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Severe Weather Safety Program

Severe Weather Safety Program

Severe Weather soon will be upon us.  Are you prepared?

Sedgwick County Emergency Management presents a program by the National Weather Service to help educate Sedgwick County citizens about severe weather and ways to stay safe.  The Maize Police Department is hosting this program FREE on Monday, March 11 from 6:30-8:30 PM at Maize City Hall, 10100 W Grady Ave.

The program is presented by Cody Charvat, Training & Exercise Officer for Sedgwick County Emergency Management

Run 2 Believe 5K Memorial Run/Walk

Run2Believe 5K Memorial Run/Walk

The annual Run2Believe 5K Memorial Run/Walk is set for Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM.

As in years past, residents should plan accordingly as city streets will be closed during the race for about 45 minutes.  Streets that will be effected are Maize Road between Albert and 45th Street, 45th Street from Maize to 119th, 119th Street from 45th to Academy, and Academy Ave. from 119th to Maize Road.

The memorial run/walk is held each year in remembrance of  Kylie Brooke Jobe (20) and Kyle Thornburg (22) who were high school sweethearts at Maize High School. Both loved athletics. Both were committed to continuing their education.

Together, they became innocent victims of a drunk driver on March 23, 20111 as they returned home from a ski trip over spring break. They were killed in a tragic accident on I-70 when a 27-year-old man entered the interstate going the wrong direction. He had a blood alcohol level of .23 — almost three times the legal limit.

Three lives were lost that night. This run is to honor Kylie and Kyle, but it is also to remind everyone to make responsible decisions in their lives. Please don’t drink and drive. 

All proceeds help raise awareness in local high schools about drinking and driving and support the Kyle Thornburg Memorial Fund at the Maize Education Foundation and the Kylie Jobe Endowment at the Oklahoma State University Foundation. 

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Academy Arts District Master Plan

Academy Arts District

COMMUNITY SURVEY

The City of Maize is developing a Master Plan to create a safe and walkable core in the community, a place of identity that lets people know they are in Maize. Academy Avenue and Park Avenue were identified as destination points for reimagining this  experience in Maize. The first step is to identify a cohesive community vision for the future of the district - whether you live, work, visit, or just travel through Maize, we want to hear from you!

You are invited to attend participate in a community survey and share your ideas about current conditions, future possibilities, and what "Academy Arts" means to you.

COMMUNITY SURVEY

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City of Maize Updates

City Administrator Richard LaMunyon

From the City Administrator - January 2019:

C.S. Lewis once said, “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” With that thought in mind, the promising opportunities for our city will continue to unfold as we start 2019. With a solid foundation of established and proven long-range planning, effective city policies, financial stability, proper equipment and training, along with a quality employee base, your city is prepared for the future and the opportunities awaiting us.

The 2018 budget closed out as projected with all city department within budget guidelines.  The debt service obligations were accomplished, a strong AA- bond rating was maintained, the annual audit passed and compliance with state laws were met.  Staff has now turned our attention to managing the 2019 budget for maximum utilization of funds to meet the ever-increasing demands for city service

Good things are happening in Maize!

Richard LaMunyon
City Administrator

Budget Updates

Based on the current economy, it is anticipated that growth and development will continue to trend upward in 2019.   Together with city development policies along with respected builders and developers, Maize should remain a leading example for positive, quality growth throughout the state.

Project Update

Street Maintenance
As the city grows, so grows the street system. The street system is both expensive to install and to maintain. This is an area that cannot be ignored. The maintenance of our street system remains a priority. The Public Works department has an ongoing strategic plan for street maintenance and upkeep. This requires long-range planning and budget coordination. Street maintenance funding is committed for 2019 and an increase in this amount is planned for 2020.

Sidewalk System
Sidewalks for safety and convenience is an ongoing concern. A grant-funded study to determine a master city-wide pedestrian and bike plan is due to be released early this year. The plan will prioritize projects for strategic implementation. Some funding has been set aside to assist with construction.

Wastewater Plant Expansion
This $6 million project is completed and functioning as anticipated. The old part of the plant has been refurbished and the one-million gallon plant will service the city of Maize for many years into the future.

119th Water Line
The new 119th Street water main line is complete. This additional water main line provides a second water source for the entire city. In addition to serving as a backup structure for the current water system, it enhances fire protection and ensures ample water for future city growth and development.

Housing Enhancements:
This past year there were forty-three new single-family home permits issued.

At the new Cypress Point housing addition on 37th Street, construction is underway for 28 patio homes.

In the sixth Carriage Crossing addition, developers are completing several new homes along Horseshoe Bend Street.

Pond improvements and an extension of Longbranch Street have been completed which allows the Carriage Crossing addition to accommodate several new duplex homes.

The construction of the new 300-unit Cooper Creek apartment complex is well underway.

Maize Industrial Park
The new Kyodo Yushi Manufacturing Americas plant is open for business. This is their first plant to be constructed outside of Japan. Welcome to Maize!

The new Shuttle Aerospace complex is under construction and will open this spring.

Aero-Tech Engineering completed their third expansion in the past two years.

The new Bayer Crop Science plant is completed and operational.

City staff is in discussion with other manufacturing facilities interested in the industrial park.

Maize in Motion 

The City is developing a plan, Maize in Motion, to make bicycling and walking in Maize easier and safer. 

It will identify a future city-wide pedestrian and bicycle network, along with other improvements (parking, signage, and lighting). Maize in Motion will also suggest linkages to surrounding communities for regional connectivity. During the effort, the City, WAMPO, and Core Team will reach out to community members for feedback on issues, opportunities, recommendations, and priorities.

Visit the following links to learn more about Maize in Motion and to provide your opinions on what you would like in a city-wide pedestrian and bicycle network.

 

City of Maize
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.

"Where Community Counts"

10100 W Grady Ave. ∙  P.O. Box 245 ∙ Maize, KS 67101
p:  316.722.7561 ∙  f:  316.722.0346