Located at 509 5th St., on the west side of City Hall, the Utility Department handles all City of Osawatomie billing and fee collection. Our Utility Department is also responsible for the City’s rental facilities, municipal court fine payments, pet licensing, and other City fees.
A drop box for utility bill payments can be found just up the street, in the alley behind the 500 block of Main St., on the eastern end. The drop box is under 24hr video surveillance, but we ask that cash not be left in the box for safety reasons. Online bill pay is also available, as well as payment-by-phone. In 2021, the Utilities Department unveiled a new self-service payment kiosk that is available 24 hours a day right outside the Utility Office. Payments by cash or check are fee FREE, and payments by credit card have a small third-party processing fee attached.
The City of Osawatomie participates in the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP), which is a Federally funded program that helps eligible households pay a portion of their home energy costs by providing a one-time per year benefit. Click here to learn more, or apply for assistance.
Nestled behind John Brown Memorial Park is the City of Osawatomie water/power plant. The Water/Power Department provides high-quality water to the citizens of Osawatomie through the production, operation, maintenance, and repair of water, water mains, service connections, and meter reading. Regular monitoring by local, state, and national authorities help us to maintain safety standards.
The water/power plant operators also maintain access to the City’s free public forestry disposal site, located to the northeast of the plant. The forestry disposal site is a free dump site for green waste, like lawn clippings, brush, leaves, etc. The forestry site is open during regular business hours, and visitors must check in with City staff at the plant before proceeding to the site.
Our Electric department is responsible for a variety of City functions including the installation and maintenance of power lines, streetlights, transformers, electric meters, and other electrical functions of the City.
The electric crew is also responsible for the annual installation of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree and all holiday decorations throughout the downtown corridor.
The City of Osawatomie’s Wastewater Treatment Plant and its operators provide the residents with sanitary, efficient, and environmentally-safe disposal of the community’s wastewater in addition to maintaining and repairing the sanitary sewer collection system. Plant operators work alongside officials from KDHE and the EPA to ensure annual and quarterly compliance with current regulations.
The Wastewater Treatment Plant will see much-anticipated repairs and upgrades beginning in 2021 and 2022.
Solid Waste and Recycling
The City of Osawatomie has contracted solid waste removal and recycling services for residents. Our current contract is with Waste Management. Residential trash billing is collected annually on the property tax bill, mailed in November of the preceding year. All built residential lots in the City are provided a 95-gallon cart from Waste Management for solid waste pickup. Recycling containers are available from Waste Management, or residents are welcome to use personal containers clearly labeled as “RECYCLING.” There is no limit on the amount of recycling residents are allowed to set out, but trash and other solid waste is limited to the provided 95-gallon cart unless otherwise stickered (overage stickers for additional bags are available through our Utilities Dept.). For larger families or residences, an additional 95-gallon cart can be rented from Waste Management directly.