Mayor Clair Donnelly
Maize is a unique, progressive city enjoying metropolitan status in a rural
surrounding. We are a
civic-minded community with numerous citizens who volunteer their time for an array of activities. Our city officials and city staff continue to strengthen the value of teamwork and civic loyalty, as we provide essential services ensuring all citizens a secure environment in which to live, work and play. Excellent schools, low crime rate and easy access to the entire metro area makes Maize a unique place to live. Maize, where community counts. We welcome you to Maize and invite you to visit our local businesses.
Through the integration of its population into every aspect of quality education, civic improvements, community appearance, commerce and recreation, Maize shall preserve its small town atmosphere and become the best small city in Kansas.
To meet increasing demands for utility services, an upgrade in the utility infrastructure will be required in the future. Expansion of the existing Wastewater Treatment Plant and additional lines to loop the Municipal Water System are among those upgrades. To fund these upgrades it is necessary to increase utility reserve funds. To accomplish this it is necessary to increase utility rates beginning January 1, 2015.
Rates for water will be adjusted annually beginning January 1, 2015 through January 1, 2019. Rates for sewer shall be a flat rate and will be adjusted annually beginning January 1, 2015 through January 1, 2019.
Here are a few updates on some Maize happenings from your Administrator:
Growth of our City:
When we look back over the past decade we can observe a very positive, progressive and well organized growth pattern that has taken place here in Maize. As reported in our last issue, Maize is listed as the fastest growing community in Kansas. This has required vision, planning, and coordination behind the scenes. It all started with a City Council that was, and continues to be, unified in improving the quality of life for all of us here in Maize. This was coupled with a proficient staff made up of diverse professional individuals. When this combination is joined with our great location and an outstanding school system the result is self-evident.
The new housing market in Maize continues at a very strong pace. Per-capita our new housing starts continue to lead the State again this year with 65 new homes at this writing. Commercial development activities are ongoing with new inquires almost weekly. New and expanding businesses have brought over 75 new jobs to Maize this year.
In addition, this fall we will see the ground breaking of a new industrial park complex to be located in the area of 53rd Street north and 119th Street west. The new manufacturing company is scheduled to open their facility in late summer of 2015. We anticipate about 65 additional jobs to be associated with this company.
We continue to work with other potential businesses for the complex.
Growth and Demand:
With the increase in growth and development comes the demand for additional services from the City. We continue to make every effort to provide our City staff with the best technology, equipment and training possible. This is an ongoing commitment. A properly trained employee, utilizing the proper equipment can save everyone time and money with quality results. With increasing demands there is a need to increase the work force. Beginning in 2015 a new Public Works employee and a new Police Officer will be authorized.
The 2014 budget continues as projected. Revenues have continued to arrive slightly above projections and expenditures are under the projections. It's anticipated this budget year will conclude in a "good financial position" as we enter into 2015. One major financial hurdle has been accomplished as planned. The $4 million dollar funding of the Maize Road was completed without any increase in taxes. Proper planning makes for good results!
Good things are happening!
Public Tornado Shelters are located in the basement of the Community Building at 401 S. Khedive and City Hall, 10100 W Grady Ave. Enter via the storm shelter entrance on the front side of the building near the flag poles.
The Maize Police Department is now providing crime mapping through crimereports.com. Visit our Crimereports.com page for more information and instructions on how to use the site.
2010 Census: 3,420
Year Established: 1870
Year Incorporated: 1886
Zip Code: 67101
Area Code: 316
Sales Tax: 7.15%
School District: 266
2012 Total Mill Levy: 153.812
Census 2010 Demographic Profile Highlights