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.
An Arbor Day Celebration is scheduled
for Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm in Maize City Park, 401 Khedive. A
Tree will be planted to honor former Maize Resident Eric Palmer.
Do you have old or expired prescription medicine? Bring them to Maize City Hall 10100 W Grady Ave on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for safe disposal. Event Flyer
Here are a few updates on some Maize happenings from your Administrator:
With springtime upon us we look forward to another productive and successful year. This year started out with our Public Works employees and Police Officers facing some extreme weather conditions. Everyone did a wonderful job of clearing streets and assisting citizens in need. The safety of our citizens and visitors is always our top priority. I received several nice compliments, regarding our employees, from some of our citizens. Everyone here is optimistic and looking forward to serving your needs as the year continues to unfold. We thank you for your support!
2015 BUDGET PLANNING
It's that time of year when we begin to plan the 2015 budget. By law, Maize operates on a budget that runs a full calendar year. The budget must be completed, approved and submitted to the State by the end of July. In reality the budget is established eighteen months in advance. As a result of this schedule, our city budget process requires some skillful development and forecasting to assure the proper amount of money is available for all aspects of the city operations. As I've stated before the City, like any other business, has its economic challenges. In the past, these challenges have been controlled in a very positive manner. As we develop the 2015 budget, there are no plans to increase Maize taxes. I say this with confidence. Maize has not required an increase in taxes for several years. Proper budget planning, combined with strategic and controlled city growth is the key for this.
Some major street improvements were completed over the past couple of years. Additionally substantial improvements in the storm water drainage system have been accomplished. Long range project planning continues as other future needs are reviewed. Future identified projects are then prioritized and coordinated with long range budget planning for funding. These projects are then coordinated with the ongoing requirements to maintain established streets, as well as, the water and sewer infrastructure. Obviously this all takes funding, proper equipment, and trained personnel. This year plans are underway to improve the existing sidewalk system for the safety of our children and others. Also some other streets improvements will be reviewed, along with possible funding options.
MAIZE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
Housing: Last year eight-six (86) new single-family housing starts were issued in our city. It was a record year. This year to date we have issued twenty-eight (28) new single-family housing starts. This is double the number for this time last year. We have a wonderful city to live in and we are gaining some delightful new neighbors.
Commercial: We had five new businesses come to Maize last year. This is a good beginning for us and we are optimistic about this year.
Industrial: Our Industrial Park plan is now in place. City staff has been in contact with business owners who are interested in locating to Maize. We will keep you informed.
CENTRAL STREET NAME CHANGE:
Beginning on July 1, 2014, Central Street will be renamed "Academy Avenue". This is necessary to eliminate a conflict that exists in the county wide 911 emergency address system. The residents on Central Street, along with the schools, voted on the name.
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