP (our power pool) to lighten the load on the region. The controlled blackouts are done based on the needs of the grid and, unfortunately, cannot be given a hard schedule or timeline.

This means that we might not get a heads up on when the next series of outages could occur. So, to get ahead of that and help our community be as prepared as possible, we’re letting you know now that continued rolling blackouts lasting anywhere from an anticipated 30-120 minutes IS a possibility over the next several hours and into tomorrow morning.

Conservation efforts continue to be a critical tool at our disposal, and we are grateful for everyone who is making small energy sacrifices to keep our utilities as stable as possible.

Please keep checking our City of Osawatomie Facebook feed for the latest official update on this continuing energy crisis. The information is also available on our website at www.osawatomieks.org/notices and is being pushed to residents who are subscribed to Miami County Sheriff’s Office “Everbridge Alert” system (formerly known as Code Red).

Thank you for your continued understanding as we navigate this historical cold snap.

City Reaches Critical Point in Electric Generation

The City of Osawatomie continues to produce electricity through our generation capacities but we have reached a critical point. Our power pool is out of electricity and is having to purchase from others. Because of this, the City of Osawatomie was entered into Emergency Energy Alert Level 2 (EEA2) this morning. If we do not IMMEDIATELY reduce our energy consumption, we could trigger into EEA3, which would mean rolling blackouts or widespread outages for the next several days.

PLEASE be looking for ways to reduce your household’s electric and natural gas usage.

Remember to keep warm, but not hot. Do not run your appliances (dishwashers, laundry machines, garage fridges, etc.) If it’s safe to do so, please turn off space heaters, or turn down other heating elements. Unplug kitchen appliances that are not in use, turn off lights when the room is vacant, and keep doors closed in your home to reduce the strain on your furnace. Use blankets, towels, sheets, plastic or other material to cover drafty windows and doors if you cannot obtain weather stripping or caulk.

We are extraordinarily grateful to the O-Zone for agreeing to close today and tomorrow to help lighten the load, and would encourage other businesses who are able to close to do the same. If you own a business but are not able to close, please also be looking for ways to reduce your energy consumption while maintaining operations.We have not seen weather this severe for this many consecutive days since 1989.

The “unprecedented” theme of 2020 has carried into 2021 and we are working as hard as we can to stay ahead of it but we desperately need the help and cooperation of our community at this time.The Municipal Auditorium is still a designated warming center for those that need it, but it will be difficult to maintain that operation should we be forced into EEA3. We need your help.Please conserve as much energy and natural gas as you can. This will take effort from all of us.

Please know that we are NOT the only community facing this issue. Our neighboring cities and cities in the KC Metro are also struggling, and several have already implemented rolling blackouts in an effort to conserve power. Please share this post with your friends and neighbors. We can only get through this together.Thank you, and please stay safe. The Osawatomie Fire Department and Osawatomie Police Department are available 24/7 should you or anyone you know need assistance during this time.

To stay up to date on the City’s navigation of this critical power issue, please tune into our website, social media channels, and sign up for emergency notifications from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office “Everbridge Alert” system.

City Urges Power Conservation During Critical Winter Weather

As a member of a power pool, we have been asked to produce a bulk of our electricity using our own generation capacity. For the next several days, it will be CRITICAL that we all conserve our electricity as best we can to stave off potential blackouts brought on by the bitterly cold temperatures we are experiencing. If every home could conserve between 10-15% of their regular consumption, it would make a world of difference.

Governor Laura Kelly has issued a State of Emergency due to wind chill warnings and stress on utility and natural gas providers. As we all know, the state has experienced bitter winter temperatures and below zero wind chills for more than a week. This has put stress on utility and natural gas providers across the state.

Here are some tips on energy conservation:

  • Keep warm, not hot. When possible wear additional layers of clothing, consider turning down your thermostat and check your programmable settings.
  • Seal leaks around doors and windows. Apply weather stripping or caulk to seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors to stop air leaks and prevent energy loss. If that is not an option, you can also cover windows with towels, sheets or plastic to help keep the warm air in your house.
  • Reduce the temperature on your water heater. Set the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or put it on the “warm” setting. If your home will be vacant for two days or more, set the dial to the pilot position for even more savings.
  • Close blinds and curtains. This helps keep warm air inside, especially if the sun is not shining.- Change or clean filters. A clean filter on your furnace can lower your energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent. Dirty filters cost more to use and overwork the equipment.
  • Hold off on doing chores. Doing laundry and washing dishes can both use natural gas to heat the water and your dryer. If you can, wait until the extreme cold weather passes to complete these activities. If you cannot wait, use the cold setting where possible.
  • Install foam gaskets on electrical switches and outlets. Electrical switches and outlets can account for up to 10 percent of your home’s energy loss.

For more information on the Governor’s release, please click here.

To stay up to date on the City’s navigation of this critical power issue, please tune into our website, social media channels, and sign up for emergency notifications from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office “Everbridge Alert” system.

News Release from the City Manager’s Office Regarding the Keeping of Fowl


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

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                    CONTACT: Samantha Moon
February 12, 2021                                                                                [email protected]
913-755-2146 x103

INTRODUCING “EGG-ONOMIC” DEVELOPMENT WITHIN CITY LIMITS

Osawatomie, Kansas – The City of Osawatomie City Council voted to approve a proposed ordinance amendment at the February 11th, 2021, regular council meeting that would permit the keeping of certain fowl within City limits. In an eggshell, this means that residents of Osawatomie are now welcome to keep chickens (hens only) on residential property inside the City limits.

Director of Community Development Ed Beaudry was glad to see this issue come before City Council, and is looking forward to working with interested residents to ensure happy neighbors and healthy flocks. “Raising chickens comes with a lot of benefits to the owner, such as a food source and the potential for supplemental income, so I’m happy to see our residents get the opportunity to invest in a venture like this. But I also know that chickens require a lot more upkeep than many might realize, so I’m really glad that Council approved a set of maintenance and permitting requirements to keep neighbors happy and our community clean and sanitary,” said Beaudry.

Ordinance No. 3791 can be found in full on our website at osawatomieks.org and details limitations on the number of hens per property, etc. For more information on the ordinance, including permitting requirements and building codes related to the construction of coops and other structures, please contact Ed Beaudry at 913-755-2146 x102 or by email at [email protected]

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City of Osawatomie “Cold Weather Rule” Utility Policy In Effect

Cold Weather Rule

Statement of Purpose

The City of Osawatomie will generally not shut-off electric service for non-payment during cold weather months. Although the Kansas Corporation Commission’s “Cold Weather Rule” does not apply to municipally owned utilities like the City of Osawatomie, the City will follow portions of the KCC’s Rule to help ensure electric service will not be shut-off in cases of extreme cold. The purpose of this policy is to detail the City’s policies and procedures for shut-off during the cold weather months.

Policy

The period of observance for the Cold Weather Rule will be from November 1st through March 31st each winter season. During these months, the City will NOT shutoff electric utilities if the National Weather Service forecasts the temperature for
Osawatomie to drop below 35 degrees in the following 48 hours.

In accordance with the City’s Utility Billing Policy, shut-offs will not be conducted on Fridays or the day prior to a holiday. If the temperature drops below 35 degrees after a service has been shut-off, the customer’s electric service will not be re-established
until payment arrangements have been made with the City. The City reserves the right to shut-off water service for the non-payment of bills.

Procedures

The City may still conduct shutoffs during the winter months. Shut-off notices will still be issued according to standard Utility Billing procedures and any delinquency fees or interest on outstanding balances will still apply. After receiving notice of an impending shut-off, the service will be shut-off once the shut-off date has passed and the temperature forecast meets the Rule’s criteria.

Prior to implementing shut-offs that are delayed after the shut-off day, due to observance of the Cold Weather Rule, the City will post a notice on the News Flash section of its website that electric utilities will be shut-off for all delinquent customers beginning at a certain date and time. Customers wishing to monitor such notices may sign up for notifications from the webpage.

The Cold Weather Rule will not apply to customers who have entered into a previous payment plan with the City. These customers will be required to pay their agreed upon installments in order to avoid disconnection.

Customers will still be required to pay their utility bills to guarantee their utilities will not be shut-off or disconnected. In certain cases, such as violation of a payment agreement, fraud or criminal activity, the City has the right to shut-off or disconnect utilities for non-payment during the period of time the Cold Weather Rule is in effect.

Places that can help:
Ministerial Association (913) 755-3964
Salvation Army (785) 242-7450 x7640
United Way (866) 320-5764
Catholic Charities (913) 433-2039
Vineyard of Hope Church (913) 755-4500
SRS (913) 755-2162
Places That Can Help:

For More Information:
Utilities Office (913) 755-2146, Option 1
www.osawatomieks.org

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Ordinance 3783 – Requiring the Wearing of Masks in Public Spaces

“On July 9, 2020, the City Council passed Ordinance No. 3783. The Ordinance requires the wearing of masks or other face coverings in public spaces; addresses the requirements of persons, businesses, organizations, and non-profit associations; outlines specific exemptions from the requirement of wearing masks or other face coverings; and addresses the penalties for a first, second, and any subsequent violations of the Ordinance. A complete copy of the Ordinance can be found at www.osawatomieks.org or in the office of the City Clerk, 509 5th Street. This summary is certified by the City Attorney.”

This Ordinance will go into effect on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 after publication in our local newspaper.

Now, what does this mean for you as a citizen of Osawatomie? Some of you may not notice a change in routine as many of these places had already implemented similar restrictions for their guests.

Restaurants:

Dine-In: You’ll be required to wear a face covering when you enter the restaurant and while you wait for your table. Once you’re seated at your table with your family or friends, you may remove your face covering and enjoy your meal or beverage. When you’ve finished, the face covering goes back on, you pay your bill, and exit the restaurant. Your face covering can be removed once you’re outside, and you are not required to wear one in your vehicle.

Takeout: You’ll be required to wear a face covering when you enter the restaurant and while you wait for your takeout meal. Your face covering can be removed once you’re outside, and you are not required to wear one in your vehicle.

Retail:

You’ll be required to wear a face covering when you enter a retail business in Osawatomie, and wear it for the duration of your shopping trip. Once you’ve left the business after your purchase, you may remove your face covering and continue on your day.

Recreation:

Face coverings are only required in outdoor public space when social distancing of 6ft cannot be maintained. For instance, if you’re on a walk or run you do not need to wear a face covering. Face coverings should not be worn while swimming at a public pool, but are required for those sunbathing or using the pool facilities (concession stand or restrooms), when 6ft of distance cannot be maintained at all times. “Public space” means any indoor or outdoor space or area that is open to the public; this does not include private residential property or private offices or workspaces that are not open to customers or public visitors.

Other Facilities:

Face coverings are required when indoors of any public space (including banks, churches, City-owned facilities, etc.) when 6ft of social distancing cannot be maintained at all times. “Public space” means any indoor or outdoor space or area that is open to the public; this does not include private residential property or private offices or workspaces that are not open to customers or public visitors.

Enforcement:

Our enforcement approach is aimed at being educational rather than antagonistic. We want to educate people on the importance of face coverings during a pandemic, and what the risks are to both public health and our economy should people decide to ignore it.

We’ve developed an online form (found here) that allows people to submit noncompliance from businesses or individuals, and City staff will contact those with violations. Hopefully, after meaningful discussion, that first violation will be the only violation and we won’t have to revisit with them. However, for those who continue to fall into noncompliance, we will issue them a citation on their third violation with an associated fine of $25. On their fourth violation, a citation and fine of $50. For every subsequent violation, another citation and fine of $100.

PLEASE do not call law enforcement about face covering noncompliance, except in cases of actual emergency.

Goals:

The goal of this Ordinance is to take a proactive approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, rather than a reactive one. The state of Kansas has seen sharply rising rates of infection and larger outbreaks of community spread in recent weeks, and this Ordinance hopes to keep Osawatomie’s hard-fought low numbers from seeing the same spike. We cannot prevent the virus 100%, but we can slow it down and help keep our more at-risk populations a little safer.

There is also significant consideration being given to the possibility that a continued, sharp increase in positive cases could trigger another statewide stay-at-home order which would force our already struggling local business into another indefinite period of shutdown. We want to do everything we can to avoid that and this Ordinance, and others like it popping up in cities across the state, is one of the tools that can help navigate us away from even stricter regulations from our State leaders.

For complete information on this Ordinance, including full information on exemptions, please visit www.osawatomieks.org.

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Ordinance No. 3783 PDF
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