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City of Maize Information

The Sedgwick County Health Department, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites have resources and guidance on how to stay safe and help reduce the spread of the virus.  Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and our community.

Maize residents are encouraged to visit https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/covid-19/ to stay current on preventive measurers happening in Sedgwick County. Any changes in city operations will be posted on this website and on the city's Facebook page.


Mayor Clasen Ending Long Career of Public Service to Maize

City of Maize Mayor Donna Clasen

The gavel pound on December 20, 2021 will mark the last time Mayor Donna Clasen calls the Maize City Council to order. Donna has served on the Maize City Council for over 24 years. During that time, her fellow Council members entrusted her with the role of Council President for more than fourteen of those years. Upon the unexpected passing of Mayor Clair Donnelly in 2018, it was her duty as president to step into the leadership position of Mayor to finish out his term through 2021. Of this transition, current Maize City Council President Pat Stivers noted, “Donna has met the challenge and during her four years as Mayor it could be said Maize has seen its best years. Also, during this time Donna experienced the loss of her husband but has continued to represent the citizens of Maize. Maize has been so blessed to have Donna Clasen!”

While Mayor, Donna championed improvements in the regional transportation system with her representation at the Wichita Area Metropolitan Organization. She was the leading advocate for obtaining funding for the Academy Avenue project at the regional and state level, a project that will be constructed in 2022. Councilmember Karen Fitzmier stated that “Donna gathers information and stands up for what she believes. Her heart is always with the good of the City in mind.”

Being the face of the community for Maize was a role Donna had long prepared. Prior to serving on the Council, Donna was a member of the Maize Board of Education as well as the Maize Planning Commission. Needless to say, Donna Clasen has been instrumental in defining the vision and policies that have led to the success our city has achieved. City Administrator Richard LaMunyon added to this sentiment as he expressed his appreciation for our Mayor during his annual State of the City Address: “We are all improved due to the high level of accountability that she held City staff.”

Donna raised her family of five in Maize with her husband, Reynold Clasen. They were a couple of strong faith who weathered the loss of Carl and Jeanna; two of their five children. Her daughters, Kristie, Karla and Janet gifted them with nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and two great-great grand-children. Donna lost Reynold, the love and rock of her life, in November of 2020 after sixty-four years of marriage. Their legacy lives in their children and grandchildren. In her personal life, Donna champions rights for special needs children, inspired by her granddaughter.

City of Maize Updates

City Administrator Richard LaMunyon

From the City Administrator - October 2021:

State of the City

At the September City Council meeting it was my privilege, once again, to provide the annual “State of the City” address. The rational for this presentation is to summarize activities during the past year and the expectations of the next. The report provided a factual outline of unparalleled growth and development within our City. The City Council and Staff have been in preparation for this growth influx for some time. Utilizing prior planning, financial accountability and a quality team of employees, this historic development eruption is being managed professionally and efficiently. Some interesting facts regarding anticipated population and housing growth include the 2020 census data listing Maize population at about 6000 residents. This is nearly a 70% growth in 10 years, most of which occurred in the past 5 years. This is, by far, the largest increase for any city in the region.

Across the city there are currently eleven active housing additions under construction and within these developments are 1400 housing units. Additionally, another three housing additions are in the pre-construction phase that will account for another 500 housing units.

Based on national household averages and city growth patterns, within 5 years Maize is on track to exceed 10,000-resident population.

Of course, this does not include our city’s daily additional population of 11,000+ daytime residents that encompass school students and staff, industrial, commercial and business workers, as well as the hundreds of construction workers and other visitors to our city.

The next 12-months it’s anticipated Maize will remain as the #1 developing city in the region and probably the State. During this time, you may also anticipate continued enhancements for quality of life items, including street upgrades, added walkways and parks improvements.

Good things are still happening in Maize!

Richard LaMunyon
City Administrator

State partners with Maize for Pedestrian Safety on Maize Road

In the fall of 2020, the City of Maize applied for a highly competitive grant through KDOT’s Cost Share Program for the purposes of installing a crosswalk with pedestrian activated caution lights on Maize Road just north of Academy Avenue. With letters of support from Commissioner Lacey Cruise, Councilwoman Karen Fitzmier and USD 266; the project was one of a few selected for funding from the entire State.

The KDOT Cost Share Program provides financial assistance to local entities for transportation projects that improve safety, support job retention and growth, improve access or mobility, relieve congestion and help areas across the state improve the transportation system. The City of Maize was able to leverage taxpayer funds by matching local funds to the $45,000 gift from the State.

This summer, Wildcat Construction constructed the project. This project will compliment the 2022 Academy Avenue project which will feature wide bicycle and pedestrian paths on both sides of the street (stay tuned for an interactive website!).

Budget Updates

Growth and development continue at a record and historic tempo. As a city we are fortunate to have a “visionary” City Council that has supported the need for proper infrastructure, equipment and quality employees in order to keep pace. Over 1400 new housing units are planned and construction is ongoing. Commercial development is ever increasing and an expansion at the Industrial Park is anticipated. Maize has established the foundation required to remain progressive and a leader in Economic Development throughout the State..

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.

Academy Arts District Concept

Academy Arts District Master Plan

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!

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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
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